177. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

I may not have been blogging for a while, and this is my first in some months, but needless to say, I haven’t been shirking on the film-watching, so be prepared to catch up on the 28 as yet unblogged films I’ve seen so far. It’s now the beginning of November, and I’m trying to catch up on this, a film I saw on the 12th July….it’s going to be a long and bumpy ride…

Pretty much everyone knows the story of young Harry Potter, who lives with his dreadful aunt and uncle in suburban Surrey. As his 11th birthday dawns, he begins to notice odd things, such as being able to talk to snakes at London Zoo, and hundreds of invitations come pouring down the chimney, asking him to enrol at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry.

Of course, Uncle Vernon tries to prevent any weird goings-on occurring in his house, but Hogwarts are determined to get Harry, a boy who is famous in the wizarding world, even if he himself is unaware of this fact. And who exactly is He Who Shall Not Be Named?

Unlike the later films (which I will be reviewing in the next few days), Philosopher’s Stone is still most definitely a children’s film, and the acting from the now famous trio of Harry, Hermione and Ron is quite poor. But older actors such as the great Richard Harris, Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman raise it above the usual kid’s fare – it shows promise of greater things at least.

5/10

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