Harry Potter is a seemingly ordinary eleven-year-old boy, living with his negligent relatives, the Dursleys. On his eleventh birthday, Harry learns from a mysterious stranger, Hagrid, that he is actually a wizard, famous in the wizarding world for surviving an attack by the evil dark Lord Voldemort, when Harry was only a year old. Voldemort killed Harry’s parents, but his attack on Harry failed, leaving only a lightning bolt scar on Harry’s forehead. Harry is invited to begin attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry defies his aunt and uncle, and attends Hogwarts where he begins to learn magic and make new friends, as well as enemies, among the Hogwarts students and staff. Voldemort has been near death, and in hiding, since the attack on Harry ten years earlier, but a plot is brewing for the dark lord to regain his power and strength through the acquisition of a philosopher’s stone, which grants immortality to its owner. Harry and his friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, discover the plot and seek to prevent the theft of the stone, which is hidden in a protected chamber at Hogwarts.
This is my favorite of the Harry Potter films. I’m not really sure why, possibly because it’s actually fun to watch and not dark and emo like the latest one (at the time I’m writing this, that would be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix).
As with any other move that is based on a book, there are obvious liberties that have been taken, but, I can honestly say that for this film, they are barely noticeable unless you’re a purist.
The music does an excellent job of setting the mood for each scene. John Williams is a genius.
When this movie first came out back in 2001, I almost didn’t get to see it because the girl I was dating thought that all things having to do with magic were evil. Ironically, she couldn’t wait to see the Lord of the Rings films.
I can fully recommend this one if you’re looking for a fun movie that all will enjoy! It is the most fun of the Potter franchise. I wish Chris Columbus would have directed them all, but that’s just me.
4 1/2 out of 5 stars