Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

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Harry Potter is already famous! He learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses magical powers of his own. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry, with his friends Ron and Hermione embark on the adventure of a lifetime, discovering a world of magic and fantasy where he is destined to live.


Studio Warner
SKU 40165557
UPC 085392133130
UPC 14 00085392133130
Format VHS
Release Date 5/28/2002
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Coming Of Age
Essential Cinema
Family (General)
Kids Adventure
Theatrical Release
Witches And Wizards
Editors Note
Note American director Chris Columbus (HOME ALONE) brings the magic of British author J.K. Rowling's beloved best-selling fantasy novel to life in HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE. Eleven-year-old orphan Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) finds his world turned upside down when he discovers that, like his deceased parents, he is a wizard and has been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With fellow first-year students Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) by his side, Harry's adventures begin in the rambling castle that is Hogwarts. Vivid special effects make Hogwarts' magic a reality with paintings that come alive, staircases that move themselves, friendly ghosts, and fast-paced Quidditch (the school sport) matches in which students zoom around on their flying brooms. Mixed in with the miracles of Hogwarts are its dark hidden chambers and secrets, which Harry and his friends encounter as they embark on a quest to keep a treasured powerful object from falling into the wrong hands. Staying true to the book with this film adaptation, Columbus follows Rowling's story to the tiniest detail, making it a special treat for readers who were smitten with the novel. Radcliffe is especially engaging as Harry, infusing him with a believable sense of wonderment. The star-studded cast also includes Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, and Robbie Coltrane.
USA Today "...HARRY POTTER, the film, looks just as dazzling as readers of Rowling's captivating book might hope..." 11/16/2001 p.1E
New York Times "...[Mr. Radcliffe] possesses a watchful gravity....Ms. Watson has the sass and smarts to suggest she might cast a spell of her own..." 11/16/2001 p.E1
Box Office "...A stunning achievement in set design, costumes, make-up, special effects and a well-chosen cast rendering perfectly and vividly an iconic and universally renowned fantasy world..." 01/01/2002 p.60
Sight and Sound "...Rupert Grint is very good....HARRY POTTER will captivate younger children..." 01/01/2002 p.43-4
Variety "...The script is faithful, the actors are just right, the sets, costumes, makeup and effects match and sometimes exceed anything one could imagine..." 11/12/2001 p.27-33
Chicago Sun-Times "...A red-blooded adventure movie, dripping with atmosphere, filled with the gruesome and the sublime and surprisingly faithful to the novel....Director Chris Columbus seems to have created a classic..." 02/17/2002 p.6
Chris Columbus
Robbie Coltrane
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson
Daniel Radcliffe
Cast & Crew
Warwick Davis - Actor
Alan Rickman - Actor
Emma Watson - Actor
Fiona Shaw - Actor
Ian Hart - Actor
John Cleese - Actor
John Hurt - Actor
Daniel Radcliffe - Actor
Julie Walters - Actor
Maggie Smith - Actor
Richard Griffiths - Actor
Richard Harris - Actor
Robbie Coltrane - Actor
Rupert Grint - Actor
J.K. Rowling - Based On Novel By
J.K. Rowling - Based on the Novel By
Chris Columbus - Directed By
Chris Columbus - Director
John Seale - Director of Photography
Richard Francis-Bruce - Editor
Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, Michael Barnathan, Duncan Henderson - Executive Producers
John Williams - Music By
John Williams - Musical Score
Todd Arnow, et al. - Producer
David Heyman - Producer
Stuart Craig - Production Designer
Steven Kloves - Screenplay
Steve Kloves - Screenplay By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 21331
UPC 00085392133130
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 152 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Oscar (2002) John Williams, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score,Stephanie McMillian, Craig Stuart, Nominee, Best Art Direction--Set Decoration,Judianna Makovsky, Nominee, Best Costume Design
MTV Movie Award (2002) Daniel Radcliffe, Nominee, Breakthrough Male Performance
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review It is wonderful to see a young hero who is scholarly looking and filled with curiosity and who connects with very real emotions, from solemn intelligence and the delight of discovery to deep family longing... There are spectacular segments...
Reviewer Bob Graham
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource USA Today
Review ...the film looks just as dazzling as readers of Rowling's captivating book might hope... The production design is stunning: Hogwarts, with its pontificating paintings and shifting staircases; Diagon Alley, a supernatural shopping mall; and Gringotts Bank, overseen by shrewd goblins, are all superbly rendered.
Reviewer Claudia Puig
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Ebert & Roeper
Review The Wizard of Oz of its time. A complete triumph!
Reviewer Richard Roeper
ReviewRating 10
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Rex Reed, New York Observer Pure, uninterrupted enchantment. Destined to leave audiences of all ages cheering.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper The Wizard Of Oz of its time. A complete triumph.
Bill Diehl, ABC Radio Network Chris Columbus has brought Harry's world to the big screen in all its glory. You'll be charmed, dazzled and delighted!

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