Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Let the magic begin!
Release Date: Friday, November 16, 2001
Harry Potter has learned to live with his bullying Uncle Vernon, his callous Aunt Petunia and the constant whining of his greedy, spoiled cousin Dudley. He's even learned to live with sleeping in the cupboard under the stairs. Harry's relatives have just as reluctantly learned to live with the unwelcome presence of their orphaned relation, a constant reminder of Petunia's "wayward" sister and brother-in-law and their mysterious and untimely demise. Even the impending arrival of his 11th birthday offers no excitement for Harry--as usual, there's little chance of cards, presents or any kind of birthday treat. This year, however, is different. On his 11th birthday, Harry receives a mysterious letter and learns that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. Invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. At Hogwarts, he finds the home and family he has never had.
Hagrid, the gigantic man who brought the letter, finally introduces Harry into the real circumstances of his life: His parents were killed by the evil wizard Voldemort protecting him. Harry still has a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead from that event. Since he survived the attack as a baby, and also somehow deprived Voldemort from his powers, he has been famous in the wizarding world ever since. The Dursleys, strong disbelievers in that magical crap, never told Harry anything about his true self. So, Harry is strongly surprised, yet absolutely happy to start his training. At Hogwarts, Harry meets his teachers, and becomes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The three of them accidentally find out that the potions master, Severus Snape, seems to plot on stealing something that is guarded by a three-headed dog. Since nobody would believe some first years to have found out such important things that even would incriminate a Hogwarts teacher, they take it on themselves to find out what Snape is up to. Their quest for the truth leads across many obstacles, from keeping up the everyday school life, a bewitched Quidditch match (Quidditch is a popular wizard sport), Fluffy, the three-headed monster dog and quite some tasks one has to overcome to get to the guarded object.
- Christopher Columbus
- Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter
- Richard Harris - Professor Albus Dumbledore
- Emma Watson - Hermione Granger
- Rupert Grint - Ron Weasley
- Maggie Smith - Professor Minerva McGonagall
- Robbie Coltrane - Rubeus Hagrid
- Fiona Shaw - Aunt Petunia Dursley
- Harry Melling - Dudley Dursley
- Richard Griffiths - Uncle Vernon Dursley
- Matthew Lewis - Neville Longbottom
- Tom Felton - Draco Malfoy
- John Hurt - Mr. Ollivander