Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Director: Chris Columbus
Writers: Steve Cloves, J. K. Rowling
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Tom Felton, Ian Hart, Richard Harris / John Hurt / Robbie Coltrane / Julie Walters / Bonnie Wright / John Cleese / Sean Biggerstaff
Genre: Adventure / Fantasy
Region: US / UK
Release: 2002-01-26 (Mainland China) / 2020-08-14 (Rerun in Mainland China) / 2001-11-04 (UK Premiere) / 2001-11-16 (USA)
Series:  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Length: 152 minutes / 159 minutes (extended version)
Also known as: Harry Potter 1: The Mysterious Philosopher’s Stone (Hong Kong/Taiwan) / Ha 1 / Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Rating: IMDB 7.6 / Rotten Tomatoes 81%
Harry Potter is an orphan. He was fostered by his aunt’s house since he was a child and suffered all kinds of bullying. But on Harry’s 11th birthday, he accidentally received an admission letter from Hogwarts College. Harry learned from the giant Hagrid, who was sent by the academy to pick him up, that this is a magic academy, and he also learned about his own life experience. Both sacrificed, only Harry survived.
After Harry entered Hogwarts, he showed an unimaginable flying talent, and was recommended by Professor McGonagall to join the Gryffindor Quidditch team. On the other hand, Harry discovered that a dark force in Hogwarts College seemed to be secretly growing, and the key to unlocking the mystery lay in the room guarded by the vicious three-headed dog.
Three good friends, Harry, Ron and Hermione, decided to find out.
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is a fantasy film released in 2001, directed by Chris Columbus and based on the novel of the same name by J.K. Rowling. The film follows Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), an orphaned boy who discovers that he is a wizard and attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
At Hogwarts, Harry makes friends with Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and learns about the wizarding world. He also discovers that he has a destiny to defeat the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed his parents when he was a baby.
The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $1 billion worldwide and receiving positive reviews for its faithful adaptation of the source material, its impressive visual effects, and its charming performances by the young cast. It was followed by seven sequels, all of which were also box office successes and became cultural phenomena.
The “Harry Potter” franchise has had a massive impact on popular culture, inspiring a theme park, video games, merchandise, and a spin-off series, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” It remains a beloved classic in the fantasy genre and has introduced a new generation to the joys of reading.
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