Directed by Chris Columbus
  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • Rupert Grint
  • Emma Watson
  • Alan Rickman
  • Maggie Smith
  • Richard Harris
  • Robbie Coltrane
Screenplay by Steve Kloves
Genre Fantasy, Family, Adventure


UK Release Date 4th November 2001


Harry Potter (Radcliffe) learns on his eleventh birthday that he is a wizard. He then goes to Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. Along with his new friends (Watson, Grint) he discovers the truth about his parents and their mysterious deaths. 

Is The Plot Interesting?

Wizards. Three headed dogs. Broomsticks. Wands. What’s not interesting about that? Along with all of this you have three main characters you really love. It can’t get much better really!

charms lesson

Is The Acting Good?

The acting from the children in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone is quite good; they know there characters well and always seem prepared. The adult actors are also very good, particularly Alan Rickman in his role as the potions master.

Is The Directing Good?

There are so many children in this movie and for most of them this is their first movie. Chris Columbus has a gift for working with children on sets and it really shows here; they all look really comfortable being on camera.

sorting hat

Is The Cinematography Good?

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone had the difficult prospect of figuring out how to do quidditch matches so to do that and have great cinematography is a job well done in my books.

Is It Worth Watching?

Whether you’re a fan of the books or not everybody should give the Harry Potter series a go, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone being the first in the series. It’s a lot of fun and both adults and children can enjoy it.


You’re a wizard, Harry!

– Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid