Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Release Date: November 16th, 2001

DVD Release Date: May 28th, 2002

PG |2 hr 32 min

Plot Summary

Adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling's popular children's novels about Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents' mysterious deaths.

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris

Director: Chris Columbus

Genres: Adventure , Fantasy , Children

Production Co: Heyday Films, Warner Brothers, 1492 Pictures

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Home VĂ­deo, Warner Bros.

Keywords: Engaging , Death , Fascinating , Suspenseful , 2000s , Friendship , Quest , Mystery , Deception

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    What's on screen, though, is a cautious approach to cinema wizardry -- broad, colorful strokes and flash-bang effects that turn J.K. Rowling's words into a long, cheerful spectacle with a Muggle soul.

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film, while slavishly faithful, contains little innovative juice outside of its visual richness. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    At its best, the film's visual dazzle equals the tasty wordplay of the novel. But it is overlong, overscored, and curiously misshapen. show more

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Awards

Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2001)
Nominated Music (Original Score)