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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Movie Review - "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"

Movie Review number 38

The movie starts with Dumbledore (Trevor Harris) and Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) delivering a baby Harry Potter (played later by Daniel Radcliffe) to his aunt & uncles house in Privet Drive, Potters parents just having been killed by Voldemort.
Eleven years later, Harry has been confined to the cupboard under the stairs and is general dogsbody and bottle washer to the family.  On his cousin's birthday they go to the zoo, and Cousin Dearest gets trapped in the snake display while the Burmese python escapes - due to Harry's as yet unknown magical abilities!!!
Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday he gets a letter from Hogwarts School of Wizardry informing him of his acceptance into the school..... but his uncle rips it up.  And the next letter and the next letter - until a whole swarm of letters start flying down the chimney!!!  Uncle decides to take everyone to a remote island where there's no post delivery where they all hide out...... until Hagrid the Giant barges his way in to the hut and fills Harry in on his wizarding background!!
After that, Hagrid takes Harry to London - specifically Diagon Alley - to do his school shopping, including books, a gown and a wand!  First, they go to the bank to withdraw some money (which Harry didn't know he had!) and then Harry goes to buy a wand from the Wand-maker (John Hurt).  After a couple of explosions, Harry gets a wand made with the tail feather of a Phoenix....... who donated one other feather to another wand that was used to give Harry his lightning strike scar!
Then they go to King's Cross station to platform 9 and three quarters for Harry to catch the Hogwarts Express train to school which is where his meets Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson)  On arrival at school, they're sorted into houses and then lessons start.
However it doesn't take long to discover Something Important is Hidden at Hogwarts that Somebody Nasty is trying to Steal.  After a few unintended verbal clues from Hagrid, Harry, Ron and Hermione discover that the Philosopher's Stone is hidden somewhere, it's special capabilties and that Voldemort is still alive and is trying to steal it!!!
The final part of the movie has Harry, Ron and Hermione facing three challenges to prevent the Stone from being stolen...... but will they do it?????!!

Yes - this is a really good movie!!


10 squeaks out of 10!!

Chocolate Frogs and All Flavour Jelly Beans


  1. Wonderful review, and thanks for the snacks recommendation! We have all the movies, and we have the UK audiobook versions with Stephen Fry! They are fun.

  2. I especially loved Alan Rickman's performance. His character is also the coolest in the books I think.

  3. I've seen this one too!! And all the sequels... of course! Did you hear that Spock died? So sad... if I had fingers I would take a picture of my paw and say "Live Long and Prosper"... but it doesn't work well without fingers!

    1. That is a great idea! Our paws wouldn't work so well for that either...maybe we could all settle for toe wiggles.

    2. Maybe you could make a special glove with fingers on that does the Live Long and Prosper sign??