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Great movie!

Plot is very intriguing. This is the first of the series and it's the best. Characters you would want to get to know personally.

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great product

Its classic harry potter, great movie. It came in fast, great condition

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Our story begins :-)

Who knew an ordinary boy with glasses and a lightning-shaped scar would take the world by storm? An orphan named Harry Potter lives with his rude aunt, uncle, and cousin and has a generally miserable life until he meets Hagrid, a half-giant who tells him the truth that his parents were excellent wizards and died trying to protect him from an evil wizard, Lord Voldemort. His journey begins as he is whisked away to start school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he meets his soon-to-be two best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The kids get into mischief as they try to solve the mystery of the philosopher's stone and learn magic. He learns that love and friendship are the most important things and that the magic world is his new home.

This movie introduces Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson to the world as fine young actors starting out. Their camaraderie is undeniable and they have been well coached to portray these parts. It doesn't hurt their cause one bit to be surrounded by established English actors! Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore, Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall, John Cleese as Ghost Nearly Headless Nick, and Alan Rickman as Severus Snape all perform brilliantly in their respective roles.

Being directed by Chris Columbus who also brought us Home Alone, the movie has a whimsical feel and is geared toward the younger demographic although it can be enjoyed by the whole family. The kids are young so the movie has a young feel to it as well as we explore the first of young Harry's years at Hogwarts.
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First Harry Potter Movie is a Magical Hit!

"Harry Potter and Philosopher's / Sorcer's Stone" is the first movie in the Harry Potter franchise, based on the very popular children's book series. Please do keep in mind that this movie is based on the book, which means that as good as the movie is, reading the book is better.

That having been said, in this charming movie, we meet a young lad by the name of Harry Potter. He is an orphan and lives in England, with his rather abusive aunt and uncle and cousin. A quiet boy, he is astonished to learn that he has been accepted to a "magical high school", called Hogwarts. He is also quite amazed to learn that he is, in fact, a young wizard! From there, his life takes an almost surrealistic turn, as he visits a wizards bank (run by goblins), purchases his first magic wand and learns that he was, in a way, a child-saviour to his people. Inexplicably, when the most evil wizard of all time attempted to kill the infant Harry, the child survived and the evil wizard (by the name of Lord Voldemort) was destroyed. Harry now learns of this major chapter of his past for the first time.

You will delight in seeing Harry's new school, which is brought to screen in a most pleasing way. Paintings and photographs can move and speak, staircases can re-arrange themselves, and there is a Forbidden forest on the school grounds! As Harry is so young, the movie is rather light-hearted and playful, as we meet his schoolmates, and teachers and join Harry in his first magical lessons. But after the delight of these novelties wear off, Harry and his new pals start to uncover a secret that is hidden in the school. Suspicious characters and enchanted objects lead to the Hero-Triad into some dangerous and challenging tasks. In the end, Harry must face a character whom he thought was dead...the re-incarnation of the evil Lord Voldemort. Using courage and determination beyond his years, Harry manages to defeat this character once again, but will he be back?

This movie stars an impressive number of accomplished British actors (although if you are like me, you may not recognize them or know of their past works). The children in the movie are generally all new up-and-comers, and they do a tremendous job! Very believeable and incredible on-screen chemistry. One of the nicest things is having the same child-actors play the same roles in all of the future movies, so we can see them grow-up and mature into young adults. This film version was very close to the novel and is a very enjoyable show for fans and non-fans, children and adults alike. There is no profanity, no sexual content and no explicit violence. Some of the concepts might be frightening for young children, so the film is rated PG. People who know nothing about the Harry Potter books may voice the opinion that it is evil, or promoting the devil in some way, but that is simply not true. If in doubt, read the book or watch the movie yourself, before exposing your children to it and you will see that it is imaginative and fun, and not 'sinful'.

Along with his DVD comes a bonus disk, which includes special features. Extra footage, a self-guided tour of the school, and games and activities equal hours of interactive fun.

I hope that you enjoyed this review and that it has helped you in some way. If you found it to be insightful or helpful, I would kindly request that you vote "YES", that it was helpful to you. Thank you.
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A Must See!!

If you love the books this movie is a must see. If you haven't heard of the books this movie is a must see. Great family film and wonderful special effects. We are introduced to Harry Potter. His parents were killed when he was a baby by He Who Must Not Be Named. Harry grows up in a family that really wants nothing to do with him. On a special birthday Harry gets a letter for Hogwarts, school of witchcraft and wizards. Harry is opened up to a whole new world and is famous in the wizard community for being the boy who lived. Going to Hogwarts Harry soon realizes that he has a dark enemy at the school. Not only is the movie wonderful but the special features on the DVD are must sees!Read full review...

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If you haven't seen this movie, you are missing out.

I love all the Harry Potter movies. This is year one. The characters are young and not the best of actors yet, but you won't care. This movie is full of so much fun and fantasy (I've seen numerous halloween costumes of harry potter and other great characters over the last few years). It's a great movie for everyone of all ages. This is based on the novel by J.K. Rowling. Beware: If you watch this one you may find yourself buying year 2, 3, 4, and 5.Read full review...

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A Must See!!

If you love the books this movie is a must see. If you haven't heard of the books this movie is a must see. Great family film and wonderful special effects. We are introduced to Harry Potter. His parents were killed when he was a baby by He Who Must Not Be Named. Harry grows up in a family that really wants nothing to do with him. On a special birthday Harry gets a letter for Hogwarts, school of witchcraft and wizards. Harry is opened up to a whole new world and is famous in the wizard community for being the boy who lived. Going to Hogwarts Harry soon realizes that he has a dark enemy at the school. Not only is the movie wonderful but the special features on the DVD are must sees!Read full review...

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Awesome Movie

What I liked about it the best is the lack of foul language, most movies today have nasty, rude, and explicit language inappropriate for young people. Harry Potter movies have action as well as showing how friends stick together and look after each other in sticky situations. The movies show us how young people can have morals and honesty, something that all young people need these days.Read full review...

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Harry Potter & The Socerers Stone

I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, and it's not just the movies but the books also. I think that by far, The Socerers Stone is my favorite of all five movies currently out. Not only did it help perpetuate a craze, but the movie in it self is pretty awesome. There are times when I watch it and am amazed at the age of the three main characters in the movie. They are poised and professional and very young. I think it also helps that they are surrounded by experienced talent. Overall, I would give this movie a five - it does what fantasy is suppossed to do - take you and immerse you in another world and keeps you wanting more. The only drawback is that I wish there had been more from the book - possibly a little longer movie - BUT - it was the first and they were trying to draw people in and if they had included more who knows how long the movie would've been. Oh well!! Get the movie - it's a great movie to watch on rainy days (harry potter days at my house), cold days, halloween, and the holidays.Read full review...

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Harry Potter the saga begins!

Harry Potter is awesome. You can consider me a 30 year old woman with no life, or an avid lover of Harry Potter! I received this disk as one that I bought on Ebay and was a bit leary wondering if this would be the same quality, I was very impressed with the results! I loved this movie, because of the thrill it gives all watchers of all ages. Many people started a big hubbub over this series, however, for younger children under the age of 8 it might not be appropriate! But for older children they will love it! So if you are looking for a movie, that helps imagination, and encourages children to read this would be it! Go watch it, so go ahead and sneak a watch, you closet HP lovers!Read full review...

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