Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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When a boy capable of casting supernatural spells is enrolled into a school of magicians, he stumbles upon a sinister plot to steal a precious stone.  This requires a movie that is adorned with hi-tech special effects. The result is well done. Utilizing smooth and expert CGI, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone creates a world that incorporates actual sets such as a market alley for magicians, a bank vault run by goblins, and the cavernous stone halls of castle interiors.

The three main protagonists are kids played by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson whose acting spirits are commendable. Daniel plays the boy named Harry. The graceful Richard Harris is the school Headmaster. A student named Draco and Professor Snape (the late Alan Rickman) are dislikable campus members. Robbie Coltrane as the groundskeeper has a large great beard. And the surroundings of the campus contain fears while the precious stone is guarded by dangerous forces. But the story is not without pain and pitiful elements from Harry’s past.  It’s a movie mix of amusement and drama. The conflict does take its time in developing and there are also questions of logic – why would a school punish its students by sending them to a forest inhabited by monsters? Because it’s based on a childrens novel by J.K. Rowling would be the quick answer. The Quidditch sport of riding on flying brooms is not that exciting to watch (its probably as entertaining as Star Wars Episode 1 pods race) but what sights there are to behold in this movie directed by Chris Columbus.

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