Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ★★★½

Dumbledore: What happened down in the dungeon between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret. So, naturally, the whole school knows.

Holy forking shirtballs, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, yes, PHILOSOPHER’S stone, on 4K Blu-Ray is absolutely gorgeous. Shot on 35mm and running as native 4K, every texture, colour, crevice, and piece of clothing positively pops out of the screen to bring the Wizarding world to life! I won’t review the film, as my long-awaited non-stop Wizarding World marathon is coming in May, but watching this one again tonight, for the first time in this level of quality, was really just something else! Honestly, if anyone is considering making the change over to 4K anytime soon, put Harry Potter alongside Blade Runner 2049 and La La Land as your reference level quality disc - it is just stunning!

Also, of course, this is childhood wonder bottled into something that will spring eternal of course, and every revisit to the birth of the franchise on film is filled with warmth and joy that emanates from every amateur child acting performance and every shoddy special effect. The end result is something singular yet quintessential, timeless and yet brimming with nostalgia, a magical adventure in every possible sense of the term. I adore Harry Potter with all of my heart and soul.

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