Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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

"It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live."

The early 00's CGI and fairly simplistic plot do date Philosopher's Stone quite a bit in comparison to its successors, but this is still a decent (and if you're a fan, compulsory) introduction to the wizarding world of Harry Potter. The acting is great across the board - even from the child performers, which is impressive - the mythology is endlessly intriguing, and John Williams' score is utterly compelling. Harry's cinematic adventures would be refined and improved over time, but this remains a nostalgic gem that entertains me every time I revisit it.

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