Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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

I'm amazed that Harry gets a broom-shaped parcel (a pretty unique shape you would think) delivered to him and he's still shocked that it turns out to be, would you believe, a broom.

I was never a huge fan of Harry Potter despite growing up with it at a similar age as the lead trio of characters. I stopped reading the books at 'The Order of the Phoenix' and have only watched up to The Half-Blood Prince so I think this is a perfect time to revisit the films I have seen and finally finish the series.

Chris Columbus was the absolute perfect director for The Philosopher's Stone, the start of an unforgettable adventure for three children. With Home Alone, he created a sense of, dare I say, magic and child-like wonder and replicates it here where, perhaps, it is even more fitting. The film also succeeds in translating the world and mythology of Hogwarts from page to screen and wisely forgoes, although not completely, the 'he who shall not be named' stuff to focus more on the spells, the books, the professors and the school.

Some of the acting is pure cringefest, from the child actors as you would expect, but I think that's just by the by. One of the aspects of the story that Columbus nails is the tenderness of the relationship between Daniel Radcliffe's Harry and Robbie Coltrane's Hagrid. It's always nice whenever the two characters are given the opportunity to be together.

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