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It's been quite some time since visiting this franchise in which I have read all the books to, and I'm intrigued to see how each them turn out for me today.
The first entry to Harry Potter is rather strong being able to introduce us to just about everything and anything we need to know about the wizarding world, and while things do run a little dry in some areas, it captures just enough of a full first year of Hogwarts (and what led Harry to that point) that it becomes satisfying.
With an incredible cast that simply slip into their roles, the characters and story based on J. K. Rowling's books SIMPLY jumps out onto the screen as if no work was necessary. It holds a special charm and is partially due to nostalgia, but still actually is good enough to hold up. The world itself is established pretty well even for as big as it stands, and even with a lengthy exposition before we get to the grounds of Hogwarts, Privet Drive is just as fun of a place to visit as an inclusion to the story as it is to walk the halls of Hogwarts. I had almost forgotten how clever the story was with incorporatinga twist, and while I recalled how events played out prior to their occurrence, I still had a good deal of fun with it.