Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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

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I never got to see the first Harry Potter on the big screen - I was too young upon its original release. So as cinemas begin to reopen after an almost 6-month absence, I saw the magical escapism of the first installment in 4DX as the perfect way to welcome back the big screen.
It's hard to fault this first film in the wizarding series - perhaps it a touch too long but there's a lot of worldbuilding and characters to fit in and it does so in a way that makes sense to all age ranges, welcoming you into this extraordinary world of witchcraft and wizardry.
The effects have surprisingly held up, the quidditch scene is a bit ropey but that was to be expected. It's a very nostalgic feeling seeing the cast at the beginning of the series but the casting team did the impossible and found a group of fantastic child actors.
Lending itself so well to a cinematic adaptation, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone does a brilliant job of launching the magical series.

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