Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Name: Harry Potter 1-Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone
Year: 2001
Rating: G
Running Time (minutes): 152
Description: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first film in the Harry Potter series based on the novels by J.K. Rowling. It is the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary 11-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Hagrid, the groundskeeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer. Famous for an incident that happened at his birth, Harry makes friends easily at his new school. He soon finds, however, that the wizarding world is far more dangerous for him than he would have imagined, and he quickly learns that not all wizards are ones to be trusted.
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Richard Harris
Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

It’s been a year since I watched this one and re-discovering it was great.

I’ve heard a lot about how it’s a kid’s movie etc., but what surprised me most about it is the sheer magic and enthusiasm it contains. You genuinely feel excited about this new world, it really is an enchanting place.

I knew the score nearly by heart, but my opinion still changed a little. What bothers me most is that the orchestra always seems to be doing way too much during quiet moments. At times, it’s as though Williams seems to forget he’s supposed to be accompanying the action rather than providing it. For instance, when Snape is having his ‘up to something’ moment, there’s so much going on in the brass region that it’s just over the top. As one film reviewer famously said, ‘a banging, clanging piece of music that won’t shut up’. Also, I think Williams is focusing too much on the strangeness of the world: Arrival at Hogwarts contains too much dissonance. Other than that, great score and film.


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