The first Harry Potter film, the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’; is the introducing of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the houses, the classes, the teachers, and of course, the secrets. It’s a film involving a talking hat, a “pea-brain” troll, and Platform 9¾, yet it still is a gripping, excellent film. The film delves into the imagination of children to understand this fantasy of a magical world, brilliantly created by J K Rowling, but most importantly believed by thousands of children.
Just like all the other Harry Potter films, there are the main three protagonists. In ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, the curious eleven year olds, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), find themselves uncovering the secrets of magical Hogwarts and take it upon themselves to fix the problems no matter how “forbidden” they were. At the beginning, they find that they are unlikely friends, but as the friendship grows, they realise they need each other; each one having their own individual talent.
There are a variety of characters to love in this film and also ones to feel unsure about. The loveable Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane), the strict Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith), the understanding Dumbledore (Richard Harris), the suspicious Professor Snape (Alan Rickman), the bully Uncle Vernon (Richard Griffiths), the mothering Mrs Weasley (Julie Walters), and many more well-known actors and actresses to recognise.
Harry goes from a boy unwanted in his home, living a lie but unknowingly, to a completely different life, one where he is famous but doesn’t even know why. Yet he finds himself more connected to this unknown world than to his previous Aunt and Uncle’s. Although, Harry occasionally struggles between the “Muggle” (human) and Witchcraft and Wizardry world. Well he is probably the only child who didn’t know he had magical powers until he was eleven where a strange man told him “you’re a wizard Harry”. It’s clever that Harry is not understanding to this unfamiliar world, one so different to his previous life, because it allows the audience to learn with him, so when Harry is unfamiliar the audience is too, therefore it is more relatable, even if it is a film based on magic.
This film is appropriate for children, the film reflects comical comments to lighten the mood, and it is not serious all throughout the film. The lighting is most predominantly bright as they are not many dark scenes, only a few out in the Dark Forest or on the Third Floor Corridor, however, these are expected for the audience, as Dumbledore explains that they are “out of bounds” in his first announcement. Compared to the older films, these ones are much more suitable for younger ages.
Just because this film is the first Harry Potter film, doesn’t simply mean it is the introduction to all the others and the characters involved, because it still has its own significant story line full of tension and secrecy waiting to be uncovered. In my opinion, I think this story line is one of the best out of all the Harry Potter’s. This film has to be good, more than good, explained by the hype of all the other films. No one is going to see a second film of a series with a rubbish first film. So it is definitely worth a watch. As the trailer says, it’s where the “magic begins”.