Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone
Production Company: Warner Bros.
Director: Chris Columbus
Daniel Radcliffe appears as: Harry Potter
Runtime: 152 minutes
Rating: PG (USA, UK)
Theatrical Release Date: 16 November 2001
DVD/VHS Release Date: 11 May 2002
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Harry Potter has learned to live with his bullying Uncle Vernon, his callous Aunt Petunia and the constant whining of his greedy, spoiled cousin Dudley. He’s even learned to live with sleeping in the cupboard under the stairs.
Harry’s relatives have just as reluctantly learned to live with the unwelcome presence of their orphaned relation, a constant reminder of Petunia’s “wayward” sister and brother-in-law and their mysterious and untimely demise.
Even the impending arrival of his 11th birthday offers no excitement for Harry – as usual, there’s little chance of cards, presents or any kind of birthday treat.
This year, however, is different.
Based on the first of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s novels about Harry Potter, the live action family adventure film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone tells the story of a boy who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. Invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. At Hogwarts, he finds the home and the family he has never had.
Released in the US as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Scenes which made reference to the “Philosopher’s Stone” had to be refilmed so as to refer to the “Sorcerer’s Stone” in the US version.