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29 Dec 2001

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Film review:- Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone.

See next week for behind the scenes exclusive of this film!

Director Chris Columbus takes us into a magical world of Witchcraft and Wizardry in this very close interpolation of JK Rowlings first book in the series of Harry Potter books.   

The Philosopher's stone is an enchanting book, so it was interesting to see the film making a very good attempt to keep as close to the regional story as possible.  The film starts with the baby Harry Potter being delivered by a Mad Rocker on a flying bike.  The Biker, just happens to be a giant.   Harry then spends the first ten years of his life living under the stairs in the house of his Aunt and Uncle's.   They both treat him as a freak. Then, one day, out of the blue letters start to fly in and then the Aunt and Uncle move with their horrible son.  Next the loveable giant comes to him with an invitation to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry soon discovers that there are two worlds, one is magical and can not be seen by "normal people", the other is the "real world". The best part of the film is when Harry learns to play Quidditch.

Our verdict is that this is a real classic, but could frighten very young children, so be warned.  In all it is worth a good four stars.  It is a shame about the hype, as it tends to spoil the magic a bit.  If you take away the hype, then I would give it five out of five. 

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Review by Patrick Trollope.

Book ISBN 0-7475-3269-9.  

First credits only:- Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Maggie Smith,Robbie, Coltrane, Richard Griffiths, Fina Shaw, Ian Hart, Zoe Wannamaker and Richard Harris.

Film Age Rating In The UK
       Distributor:- Warner Brothers  
 Our verdict 4 stars out of five stars.
      Duration:- 152 Mins.   
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