As I said many times before, I’m a massive fan of Harry Potter! This is my first movie review of the Harry Potter series, starting with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. You can find my review for the first book right here.
I first saw this movie when I was six years old when it came out in the theater in 2001. Obviously, I have seen it a lot of times since, and I’m currently doing a Harry Potter marathon and saw it a couple of weeks ago.
Even though most everyone’s seen it, I still thought I’d still tell you the premise of the movie.
When he was orphaned, Harry Potter was reluctantly taken in by his cruel and mean Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia, who did not hesitate to make him sleep in the cupboard under the stairs. He also has to put up with the whining of his cousin Dudley, a greedy boy who is spoiled by his parents. Vernon and Petunia hate their nephew, whose presence continually reminds them of the “unpredictable” temperament of the boy’s parents and their mysterious death.
As he approaches his 11th birthday, Harry expects nothing special. Yet it is on this occasion that he discovers that he is the son of two powerful magicians and that he too possesses extraordinary powers. When he is offered a place at Hogwarts, the prestigious school of witchcraft, he finally finds the home and family he’s always missed… and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.
Or you can watch the trailer right here.
As I said before, I first saw the movie in 2001 in the theater. It’s one of the first movies I ever remember seeing. And I fell in love with the Wizarding World right then. Every time a Harry Potter movie came out, we went to see it with my family, and when I was older, with my friends.
When I first saw it, I hadn’t read the movie. I couldn’t read at the time. Nor had anyone read it to me before. So, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was a real discovery and surprise for me. To see characters on the screen who were just a little older than me, and watching them have adventures was magic to me. And, I have to admit that I was really disappointed when I turned 11 not to get my Hogwarts letter even though I’m French.
Ever since then, I get goosebumps when I hear the opening theme of Harry Potter. It’s even my ringtone.
But mostly, I loved Harry Potter because I managed to keep the child in my alive thanks to it. I became more and more entangled in the world, and it really shaped the adult that I am today. I have a Harry Potter tattoo, and I’m into a lot of fandoms because of it.
Should you watch it?
I would highly recommend that everyone watches this movie, whether you have kids or not. One of my best friends still hasn’t seen the entire series. And it’s become my life’s mission to make her see the whole franchise.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone is the magical beginning of one of the greatest movie franchises. I would recommend that everyone sees it because it’s such a great story. I plan to show it to my kids one day.
Harry Potter and the Wizarding world really show you the magic that’s in the world we’re living in.