Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone – Should I Watch It?

Intro to… Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone
An eleven-year old must protect a rock from the most malevolent dead wizard alive.

The Plot
Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is an orphan child that is reluctantly raised by his aunt and uncle. They like to see themselves as an exemplary household, and strive to remain remarkable mundane. But there is nothing exemplary or mundane about how they treat little Harry. For some unexplained reason weird things seem to happen around him, and even though these things happen out of his control, he always gets punished for them.

But on his eleventh birthday something happens that will change Harry’s life forever. A giant man named Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) barges into their house and delivers a letter. He claims that Harry, like his parents, is a wizard. And that he has been accepted into Hogwarts, Britain’s most acclaimed school for witchcraft and wizardry.

Should I Watch It?
Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone is the first chapter of the Harry Potter franchise. It is our introduction to the magical world of Hogwarts, and the many marvels and wonders it beholds. It is a fantasy story about a small boy that unknowingly carries a legacy of epic proportions. Both on-screen and off-screen.

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone is a children’s movie, and contains all the magic of one. It is full of adventure, imagination, and loveable characters. In just one movie a legion of unforgettable eccentrics get introduced. Dumbledore, McGonagall, Snape, Ron, Hermoine, Hagrid, Neville, Ollivander, Harry, and the list just keeps on going. They are all unique characters that have been immortalised by the film and its gigantic amount fans.

Unfortunately, it also carries the downfalls of a children’s movie. The action scenes look pretty bad. Oddly, I do not think this is because of the age and inexperience of the child actors, but because of the directional execution. For instance, at one point Hermoine gets attacked in the girl’s lavatory by a troll. But it moves really slowly and its punches never even come close to connecting. It never feels like a dangerous situation. The troll in question is a CGI troll, and that is my second big issue with the movie – it looks terrible. There is no life to any of the scenes that contain CGI creatures. Not everything CGI is bad, the Alohomora spell, for instance, is subtle and looks cool. But a lot of the bigger CGI effects could have been done a lot better.

For a story that contains so many strong personalities, it is remarkable how little its main character has. Ron, Hermoine, Dumbledore, Snape, Hagrid, and nearly every other character have very distinct character traits, both personality and appearance wise. Harry, however, is rather bland and unexceptional. This was presumably done to make him accessible. It allows us to project our self upon him, keeping him simple makes him universally relatable. Harry’s sole defining traits are his courage and his reputation as the boy that lived. And who does not want to see themselves as brave and special? Because of this, ironically, Harry’s blandness might be his most appealing quality. He is surrounded be a group of marvellously unique characters. And he acts as our guide through this magical world. Like us, he is completely new to this environment. So in a sense, he is as much as a muggle as we are.

If I am honest, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone has actually very little to offer to grown ups outside the visualisation of a beloved book. The dialogue is naive, the humour is weak and childish, and the aesthetics, though creative, are simple and fake. The characters are lovely and unique, but in the end they are just exaggerated personalities with a dash of magic sprinkled on top of them. But all of this does not matter. Because this movie does not cater to the grown up, it caters to the inner-child in all of us, and fills it with glee and excitement. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone is not a great movie, I even have a hard time calling it a good movie. But what it does have is an amazingly fantasy-rich world and a captivating story. And this far outweighs all its flaws and imperfections.

Yes, watch it.

Hi guys, I hope you enjoyed reading this review. If you have any comments or suggestions on what I should watch next let me know in the comment section below.


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13 responses to “Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone – Should I Watch It?”

  1. alexdneagoe says :

    I was so nervous reading this, waiting to see if you give it the green or not because I really, really, really love Harry Potter both the movies and the films. Haha. I do agree with you with the fact the effects are not too good in the first movie. The troll scene is more than terrible. But still… I gotta love Harry!

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    • Remco says :

      I heavily favour the books over the movies, but I do like the movie adaptations. I was re-reading the first book for the millionth time last week and was looking forward to watch the movie and write a review!

      I really hope Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them will be good. I am really not a fan of Eddie Redmayne, so I have no idea what to expect from it.

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      • alexdneagoe says :

        Well, yes. The books are definitely better than the movies, but then again that’s with almost every movie adaptation I’ve seen. I’m really looking forward to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them so I hope it won’t be a disappointment like the last part of The Hunger Games was. Haha

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        • Remco says :

          True, most books are better. I did like the Lord of the Rings movies better compared to their book counterparts, but mostly because Tolkien has a very descriptive and tiresome style of writing. Cannot really think of any other examples.

          Hahaha, and let’s both just forget about Mockingjay 2 and get really excited for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 😉

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  2. Remco says :

    I still want to watch that movie. I’ve had it for ages, but have never watched it.

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  3. thedahlialuxlife says :

    Although Harry Potter is a ‘children’s film/book’, if you can open your mind wide enough then you can accept the pure imagination that went into these stories and enjoy it for what it is!
    The films lack of detail ruins the experience, especially if you have read the books, but never the less, the films are still worth at least one watch 😀

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