Two decades of cinematographic magic: “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” at twenty | Entertainment

It pains me, but also thrills me to reveal the fact that the film adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001), known as “Sorcerer’s Stone” here in the United States , turned twenty in November!

Incredible, right?

Two decades have passed since Chris Columbus presented JK Rowling’s beloved book of the same name on The Boy Who Lived and its introduction to the wizarding world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Witchcraft in theaters across the country. whole world.

For Muggles unfamiliar with the story or those who simply live under a rock like the Dursleys, the film follows the titular orphan Harry Potter who is immersed in a world of magic when he receives a letter to attend Hogwarts, a boarding school for wizards. There, Harry realizes that he conquered the famous dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, as a baby, meets his fellow witch and wizard Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley with whom he befriends, and discovers a plot. aiming to steal the infamous Philosopher’s Stone with the help of his friends. The film launched the acting careers of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson who played Harry, Ron and Hermione respectively while also starring a formidable array of notable British actors like the late Richard Harris and Alan Rickman.

The film premiered in the UK on November 10, 2001, and was subsequently released in the US on November 16 of the same year. Regarded worldwide as a critical and commercial success, “Philosopher’s Stone” grossed $ 974 million at the global box office, later exceeding $ 1 billion in reissues. Plus, it spawned seven sequels and one spinoff series, so you could say the mischief has been dealt with.

I consider “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” to be a whimsical and colorful adventure that I absolutely adore almost twenty years later. The actors, especially the three main roles, are exceptional and have a blast. John Seale’s cinematography jumps off the screen and transports you to the wizarding world of Hogwarts even though some of the CGIs are a bit dated. He always looks great. While I can’t speak for the other films, the first installment of the “Harry Potter” films is one of the most well-made and faithful book-film adaptations I have ever seen fit for the screen, and I believe that’s why this movie is so successful. It honors the source material, even if some content is cut or slightly edited. All in all, this is a fantastic first year foray into the life of Harry Potter that stands the test of time as a true classic for children and adults alike, regardless of race, gender. , orientation, etc.

You are also in luck as the film will soon be re-released in theaters in the “Magical Movie Mode” version which allows audiences to uncover the film’s making secrets, learn incantations, confront dark creatures and respond. anecdotes. If you don’t catch it in theaters, it’ll be available in stores on Blu-ray and DVD, or you can stream the entire franchise on HBO Max!

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