Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Release Date: November 16, 2001
Director: Chris Columbus
Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
My daughter has succumbed to the Harry Potter bug and wanted to watch the first movie this weekend (a bit of peer pressure since of her best buds was watching the movie too). I hadn’t seen this movie in about 17 years or so (!). It was a reminder that the movie series (as does the book) starts off with a fairly simple plot compared with the intricate world-building it would acquire later. It was also a reminder that Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint were oh-so-little when this all started, and it was an impressive job of casting at that age to get actors who’d do so well over 8 movies and into their adult careers. Chris Columbus takes a safe-but-boring approach to directing, I think some other directors are more creative and adventurous later in the series, but nevertheless the movie has its charms in bringing the books to life for the first time.