Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a film directed by Chris Columbus and based on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling. Steve Kloves wrote the screenplay.

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  • Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger

Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore

Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape

Ian Hart as Quirinus Quirrell

Zoë Wanamaker as Rolanda Hooch

Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid

Warwick Davis as Filius Flitwick

Hazel Showham as Septima Vector

David Bradley as Argus Filch



J.K. Rowling sold the rights of the first four books to Warner Brothers in 1998 for a reported $1,982,900. Rowling then demanded that the principal cast be kept strictly British. There were many directors that were considered for the job including Steven Spielberg, Terry Gilliam, Jonathon Demme, and Alan Parker. On March 28, 2000 Chris Columbus was appointed director of the movie. Warner Bros. cited family favorites such as Mrs. Doubtfire and Home Alone as influences for their decision to appoint Chris Columbus.

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Filmed in 2001. Leavesden studios in Hertfordshire was completely taken over by the film used for pre-prodiction filming.

Filming locations include Lacock Abbey, Durham Cathedral and Gloucester Cathedral that make up Hogwarts.

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Differences from the book

In the film, the number of presents Dudley gets for his birthday is different than the book. In the film, Dudley says, '36! Last year, last year I got 37!'

In the film, Harry only tries two wands before finding his wand at Ollivander's, yet in the book, he tried 'almost every wand in the shop'.


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