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Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone (released in the United States, India and the Philippines as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer s Stone) is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, based on J. K. Rowling s 1997 novel of the same name. Produced by David Heyman and written by Steve Kloves, it is the first instalment of the Harry Potter film series. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, with Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger. Its story follows Harry s first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as he discovers that he is a famous wizard and begins his formal wizarding education.

Warner Bros. bought the film rights to the book in 1999 for a reported £1 million ($1.65 million). Production began in the United Kingdom in 2000, with Chris Columbus being chosen to create the film from a short list of directors that included Steven Spielberg and Rob Reiner. Rowling insisted that the entire cast be British and Irish, with the three leads chosen in August 2000 following open casting calls. The film was shot at Leavesden Film Studios and historic buildings around the United Kingdom, from September 2000 to March 2001.

The film was released to cinemas in the United Kingdom and Ireland on 10 and 11 November 2001 for two days of previews. It opened on 16 November in the United States, Canada and Taiwan as well as officially in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It became a critical and commercial success, grossing $974 million at the box office worldwide during its initial run, and over $1 billion with subsequent re-releases. It became the highest-grossing film of 2001 and the second-highest-grossing film at the time. The film was nominated for many awards, including Academy Awards for Best Original Score, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. It was followed by seven sequels, beginning with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 2002 and ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011.


Late one night, Albus Dumbledore and Minerva McGonagall, professors at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, along with groundskeeper Rubeus Hagrid, deliver an orphaned infant named Harry Potter to his aunt and uncle, Petunia and Vernon Dursley, his only living relatives.

Ten years later, just before Harry s eleventh birthday, owls begin delivering letters addressed to him. When the abusive Dursleys refuse to allow Harry to open any and flee to an island hut, Hagrid arrives to personally deliver Harry s letter of acceptance to Hogwarts. Hagrid also reveals that Harry s parents, James and Lily, were killed by a dark wizard named Lord Voldemort. The killing curse that Voldemort had cast rebounded, destroying Voldemort s body and giving Harry his lightning-bolt scar. Hagrid then takes Harry to Diagon Alley for school supplies and gives him a pet snowy owl whom he names Hedwig. Harry buys a wand that is connected to Voldemort s own wand.

At King s Cross station, Harry boards the Hogwarts Express train. He meets Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, a Muggle-born witch. Arriving at Hogwarts, Harry also meets Draco Malfoy, who is from a wealthy, pure-blood wizard family. The two immediately form a rivalry. The students assemble in the Great Hall where the Sorting Hat sorts the first-years in four respective houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Harry is placed into Gryffindor alongside Ron and Hermione, while Draco is sorted into Slytherin, a house noted for dark wizards.

As Harry studies magic, he learns more about his parents and Voldemort. Harry s natural talent for broomstick flying gets him recruited as the youngest-ever Seeker for Gryffindor s Quidditch team. While returning to the Gryffindor common room, the staircases change paths, leading Harry, Ron, and Hermione to the third floor, which is restricted. There they discover a giant three-headed dog named Fluffy. On Halloween, Ron insults Hermione after she shows off in Charms class. Upset, Hermione spends the afternoon crying in the girls bathroom. That night, a giant marauding troll enters it, but Harry and Ron save Hermione, and the three make up and become close friends after Hermione takes the blame by claiming she went looking for the troll.

The trio discover that Fluffy is guarding the philosopher s stone, a magical object that can turn metal into gold and produce an immortality elixir. Harry suspects that Potions teacher and head of Slytherin House, Severus Snape, wants the stone to return Voldemort to physical form. When Hagrid accidentally reveals that music puts Fluffy asleep, Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to find the stone before Snape. Fluffy is already asleep, but the trio face other barriers, including a deadly plant called Devil s Snare, a room filled with aggressive flying keys, and a giant chess game that knocks out Ron.

After overcoming the barriers, Harry discovers that Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher Quirinus Quirrell wants the stone; Snape had figured it out and had been protecting Harry. Quirrell removes his turban and reveals a weakened Voldemort living on the back of his head. Dumbledore s protective enchantment places the stone in Harry s possession. Voldemort attempts to bargain the stone from Harry in exchange for resurrecting his parents, but Harry sees through his trick and refuses. Quirrell attempts to kill Harry. When Harry touches Quirrell s skin, it burns Quirrell, reducing him to ashes. Voldemort s soul rises from the pile and escapes, knocking out Harry as it passes through him.

Harry recovers in the school infirmary. Dumbledore says the stone has been destroyed to prevent misuse, and that Ron and Hermione are safe. Dumbledore reveals how Harry defeated Quirrell: When Lily died to save Harry, a love-based protection against Voldemort was placed on him. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are rewarded with house points for their heroism, tying them for first place with Slytherin. Dumbledore then awards ten points to their housemate Neville Longbottom for having had the courage to stand up to the trio, granting Gryffindor the House Cup. Harry returns to the Dursleys for the summer, happy to finally have a real home at Hogwarts.


  • Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter: An 11-year-old orphan living with his unwelcoming aunt, uncle, and cousin, who learns of his own fame as a wizard known to have survived his parents murder at the hands of the dark wizard Lord Voldemort as an infant when he is accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Columbus had wanted Radcliffe for the role since he saw him in the BBC s production of David Copperfield, before the open casting sessions had taken place, but had been told by casting director Susan Figgis that Radcliffe s protective parents would not allow their son to take the part. Columbus explained that his persistence in giving Radcliffe the role was responsible for Figgis resignation. Radcliffe was asked to audition in 2000, when Heyman and Kloves met him and his parents at a production of Stones in His Pockets in London. Heyman and Columbus successfully managed to convince Radcliffe s parents that their son would be protected from media intrusion, and they agreed to let him play Harry. Rowling approved of Radcliffe s casting, stating that having seen screen test I don t think Chris Columbus could have found a better Harry. Radcliffe was reportedly paid £1 million for the film, although he felt the fee was not that important to him. William Moseley, who was later cast as Peter Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia series, also auditioned for the role. The Saunders triplets appear as Harry as a baby.
  • Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley: Harry s best friend at Hogwarts and a younger member of the Weasley wizarding family. A fan of the series, Grint decided he would be perfect for the part because ginger hair . Having seen a Newsround report about the open casting he sent in a video of himself rapping about how he wished to receive the part. His attempt was successful as the casting team asked for a meeting with him. Thomas Brodie-Sangster auditioned for the role but was rejected.
  • Emma Watson as Hermione Granger: Harry s other best friend and the trio s brains. Watson s Oxford theatre teacher passed her name on to the casting agents and she had to do over five interviews before she got the part. Watson took her audition seriously, but never really thought had any chance of getting the role. The producers were impressed by Watson s self-confidence and she outperformed the thousands of other girls who had applied.
  • John Cleese as Nearly Headless Nick: The ghost of Gryffindor House.
  • Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid: A half-giant and Hogwarts gamekeeper. Coltrane was one of the two actors Rowling wanted most, along with Smith as McGonagall. Coltrane, who was already a fan of the books, prepared for the role by discussing Hagrid s past and future with Rowling. According to Figgis, Robin Williams was interested in participating in the film, but was turned down for the Hagrid role because of the strictly British and Irish only rule which Columbus was determined to maintain.
  • Warwick Davis as Filius Flitwick: The Charms Master and head of Ravenclaw House. Davis also plays two other roles in the film: the Goblin Head Teller at Gringotts, and dubs the voice of Griphook, who is embodied by Verne Troyer.
  • Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley: Harry s Muggle uncle.
  • Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore: Hogwarts Headmaster and one of the most famous and powerful wizards of all time. Harris initially rejected the role, only to reverse his decision after his granddaughter stated she would never speak to him again if he did not take it. Patrick McGoohan was initially offered the role, and showed interest, but declined due to health issues. Sean Connery was also offered the role but turned it down because he was not interested in the film s subject matter.
  • Ian Hart as Quirinus Quirrell: The stuttering Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. David Thewlis auditioned for the part; he would later be cast as Remus Lupin in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Hart also voiced Lord Voldemort, while Richard Bremmer provided his physical appearance and portrayed him as a hooded figure during a flashback.
  • John Hurt as Mr. Ollivander: a highly regarded wandmaker and the owner of Ollivanders.
  • Alan Rickman as Severus Snape: The Potions Master and head of Slytherin House. Tim Roth was the original choice for the role, but he turned it down for Planet of the Apes.
  • Fiona Shaw as Petunia Dursley: Harry s Muggle aunt.
  • Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall: The Deputy Headmistress, head of Gryffindor and transfiguration teacher at Hogwarts. Smith was one of the two actors Rowling wanted most, along with Coltrane as Hagrid.
  • Julie Walters as Molly Weasley: Ron s mother. She shows Harry how to get to Platform 9+3⁄4.

Additionally, Zoë Wanamaker appears as Madame Hooch, Hogwarts flying instructor; Tom Felton portrays Draco Malfoy, a student in Slytherin and Harry s rival; before being cast as Draco, Felton auditioned for the roles of Harry and Ron. Harry Melling plays Dudley Dursley, Harry s cousin; and David Bradley appears as Argus Filch, Hogwarts caretaker. Matthew Lewis, Devon Murray and Alfred Enoch portray Neville Longbottom, Seamus Finnigan and Dean Thomas respectively, three first year students in Gryffindor; James and Oliver Phelps play twins Fred and George Weasley, Ron s brothers, while Chris Rankin appears as his other brother Percy, a Gryffindor prefect, and Bonnie Wright appears as Ron s sister Ginny. Sean Biggerstaff portrays Oliver Wood, the Keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team; Jamie Waylett and Joshua Herdman play Crabbe and Goyle, Malfoy s minions; and Leslie Phillips voices the Sorting Hat. Derek Deadman plays Tom, innkeeper of The Leaky Cauldron; and Elizabeth Spriggs appears as the Fat Lady, a painting at Hogwarts.



In 1997, producer David Heyman searched for a children s book that could be adapted into a well-received film. He had planned to produce Diana Wynne Jones novel The Ogre Downstairs, but his plans fell through. His staff at Heyday Films then suggested Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone, which his assistant believed was a cool idea. Heyman pitched the idea to Warner Bros. and in 1999, Rowling sold the company the rights to the first four Harry Potter books for a reported £1 million. A demand Rowling made was for Heyman to keep the cast strictly British and Irish; the latter s case has Richard Harris as Dumbledore and Fiona Shaw as Petunia Dursley, and not to cast foreign actors unless absolutely necessary, like casting of French and Eastern European actors in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) where characters from the book are specified as such. Rowling was hesitant to sell the rights because she didn t want to give them control over the rest of the story by selling the rights to the characters, which would have enabled Warner Bros. to make non-author-written sequels.

Although Steven Spielberg initially negotiated to direct the film, he declined the offer. Spielberg reportedly wanted the adaptation to be an animated film, with American actor Haley Joel Osment to provide Harry Potter s voice, or a film that incorporated elements from subsequent books as well. Spielberg contended that, in his opinion, it was like shooting ducks in a barrel. It s just a slam dunk. It s just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There s no challenge. Rowling maintains that she had no role in choosing directors for the films and that nyone who thinks I could (or would) have veto-ed him needs their Quick-Quotes Quill serviced. Heyman recalled that Spielberg decided to direct A.I. Artificial Intelligence instead.

Harry Potter is the kind of timeless literary achievement that comes around once in a lifetime. Since the books have generated such a passionate following across the world, it was important to us to find a director that has an affinity for both children and magic. I can t think of anyone more ideally suited for this job than Chris.

—Lorenzo di Bonaventura

After Spielberg left, talks began with other directors, including: Chris Columbus, Terry Gilliam, Jonathan Demme, Mike Newell (who would later direct the fourth film), Alan Parker, Wolfgang Petersen, Rob Reiner, Ivan Reitman, Tim Robbins, Brad Silberling, M. Night Shyamalan and Peter Weir. Petersen and Reiner both pulled out of the running in March 2000, and the choice was narrowed down to Silberling, Columbus, Parker and Gilliam. Rowling s first choice director was Terry Gilliam, but Warner Bros. chose Columbus, citing his work on other family films such as Home Alone (1990) and Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) as influences for their decision. Columbus had become a fan of the book series after his daughter persuaded him to read the first three books, leading him to call his agent to arrange a meeting at Warner Bros. to direct the film. When his agent told him that at least twenty five other directors were eager to helm the project, Columbus requested his agent to secure his meeting to be the last one so he could give a lasting impression and be the studio s freshest person in their memory . During two weeks of waiting, Columbus wrote a 130-page director s version of the screenplay to explain his vision for the film s tone. The day of his meeting with Warner executives including Alan F. Horn, Columbus delivered an impassioned 45-minute talk and showed them his annotated script. Weeks later, the studio notified Columbus that he had gotten the job and sent him to Scotland to meet with Rowling and Heyman. Columbus pitched his vision of the film for two hours, stating that he wanted the Muggle scenes to be bleak and dreary but those set in the wizarding world to be steeped in color, mood, and detail. He took inspiration from David Lean s adaptations of Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948), wishing to use that sort of darkness, that sort of edge, that quality to the cinematography, while being further inspired by the colour designs from Oliver! (1968) and The Godfather (1972).

Steve Kloves was selected to write the screenplay. He described adapting the book as tough , as it did not lend itself to adaptation as well as the next two books. Kloves often received synopsis of books proposed as film adaptations from Warner Bros., which he almost never read , but Harry Potter jumped out at him. He went out and bought the book, and became an instant fan of the series. When speaking to Warner Bros., he stated that the film had to be British, and had to be true to the characters. Kloves was nervous when he first met Rowling as he did not want her to think he was going to her baby. Rowling admitted that she was really ready to hate this Steve Kloves, but recalled her initial meeting with him: The first time I met him, he said to me, You know who my favourite character is? And I thought, You re gonna say Ron. I know you re gonna say Ron. But he said Hermione. And I just kind of melted. Rowling received a large amount of creative control, an arrangement that Columbus did not mind.

Warner Bros. had initially planned to release the film over 4 July 2001 weekend, making for such a short production window that several proposed directors pulled themselves out of the running. Due to time constraints, the date was put back to 16 November 2001.


Rowling insisted that the cast be kept British. Susie Figgis was appointed as casting director, working with both Columbus and Rowling in auditioning the lead roles of Harry, Ron and Hermione. Open casting calls were held for the main three roles, with only British children being considered. The principal auditions took place in three parts, with those auditioning having to read a page from the novel, then to improvise a scene of the students arrival at Hogwarts, and finally to read several pages from the script in front of Columbus. Scenes from Columbus script for the Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) were also used in auditions. On 11 July 2000, Figgis left the production, complaining that Columbus did not consider any of the thousands of children they had auditioned worthy . By August 2000, Alan Rickman and Richard Harris were in final talks to play Severus Snape and Albus Dumbledore, respectively, and were confirmed later that month. On 14 August 2000, Rowling s favourites Maggie Smith and Robbie Coltrane were cast as Minerva McGonagall and Rubeus Hagrid. On 21 August 2000, Daniel Radcliffe and newcomers Rupert Grint and Emma Watson were selected to play Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, respectively. In November 2000, Julie Walters and John Cleese joined the cast as Molly Weasley and Nearly-Headless Nick, respectively.


Two British film industry officials requested that the film be shot in the United Kingdom, offering their assistance in securing filming locations, the use of Leavesden Film Studios, as well as changing the UK s child labour laws (adding a small number of working hours per week and making the timing of on-set classes more flexible). Warner Bros. accepted their proposal. Principal photography began on 29 September 2000 at Leavesden Film Studios. Filming at the North Yorkshire s Goathland railway station took place on 2 October 2000. Canterbury Cathedral and Scotland s Inverailort Castle were both touted as possible locations for Hogwarts; Canterbury rejected Warner Bros. proposal due to concerns about the film s pagan theme. Alnwick Castle and Gloucester Cathedral were eventually selected as the principal locations for Hogwarts, with some scenes also being filmed at Harrow School. Other Hogwarts scenes were filmed in Durham Cathedral over a two-week period; these included shots of the corridors and some classroom scenes. Oxford University s Divinity School served as the Hogwarts Hospital Wing, and Duke Humfrey s Library, part of the Bodleian, was used as the Hogwarts Library. Filming for Privet Drive took place on Picket Post Close in Bracknell, Berkshire. Filming in the street took two days instead of the planned single day, so payments to the street s residents were correspondingly increased. For all the subsequent film s scenes set in Privet Drive, filming took place on a constructed set in Leavesden Film Studios, which proved to be cheaper than filming on location. London s Australia House was selected as the location for Gringotts Wizarding Bank, while Christ Church, Oxford was the location for the Hogwarts trophy room. London Zoo was used as the location for the scene in which Harry accidentally sets a snake on Dudley, with King s Cross Station also being used as the book specifies. Filming concluded on 23 March 2001, with final work being done in July 2001.

Because the American title was different, all scenes that mention the philosopher s stone by name had to be shot twice, once with the actors saying philosopher s and once with sorcerer s . The children filmed for four hours and then did three hours of schoolwork. They developed a liking for fake facial injuries from the makeup staff. Radcliffe was initially meant to wear green contact lenses as his eyes are blue, and not green like Harry s, but the lenses gave Radcliffe extreme irritation. Upon consultation with Rowling, it was agreed that Harry could have blue eyes.

Design and special effects

Judianna Makovsky served as the costume designer. She re-designed the Quidditch robes, having initially planned to use those shown on the cover of the American book, but deemed them a mess. Instead, she dressed the Quidditch players in preppie sweaters, 19th-century fencing breeches and arm guards. Production designer Stuart Craig built the sets at Leavesden Studios, including Hogwarts Great Hall, basing it on many English cathedrals. Although originally asked to use an existing old street to film the Diagon Alley scenes, Craig decided to build his own set, comprising Tudor, Georgian and Queen Anne architecture.

Columbus originally planned to use both animatronics and CGI animation to create the magical creatures, including Fluffy. Nick Dudman, who worked on Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, was given the task of creating the needed prosthetics, with Jim Henson s Creature Shop providing creature effects. John Coppinger stated that the magical creatures that needed to be created had to be designed multiple times. The film features nearly 600 special effects shots, involving numerous companies. Industrial Light & Magic created Lord Voldemort s face on the back of Quirrell, Rhythm & Hues animated Norbert (Hagrid s baby dragon); and Sony Pictures Imageworks produced the Quidditch scenes.


John Williams was selected to compose the score, having previously collaborated with Chris Columbus for Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Williams composed the score at his homes in Los Angeles and Tanglewood before recording it in London in September 2001. One of the main themes is entitled Hedwig s Theme ; Williams retained it for his finished score as everyone seemed to like it, and it became a recurring theme throughout the series. James Horner was the first choice to compose the score but turned it down. The soundtrack album was released on 30 October 2001 in CD format.

Differences from the book

Columbus repeatedly checked with Rowling to make sure he was getting minor details correct. Kloves described the film as being really faithful to the book. He added dialogue, of which Rowling approved. One of the lines originally included had to be removed after Rowling told him that it would directly contradict an event in the then-unreleased fifth Harry Potter novel Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Several minor characters have been removed from the film version, most prominently Peeves the poltergeist. Actor Rik Mayall was cast in the role, but his scenes were ultimately cut from the film and never released. The book s first chapter, told from the viewpoint of Vernon and Petunia Dursley, is absent from the film. Harry and Draco s first encounter in Madam Malkin s robe shop and the midnight duel are not in the film. In the film, the responsibility of taking Norbert away is given to Dumbledore, while in the book, Harry and Hermione have to bring him by hand to Charlie Weasley s friends. This necessitated a change in the detention plotline: in the book, Filch catches Harry and Hermione leaving the Astronomy Tower and puts them in detention with Neville and Malfoy, while in the film, all three protagonists receive detention after Malfoy finds them in Hagrid s hut after hours. According to Kloves, this was the one part of the book that felt easily could be changed . The Quidditch pitch is altered from a traditional stadium to an open field circled by spectator towers.

The book s timeline is not enforced in the film. In the book, Harry s eleventh birthday is in 1991. On the film set for 4 Privet Drive, Dudley s certificates from primary school bear the year 2001.



The first teaser poster was released on 1 December 2000. The first teaser trailer was released via satellite on 2 March 2001 and debuted in cinemas with the release of See Spot Run. On 29 June 2001, a new trailer was released with the debut of A.I. Artificial Intelligence. A video game based on the film was released on 15 November 2001 by Electronic Arts for several consoles. A port for the game, for the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, was released in 2003. Mattel won the rights to produce toys based on the film, to be sold exclusively through Warner Brothers stores. Hasbro also produced products, including confectionery products based on those from the series. Warner Bros. signed a deal worth US$150 million with Coca-Cola to promote the film, although some pegged the deal at $40 million-$50 million worldwide for the movie. Lego produced a series of sets based on buildings and scenes from the film, as well as a Lego Creator video game.

Theatrical release

Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone had its world premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on 4 November 2001, with the cinema arranged to resemble Hogwarts School.

The film had previews in the United Kingdom on 1,137 screens at 491 theatres on 10 and 11 November 2001. It officially opened on 16 November 2001 on 1,168 screens at 507 theatres in the United Kingdom and Ireland; in 3,672 theatres in the United States and Canada. It was the widest release at the time in the UK and the US.

Home media

Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone was first released on VHS and DVD on 11 May 2002 in the UK and 28 May 2002 in the US. Between May and June 2002, the film sold 10 million copies, almost 60% of which were DVD sales. It would go on to make $19.1 million in rentals, surpassing The Fast and the Furious for having the largest DVD rentals.

In December 2009, a 4-disc Ultimate Edition was released, with seven minutes of deleted scenes added back in, the feature-length special Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 1: The Magic Begins, and a 48-page hardcover booklet. The extended version has a running time of about 159 minutes, which had previously been shown during certain television airings. The film was re-released on DVD as part of the 8-disc Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection in November 2011, and on Blu-ray as part of the 31-disc Hogwarts Collection in April 2014.


Box office

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone grossed a record single day gross of £3.6 million during the first day of previews, beating Toy Story 2 s record. It grossed a record £3.1 million for a Sunday, bringing its total to £6.7 million from the previews. It broke the record for the highest-opening weekend ever, both including and excluding previews, making £16.3 million with and £9.6 million without previews ($13.8 million), setting a further record single day gross on the Saturday with £3.99 million. It set another Sunday record with a gross of £3.6 million. It had a record second weekend of £8.4 million. It remained at number one in the UK for five weeks. The film went on to make £66.1 million in the UK alone, making it the country s second-highest-grossing film of all-time (after Titanic), until it was surpassed by Mamma Mia!.

In the United States and Canada, it made $32.3 million on its opening day, breaking the single-day record previously held by Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). On the second day of release, the film s gross increased to $33.5 million, breaking the record for biggest single day again. It made $90.3 million during its first weekend, breaking the record for highest-opening weekend of all time that was previously held by The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). It held the record until the following May when Spider-Man (2002) made $114.8 million in its opening weekend. Plus, the film broke Batman Forever s record for having the largest opening weekend for a Warner Bros. film. It would hold this record for two years until it was surpassed by The Matrix Reloaded (2003). Additionally, it shattered other opening records, surpassing Monsters, Inc. for having the biggest November opening weekend, Planet of the Apes for having the largest non-holiday opening weekend, the highest Friday gross and the biggest opening weekend of the year, The Mummy Returns for scoring the highest Saturday gross, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) for having the highest opening weekend for a Chris Columbus film and Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) for having the largest number of screenings, playing at 3,672 theaters. The film grossed $2.3 million in its first two days in Taiwan, giving it a worldwide opening weekend total of $107 million. The film held onto the number 1 spot at the US box office for three consecutive weekends. The film also had the highest-grossing 5-day (Wednesday-Sunday) Thanksgiving weekend record of $82.4 million, holding the title for twelve years until both The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and Frozen (2013) surpassed it with $110.1 million and $94 million respectively.

Similar results were achieved across the world. A week after opening in the United States, the film added 15 additional markets and set an opening week record in Germany, grossing $18.7 million. It also set opening records in Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and German-speaking Switzerland. In the following weekend, after expanding to 31 countries, the film set a record overseas weekend gross of $60.9 million, including record openings in Australia, Greece, Israel, Japan ($12.5 million), New Zealand and Spain. It set another overseas weekend record with $62.3 million from 37 countries the following weekend, including record openings in France, Italy and French-speaking Switzerland. The international opening weekend record would be held until it was given to Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) a year later. During its theatrical run, the film earned $974 million at the worldwide box office, $317 million of that in the US and $657 million elsewhere, which made it the second-highest-grossing film in history at the time, as well as the year s highest-grossing film. In addition, the film defeated Twister (1996) to become the highest-grossing Warner Bros. film of all time. It is the second-highest-grossing Harry Potter film after Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Box Office Mojo estimates that the film sold over 55.9 million tickets in the US and Canada.

In August 2020, The Philosopher s Stone was re-released in several countries, including a 4K 3D restoration in China, where it earned $26.4 million, for a global $1.017 billion, making it the second film in the series to surpass the billion-dollar mark, after Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 81% based on 200 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The site s critical consensus reads, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer s Stone adapts its source material faithfully while condensing the novel s overstuffed narrative into an involving – and often downright exciting – big-screen magical caper. On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews . Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of A on an A+ to F scale.

Roger Ebert called Philosopher s Stone a classic, giving the film four out of four stars, and particularly praising the Quidditch scenes visual effects. Praise was echoed by both The Telegraph and Empire reviewers, with Alan Morrison of the latter naming it the film s stand-out sequence . Brian Linder of IGN also gave the film a positive review, but concluded that it isn t perfect, but for me it s a nice supplement to a book series that I love . Although criticising the final half-hour, Jeanne Aufmuth of Palo Alto Online stated that the film would enchant even the most cynical of moviegoers. USA Today reviewer Claudia Puig gave the film three out of four stars, especially praising the set design and Robbie Coltrane s portrayal of Hagrid, but criticised John Williams score and concluded ultimately many of the book s readers may wish for a more magical incarnation. The sets, design, cinematography, effects and principal cast were all given praise from Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter, although he deemed John Williams score a great clanging, banging music box that simply will not shut up. Todd McCarthy of Variety compared the film positively with Gone with the Wind and put The script is faithful, the actors are just right, the sets, costumes, makeup and effects match and sometimes exceed anything one could imagine. Jonathan Foreman of the New York Post recalled that the film was remarkably faithful, to its literary counterpart as well as a consistently entertaining if overlong adaptation.

Richard Corliss of Time magazine, considered the film a by the numbers adaptation, criticising the pace and the charisma-free lead actors. CNN s Paul Tatara found that Columbus and Kloves are so careful to avoid offending anyone by excising a passage from the book, the so-called narrative is more like a jamboree inside Rowling s head. Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine wished that the film had been directed by Tim Burton, finding the cinematography bland and muggy, and the majority of the film a solidly dull celebration of dribbling goo. Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times was highly negative about the film, saying is like a theme park that s a few years past its prime; the rides clatter and groan with metal fatigue every time they take a curve. He also said it suffered from a lack of imagination and wooden characters, adding, The Sorting Hat has more personality than anything else in the movie.


Philosopher s Stone received three Academy Award nominations: Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score for John Williams. The film was also nominated for seven BAFTA Awards: Best British Film, Best Supporting Actor for Robbie Coltrane, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hair, Best Sound, and Best Visual Effects. It won a Saturn Award for Best Costume, and was nominated for eight more awards. It won other awards from the Casting Society of America and the Costume Designers Guild. It was nominated for the AFI Film Award for its special effects, and the Art Directors Guild Award for its production design. It received the Broadcast Film Critics Award for Best Family Film, and was nominated for Best Child Performance (for Daniel Radcliffe) and Best Composer. In 2005, the American Film Institute nominated the film for AFI s 100 Years of Film Scores.

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients Result Ref.
Academy Awards 24 March 2002 Best Art Direction Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan Nominated
Best Costume Design Judianna Makovsky Nominated
Best Original Score John Williams Nominated
Amanda Awards 18 August 2002 Best Foreign Feature Film Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone Nominated
American Film Institute Awards 5 January 2002 Best Digital Effects Artist Robert Legato, Nick Davis, Roger Guyett Nominated
ADG Excellence in Production Design Award 24 February 2002 Excellence in Production Design for a Period or Fantasy Film Stuart Craig, John King, Neil Lamont, Andrew Ackland-Snow, Peter Francis, Michael Lamont, Simon Lamont, Steve Lawrence, Lucinda Thomson, Stephen Morahan, Dominic Masters, Gary Tomkins Nominated
Bogey Awards 2001 Bogey Award in Titanium Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone Won
British Academy Film Awards 24 February 2002 Best British Film Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Robbie Coltrane Nominated
Best Costume Design Judianna Makovsky Nominated
Best Production Design Stuart Craig Nominated
Best Makeup and Hair Nick Dudman, Eithne Fennel, Amanda Knight Nominated
Best Sound Graham Daniel, Adam Daniel, Ray Merrin, John Midgley, Eddy Joseph Nominated
Best Visual Effects Robert Legato, Nick Davis, John Richardson, Roger Guyett, Jim Berney Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award 11 January 2002 Best Family Film Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone Won
Best Child Performance Daniel Radcliffe Nominated
Best Composer John Williams Nominated
Broadcast Music Incorporated Film & TV Awards 15 May 2002 BMI Film Music Award John Williams Won
Casting Society of America 17 October 2002 Feature Film Casting – Comedy Janet Hirshenson, Jane Jenkins Won
Costume Designers Guild Award 16 March 2002 Excellence in Fantasy Film Judianna Makovsky Won
American Cinema Editors 24 February 2002 Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic Richard Francis-Bruce Nominated
Empire Awards 5 February 2002 Best Film Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone Nominated
Best Debut Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson Nominated
Evening Standard British Film Awards 2 March 2002 Technical Achievement Award Stuart Craig Won
Golden Reel Awards 23 March 2002 Best Sound Editing – Foreign Film Eddy Joseph, Martin Cantwell, Nick Lowe, Colin Ritchie, Peter Holt Nominated
Grammy Awards 23 February 2003 Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media John Williams Nominated
Best Instrumental Composition John Williams (for Hedwig s Theme ) Nominated
Hugo Awards 29 August–2 September 2002 Best Dramatic Presentation Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone Nominated
Japan Academy Film Prize 8 March 2002 Outstanding Foreign Language Film Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 20 April 2002 Favorite Movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone Nominated
MTV Movie Awards 1 June 2002 Breakthrough Male Performance Daniel Radcliffe Nominated
Producers Guild of America Awards 3 March 2002 Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures David Heyman Nominated
Satellite Awards 19 January 2002 Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone Nominated
Best Editing Richard Francis-Bruce Nominated
Best Art Direction Stuart Craig Nominated
Best Visual Effects Robert Legato, Nick Davis, Roger Guyett, John Richardson Nominated
Outstanding New Talent Rupert Grint Won
Saturn Awards 10 June 2002 Best Fantasy Film Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone Nominated
Best Director Chris Columbus Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Robbie Coltrane Nominated
Supporting Actress Maggie Smith Nominated
Best Performance by a Younger Actor Daniel Radcliffe Nominated
Emma Watson Nominated
Best Costume Judianna Makovsky Won
Best Make-up Nick Dudman, Mark Coulier, John Lambert Nominated
Best Special Effects Robert Legato, Nick Davis, Roger Guyett, John Richardson Nominated
Stinkers Bad Movie Awards 2002 Most Intrusive Musical Score Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone Nominated
Teen Choice Awards 19 August 2002 Choice Movie – Drama/Action Adventure Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone Nominated
Young Artist Awards 7 April 2002 Best Family Feature Film – Drama Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Emma Watson (tied with Scarlett Johansson) Won
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor Tom Felton Nominated
Best Ensemble in a Feature Film Harry Potter and the Philosopher s Stone Nominated
Most Promising Young Newcomer Rupert Grint Won

Year 2001
ReleaseDate 2001-11-16
RuntimeMins 152
RuntimeStr 2h 32min
Plot An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars, 17 wins & 69 nominations total
Directors Chris Columbus
Writers J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves
Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris
Produced by Todd Arnow,Michael Barnathan,Chris Columbus,Paula DuPré Pesmen,Duncan Henderson,David Heyman,Mark Radcliffe,Tanya Seghatchian
Music by John Williams
Cinematography by John Seale
Film Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce
Casting By Susie Figgis,Janet Hirshenson,Jane Jenkins,Karen Lindsay-Stewart
Production Design by Stuart Craig
Art Direction by Andrew Ackland-Snow,Peter Francis,John King,Michael Lamont,Neil Lamont,Simon Lamont,Steven Lawrence,Alander Pulliam,Lucinda Thomson,Cliff Robinson
Set Decoration by Stephenie McMillan
Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky
Makeup Department Jane Body,Mark Coulier,Nick Dudman,Eithne Fennel,Andrea Finch,Darlene Forrester,Jeanette Freeman,Betty Glasow,Richard Glass,Amanda Knight,Joseph Koniak,Clare Le Vesconte,Chris Lyons,Raj Mariathason,Lisa McDevitt,Sharon Nicholas,Alex Rouse,Jane Royle,Zoe Tahir,Michelle Taylor,Julia Wilson,Sallie Evans,Claire Folkard,Marzenna Fus-Mickiewicz,Claire Matthews,Christine Nicklin-Rivett,Nikita Rae,Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore,Caitlin Tanner
Production Management Todd Arnow,David Carrigan,Russell Lodge,Mark Marshall,R.J. Mino,Janine Modder
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Chris Carreras,Jamie Christopher,Ian Dray,David R. Ellis,Robert Grayson,Duncan Henderson,Dan John,Robert Legato,Michael Michael,R.J. Mino,David Pearson,Fiona Richards,Josh Robertson,Nick Shuttleworth,Michael Stevenson,Rob Burgess,Simon Emanuel
Art Department Simon Alderton,Gill Andrae-Reid,Tracy Ann Baines,Ravi Bansal,Jim Barr,Paul Beeson,Hannah Biggs,Rob Bliss,Michael Boone,Mark Brady,Adam Brockbank,Doug Brode,Mark Buck,Paul Burges,James Buxton,Paul Catling,Peter Chan,Mick Chubbock,Bryn Court,Tracey Curtis,Joe Dipple,Peter Dorme,Sally Dray,Gill Ducker,Tommy Lee Edwards,John Fox,Elena Fuller,Adrian Getley,Daniel Gommé,Larry Gooch,Jo Graysmark,Glenn Haddock,Gary Handley,Rosie Hardwick,Bernie Hearn,Dan Hearn,Paul Hearn,Terry Heggarty,Andrew Holder,Darren Holland,Michael Howlett,Jason Ivall,Gary Ixer,Patricia Johnson,Tiffany Kearsley,Laurie Kerr,Katie Lodge,Christopher Mansey,Tony Mason,Dominic Masters,Christian McDonald,Micky Mills,Miraphora Mina,MinaLima,Stephen Morahan,Duncan Mude,Ian Murray,David Nicoll,Cyrille Nomberg,Gerry O Connor,Eddie O Neil,John Palmer,Robert Park,Nick Pelham,John Rivoli,John Robinson,Caroline Roemmele,Steven Sallybanks,Lee Sandales,Laura Skinner,Gert Stevens,Dave Sullivan,Dan Sweetman,Vladimir Todorov,Gary Tomkins,Sarah Toad Tozer,Lisa Turner,Robert Voysey,Bob Walker,Julian Walker,Paul Waller,Wolfgang Walther,Michael Weaver,John Weller,David Wescott,Michael Westcott,Brian White,Terry Whitehouse,Barry Wilkinson,Ben Wilkinson,Jamie Wilkinson,Simon Wilkinson,Marcus Williams,Sydney Wilson,Ruth Winick,Jeff Woodbridge,Tony Wright,Adam Aitken,Andy Aitken,John Alvin,Lawrie Ayres,Will Ayres,Tracy Ann Baines,Pierre Bohanna,Toby Britton,Patrick Casey,Paul Cheesman,Paul Couch,Michael Finlay,Pip Fox,Heidi Gibb,Mary Grandpré,Dominic Hailstone,Daniel Handley,Robert Jackson,Jody King,P.K. MacCarthy,Tony Marks,Steve Payne,Nick Richardson,Christian Short,Drew Struzan,Neil Toal,Emma Vane,Lizzi Wilson
Sound Department Martin Cantwell,Simon Chase,Ed Colver,Felicity Cottrell,Adam Daniel,Graham Daniel,Richard Fordham,Pauline Griffiths,Peter Holt,Alex Joseph,Eddy Joseph,Laurent Kossayan,Nick Lowe,Ray Merrin,John Midgley,Ian Munro,Julian Pinn,June Prinz,Colin Ritchie,Rohan Taylor,Tim Worth,Matt Bainbridge,Michael Brigman,Gareth Bull,Sefi Carmel,Ryan Davis,José Egea,Stephen Gilmour,Jake Jackson,Gareth John,Paul Munro,Gerard Roche,Alan Snelling,Oliver Tarney
Special Effects by Jonathan Abbas-Klahr,Astrig Akseralian,Jonathan Angell,Peter Aston,Daniel Auber,James Ballan,Chris Barton,Pete Bell,Brian Best,Nigel Brackley,Stuart Bray,Daniel Brunet,Mark Bullimore,Michael Clarke,Nik Cooper,John Coppinger,Jamie Courtier,Karl Derrick,Stuart Digby,Nick Dudman,David Dunsterville,Michael Durkan,Malcolm Evans,John Field,Chris Fitzgerald,Steve Fitzwater,Marie Fraser,Charlotte Greenwood,Verner Gresty,Frank Guiney,Tamzine Hanks,Matthew Harlow,Shaune Harrison,Roland Hathaway,Simon Hewitt,Graham High,Kate Hill,Myf Hopkins,Kevin Hunter,Patrick Johnson,Steve Jolley,Dave Kelly,Mike Kerby,Tacy Kneale,John Lambert,Andrew Lee,Andy Lee,Melissa Lenihan,Julian Manning,Kevin Mathews,Jason McCameron,Esteban Mendoza,Digby Milner,Malcolm Mister,Tim Mitchell,Day Murch,Stephen Murphy,Kate Murray,Ceri Nicholls,Geoff Paige,Adrian Parish,Alan Perez,Lee Phelan,Tony Phelan,Peter Pickering,Gary Pollard,Anton Prickett,Martin Reid,John Richardson,Marcus Richardson,Rosie Richardson,Bobbie Roberts,Malcolm Roberts,Jim Sandys,Mike Scanlan,Terry Sibley,Sharon Smith,Paul Spateri,Paul Stephenson,Guy Stevens,Henrik Svensson,Annabel Tait,Paul Taylor,Rick Thompson,Robert Voysey,Graham Weames,Ian Whittaker,Paul Whybrow,Simon Williams,Tim Willis,Kenny Wilson,Mark Woollard,Julie Wright,Tahra Zafar,Barry Best,Garry Cooper,Jim Davey,Benjamin M. Esterson,Chris Flimsy Howes,Kevin Hunter,Phil Jones,Daniel Letch,Noah Meddings,Charlie Olsen,Ben Philips,Karen Purvis,Dave Sullivan,Simon Webber,Kevin Wescott,Grant White
Visual Effects by Mimi Abers,Jude Adamson,Alia Agha,Dave Allum,Alfonso Alpuerto,Ana Maria Alvarado,Marilyn Anderson,David Andrews,Stephen Aplin,Cynthia Aragon,Eric Armstrong,Daniel Ashton,Nicholas Atkinson,Oona Ball,Tom Barrett,Angela Barson,Alistair Bell,Scott Benza,Jim Berney,Anita Bevelheimer,Mark Beverton,Matt Blackwell,Nigel Blake,Steven Blakey,James Bluma,Rod G. Bogart,Michael Bradley,Timothy Brakensiek,Patrick Brennan,Terry Bridle,Johnny Brosman,Jon R. Brown,Steve Brown,Tom Bruno Jr.,Andrew Bull,Simon Burchell,John Butiu,Scott Camera-Smith,Aimee Campbell,Grady Campbell,Jeremy Cantor,Brian Cantwell,Tim Caplan,Allen Cappuccilli,Derek Carlson,Anthony Ceccomancini,Jason Chalmers,Alan Chan,Yeen-Shi Chen,Sophia Chowdhury,Amy Christensen,Jeffrey Cilley,Kyle Clark,Steve Clarke,John Clinton,Allison Coit,Tony Coldham,Rich Cole,Clint Colver,Ryan Cook,Colin Coull,Joyce Cox,Doug Creel,Beth D Amato,Johanna D Amato,Matthew D Angibau,Bryan Davis,Nick Davis,Gabe de Kelaita,Steven Deahl,Lisa Deaner,Rob Delicata,Lou Dellarosa,Debbie Denise,Mark DeSousa,Keith Devlin,Michael Di Como,Gavin Digby,Jenny Dodwell,Christina Drahos,Robert Duncan,Nika Dunne,Russell Earl,Dave Early,Selwyn Eddy,Curtis Edwards,Paul Edwards,Julia Egerton,Sander Ellers,Mike Ellis,Michael Elson,Raul Essig,Ricardo Evangelista,Fred Evans,Trevor Eve,Jonathan Fawkner,Daev Finn,James Flux,Mickey Flynn,Doug Forrest,Crys Forsyth-Smith,David E. Franks,Mike Frevert,Derek Friesenborg,Quentin Frost,Lisa Garner,Dawn Gates,Marcia Gay,Joshua Geisler-Amhowitz,Jennifer German,Paul Giacoppo,Tracey Gibbons,Scott Gibson,Kevin Gilmartin,Adam Glasman,Matthew Glen,Meher Gourjian,Jason Greenblum,Charlotte Greenwood,Cam Griffin,Gerald Gutschmidt,Roger Guyett,Joanne Hafner,Jennie Hall,Mark Hall,Yan Hammond,Piers Hampton,Emma Hanson,Jordan B. Harris,Philip Harrison,Laurence Harvey,Jeff Hatchel,Ed Hawkins,Christopher Hayes,Jane Headford,Wendy Hendrickson,Nick Hendy,Jenny Heppenstall,Garman Herigstad,Rebecca Heskes,Christopher Hobbs,Martin Hobbs,Sofia Hodges,Richard E. Hollander,Katja Hollmann,Greg Horswill,Peter Seymour Howell,Kevin Hudson,John Hughes,Angela Hunt,Antony Hunt,Peg Hunter,Greg Hyman,Sean Hyunin Lee,Shô Igarashi,Sarah Iovino,Chas Jarrett,Paul Jessel,Drew Jones,Robert Jones,Peter Joslin,Jennifer Juen,Tex Kadonaga,Ross Kameny,Michael Kanfer,Joanie Karnowski,Paul Kavanagh,Ian Kerr,Marvin Kim,MacDuff Knox,Hilmar Koch,Susan Kornfeld,Zsolt Krajcsik,Marshall Richard Krasser,Daniel Kuehn,Daniel La Chapelle,Harry Lam,Mark Lambert,Paul Lambert,David C. Lawson,James Do Young Lee,Simon Lee,Robert Legato,Lyndon Li,Benjamin Lishka,Lauren A. Littleton,Francis Liu,John Lockwood,Roger Lofting,David Lomax,Steve Loveday,Ulf Lundgren,Darren Lurie,Skye Lyons,Jean Baptiste Lère,Jodie Maier,Jay Mallet,Alyson Markell,Tia L. Marshall,Seth Maury,Jason McDade,Paul McGhee,Chuck McIlvain,M. Scott McKee,James McKeown,Jeff McLean,Jim Big Dog McLean,Jim Cerberus McLean,Ian McWilliams,Jon Meakins,Bob Mercier,Mark Michaels,Ray Moody,Karl Mooney,Sarah Moore,Raquel Morales,Greg Morgan,Lauren Morimoto,David Manos Morris,Jim Morris,Michelle Motta,Duncan Mude,Michael Mulholland,Del Murphy,John Murphy,Karen M. 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Sokoloff,Aliza Sorotzkin,Jennifer Spenelli,Natalie Staniforth,Simon Stanley-Clamp,David Stephens,Sam Stewart,Nigel Stone,Dee Storm,Steve Street,Baudouin Struye,Sebastian Sue,Doug Sutton,David Takemura,Craig Talmy,Paul Tappin,Will Telford,Bill Tessier,George Theophanous,Bill Thomas,Cari Thomas,Richard Thomas,Brian Thompson,Simon Thorpe,Gavin Toomey,Mark Topping,Donna Tracy,Peter G. Travers,Christine Troianello,Michael Trujillo,Pauline Ts o,Alex Tysowsky,Michelle Urbano,Darren Urbaszewski,Pepe Valencia,Jim Van der Keyl,Tom Vane,Sean Varney,Omz Velasco,Anthony Vice,Heide Waldbaum,Jan Walker,Tara Walker,Tania Wanstall,Gina Warr,Roland Watson,Simon Wearne,David Weitzberg,Ken Wesley,Erin West,Kelly Wilcox,Todd Wilderman,Marc Wilhite,Caroline Wilson,Chris Winters,Jonathan Wood,Malcolm Woolridge,David Worman,Gregory Yepes,Kent Yoshida,Gary Abrahamian,Erik Akutagawa,Robert Allman,Hani AlYousif,Stewart Anderson,Christopher Anthony,Hunter Athey,John Attard,Kenneth Au,Leslie Baker,Steve Baker,Giacomo Bargellesi,Dave Barnard,Steve Barnes,Keith Barton,Yakov Baytler,Susanne Becker,John Bennett,Sara Bennett,Kevin Bertazzon,Lloyd Bettell-Higgins,Hitesh Bharadia,Christian Boudman,David A.T. Bowman,Helena Brackley,Sam Breach,Jonah Brennan,Will Broadbent,Sean Broughton,Simon Brown,Andy Burrow,Scot Byrd,Timothy Michael Cairns,Mario Calamita,Sean Callan,Beau Cameron,Aimee Campbell,Kevin Campbell,Martin Chamney,Damien Cheetham,Lee Chidwick,Zachary Cole,Daniel Aristoteles Collins,Grant Connor,Danielle Conroy,Paul Conway,Martin Cook,Simon Cox,Brandon Craig,Stuart Cripps,Todd Daugherty,Richard Davenport,Alan Davidson,Paul Davies,Yves De Bono,Virginie Degorgue,Neyda E. Dejesus,Michael Deming,Thomas R. Dickens,Tony Diep,Brian Dowrick,Ditch Doy,Stefan Drury,Simon Dunsdon,Dan Duran,Paddy Eason,Areito Echevarria,Chris Elson,Richard Etchells,Greg Fisher,Thomas F. 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Schmidt,Sean Schur,Lopsie Schwartz,Nick Seresin,Jeff Shank,Toby Shears,Ben Shepherd,Jennifer Simonds,Dan Smiczek,Jason Snyman,Richard Stammers,Mark Stannard,Kev Stenning,Andy Stevens,Jelena Stojanovic,Hayley Easton Street,Maria Stroka,Jonathan Stroud,Lee F. Sullivan,David Sweeney,Evan S. Tallas,Olcun Tan,Raoul Teague,Kevin Tengan,Joseph Thomas,Ben Thompson,Andrew Titcomb,Vincent Toscano,Simon Trafford,Ben Turner,Matthew Twyford,Van Phan,Courtney Vanderslice,Victor Wade,Mark Wallman,Val Wardlaw,Darrin Wehser,Barry Weiss,Gabriel White,Royston Willcocks,Corrina Wilson,Kathy Wise,Tom Wood,Aviv Yaron,Tsz Gee Yeung,Dustin Zachary,Serkan Zelzele,Ziggy Zigouras
Stunts Henry Allan,Martin Bayfield,Aaron Cartwright,Abbi Collins,Daniel Godbold,Joss Gower,Ben Jacobs,Tolga Kenan,Jake Lambe,Lucien Lawrence,Peter Miles,Lee Millham,Greg Powell,Daniel Pyers,Connor Ray,Heathcote Ruthven,Leila Stewart,Mitch Toles,Sam Van Leer,Felicity Walker,Paul Walker,Thomas Wilson-Leonard,Gary Arthurs,Marc Cass,Steve Emerson,Bradley Farmer,Sebastian Foxx,Gary Fry,Paul Herbert,David Holmes,Theo Kypri,Ray Nicholas,Paul O Gorman,Peter Pedrero,Gary Powell,Kiran Shah
Camera and Electrical Department David Appleby,Chris Bailey,Bob Bridges,Robert Brock,Joe Buxton,Pete Cavaciuti,Ted Deason,Kevin Edland,Tobias Eedy,Gavin Finney,Simon Finney,Eamonn Fitzgerald,John Foster,Sam Goldie,Mark Grew,Adam Harris,Alan Harrison,Dan Hartley,Rawdon Hayne,John Higgins,Des Hills,Janos Jersch,Martin King,Jamie Knight,Mary Kyte,Danny Lee,Oliver Loncraine,Jason Martin,Keith McNamara,Paul Molloy,Peter Mountain,Peter Muncey,Spencer Murray,Gordon Napier,Toby Plaskitt,Nick Ray,Sam Renton,Dave Ridout,Peter Robertson,John Robinson,Gary Romaine,Donald Russell,Adam Samuelson,David Smith,Colin Strachan,Derek Walker,Marc Wolff,Stuart Bridges,Don Brown,Ian Buckley,Michael Chambers,Jim Crowther,Jon Euesden,Raymond Flindall,Martin Gooch,Eugene Grobler,Steve Hideg,Aaron Jones,Dan Knight,Adam Lee,Jordan Levy,Ian Murray,Roz Naylor,James O Reilly,Mark Packman,Nick Pearson,Xandy Sahla,Martin Smith,Rob Stewart,Phoebe Tait,Chyna Thomson,Alf Tramontin,James Wade,Simon Werry,Glyn Williams
Animation Department Keith W. Smith,Andrew Brownlow,Jason McDonald,Bill Tessier
Casting Department Jaz Adams,Kyle Clark,Cathie Dorsch,Buffy Hall,Elizabeth Kirkpatrick,Chuck Douglas,Louis Elman,Michelle Lewitt,Amy McKee,Carolyn McLeod
Costume and Wardrobe Department Jay Anothey Bowes,Rosemary Burrows,Anabel Campbell,Graham Churchyard,Sally Churchyard,Lee Clayton,Isobel Denton,Laura Johnson,Colleen Kelsall,Martin Mandeville,Helen O Donnell,Yvonne Otzen,Sarah Touaibi,Tanya Aanderaa,Jeeda Barford,Alex Carey,Lucy Denny,David J. Evans,Kevin Giles,Tom Hornsby,Jacqueline Mulligan,Sunny Rowley,William Steggle,Justine Warhurst
Editorial Department Susan Bliss,Jo Dixon,Peter Hunt,Toby Lloyd,Julian Pryce,Mark Sale,Jessie Thiele Schroeder,Jennifer Spenelli,John Stanborough,Lee Twohey,Jane Winkles,Bill Daly,Claus Wehlisch
Location Management Sue Binfield,Chris Bogle,Simon Burgess,Joel Cockrill,Keith Hatcher,Si King,Chris White,Laurie T. Wynne-Jones,Darren Helman
Music Department Julie Andrews,Pete Anthony,François Arbour,David Arch,Roger Argente,Ian Axness,Chris Barrett,Jacqueline Barron,Mark Berrow,David Berry,Maya Bickel,Richard Bissill,Nigel Black,Leon Bosch,Thomas Bowes,Tom Boyd,John Bradbury,Leslie Bricusse,Tom Brown,Nicholas Bucknall,Heather Cairncross,Elin Carlson,Paul Clarvis,Marcia Crayford,Eric Crees,Dermot Crehan,Andrew Crowley,Peter Davies,Sandy DeCrescent,Christopher Dee,Nicole Dicker,Michael Dore,Cathie Dorsch,Darin A. Drennan,Paul Edmund-Davies,Richard Edwards,Terry Edwards,Pete Eiseman-Renyard,Sarah Eyden,Raymond C. Fabi,Rob Fardell,Andrew Findon,Kasey Folk,Tristan Fry,Cathy Giles,M.B. Gordy,Davey Havok,Mike Hext,The Hollywood Studio Orchestra,Chris Holmes,Ian Humphries,Skaila Kanga,Edward Karam,Conrad Keely,Gary Kettel,Boguslav Kostecki,Julian Leaper,Gabrielle Lester,Bill Lockhart,The London Session Orchestra,London Voices,Steve Mair,Rita Manning,Lanette Marquardt,Miles Marsico,Maurice Murphy,Peter Myles,Everton Nelson,John Neufeld,Dan Newell,Daniel Nielsen,Anna Noakes,Montreal Quebec And New York Symphony Orchestra,Martin Owen,Justin Pearson,Neil Percy,Anthony Pike,Conrad Pope,Jade Puget,David Pyatt,Maciej Rakowski,Simon Rhodes,Frank Ricotti,George Robertson,Dennis S. Sands,Steve Schaeffer,Jim Self,Lindsay Shilling,Owen Slade,Steven L. Smith,Peter Snipp,Dave Stewart,James Thatcher,Mike Thompson,Jonathan Tunnell,Josh Uhler,Ivo van der Worff,Benjamin Wallfisch,Kenneth Wannberg,Rachel Weston,John Williams,Nicholas Williams,Warren Zielinski,Joe Zimmerman,Rachel Bolt,Steve Browell,Alexander Courage,Mark Graham,Isobel Griffiths,The Hollywood Studio Symphony,Paul Kegg,Randy Kerber,Lisa Donovan Lukas,Kelly Mahan-Jaramillo,Jon Olive,Larry Rench,Mary Scully,Allen Walley,Bruce White,John Williams
Script and Continuity Department Ceri Evans,Annie Penn
Transportation Department Terry Abel,Murray Burnett,Warren Deluce,Brian Estabrook,David Gwyther,Chris Hammond,Brian Hathaway,Ashley Hollebone,Richard Holmes,Martin Lewis,Jason Mortlock,Maurice Newsome,David Rosenbaum,Nikhil Singla,Chris Streeter,Harry Taylor,Alan Watts,Glen Carroll,Jimmy Carruthers,Dave Williams
Additional Crew Jaz Adams,Jennifer Allen,Jeanne Austin,Mark Axtell,Kirk Baily,Celia Barnett,Vivianne Batthika,Brett Bauer,Linda Bennett,Jonny Benson,Ephraim Benton,Jason Bergh,Anthony Bloom,Lee-Anne Bosley,Luke Boyle,Silas Brandon,Charlotte Brown,Lyndsay Bullock,Kevin Cahoon,Trevor Chalmers,Charissa Chamorro,Phil Clarke,Derek Clayton,Colleen Clinkenbeard,David Collier,Lindsey Connell,Hazel Cook,Ivan Cook,Matt Cooke,Jordan Crockett,Vanessa Davies,Julia Dehoff,Sophie Dennett,Daniel DeSanto,Elizabeth Devereux,Nicole Dicker,Cathie Dorsch,Darin A. Drennan,Tony Dunster,Colin Dye,Peter Eardley,Jake Edmonds,Sassica Francis-Bruce,Sandra Frieze,Ian Furbank,Keller Gambill,Kate Garbett,Troy Daniel Geiger,Gary Gero,Gizmo,Joanne Glover,Holter Graham,Rosanne Gunn,Paul Haddad,Davey Havok,Paul Hickey,Alice Hobden,Christian Holden,Michelle Hudd,Nicki Hughes,Julian Ibbitson,Rachel Impey,Dalene Irvine,Christine Jack,Janos Jersch,Polly Johnsen,Seth Adam Jones,Susie Jones,Nick Joscylene,Helen Judd,Poppy Kay,Michael Kielly,Alex Klien,Marcello Krakoff,John Lambert,Tilly Langdon,Kate Ledger,Pierre Lenoir,Kate D. Lewis,Anna-Maria Lund,Jennie Lévesque,Alison Machell,Mathew Mackay,Larry Madrid,Marika Malm,Miles Marsico,David Mead,Maxwell Medeiros,R.J. Mino,Johnny Mulligan,Stephanie Nadolny,Chris Nash,Kate Newport,Sharon Nichols,Gary Nixon,Alison Odell,Oh Oh,Ook,Raine Pare-Coull,Clara Paris,Kate Parkin,Sunita Parmar,Nisha Parti,Des Petterson-Jones,Amanda Pettett,Benjamin Plener,Noah Plener,Lesley Quinn,Katherine Quittner,Katie Reynolds,Quinn Robinson,Jay Rosenwink,Jordin Ruderman,Anthony Salador,Sam Saletta,Alan Saywell,Rick Schirmer,Doni Schroader,Jennifer Seguin,Graham Selkirk,Andy Senor,David Sexton,Dave Shaw,Ross Slater,Michael X. Sommers,David Sousa,Lorraine Sperry,Seth St. Laurent,Simon Surtees,Stephen Swain,Karen Swallow,Eric Taslitz,Ethan Tobman,Julie Tottman,John Trehy,John Udall,Jo Vaughan,Derek Warman,Emma Williams,Jonathan Wilson,Michael Wilson,Massimo Zei,Flavio Aquilone,Martin Bayfield,Eveline Beens,Kevin Bissada,Stephen Calcutt,John Cheeseman,Mel Churcher,Letizia Ciampa,Jim Clubb,Joni Cuquet,Harald Dietl,Stéfanie Dolan,Chuck Douglas,Wojciech Duryasz,Karim El Kammouchi,Lucía Esteban,Jennifer Evans,Max Felder,Hubert Fielden,Léa François,Thomas Fritsch,James Furlong,Hubert Gagnon,Patrick Gealogo,James Gilligan,Erich Hallhuber,Marion Hartmann,Philip Harvey,Daniel Heidinger,Hans Hoekman,Jason Horwood,Mira Husseini,Klaus Höhne,Whitney Kitchen,Jess Lewington,Charlotte Mason-Apps,Sharon Milton,Gianni Musy,Hartmut Neugebauer,James O Reilly,Ook,Wojciech Paszkowski,Roberto Pedicini,Gabrielle Pietermann,David Pinkus,Alessio Puccio,Trevor Reekers,Harry Robinson,Tim Schwarzmeier,Penny Skuse,Anne Marie Speed,Mark Timmons,Wim van Rooij
Thanks Matias Cicero,Salomé Mauvignier,Nick Singla
Genres Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Companies Warner Bros., Heyday Films, 1492 Pictures
Countries UK, USA
Languages English, Latin
ContentRating PG
ImDbRating 7.6
ImDbRatingVotes 766978
MetacriticRating 65
Keywords magic,wizard,orphan,school of magic,based on novel