Monday, December 3, 2012

Movie Monday: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

You guys, I can't believe it's taken me this long to cover a Harry Potter movie. I honestly don't know if I could pick a favourite Harry Potter movie (although let's be honest - Half-Blood Prince is at the bottom), so I figured I'd go with the most authentic to the books and start at the beginning!

And yes, America, it's PHILOSOPHER'S Stone. Deal with it.


Reasons why Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is awesome:
1. Daniel Radcliffe. He's so freaking tiny and adorable, and SO COMPLETELY HARRY.
2. Hogwarts. I want to go to there (seriously, my owl must have gotten really freaking lost).
3. Alan Rickman. He's made of awesome. Plus, you guys know I can't resist a billowy cloak of doom!
4. The scene at the zoo. Brilliant.
5. Maggie Smith. I kinda want to be McGonagall when I grow up.
6. Diagon Alley. Perfection.
7. Richard Harris. SO inconsiderate of him to die and leave us with Michael Gambon as Dumbledore...
8. Gringotts. It's exactly how I always pictured it.
9. Rupert Grint. You guys know full well that Ron's my favourite, and Rupert is fantastic.
10. The Mirror of Erised. I love that they included the inscription around the top.
11. Emma Watson. For someone who'd never done any acting before, she's pretty phenomenal.
12. Fluffy.
13. Tom Felton. I have an irrational soft spot for Mini!Draco.
14. The scene at the end with Dumbledore and the Every Flavour Beans.
15. Matthew Lewis. He's great as Neville.
16. Moving staircases.
17. Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid. Genius.
18. Ollivander's.
19. Nearly Headless Nick. The ghosts get almost completely ignored in the later movies, so it's nice to see him included here.
20. The Sorting Hat.
21. Hedwig.
22. Playing life sized wizards' chess.
23. Seamus blowing shit up.
24. Quidditch.
25. Dissolving Quirrell.
26. The flying keys.
27. Ron teaching Harry about wizard sweets on the train.
28. The Hogwarts Express and Platform 9 3/4
29. Professor Flitwick.
30. The owls attempting to deliver Harry's Hogwarts letter.
31. Dudley. He's got an almost nonexistent role in the later films, but he's PERFECT here.
32. The soundtrack. You hear more than two seconds of it and you can't help but smile.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "Think my name's funny, do you? No need to ask yours - red hair and a hand-me-down robe. You must be a Weasley."
- "That thing has a name???"
- "Troooooooooooll!! In the dungeons!! Troll in the dungeons! Thought you ought to know."
- "That's totally barbaric!" "That's wizard's chess."
- "Bless my soul, it's Harry Potter!"
- "You've got dirt on your nose, by the way. Did you know?"
- "I think I can tell the wrong sort for myself, thanks."
- "It's Levi-Ohhhhh-sa, not Levio-SAH."
- "Yer a wizard, Harry!!" "I'm a what??"
- "Dry up Dursley, you great prune!"
- "She needs to sort out her priorities!"
- "What happened down in the dungeon between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret. So naturally, the whole school knows."
- "Stop moving, both of you. This is devil's snare! You have to relax. If you don't, it'll only kill you faster!" "Kill us faster? Oh, now I can relax!"
- "Scared, Harry?" "A little." "That's all right. I felt the same way before my first game." "What happened?" "I uh, I don't really remember. I took a bludger to the head two minutes in. Woke up in hospital a week later."
- "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends."
- "Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow, turn this stupid, fat rat yellow!"
- "I checked this out weeks ago for a bit of light reading." "This is light?"
- "Wait 'til my father hears about this! This is servants' stuff!"
- "People will think you're...UP to something."

So. Which is your favourite Harry Potter movie? 

K xx


  1. I'm going to straight up say that the first two are the only ones worth watching because they, unlike the others, actually portray a story instead of random plot points. I adore the first two Harry Potter movies, especially because I watched them all before I read the books (and only kept with it until the release of the last movie). I wanted to see how they all held up as stand-alones.

    Unfortunately, from #3 until the end? It's like the people writing the script went "That was a cool event! Let's put it in. Oh, and that! AND THAT. Ohmygod, we need that!" But then they never bothered to connect anything. Clearly Peter Jackson needed to teach them a lesson on how to do a book series.

    1. I have an irrational soft spot for all of them, but the first two - probably due to the length of the source material more than anything - are way more accurate than the others.

      Although I have a weird love for Deathly Hallows Part 1, perhaps just because they DIDN'T get rid of the Prolonged Camping Trip side of things!

  2. So... I started tearing up in the first paragraph. What is wrong with me? Just... UGH HARRY POTTER. God help the man who marries me someday... if there is a man out there who can handle my love of Harry Potter.

    And as I read the quotes I could hear their voices and picture the scene perfectly in my head.

    1. You just need to find a man like John or Hank Green, and then all will be right with the world!! ;)

  3. Tough to pick a favorite movie, but this one is pretty great. And the casting was so spot on. They don't always mature in the same ways as I pictured from the books, but in this first movie they're all exactly how I imagined them. (Although aren't Petunia and Dudley supposed to be blonde?)

    1. I think Dudley's meant to be blonde, I'm not sure about Petunia... But yeah, I totally agree about the casting! :)

  4. Not sure if you're into these sort of things but I have something for you

    Also, yes to that entire post! Harry Potter forever \m/

    1. Aaaaaaaah!!! How the hell did I miss that post?? Thank you so much, lovely :) I'll be sure to pass it on shortly!!

  5. They all look like babies! Awww. I need to rewatch for sure.

  6. Admittedly, it threw me off a little bit when I first saw "Philosopher's" stone, but for real, I don't understand why they had to change it for the American release. It's not like we don't have philosophers here. But either way...

    I love this movie. It's quite wonderful. Tiny Hermione and tiny Ron and tiny Harry are my favorites. I especially love Hermione's over-excitement at answering eveeeeeeerything. It's fantastic.

    1. Tiny Hermione is fantastic. And much more like Book Hermione than in the later movies...

      And according to Wikipedia, the change was because the US publisher thought that children wouldn't want to read a book that sounded like it was about philosophy. STUPID PUBLISHER...

  7. Every time I watch that movie, I just go, "They're all so little!"

    1. I knooooooooooooooooooow!!! They're so stinking cute.

  8. Still my fave one of the bunch, I can pretty much quote it word for word!

    1. That's an impressive skill. I can only quote selected chunks of it!


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