Harry Potter learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses magical powers of his own. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, discovering a world of magic and fantasy where he is destined to live.
– Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone DVD synopsis
- John Williams First Composer to Receive AFI Lifetime Achievement Award - John Williams to be awarded film industry's highest honor.
- Interesting tales from the “Harry Potter” set - Alan Rickman (Professor Snape in the "Harry Potter" films) has revealed that child labor laws in the United Kingdom led to some scenes in the first movie being filmed with "very small adult actors... in wigs" standing in for Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint.
Trailers & Clips
Trailers & Clips
United States – November 16, 2001
Canada – November 16, 2001
Puerto Rico – November 22, 2001
Mexico – December 7, 2001
United Kingdom – November 16, 2001
Belgium – November 21, 2001
Germany – November 22, 2001
Holland – November 22, 2001
Switzerland – November 22, 2001
Austria – November 23, 2001
Finland – November 23, 2001
Israel – November 29, 2001
Denmark – November 30, 2001
Greece – November 30, 2001
Iceland – November 30, 2001
Norway – November 30, 2001
Portugal – November 30, 2001
Spain – November 30, 2001
Sweden – November 30, 2001
France – December 5, 2001
Italy – December 6, 2001
Hungary – December 13, 2001
Slovenia – December 13, 2001
Middle East – December 19, 2001
Croatia – December 20, 2001
Lebanon – December 20, 2001
Cypres – December 21, 2001
Estonia – December 21, 2001
Latvia – December 21, 2001
Lithuania – December 21, 2001
Yugoslavia – December 28, 2001
Turkey – January 18, 2002
Poland – January 25, 2002
Romania – January 25, 2002
Czech Republic – February 14, 2002
Slovakia – February 14, 2002
Bulgaria – February 15, 2002
Russia – March 21, 2002
Taiwan – November 17, 2001
Philippines – November 21, 2001
Malaysia – November 22, 2001
Singapore – November 22, 2001
Thailand – November 30, 2001
Japan – December 1, 2001
Korea – December 1, 2001
Indonesia – December 19, 2001
Hong Kong – December 20, 2001
India – April 12, 2002
Argentina – November 29, 2001
Uruguay – November 30, 2001
Bolivia – December 6, 2001
Chile – December 6, 2001
Peru – December 6, 2001
Brazil – December 7, 2001
Columbia – December 7, 2001
Panama – December 7, 2001
Trinidad – December 7, 2001
Venezuela – December 7, 2001
South Africa – November 23, 2001
Egypt – January 9, 2002
Australia – November 29, 2001
New Zealand – November 29, 2001
- Awards Won
American Film Institute (AFI) Awards
AFI Digital Effects Artist of the Year
Robert Legato, Nick Davis, Roger Guyett
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Stuart Craig (art director), Stephanie McMillan (set decorator)
Best Costume Design
Best Music, Original Score
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
Best Fantasy Film
Nick Dudman, Mark Coulier, John Lambert
Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Best Special Effects
Robert Legato, Nick Davis, Roger Guyett, John Richardson
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Amanda Awards (Norway)
Best Foreign Feature Film
American Cinema Editors
Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Art Directors Guild
Feature Film – Period or Fantasy Films
Stuart Craig (production designer), John King (art director) Neil Lamont (art director), Andrew Ackland-Snow (art director), Peter Francis (art director), Michael Lamont (art director), Simon Lamont (art director), Steven Lawrence (art director), Lucinda Thomson (art director), Stephen Morahan (assistant art director), Dominic Masters (assistant art director), Gary Tomkins (assistant art director)
Awards of the Japanese Academy
Best Foreign Film
Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
David Heyman and Chris Columbus
Best Feature Film, Children’s
David Heyman, Chris Columbus, Steve Kloves
Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
Robert Legato, Nick Davis, John Richardson, Roger Guyett, Jim Berney
Best Costume Design
Best Make Up/Hair
Amanda Knight, Eithne Fennel, Nick Dudman
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Production Design
John Midgley, Eddy Joseph, Ray Merrin, Graham Daniel, Adam Daniel
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
Best Young Actor/Actress
DVD Exclusive Awards
Best Overall New Extra Features, New Release
Paul Hemstreet, Jeffrey Lerner, Kethy Pettijohn
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Golden Trailer Awards
Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Best Dramatic Presentation
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (US)
MTV Movie Awards
Breakthrough Male Performance
Motion Picture Sound Editors (US)
Best Sound Editing – Foreign Film
Eddy Joseph (supervising sound editor), Martin Cantwell (sound effects editor), Nick Lowe (adr editor), Colin Ritchie (dialogue editor), Peter Holt (foley editor)
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
Best Art Direction
Best Film Editing
Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media
Best Visual Effects
Robert Legato, Nick Davis, John Richardson, Roger Guyett
Teen Choice Award
Film – Choice Movie, Drama/Action Adventure
Young Artist Awards
Best Ensemble in a Feature Film
Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton
Best Family Feature Film – Drama
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
BMI Film & TV Awards
BMI Film Music Award
Bogey Award in Titanium
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
Best Family Film – Live Action
Casting Society of America
Best Casting for Feature Film, Comedy
Jane Jenkins and Janet Hirshenson
Costume Designers Guild Awards
Excellence in Costume Design for Film – Period/Fantasy
The “Harry Potter” films for outstanding contribution to British cinema.
Won along with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Evening Standard British Film Awards
Best Technical/Artistic Achievement
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
Best Family Film
Outstanding New Talent
Young Artist Awards
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress
Most Promising Young Newcomer
Note: These are NOT differences between the movie and the book. These are just mistakes from the movie.
- Right after Harry sees the Mirror of Erised for the first time, the second time he comes back with Ron, he drops the cloak right by the door. Once they run a little further ahead, you can see the green cloth (a.k.a. invisibility cloak) they used for computer imaging lying on the floor.
- In the scene where the trio enters the commom room after being confronted by Fluffy, you can see the feet of the crew member who shut the door behind them.
- In the flashback, when Voldemort kills Harry’s parents, baby Harry can sit up and has hair, yet the baby Dumbledore places on the Dursleys’ doorstep is much younger. – Thanks to Matt!
- When Dumbledore is using the Put-Outer, from one shot, the streetlight closest to him, on his right, is still lit; a few shots later in a close-up, that light is out even though Dumbledore never put the light out.
- On Dudley’s birthday, when Mrs. Dursley wakes Harry and he sits up in bed, a cloth and hand brush are hanging inside the cupboard door. When Dudley shoves Harry back into the cupboard, you see a cloth and a dustpan, but no brush. When the family arrives from the zoo and Mr. Dursley locks Harry in the cupboard, none of the three are present.
- When Dudley is told how many presents he has and asks, “How many are there?” a cut to him shows that his fringe is a bit untidy. The shot cuts to Vernon, and when it cuts back to Dudley, his fringe is much neater.
- When Harry receives his first letter, Dudley snatches it from him before he has a chance to open it. Dudley then gives it to Uncle Vernon, who says, “Who’d be writing to you?” Watch Dudley carefully – he’s mouthing the line.
- When Harry and the Dursleys are in the living room while it is being showered with letters, Harry jumps up on the table to seize a letter. Watch his hand: he is already holding one.
- Right after Hagrid gives Dudley a tail, Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and Dudley run around and out of sight – they seemingly disappear.
- After Hagrid gives Dudley a tail, watch him in the background while Dudley runs around. You can see it’s not Robbie Coltrane, but a double with a beard.
- When Harry and Hagrid are in Gringotts, Hagrid takes the letter from Professor Dumbledore from his pocket to give to the Head Goblin. The string it is tied with has a bow that runs from the top to bottom of the envelope, and the envelope is creased. When the Goblin takes it, the envelope is different – the bow runs from left to right, and the envelope is not creased. In addition, the “TOP SECRET” stamp is positioned differently on each envelope, and the string in each instance covers a different part of the stamp. When viewed from where Harry and Hagrid are standing, the final shot of the envelope again shows it as being creased.
- The Hogwarts Express leaves from Platform 9 3/4, between Platforms 9 and 10 at King’s Cross Station, London. The platforms shown in the film as 9 and 10 are, in fact, 4 and 5 (the only platforms that have a wall between them as shown in the film). The real Platforms 9 and 10 are in a separate part of the real station. In addition, when Hagrid and Harry are on the footbridge, they are walking towards Platform 1, away from both the real Platforms 9 and 10 and the film’s Platforms 9 and 10. No wonder Harry feels lost when Hagrid leaves him to find the train on his own!
- When Hermione first meets Harry and Ron, she fixes Harry’s glasses. But two or three scene cuts earlier there is no tape around his glasses. It reappears in time for Hermione to fix.
- On the train to Hogwarts, Hermione tells Harry and Ron that they need to get their school clothes on, as they will arrive soon. It is daytime outside. Yet the train arrives at Hogsmeade Station when it’s dark – clearly not soon after Hermione told them to change.
- After Harry is sorted into Gryffindor at the start of term feast, he sits down on the right side of the table next to Ron. When the feast appears, Harry is on the other side of the table, next to Hermione.
- In the scene where Harry and the other first-years come into the Great Hall for the first time, Oliver Wood is sitting on the table to right of the camera. In that shot, there are other students next to him; but in the next shot, the other students are gone and Wood is on the corner of the table!
- In the scene where Harry and Ron rush into McGonagall’s classroom, she transfigures from a cat on her desk to herself, walking towards them. In the first shot, we see the left side of her face, and she is not wearing glasses. When the shot changes so that she’s facing Harry and Ron and we see the right side of her face, her glasses appear out of nowhere.
- When Harry is taking notes in Potions class, he finishes writing all of the words to Snape’s speech just as Snape turns to him. But when Hermione nudges him several seconds later, he is still writing.
- In Potions class when Snape is talking, a shot showed Harry’s handwriting to be small and the lines rather close together. In the next faraway shot, Harry’s handwriting is huge and spaced out.
- When Harry, Ron, and Hermione are on the staircases, watch the pictures on the right: they are not moving at first, but when the camera changes, all of the pictures move.
- In the flying class scene, Hermione’s hair is crimped. Later, when you see the class looking at Neville after his fall, you see that her hair is straight. The very next shot she’s in, her hair’s crimped again.
- In the flying practice scene, after Malfoy gets a hold of Neville’s Rememberall, he flies up with his broom; and, after dialogue with Harry, throws the ball away. Harry catches the ball in front of McGonagall’s window after flying at least twenty meters to get to the ball, which is at least on the eighth floor of a tower. When Harry flies back to the others and lands, McGonagall almost instantly comes up behind him. Now wasn’t that a bit too fast? She can’t have Apparated, as no one can do that on Hogwarts grounds.
- In the scene where Neville loses control of his broomstick during flying lessons, we see a shot of him going straight towards the castle wall (this is the first time he sees the wall). When you see him zooming towards the wall, there are many windows. However, when the shot changes and Neville actually bumps into the wall with his broomstick, there are no windows seen.
- During the scene with the troll, Hermione crawls over to the sinks. If you look at the floor, you will see that there are only a few wet spots. In the very next shot, however, the whole floor is soaked (this occurs before the troll breaks all the sinks).
- When the troll is about to swing at Harry with his club for the third time, Ron levitates the club. When the club falls, it hits the troll’s head with a loud thump, and then falls to the ground, but there is never any sound of the club hitting the ground.
- When Hermione is saying to Harry and Ron, “You won’t make a fool of yourself- it’s in your blood,” Harry and Ron have several books with them; but immediatley after, right before the staircase moves, they have no books in their hands.
- When Hagrid drags the Christmas tree into the castle, there is no snow on his hair although he has supposedly been outside for some time. When the camera angle changes his hair is suddenly covered with snow.
- When Harry is on his way to the restricted section of the library under his Invisibility Cloak, we see a shot of his hand holding the lantern (the first shot in the scene). You can see the end of his jumper. In the next shot, however, the end of his jumper is under the cloak, but it had no time to get there between shots.
- In the scene in the library’s restricted section, Harry puts his cloak and then his lamp down. The lamp is several inches away from the cloak. When Filch enters Harry grabs the cloak and suddenly the lamp is now on top of the cloak, causing it to fall.
- During the Quidditch match, Hermione looks through her binoculars up to where Harry is. If you look at the reflection in the binoculars, you can see Harry flailing around. She then looks over at Snape, but when we see the reflection in the binoculars, we still see Harry.
- In the scene where Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Filch go to Hagrid’s , watch the lamp Hagrid sets down. Filch says something like “A sorry lot this, Hagrid.” Then the shot cuts to Hagrid (look at the lamp) then to Filch again, who says, “Oh good god man, you’re not still on about that bloody dragon, are you?”; then the shot cuts back to Hagrid again. The lamp changes position between these shots.
- When Harry, Ron, and Hermione are heading to Hagrid’s hut, there is a group of three people walking behind them into another corridor. A second or two later, the same group walks into the same corridor they did in the previous shot.
- When Harry, Ron, and Hermione rush to Hagrid after end-of-the-year exams, and Harry is saying something that ends with “why didn’t I see it before,” Emma is mouthing his lines.
- In the scene when Harry, Ron, and Hermione run to Hagrid’s hut to ask him where he got his dragon from, Hagrid tells them a stranger wearing a hood sold it to him. Hagrid then says “seemed quite glad to get rid of it as a matter of fact.” When he says “…as a matter of fact,” his mouth doesn’t move.
- Fluffy dribbles on Ron’s shoulder while the three friends stand next to the trap door. However, when they fall down into the Devil’s Snare, his shirt is completely dry.
- In the chess scene, the queen drives her sword through Ron’s horse, and he topples to the ground. If you pause the movie just right, you can tell that it’s a stunt double falling off the horse, not Rupert.
- In the same scene, Ron is lying on his side on the floor with one knee bent so that one foot is higher than the other. But when Harry and Hermione run over to check on him, one foot is on top of the other.
- When Professor Quirrell removes his head wrap to reveal the concealed Voldemort, Quirrell is obviously bald. However, if you carefully watch the scene with the troll, Quirrell’s sideburns are clearly present after he shudders as the troll exhales.
- When Harry puts his hands on Quirrell’s face and pushes him against the wall, you can see the wall behind Quirrel is flat; in the next shot, there are two large holes in the wall; in the next shot, the wall is flat again.
- When Harry is boarding the Hogwarts Express to go home, Hagrid stands on the platform to wave goodbye. He is wearing a coat and looks huge, as usual, but you can see when he waves that his hand seems rather small compared to the rest of his huge frame.
- Just after the owls start to deliver the letters to Harry, his uncle boards up the letter box. When the letters start to come through the letterbox later in the movie, the boards are at a different angle.
- In the scene where the troll is advancing on Hermione, Hermione backs into the stall at the end of the row. When you see the shot of the troll knocking the stalls down she reappears in the third stall, not the first.
A big thanks to Movie Mistakes and everyone else who sent these in!
- Robbie Coltrane was the very first person to be cast.
- Richard Harris only agreed to taking the part of Albus Dumbledore after his eleven-year-old granddaughter threatened never to speak to him again.
- Author J.K. Rowling insisted that the principal cast be British and she got her wish, with two exceptions – Richard Harris was, of course, Irish, and Zoë Wanamaker, though she has made her name as a “British” actress, is actually a US citizen. Other non-Brits in the cast include Verne Troyer, born in Michigan, USA, who plays Griphook (the second Goblin in Gringotts Bank) and Christopher Columbus’s daughter, Eleanor, who played Susan Bones.
- Steven Spielberg was offered the position as director, but was later refused when he couldn’t agree with J.K. Rowling’s insistence on an all-British cast. He wanted to use Haley Joel Osment for the part of Harry.
- In addition to Steven Spielberg, other candidates for the director’s job were Jonathan Demme, Brad Silberling, and Terry Gilliam. Gilliam was Rowling’s initial favourite but the studio finally picked Chris Columbus to direct because he had experience directing child actors. Columbus was also asked many times by his daughter to direct and he agreed after he read her book.
- The trouble-making poltergeist Peeves (played by Rik Mayall) does not, in the end, appear in the movie.
- Although Daniel Radcliffe’s voice broke during production, he did speak all the lines in the movie. The scenes were filmed in order and his voice changes slowly throughout the movie. It was erroneously reported by a London tabloid that a young actor who spoke lines for the action figure dubbed his lines in the movie.
- There was a huge media outcry in Gloucester, England when it was decided to use the local Cathedral for some of the Hogwarts scenes. Protesters wrote letters by the sack-load to local newspapers, claiming it was blasphemy and promising to block the film-crew’s access. In the end, only one protester turned up.
- The movie is known as “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” everywhere except the USA and so every scene in which the Philosopher’s Stone was mentioned was filmed twice, once with the actors saying “Philosopher’s” and once with the actors saying “Sorcerer’s.”
- The hut used during the filming as Hagrid’s hut has since been demolished in case fans of the film swamped it.
- The tabby cat used ran away during filming and came back two days later.
- Platform 9 3/4 was filmed at King’s Cross, but on Platforms 4 and 5. J.K. Rowling has admitted that she mixed up the layout of London’s King’s Cross railway station when she assigned the Hogwarts Express to Platform 9 3/4, reached by using magic between Platforms 9 and 10. She meant the location to be in the inter-city part of the station, but 9 and 10 are actually among the rather less grand suburban platforms. The movie conformed to Rowling’s original intent: the platforms seen as 9 and 10 are in real life inter-city Platforms 4 and 5.
- During filming, actor Daniel Radcliffe changed the screen on Robbie Coltrane’s cell phone to Turkish. Coltrane had to phone hair designer Eithne Fennel’s Turkish father in order to find out the Turkish for “Change Language.”
- At one point, when Harry, Ron, and Hermione are approaching Hagrid, he can be seen playing a wind instrument. He is playing the Hedwig’s Theme.
- Among the portraits on the shifting staircase, you can clearly see a painting of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s second wife and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I. Anne Boleyn was popularly believed to be a witch.
- This movie has the distinction of opening on more screens in the USA than any other (3762).
- By February 2002, this was the second highest grossing film worldwide after Titanic.
- Harry Potter’s birthday is reported in the books as being “somewhere in July.” Author J.K. Rowling, and actors Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon) were all reported to have their birthdays on July 31. It was later revealed that Radcliffe’s birthday is, in fact, July 23 and that the claim that his birthday was the same as Harry Potter’s was merely a publicity stunt.
- On the Quidditch trophy that has Harry’s father’s name on it, there are additional inscriptions for M. McGonagall and R.J.H. King.
- The name of Filch’s cat (“Mrs. Norris”) is not mentioned anywhere in the movie, nor is the name of Harry’s owl (“Hedwig”).
- The inscription around the Mirror of Erised says: Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi. Reading the inscription backwards it says, “I show not your face but your heart’s desire.”
- The word “bloody” appears in the film six times, along with one “arse,” one “bugger,” and two “blasted”s. This, and some very scary scenes in the haunted forest, led to its PG certificate.
- The film reveals that the twelfth use for dragon’s blood is an oven cleaner.
- Nicholas Flamel, mentioned as the creator of the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, was actually a real alchemist who was believed by some people to have produced the Philosopher’s Stone and who has mysterious circumstances surrounding his “death.” It is rumoured that he might still be alive and, if so, he would be about the age given in the book and movie.
- The Hogwarts motto, “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus” means “never tickle a sleeping dragon.”
- Three owls play Hedwig, Ook, Gizmo, and Sprout, but mainly Ook.
- In the final credits, Will Theakston is mistakenly credited as playing Marcus Flint and Scott Fern is also erroneously credited with playing Terence Higgs. Warner Bros., apparently, mixed up their names and characters when they released a memo to the press (they subsequently corrected their mistake with the press), however, they failed to correct the credits thus the mistake remains (for the record, Will Theakston played Terence Higgs and Scott Fern played Marcus Flint).
- Warwick Davis, who played Professor Flitwick and the first Gringotts Goblin, also provided the voice for Griphook who was physically played by Verne Troyer.
- In the original draft, Drew Barrymore, a self-exclaimed Harry Potter fan, had a cameo.
- John Williams composed a piece of music specifically for the movie’s trailer, and it is found on the soundtrack as “The Prologue.” As of March 2002, he has done this only once before, for Steven Spielberg’s Hook.
- Rosie O’Donnell and Robin Williams were two of the celebrities who had asked for a role in the movie without pay. However they did not film any scenes for the movie.
- Tim Roth was a leading contender for the role of Professor Severus Snape. Roth dropped out of contention, however, to pursue his role as General Thade in Tim Burton’s adaptation of Planet of the Apes.
- In the script, the flashbacks to Voldemort killing Harry’s parents were written by J.K. Rowling herself. The producers knew she was the only one who knew exactly what happened.
- The “Hogwarts Express” locomotive portrayed in this film, a 1937 4-6-0 “Hall” class steam engine number 5972, originally belonged to the Great Western Railway and went under the name of “Olton Hall.”
- Alan Rickman was hand-picked to play Snape by J.K. Rowling.
- In the troll scene in the girls’ bathroom, Daniel Radcliffe isn’t actually on the troll’s neck, because the motions would have snapped his neck; therefore, his image was digitally added.
- In the trophy cupboard, to the right of the Quidditch trophy, you can see the “Service to the School” trophy with part of “Tom M. Riddle” engraved on it.
- In the Wizard’s Chess set that Harry and Ron were playing with, the red queen is from the Lewis Chessmen, the most important of all chess pieces dating from the 12th Century. They were found in 1831 on a beach in Uig, Lewis. 78 pieces were recovered in all, and are now in the care of the National Museum of Scotland and in the British Museum in London.
- For the Gringotts interior scenes, the Australian Embassy in London was used. The exteriors are the Silver Vaults located not far from the Australian Embassy.
Information courtesy of IMDb.