Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone Film

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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.

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Release Dates
Africa
Egypt – January 9, 2002
South Africa – November 23, 2001
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Asia
Hong Kong – December 20, 2001
India – April 12, 2002
Indonesia – December 19, 2001
Israel – November 29, 2001
Japan – December 1, 2001
Korea – December 1, 2001
Malaysia – November 22, 2001
Middle East – December 19, 2001
Philippines – November 21, 2001
Singapore – November 22, 2001
Taiwan – November 17, 2001
Thailand – November 30, 2001
Turkey – January 18, 2002
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Europe
Austria – November 23, 2001
Belgium – November 21, 2001
Bulgaria – February 15, 2002
Croatia – December 20, 2001
Cyprus – December 21, 2001
Czech Republic – February 14, 2002
Denmark – November 30, 2001
Estonia – December 21, 2001
Finland – November 23, 2001
France – December 5, 2001
Germany – November 22, 2001
Greece – November 30, 2001
Hungary – December 13, 2001
Iceland – November 30, 2001
Italy – December 6, 2001
Latvia – December 21, 2001
Lebanon – December 20, 2001
Lithuania – December 21, 2001
Netherlands – November 22, 2001
Norway – November 30, 2001
Poland – January 25, 2002
Portugal – November 30, 2001
Romania – January 25, 2002
Russia – March 21, 2002
Slovakia – February 14, 2002
Slovenia – December 13, 2001
Spain – November 30, 2001
Sweden – November 30, 2001
Switzerland – November 22, 2001
United Kingdom – November 16, 2001
Yugoslavia – December 28, 2001
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North America
Canada – November 16, 2001
Mexico – December 7, 2001
Puerto Rico – November 22, 2001
United States – November 16, 2001
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Oceania
Australia – November 29, 2001
New Zealand – November 29, 2001
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South America
Argentina – November 29, 2001
Bolivia – December 6, 2001
Brazil – December 7, 2001
Chile – December 6, 2001
Columbia – December 7, 2001
Panama – December 7, 2001
Peru – December 6, 2001
Trinidad – December 7, 2001
Uruguay – November 30, 2001
Venezuela – December 7, 2001
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Reviews

“New HARRY POTTER Film Review!!!” Ain’t It Cool News | October 27, 2001

“HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE” – By Roger Ebert | Chicago Sun-Times | November 16, 2001

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” Cranky Critic

“HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE” – By Mark Dujsik | Mark Reviews Movies

“Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” NY Movie Reviews

“‘Potter’s’ amazing powers / Movie version magical but long” – By Bob Graham | San Francisco Chronicle | May 31, 2002

“‘Amazing and transfixing’” The Telegraph | November 16, 2001

“Visually stunning ‘Potter’ falls short of pure magic” – By Claudia Puig | USA Today | November 16, 2001

“Slack Magic” – By J. Hoberman | The Village Voice | November 13, 2001

Accolades
Awards Won

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films

Best Costumes
Judianna Makovsky

AFI Awards

Special Award
Won along with the rest of the Harry Potter films.

Art Directors Guild

Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award
David Heyman, David Barron, David Yates, Chris Columbus, Mike Newell, Alfonso Cuarón, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Michael Goldenberg, Stuart Craig, Neil Lamont, Stephenie McMillan
Won along with the rest of the Harry Potter films.

Awards Circuit Community Awards

Best Original Score – 2nd Place
John Williams

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema
Won along with the rest of the Harry Potter films.

BMI Film & TV Awards

BMI Film Music Award
John Williams

Bogey Awards

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 Period/Fantasy Costume Design for Film
Judianna Makovsky

Empire Awards

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
Stuart Craig

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

Best Family Film

National Board of Review Awards, USA

Special Achievement in Filmmaking
David Heyman (For “The Harry Potter Franchise – A Distinguished Translation from Book to Film”)
Won along with the rest of the Harry Potter films.

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

Best Family Film

Publicists Guild of America

Maxwell Weinberg Award
Warner Bros.

Satellite Awards

Outstanding New Talent
Rupert Grint

Young Artist Awards

Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress
Emma Watson (tied with Scarlett Johansson for An American Rhapsody)

Most Promising Young Newcomer
Rupert Grint

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Nominations

 Academy Awards

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Stuart Craig (art director), Stephanie McMillan (set decorator)

Best Costume Design
Judianna Makovsky

Best Music, Original Score
John Williams

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films

Best Director
Chris Columbus

Best Fantasy Film

Best Make-Up
Nick Dudman, Mark Coulier, John Lambert

Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Daniel Radcliffe

Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Emma Watson

Best Special Effects
Robert Legato, Nick Davis, Roger Guyett, John Richardson

Best Supporting Actor
Robbie Coltrane

Best Supporting Actress
Maggie Smith

AFI Awards

AFI Digital Effects Artist of the Year
Robert Legato, Nick Davis, Roger Guyett

Amanda Awards (Norway)

Best Foreign Feature Film
Chris Columbus

American Cinema Editors

Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Richard Francis-Bruce

Art Directors Guild

Excellence in Product Design Award – 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 Circuit Community Awards

Best Visual Effects

Awards of the Japanese Academy

Best Foreign Film

British Academy Children’s Awards

Best Feature Film
David Heyman, Chris Columbus, Steve Kloves

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards

Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year
David Heyman and Chris Columbus

Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
Robert Legato, Nick Davis, John Richardson, Roger Guyett, Jim Berney

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Robbie Coltrane

Best Costume Design
Judianna Makovsky

Best Make-Up and Hair
Amanda Knight, Eithne Fennel, Nick Dudman

Best Production Design
Stuart Craig

Best Sound
John Midgley, Eddy Joseph, Ray Merrin, Graham Daniel, Adam Daniel

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

Favorite Film Franchise
Nominated along with the rest of the Harry Potter films.

Best Young Actor/Actress
Daniel Radcliffe

Best Composer
John Williams

DVD Exclusive Awards

Best Overall New Extra Features, New Release
Paul Hemstreet, Jeffrey Lerner, Kathy Pettijohn

Empire Awards

Best Debut
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

Best Film

Golden Trailer Awards

Best Animation/Family
Warner Bros., The Ant Farm/Imaginary Forces

Grammy Awards

Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
John Williams

Hugo Awards

Best Dramatic Presentation

Motion Picture Sound Editors

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)

MTV Movie Awards

Breakthrough Male Performance
Daniel Radcliffe

Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

Favorite Movie

Online Film & Television Association Awards

Best Costume Design
Judianna Makovsky

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Mark Coulier, Nick Dudman, Eithne Fennel, Amanda Knight, Chris Lyons

Best Official Film Website

Best Production Design
Stuart Craig (production design), Andrew Ackland-Snow (art direction), Peter Francis (art direction), John King (art direction), Michael Lamont (art direction), Neil Lamont (art direction), Simon Lamont (art direction), Steven Lawrence (art direction), Lucinda Thomson (art direction), Stephenie McMillan (set decoration)

Best Visual Effects
Robert Legato, Nick Davis, Roger Guyett, John Richardson

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Steve Kloves

Best Youth Performance
Rupert Grint

Best Youth Performance
Daniel Radcliffe

People’s Choice Awards

Favorite Movie Fan Following
Nominated along with the rest of the Harry Potter films.

PGA Awards

Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
David Heyman

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

Best Costume Design
Judianna Makovsky

Best Newcomer
Daniel Radcliffe

Best Original Score
John Williams

Best Production Design
Stuart Craig

Best Visual Effects
Robert Legato, Nick Davis, John Richardson, Roger Guyett

Best Youth Performance
Emma Watson

Satellite Awards

Best Art Direction
Stuart Craig

Best DVD Extras
(For “Harry Potter Years 1-4”)
Nominated along with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Best Film Editing
Richard Francis-Bruce

Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media

Best Visual Effects
Robert Legato, Nick Davis, John Richardson, Roger Guyett

Best Youth DVD
(For “Harry Potter: The Complete 8 Film Collection”)
Nominated along with the rest of the 
Harry Potter films. 

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
Tom Felton

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Mistakes

Note: These are NOT differences between the movie and the book. These are just mistakes from the movie.

  • Deluminated – 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.
  • And Then There Were None – 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 is present.
  • Find a Comb – When Dudley is told how many presents he has and asks, “How many are there?” a cut to him shows that his bangs are a bit untidy. The shot cuts to Vernon, and when it cuts back to Dudley, his bangs are much neater.
  • Like Father, Like Son – 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.
  • DIY Gone Wrong – Just after the owls start to deliver the letters to Harry, his uncle boards up the letterbox. When the letters start to come through the letterbox later in the movie, the boards are at a different angle.
  • Just Pick One Up off the Floor – 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.
  • Magic Muggles – Right after Hagrid gives Dudley a tail, Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and Dudley run around and out of sight – they seemingly disappear.
  • Hagrid? – After Hagrid gives Dudley a tail, watch him in the background while Dudley runs around. You can see it’s not Robbie Coltrane, but rather his double, Martin Bayfield.
  • Prop Transfiguration – When Hagrid and Harry 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 the 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 Hagrid and Harry are standing, the final shot of the envelope again shows it as being creased.
  • Shopping Spree – Hagrid picks up Harry on his birthday, July 31, and drops him off at platform nine and three-quarters on the day school starts, September 1, but all of this seems to happen within one day because Hagrid still hasn’t delivered the Sorcerer’s Stone to Dumbledore by the time he leaves Harry. Apparently, they have been together in Diagon Alley for a month!
  • Platform 4 3/4 – The Hogwarts Express leaves from platform nine and three-quarters, 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 toward 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!
  • Oculus Reparo – 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.
  • Not a Quick Change – On the train to Hogwarts, Hermione tells Harry and Ron that they need to get their school clothes on since 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.
  • Musical Chairs – 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.
  • Wood You Sit with Him? – 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 the 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 at the corner of the table!
  • Cat in Specs – In the scene where Harry and Ron rush into McGonagall’s classroom, she transfigures from a cat on her desk to herself, walking toward 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.
  • Further Notes – 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.
  • Engorgio – 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.
  • Waiting for Their Cue – When Harry, Hermione, and Ron 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.
  • Crimpers! – 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.
  • Wonderwall – In the scene where Neville loses control of his broomstick during flying lessons, we see a shot of him going straight toward the castle wall (this is the first time he sees the wall). When you see him zooming toward 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.
  • Fast and Furious? – In the flying practice scene, after Malfoy gets ahold of Neville’s Remembrall, 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 60 feet 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 couldn’t have Apparated since no one can do that on Hogwarts grounds.
  • Leaky Plumbing – 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).
  • Monty Hall Problem – 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.
  • Wingardium Leviosa – 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.
  • Banished Books – 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 immediately after, right before the staircase moves, they have no books in their hands.
  • Not the Fat Lady – 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.
  • Jinxing the Broom – 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.
  • White Christmas – 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.
  • Keep It Handy – 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 sweater. In the next shot, however, the end of his sweater is under the cloak, but it had no time to get there between shots.
  • Fire Hazard – 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.
  • Cloak of Green Screen – 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 farther ahead, you can see the green cloth (a.k.a., Invisibility Cloak) they used for computer imaging lying on the floor.
  • Shuffling Lamp – In the scene where Filch, Harry, Hermione, and Ron go to Hagrid’s, watch the lamp Hagrid sets down. Filch says “A sorry lot this, Hagrid.” and it cuts to Hagrid. The shot then cuts away from him to Filch saying, “Oh, good God man, you’re not still on about that bloody dragon, are you?” before going back to Hagrid. The lamp changes positions between these shots.
  • Doppelgängers – When Harry, Hermione, and Ron 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.
  • Why Didn’t I See It Before? – When Harry, Hermione, and Ron rush to Hagrid after end-of-term exams and Harry is saying something that ends with “why didn’t I see it before,” Emma is mouthing his lines.
  • A Matter of Fact – In the scene when Harry, Hermione, and Ron 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.
  • Magical Mess Remover – Fluffy drools 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.
  • The Right Knight? – 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.
  • Footloose – 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.
  • Mad and Hairy – 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.
  • Shot Through – 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.
  • Baby Hands – 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.

Information courtesy of Movie Mistakes, with thanks to everyone else who contributed.

Trivia
  • Robbie Coltrane was the very first person to be cast.
  • Richard Harris only agreed to take 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 favorite 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 nine and three-quarters 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 inner-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, Hermione, and Ron are approaching Hagrid, he can be seen playing a wind instrument. He is playing “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 backward 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 Forbidden 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 rumored 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-proclaimed 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.

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