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Synopsis

One night, Harry Potter is delivered to the Dursleys' home. After waking up under the stairs, it's Dudley's 11th birthday. They are taking a trip to the zoo, where Harry stares at a glass window for too long. Dudley slips and falls down where the snake is endangered. As he escapes, Dudley is trapped inside. Later, back at home, owls begin to send letters everywhere to Harry. Uncle Vernon gets so mad that the family is to go far away where the owls couldn't find them. It's a small, two-floored cabin. The door falls down onto the floor, and in barges a tall, fat man named Rubeus Hagrid, the Keeper of the Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts. He gives the letter to Harry informing him that he is accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But first, he must buy some school supplies -- wizard money from Gringotts Bank, and most of all, a wand from Ollivanders. He also receives an owl named Hedwig from Eyelops Owl Emporium. Later, in the Leaky Caludron, Hagrid tells Harry that he's the boy who lived, when Voldemort killed his parents. Anyone who would stand up to him would die. Harry's ticket leads to a train called Platform 9 3/4. In order to access it, all he should do is run though the wall between platforms 9 and 10. Inside the Hogwarts Express, he meets Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. As they all make it to Hogwarts Castle, each student had to be sorted into several houses. Harry, Ron and Hermione are all in Gryffindor. During the feast, mysterious ghosts fly all over. Gryffindor's ghost is Nearly Headless Nick, whom he calls himself Sir Nicholas. All students are also to sleep in dormitories. There are several classes to attend, like Transfiguration, Potions and flying class. Suddenly, Neville's broomstick flies out of control and ends up taken to the Hospital Wing. Another boy named Draco Malfoy steals his present and Harry has to catch it to retain it. When Professor McGonagall sees him flying near her window, she takes him to see Oliver Wood, and informs him that Harry is now the new Gryffindor Seeker. His father was also a Seeker, too, you know. One night, Harry, Ron and Hermione sneak in the third floor corridor, and they find out that a three-headed dog is locked up in one room. In Spells & Charms class, Professor Flitwick teaches the levitation spell, but when Seamus Finnigan tries it out, his feather explodes. Then in Halloween, Hermione is hiding in the girls' bathroom. Inside, she finds a mountain troll. Harry and Ron come over to rescue her, but Professor McGonagall is disappointed at Hermione when she sees this. Luckily, she is proud of Harry and Ronfor "sheer dumb luck" after defeating the troll. The next day, it's the first Quidditch game of the season -- Slytherin VS Gryffindor. Harry wins by catching the Golden Snitch... in his mouth. On Christmas Day, Harry receives an Invisibility Cloak from his parents, but doesn't know who really gave it to him. One night he sneaks into the library to find a book on Nicholas Flamel, but Filch almost finds him, so Harry escapes and looks into the Mirror of Erised. As he looks up close, he sees his parents. Another night, Harry, Ron and Hermione visit Hagrid's hut, where his pet dragon Norbert hatches. But when the three head back into the castle, they not only find Draco; they see McGonagall as well. She gives all of them detention -- a trip to the Dark Forest with Hagrid. Then another night, Harry, Ron and Hermione walk back into the corridor into a trap door that leads to the Stone. But they have to face many dangers -- Fluffy the Dog, the Devil's Snare, keys with wings and a chessboard. But only Harry makes it to the end, where he finds Professor Quirrell. On the other side of him is Voldemort. Harry refuses to give the Stone to him, so Voldemort orders Quirrell to kill him. Harry defeats the two-faced man with a magic touch that burns him, but gets knocked down by his spirit. Later, he's in the Hospital Wing. Dumbledore visits him, and tells him that the Stone is destroyed. It is the end of the year, and Gryffindor wins the House Cup, with 10 points more than Slytherin.

Cast

Character's name Portrayed by Sonic counterpart Kirby counterpart
Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe Tails Kirby
Ron Weasley Rupert Grint Sonic Buto
Hermione Granger Emma Watson Amy Rose Tiff
Vernon Dursley Richard Griffiths Dr. Robotnik (from AoStH)
Petunia Dursley Fiona Shaw Breezie
Dudley Dursley Harry Melling Robotnik Jr.
Albus Dumbledore Richard Harris King Acorn Sir Ebrum
Minerva McGonagall Maggie Smith Rosie the Nanny Lady Like
Rubeus Hagrid Robbie Coltrane Big the Cat Knuckle Joe
Professor Quirrell Ian Hart
Severus Snape Alan Rickman
Professor Flitwick Warwick Davis
Oliver Wood Sean Biggerstaff
Draco Malfoy Tom Felton Snively Escargoon
Neville Longbottom Matthew Lewis Charmy Tuff
Seamus Finnigan Devon Murray
Crabbe Jamie Waylett Scratch or Sleet
Goyle Joshua Herdman Grounder or Dingo
Fred Weasley James Phelps Knuckles
George Weasley Oliver Phelps Espio
Percy Weasley Chris Rankin Antoine
Nearly Headless Nick John Cleese
Mr. Ollivander John Hurt
Madame Hooch Zoë Wanamaker
Argus Filch David Bradley
James Potter Adrian Rawlins
Lily Potter Geraldine Somerville
Lord Voldemort Richard Bremmer Dr. Eggman Nightmare/eNeMeE

Production timeline

  • March 28, 2000: Chris Columbus announced that he will direct the first Harry Potter film.
  • May 17, 2000: Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed the film's release date for late 2001 rather than in the summer.
  • June 19, 2000: Tim Roth was originally chosen to play Severus Snape, and Robbie Coltrane was assigned to play Rubeus Hagrid.
  • August 9, 2000: Alan Rickman was confirmed to play Severus Snape, and Richard Harris was Albus Dumbledore.
  • August 21, 2000: 11-year-old Daniel Radcliffe was given the role of Harry Potter, along with 12-year-old Rupert Grint and 10-year-old Emma Watson given the roles of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, respectively.
  • August 26, 2000: Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, and Ian Hart joined the cast. In addition, some scenes were to be shot twice so that the film's titles remain different.
  • September 29, 2000: Filming began at Leavesden Film Studios. The Great Hall was one of the first and only few sets used there in all of the Harry Potter films. 
  • April 2001: Filming concluded.
  • October 22, 2001: With the film now completed and ready to appear on the big screen, it was confirmed to have a running time of 152 minutes.

Release timeline

Format Country of origin Date
Teaser trailer USA February 25, 2001
Theatrical trailer USA June 27, 2001
Original theatrical UK/USA November 16, 2001
DVD/VHS UK May 11, 2002
DVD/VHS Southeast Asia May 14, 2002
DVD/VHS Japan May 15, 2002
DVD/VHS USA May 28, 2002
DVD France June 5, 2002
Blu-ray Disc USA December 11, 2007
DVD/Blu-ray Disc (Ultimate Edition) USA December 8, 2009

Television broadcast timeline

Broadcast date Channel aired
November 19, 2002–September 18, 2003 HBO logo
February 28–May 25, 2003 Cinemax logo 1997
  • May 9, 2004
  • November 13, 2004
  • April 30, 2005
  • February 4, 2006
  • April 21, 2007
  • April 5, 2008
  • April 18, 2009
  • February 6, 2010
  • July 23, 2011
American Broadcasting Company Logo

July 11, 2004–present (most recently on March 3–4, 2017)

ABC FamilyFreeform logo
  • January 21–April 15, 2005
  • October 23, 2010
Disney Channel

Home video timeline

Main article: Home video timeline for the Harry Potter series

Websites

The Official Harry Potter Website

Gallery

Screenshots

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