Film / Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Hagrid: You're a wizard, Harry!
Harry: I'm a what?''

The one that started it all.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the film of the first book in the Harry Potter series and was released in 2001. It was directed by Chris Columbus, who also directed the first sequel.

Harry thinks he's a normal kid, living a sucky life with the Dursleys, his aunt, uncle and cousin who hate him and all that he represents. On his eleventh birthday, Gentle Giant Hagrid shows up and tells Harry not only that he's a wizard, but a wizarding celebrity due to having survived an attack by Lord Voldemort ten years ago, somehow rendering the evil wizard MIA. It's off to Hogwarts, where Harry befriends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, forming the iconic Power Trio. The three begin to suspect that someone is planning to steal the mystical stone of the title, which could be used to restore Voldemort to full power.

Retitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States because, as with the book, the American publisher worried that kids would think a book with "philosopher" in the title would be boring. Of course, this was before Harry Potter was the reliable franchise it became.

This came out six years before the book series was completed, one year after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published.

Followed by Harry's second year at Hogwarts, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Tropes exclusive to this film:

  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Harry, recovering from the injuries received after stopping Quirrell/Voldemort, worrying about the condition of his friends and the status of the Philosopher's Stone, and Dumbledore calmly comforting him like a father to his child. Then Dumbledore spots the wizarding candy in front of Harry, and wistfully reminiscing about the first time he tried Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans.
  • Asleep for Days: In the first movie, Oliver Wood says to Harry that he was knocked out for a week after taking a Bludger to the head during his first Quidditch game.
  • Christmas Carolers: Ghosts singing an eerie Christmas song are seen during the Christmas break. It can be heard here.
  • *Drool* Hello: In the first movie, the gang is alerted to Fluffy's presence by his drool on Ron's shoulder.
  • Epic Rocking: Four of the soundtrack's songs are longer than 5 minutes, with "The Quidditch Match" being 8.5 minutes long.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: At the end of the chess game, Ron moved up to put the king in check, expecting the enemy queen to kill him. Although the trope is downplayed in that Ron didn't actually die, his one liner was badass nonetheless:
    Ron: Check.
  • Five Second Foreshadowing: When the gang understands they have to play their way across the protective chessboard, they take their positions before Hermione nervously asks an appropriate question:
    Hermione: This isn't going to be like...real wizard's chess, is it?
    (Ron sacrifices a pawn to an opposing pawn to test it; said pawn ends up shattered)
    Ron: Yes; I believe this is going to be exactly like real wizard's chess.
    (cue Oh Crap! looks between all of them)
  • Funny Background Event: The young, inexperienced leads can be seen at times mouthing each other's lines during stretches of dialogue; for instance, watch Emma Watson as the trio heads to Hagrid's in the daytime towards the end of the movie.
  • Just a Kid/Not Now, Kiddo: When the three kids try to warn the teachers about something dangerous, they are usually ignored. Slightly Justified because they are first-years at Hogwarts and only 11 years old. And this is before they gained their reputation as Kid Heroes.
  • Market-Based Title: The Philosopher's/Sorcerer's switch, as mentioned above - extending to alternate recordings of dialogue as well.
    • In France, it came out as "Harry Potter at the Wizard School", as the Philosopher's Stone is a more well-known legend in France and the book's publishers were concerned that mentioning the Stone in the title would give an important part of the plot away.
  • Moral Luck: Lampshaded in Philosopher's Stone just after the troll incident. Prof. McGonagall awards Harry and Ron five House points each "for sheer, dumb luck". While there was some skill involved, both Ron and Harry were exceptionally lucky nevertheless.
  • Mr. Exposition: Hagrid fills this role accidentally by casually talking about things he shouldn't be talking about.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Murder Shot: Harry, Draco and Fang accidentally interrupt Voldemort's unicorn meal in the Forbidden Forest. He doesn't turn around, but he does look up, and there is blood on his lips.
  • Shout-Out: Upon learning that the Dursleys told Harry that his parents died in a car crash:
  • Simple Score of Sadness: During Voldemort's last attempt to kill Harry.
  • Skewed Priorities: Hermione after their first run-in with Fluffy.
    Hermione: I'm going to bed, before either of you find another way to get us killed — or worse, expelled.
    • Then Lampshaded by Ron.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Soon before the climactic pursuit of the stone, Hagrid plays the opening theme on his fife.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Hagrid's Berserk Button is pushed - unlike the book, he doesn't raise his voice.
  • Uncommon Time: "Hedwig's Theme" is a waltz.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Our first glimpse of wizard chess shows the queen killing the Knight with its throne.