everything you need to know: harry potter and the philosopher’s stone

Today marks the release of the final (ever) Harry Potter film on DVD: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two. In honour of this, every day I will be posting a “what you need to know” about all the Harry Potter films and some things they left out from the book series (I did this over at tumblr in the lead up to the films release). I will end with my review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two.

For now, back to where it all began, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
After living a miserable existence with his Uncle Dursley, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, Harry finds out that his is a wizard and that he is the only wizard to survive The Killing Curse Avada Kedavra (which sounds remarkably like abra cadabra), which put “He Who Must Not Be Named” aka Lord Voldemort into hiding for years, so he’s actually a wizarding celebrity. With the help of Hagrid, a half-giant who is Hogwarts Gamekeeper, Harry goes to Diagon Alley to purchase the things he needs for school and finds out that his parents have left him a lot of money in Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Hagrid and Harry become quick friends. He gets a snowy white owl called Hedwig, as wizarding post is delivered through owls. He goes off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and strikes up friendships with Ron Weasley (from an all wizarding family) and Hermione Granger (who is muggle-born, muggle meaning non-magic folk). Harry immediately dislikes Draco Malfoy. He is sorted into Gryffindor House (red) with Professor McGonagall as his Head of House. The other houses, Ravenclaw (blue) and Hufflepuff (yellow), along with Gryffindor are always against Slytherin (green). Slytherin is Draco Malfoy’s house and Professor Snape, who loathes Harry, is head of Slytherin. After learning how to use his wand (that is a twin of Voldemort’s) and discovering he is pretty amazing at Quidditch (wizarding sport involving flying on broomsticks), Harry, Ron and Hermione manage to stop Lord Voldemort from acquiring the Philosopher’s stone to make himself human again. He was living in the back of Professor Quirrell’s head – creepy.

What the movie doesn’t tell you:
The first movie is pretty accurate and there aren’t many things the movie doesn’t cover. Apart from the appearance of characters (Harry is meant to have green eyes, not blue, and Hermione is meant to have buck-teeth), the main difference is there are more challenges to get to the Philosopher’s stone than is shown in the film. Also, all the movies leave out Peeves the Poltergeist.

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