In the movie they see Fluffy after a staircase moved over to nit -Matoro183 Go Ravenclaw! 12:56, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

Edited Edition

I never heard of that. Apart from the note of Cornelius Fudge the scenes listed are just deleted scenes. Can someone tell me if that is fake or something? -- Seth Cooper Owl Post 14:56, 3 January 2009 (UTC)


I removed this header. I confess I don't have every line of every Potter book memorized, ditto the movies, but I don't recall ever coming across that term in the books (particularly in the context of listing anachronisms). I moved the Daily Prophet date error up to the, well, Mistakes section. However someone should check that it is in fact an error. I don't recall seeing this one, myself. 23skidoo 23:30, October 10, 2009 (UTC)

I don't think the term was ever actually used in the books; I believe it was a fan-related term. But I don't really consider it fanon, because it's not really fan fiction. --Cubs Fan (Talk to me) 00:33, October 11, 2009 (UTC)
And the error's legit. You can check it here (upper-right corner). --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 00:37, October 11, 2009 (UTC)

Slytherin Team

.. i really love slytherin than gryffindor,ravenclaw ,or hufflepufff .. And i have a crush on DRACO MALFOY !!! 13:55, January 26, 2011 (UTC)

Wood and the Snitch

I don't believe this belongs in the Mistakes section:

In the scene where Wood is showing Harry the Golden Snitch, as the Snitch lifts into the air towards the camera and Harry follows it with his eyes. Wood, however, looks around randomly and in the opposite direction of where the Snitch obviously went.

I took this to be deliberate in the film, showcasing just hard it is to follow the snitch. It's why Harry is the youngest seeker in 100 years. Wood seems almost too hard not to be seeing the snitch.

I agree I deleted it. Alumeng 14:16, November 13, 2011 (UTC)


What years do the movies take place is it the same as the books (the 1990s) or is it later/earlier. Please Respond...The Navigator talk 04:33, January 29, 2010 (UTC)

This has been a matter of some contention. In the Philosopher's Stone film, a date on a copy of the "Daily Prophet" newspaper can be seen as 2001, and there are several anachronisms in the films that could be explained by them taking place in more recent years. However, in the Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix films, the dates on Tom Riddle Sr.'s grave and on the Black Family Tree, including Draco Malfoy's birthdate, correspond to the book timeline. And there are also anachronisms in the books, such as Dudley's Playstation.
For now, we're working off the assumption that the movies are still in the same timeframe as the books, 1991-1998, until any further developments come to light (such as if the dates on James & Lily's graves in the upcoming Deathly Hallows film match the book's). - Nick O'Demus 11:06, January 29, 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, There are a few goofs I noticed that are date related, just wanted to double check that 1990s dates were still in question.(Honestly it's the only one that makes sense.)--The Navigator talk 01:29, January 30, 2010 (UTC)

I also noticed that the cars shown in the beginning of the movie seem to be early 90s, rather than early 80s like the timeline should be. And when Harry is 11, again the cars look newer; early 2000s.

Unreal Error

This is incorrect:

During the feast at the beginning of the movie, Percy tells Harry that Snape has been after Quirrell's job for years, but since Voldemort's jinx on the job only let a teacher keep the job for one year, this would have been impossible.

He says that but he doesn't specificly mean that Quirrel had the job. He just meant the position indivisually. I Want Pickles. Ducky Mo Mo is My Friend. I Have a Bad Feeling About This 00:05, October 8, 2010 (UTC)

Pansy Parkinson

It's written "unknown girl" as "Pansy Parkinson". In the french wikipedia, I find a name: Katharine Nicholson. I don't know if it's true or not. You could see for example:

--   Famini    talk    contribs   22:26, October 19, 2010 (UTC)

Doris Crockford

In the Cast a name, Billiusa Efgeledes, is placed in the actress section next to Doris Crockford. Is this a real name??

American Actors

Must the third sentence about this topic be about how many American actors are in this film? Is it really that important to have this information at the start? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).

The movie picture

I did not recall seeing that as a movie poster.

Anyway we use British English in the articles and it should be Philosopher's Stone, not Sorcerer's stone. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Orangerichard56 (talkcontribs).

Could you be more specific as to which image in the article you mean? And I presume the posters that say "Sorcerer's Stone" were only used for promotion in America, thus making a "Philosopher's Stone" variant non-existent. Or is there another instance of Sorcerer's Stone being used that you're referring to?

EDIT: Never mind, I see that the main image has been changed recently. For the record, it does appear to be an official promotional poster for the film, though it obviously should not have been the main image. -- 1337star (Drop me a line!) 15:49, October 26, 2013 (UTC)

I have a question about that - sorry if it is asked somewhere else and I missed it.  I did look.  But in the Ameican verison of the film the stone is refered to as the "sorcerer's stone" throughout - it is never once called "The philosopher's stone" by any of the characters  So is it just the title that is different in the British version or is the version itself a bit different - is the stone called "Sorcerer's stone" or is it called "phillosopher's stone" by the characters in the British version of the film?

Akjnfoejfajsd (talk) 12:32, November 20, 2014 (UTC)

As a British series, the title is Philosopher's Stone around the world, and is called Sorcerer's Stone only in the United States. J. K. Rowling's American publisher, Scholastic, feared that American children wouldn't understand what "philosopher" meant, so they changed it to a word more evocative of magic. --Cubs Fan (Talk to me) 18:23, November 20, 2014 (UTC)

How long did the movie play in cinemas?

If I may ask, when exactly did the film complete its run in UK cinemas? Mc1934 (talk) 00:20, August 24, 2018 (UTC)


The following edit needs to be reverted: Mc1934 (talk) 19:34, May 17, 2019 (UTC)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)

On the night of 1 November, 1981, celebrated wizard Albus Dumbledore (Richard Harris) and his deputy Minerva McGonagall (Maggie Smith) meet up on Privet Drive in the Surrey town Little Whinging and discuss of the deaths of James and Lily Potter (Adrian Rawlins and Geraldine Somerville), whose one-year-old son Harry Potter (Saunders Triplets) is to be brought to them by their half-giant associate Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). Sometime later, Hagrid arrives with the sleeping infant Harry on a flying motorcycle. As the three walk to the front lawn of Privet Drive house #4, McGonagall initially objects to Dumbledore leaving Harry with the Muggle (non-Magical) family that lives there known as the Dursleys, as she sees them as the "worst sort of Muggles" after spying on them day by day in her Animagus form (a silver tabby cat). Dumbledore tells her that the Dursleys are the only living relatives Harry has left since his mother's sister Petunia (Fiona Shaw) is the only Dursley that had Lily's blood in her which ensured the protection of Harry and his family. After Dumbledore places Harry on the doorstep with a letter, he wishes him luck before he, McGonagall, and Hagrid depart.

Ten years pass, and Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) lives as a household servant to the Dursleys, who treat him with hostility and tries to be a seemingly ordinary boy. His spoiled cousin, Dudley Dursley (Harry Melling) constantly bullies him. After inadvertently causing an accident on a family outing, Harry is locked in his cupboard for week. When Harry's uncle Vernon paddles Harry when he kicks his way out, Harry bites him severely and causes the bedroom window to break. The Dursleys seek help from an American psychiatrist, Joshua Crackerbottom (Robin Williams), who is very friendly with Harry and understands Harry strang gift. After receiving several unsolicited letters by owl, the family moves into a two-story hut on an island. When midnight strikes, a mysterious stranger breaks into the hut to the horror of the Dursleys. The stranger, who turns out to be Hagrid, meets Harry and informs him that he is a wizard. He gives Harry a cake for his eleventh birthday and his acceptance letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. When Vernon tries to prevent him from going, Harry and Hagrid chastise him and Petunia for lying to him all along. After Vernon insults Dumbledore, Hagrid threatens him and Petunia for their actions by cursing Dudley with a pig tail, much to Harry's joy. Before they leave, Joshua reveals that he is a wizard.

By morning, Hagrid and Joshua takes Harry to purchase school supplies from the hidden wizarding street, Diagon Alley. After Harry purchases his wand, Hagrid surprises him with an owl as a birthday present. They stay in the Leaky Cauldron wherein Hagrid tells Harry the reason of his being famous in the wizarding world; when Harry was still a baby, one of the century's greatest dark wizards, Lord Voldemort, murdered his parents with the infamous Killing Curse, but his attack on Harry rebounded, leaving only a lightning-bolt scar on Harry's forehead and rendering Voldemort powerless. Days later, Harry boards the train to Hogwarts via the concealed Platform 9 3/4 in King's Cross Station, with the help of Joshua.

During the journey on the train, Harry meets Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), a boy from a large, but poor, pure-blood wizarding family, and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), a witch born to Muggle (non-magical) parents, who would both become Harry's lifelong best friends. Upon arriving at the school, the first year students are sorted into four houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. As Slytherin is noted for being the house of darker wizards and witches like Voldemort, Harry begs the magical Sorting Hat not to put him in Slytherin, so it instead puts him in Gryffindor, which is noted for being the house of braver witches and wizards like his parents, along with Ron and Hermione. Harry notices one professor, Severus Snape (Alan Rickman), the sinister Potions master and head of Slytherin House, giving him peculiar looks.

Harry begins learning wizardry and discovers more about his past and his parents. At the end of their first week at Hogwarts, Harry and Ron discover that Gringotts, the wizarding bank, was broken into and a vault that Harry and Hagrid visited had been the subject of the robbery. Harry discovers his talent for riding broomsticks and inadvertently makes Gryffindor's Quidditch team (a sport in the wizarding world involving flying broomsticks) as a Seeker while defending another student, Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis), from Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton), a Slytherin first year, later learning that his father was also on the team.

One night, Harry, Ron and Hermione encounter a giant three-headed dog named Fluffy belonging to Hagrid at the Forbidden Corridor on the Third Floor of the school. The team's keeper, Oliver Wood, trains Harry and orients him of Quidditch.

After a Charms class with Professor Flitwick, on Hallowe'en, a frightened Quirrell informs everyone that an escaped mountain troll has entered the castle. As the houses are led back to their Common Rooms, Harry and Ron fight the troll and incapacitate it to save Hermione.

At Harry's first Quidditch match, Harry's broom becomes possessed, nearly knocking him off. Hermione sees Snape staring at Harry and mouthing words, making her believe that Snape has caused the broom to misbehave with a dark curse. Hoping to save Harry, Hermione sets Snape's robes on fire, distracting him and others and allowing Harry to survive and make Gryffindor win the match. Later Hagrid slips on the trio a name when confronted about his knowledge of Fluffy, Nicholas Flamel.

At Christmas, Harry receives an Invisibility Cloak, once belonging to his father, which renders its wearer invisible. Harry uses it to explore the Restricted Section in the library to research information on Nicolas Flamel, but finds a screaming book. Harry discovers a magical mirror which shows him a vision of his deceased parents. Dumbledore encounters Harry looking at the mirror and tells that it is the Mirror of Erised, which shows a desire of one's heart and how it could not help much when people wasted their lives after being driven mad by it. He then moves the mirror and advises Harry against searching for it again.

When term resumes, the trio assume that someone is trying to get past the dog. Eventually, Harry learns that Nicolas Flamel is the only known maker of the Philosopher's Stone, which produces the Elixir of Life which will make the drinker immortal. Hagrid, Hermione discovers that the dog is guarding the stone itself. Harry concludes that Snape is trying to obtain the stone.

That night, the trio visit Hagrid's hut to get more information. There they discover a dragon egg which hatches a Norwegian Ridgeback dragon, that Hagrid names as "Norbert". The three convince Hagrid to let Norbert go live with other dragons of his kind in Romania but are caught by Draco. On their way back to the Common Room, they are confronted by McGonagall who takes them and Draco to the transfiguration classroom. After McGonagall reprimands them for their actions, the four are given detention with Hagrid in the Forbidden Forest.

At the forest, as everyone splits up to find a dead unicorn, Harry and Draco encounter a hooded figure drinking a unicorn's blood for its healing properties. While Draco flees in fear with Fang in tow, the hooded figure then attempts to attack Harry, only to be scared off by an arriving centaur named Firenze, a close friend of Hagrid's. Harry concludes that the hooded figure was a weakened Voldemort and that Snape is trying to get the stone to restore Voldemort to full strength.

After hearing from Hagrid that the dog will fall asleep if played music and that he revealed this to a man in a local pub, Harry, Ron and Hermione conclude that Snape was the man in the pub and attempt to warn Dumbledore. Upon learning that he is away on business, the trio conclude that Snape will attempt to steal the stone that night and resolve to find the stone before Snape does.

The trio, after bypassing Fluffy, face a series of obstacles: surviving a deadly plant, flying past hundreds of flying keys and winning a violent, life-sized chess match. The trio use their skills to overcome the obstacles: Hermione uses her knowledge of spells to get past the plant, Devil's Snare; Harry uses his skills as a Seeker to get past the keys and catch the one that unlocks the door; and Ron uses his skill at chess to win the chess match. However, Ron is nearly killed in the chess match and Hermione stays with him as Harry goes on ahead alone.

In the final room, Harry finds out that it was not Snape who wanted the stone, but Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher Professor Quirrell. Quirrell reveals that he let the troll in, tried to kill Harry in the Quidditch match and that Snape has been protecting Harry all along while trying to stop Quirrell. Then, Professor Quirrell forces Harry to look in the Mirror of Erised. Due to an enchantment placed by Dumbledore, Harry finds the stone in his pocket after looking in the mirror. After trying to get Harry to answer what he has seen in the mirror, Quirrell removes his turban and reveals a weakened Voldemort to be living on the back of his head. Harry tries to escape but Quirrell starts a fire by clicking his fingers to prevent his escape. Voldemort tries to convince Harry to give him the stone by pledging to bring his parents back from the dead, but Harry refuses. Quirrell then tries to kill him but Harry's touch prevents him from hurting him and causes him to turn into dust and die. When Harry gets up, Voldemort's spirit forms and passes through Harry, knocking him unconscious before fleeing.

Harry wakes up at the school's hospital wing. Professor Dumbledore explains that the stone has been destroyed and that Hermione and Ron are safe. Quirrell burned at Harry's touch because, when Harry's mother died to save him, her death gave Harry a love-based protection against Voldemort. Harry soon exits the hospital wing and is reunited with Ron and Hermione, with Ron once again brought back to consciousness. During the end-of-year feast, Gryffindor has 312 House Points, Hufflepuff 352, Ravenclaw 426 and Slytherin 472. The Gryffindors are upset, but then Dumbledore interrupts and announces that recent events must be taken into account and has a few last minute points to award. First, fifty points to Hermione for cool use of intellect while others were in peril, fifty points to Ron for the best played game of chess that Hogwarts had seen for many years, sixty points to Harry for pure nerve and outstanding courage, and ten points to Neville for the bravery of standing up to his friends. These last-minute points win Gryffindor the House Cup, and all the Gryffindors celebrate their victory. Before Harry and the rest of the students leave for the summer, Harry realises that while every other student is going home, Hogwarts is truly his home.

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