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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson
Robbie Coltrane
Richard Harris
Alan Rickman
Directors
Chris Columbus
Screenwriters
Steve Kloves
Running Time
152 minutes

Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
J.K.Rowling's magical tale finally makes it to the big screen


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Plot
On his eleventh birthday, orphan Harry Potter discovers that he's a wizard, so off he goes to Hogwarts School to learn the ways of the wand. But it isn't all lessons and making friends: Harry is destined for a showdown with the evil Lord Voldemort.


Verdict
Even though a few of the book's scenes have been cut, fans probably couldn't hope for a better adaptation. It bodes well for the rest of the series, when strong stories start taking precedence over set-up.


Reviewed by Alan Morrison

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