Director: Chris Columbus
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated: PG (For some scary moments and mild language)
It’s sort of funny to think back at that time now because those fears were all for naught. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” ended up being one of the most faithfully adapted books I can think of, where the changes and omissions were so minor that virtually all of my friends (with the exception of one who’s such a book purist he can’t be pleased at all in this situation) were happy with it. The passage of time also gives us a new perspective of this desire for authenticity. Later movies would be forced to cut major chunks of the books out for time purposes, but with just barely more than 300 pages, the first book had no real reason to lose anything major. The problem, in hindsight, is that it didn’t lose much of anything, and maybe it should have. While the book was lean, it did present readers with multiple adventures and scenarios for our heroes to go on and get out of.
Parents, there are some scary moments, a little violence and blood, and two curse words. Recommended for ages 10 and up.