Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

(2001)

aka Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Directed by Chris Columbus

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith

Rating: ******
              5/6

Harry Potter, child wizard.

A young lad named Harry
Is abandoned, alone,
On the doorstep of relations
Sleeping at home
By some wizards and a giant
Who silently sneak
In the cold dead of night
When the dark’s at its peak.

We fast forward to Harry’s
Eleventh year
And we see how his life has been
Year after year.
His relatives, the Dursleys,
Treat him like dirt
And they do not care
If his feelings get hurt.

He lives beneath
A well-used stairwell,
In a cupboard so small
He can’t sleep in it well.
His nondescript life
Is interrupted one day
When a letter arrives
That bears his name.

His uncle destroys it,
But others appear
Until every surface
Has envelopes near.
So many exist,
They can’t all be excepted,
And Harry sees one,
But it gets intercepted.

The Dursleys drive off,
And they go into hiding,
But the giant finds them
On a cycle he’s riding.
He tells off the guardians
And gives Harry his letter,
Which he can finally read
Since the pieces are together.

It tells him that Hogwarts,
A prestigious school,
Accepts him as a student
If he’ll follow the rules.
Harry’s as ecstatic
As a well-fed lizard
Since being told
That he’s a wizard.

His school supplies
Are in a hidden place,
And the school itself
Is a magical place
Filled with wizards and witches
And goblins and giants,
And other creatures that cannot be
Explained by science.

His friends Hermione and Ron.

Harry meets
Two friends on the train
With whom he’ll collaborate
Again and again.
They are Hermione,
A clever young lass,
And one Ronald Weasley,
Who’s a bit of an ass.

They discover a relic
Not shaped like a cone,
A magical artifact
Called the Philosopher’s Stone,
Unless you read
The American tome
In which it’s referred to as
The Sorcerer’s Stone.

Whatever it’s called,
It’s locked in a room
And guarded by a dog the size
Of a hot air balloon.
Someone at the school
Is trying to nab it,
But the young ones
Want to break this man’s habits.

It’s a very good story
Well told on film,
For the director made
A stellar film.
The acting is top notch,
Hardly all the same,
Since the cast is filled with
Knights and Dames.

The sets, props and stuntwork
Go hand in hand
With the visual effects work
(ILM) and
The musical score,
As composed
By the great John Williams.
Who could have supposed

The bully, Draco Malfoy.

That he would be able
To bring such life
To the events onscreen,
Already rife
With sound effects
And VFX,
So well heard
At the Multiplex?

I’m giving this
Swell movie a five—
Five stars out of six—
Which has been derived
From my thorough enjoyment,
From start to finis.
Ask if I’ll watch it,
And I’ll say, “Yes, please.”

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