Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter: Daniel Radcliffe
Ron Weasley: Rupert Grint
Hermione Granger: Emma Watson
Hagrid: Robbie Coltrane
Neville Longbottom: Matthew Lewis
Draco Malfoy: Tom Felton
Albus Dumbledore: Richard Harris
Prof. McGonagall: Maggie Smith
Prof. Snape: Alan Rickman
Prof. Quirrell: Ian Hart
Nick: John Cleese

Warner Bros. presents a film directed by Chris Columbus. Written by Steven Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling. Running time: 152 minutes. Rating PG.(for some scary moments and mild language).

Central Theme
In a world of good and evil where the unseen is as real as what we see, one needs strong character, special training, mystical powers and loyal friends to prevail against the very real and powerful dark side.

Harry Potter is a lonely, ten-year-old boy being raised by the Dursleys, despicable muggles, when he discovers he is a unique and powerful wizard who will one day face the darkest of evil forces and the murderer of his parents. He faces this evil with a little help from his friends (Ron and Hermione) and the adventurous training at the Hogwart school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Not unlike Home Alone (also directed by Christopher Columbus), HP deals with themes of a lonely child’s feelings of powerlessness when facing cruel people and difficult situations. HP introduces them to a fantasy world in which kids possess not only extraordinary power, but a close circle of friends with whom to enjoy the adventure. HP taps into universal childhood themes: fear of the unknown, belief in the dark side, powerless over mean people and unhappy circumstances and a feeling that I am facing all this alone and outgunned.

While the setting is a school for Witchcraft the victory over the dark side is not rooted in the magic arts, but in the chess playing of Ronald Weasley, the cool logic of Hermione Granger, the nerve and courage of Harry Potter, the bravery of Neville Longbottom in standing up top his friends, and in the love of Harry’s mother. Love is the ultimate protection against evil.

Beliefs num
–In this world there are two types of people, those who believe in magic and those who don’t (Muggles).
–That which is unseen is as important as that which is seen.
–Dark forces and light, good and evil are real and at war.
–It is difficult to determine who is good and who is evil.
–Spells, potions and incantations are the tools of the wizard’s trade.
–But ultimately what really matter is personal character qualities and good friends.
–Those with special powers can choose how to use them
–Every child needs love.
–The lonely child may be most special of all.
— Death is the great, feared, unknown and is a great threat of the dark side.
–And good ultimately will overcome the evil, justice will prevail, but not without evil taking its toll.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Why is the HP series is so popular?
–What does HP say about what kids are feeling about their place in the world?
–Do you believe there is there a ‘dark side’?
–In what is obviously a fictional story is there is any danger in kids getting exposure to the spells and incantations traditionally associated with occultish practices?
–Haven’t these elements been present in children’s literature for centuries?
–Why are Christians so divided about HP?
–Should Christians who disagree about the advisability of the HP series apply the Augustinian rule of unity in essentials, liberty in non-essentials and charity in all things? Or is HP a disagreement about
an essential of the faith?

Provocative Quotes byline
–You’re a wizard, Harry.
==Hagrid to Harry
–Not all wizards are good, Harry.
==Hagrid to Harry
–There is no good and evil; there is only power, and those too weak to seek it.
==Lord Voldemort
–Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!
==Professor Dumbledore
–I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed or worse, expelled.
==Hermione Granger
–Your mother died trying to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand it is love. He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign — to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever. Quirrell, full of hatred, greed and ambition, sharing his soul with Voldemort, could not touch you for this reason. It was agony to touch a person marked by something so good.
==Dumbledore, explaining to Harry why Voldemort was unable to harm him
–To Ronald Weasley, for the best played game of chess Hogwart’s has seen in many years..To Hermione Granger — for the use of cool logic in the face of fire. To Harry Potter — for pure nerve and outstanding courage. To Neville Longbottom — It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
==Dumbledore awarding bonus points at the end of year feast
–I believe in God…Magic, no, I don’t believe in that.
==J.K. Rowling (who is a member of the Church of Scotland), on Hot Type with Evan Solomon, CBC Newsworld (Canada), July 13/21, 2000
–I am Christian and this seems to offend the religious right far worse than if I said I thought there was no God. Every time I’ve been asked if I believe in God, I’ve said, ‘yes,’ because I do. But no one ever really has gone any more deeply into it than that and, I have to say that does suit me…If I talk too freely about that, I think the intelligent reader — whether 10 or 60 — will be able to guess what is coming in the books.
==J.K. Rowling (to Max Wyman, of the Vancouver Sun, October 2000)
–The witchcraft accusations are absurd…Harry Potter’s world is entirely imaginary…I have met thousands of children now, and not even one time has a child come up to me and said, ‘Ms. Rowling, I’m so glad I’ve read these books because now I want to be a witch.’
==J.K. Rowling (as reported Anthony Breznican, Associated Press/Los Angeles, Nov 9, 2001)
–My strongest desire was to make a satisfying film for every single one of the fans, a movie that truly captures the heart and the spirit of the book, without sacrificing any of its darkness, edge or character.
==Christopher Columbus

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