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Director: Chris Columbus Run Time: 152 min. Format: DCP Rating: PG

Release Year: 2001

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

The introduction to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Chris Columbus directed HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE.  

J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was first published in the United Kingdom in 1997.

Harry Potter is just an orphan boy living underneath some stairs in Surrey, a typically dreary place for Britain. On his eleventh birthday, a friendly giant named Hagrid comes a-knocking, and reveals to Harry that he’s no ordinary boy — but a wizard, the Boy Who Lived; the only person in the whole of the world to survive the wrath of the evil Lord Voldemort. Before long, Harry’s got himself a wand and a broom, and is off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – a secret academy where young magic users hone their craft. Along with his two new friends, B-student Ron and egghead Hermione, Harry sniffs out a conspiracy to bring back He Who Shall Not Be Named, and the trio set out to stop it by recovering the powerful Sorcerer’s Stone. Expelliarmus!

Part of Nitehawk’s Booze & Books HARRY POTTER 20 brunch series.