Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Director: Chris Columbus


Release Year: 2001

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: PG

Interest Age: 9 yrs +

Challenge Issues: Some very conservative parents may be concerned that it advocates witchcraft.

Curriculum Ties: This could be shown during Halloween.

Information about director: Chris Columbus’s full name is Christopher Joseph Columbus. He was born in September 10, 1958. He was born in Pennsylvania. Although he was raised in Ohio.  He is married and has four children.Chris Columbus has directed a great deal of movies. Some of his movies include Home Alone, Only the Lonely, and  Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. His others include Nine Months, Stepmom, and Rent. In addition to being a director, he is also a screen writer and producer.

Plot Summary: Harry Potter, an orphan, learns that his parents were wizards and is sent to Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry. It is here that he learns he is a legend, because he survived the dreaded Voldemort, when Voldemort killed his parents. When he becomes suspecting of a teacher, it leads Harry and his friends into a series of adventures were he eventually faces Voldemort again, but once again lives to survive.

Critical Evaluation: I never caught onto the Harry Potter book series, but was pleasantly surprised by the film. The film’s special effects and story line add to the film’s charm.

Reader’s annotation: Join Harry Potter in his first year of Hogwarts.

Book talk ideas: n/a

Why did you include this book?: This was included because the Harry Potter book series and movies are very popular with teens.

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