Countdown to Harry Potter: Philosopher’s Stone

It’s 7 days until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 comes out!

I’ve always been a huge Harry Potter fan. Between the books, films, and the worldwide phenomenon, I find it very hard to not be excited for the last installment of the decade-long film series.

The film that started it all. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone, US title). Seeing the increase of interest, watching the actors grow up, and even the more and more complicated film sets in each film since Philosopher’s Stone came out has been an incredible experience.

When you watch Philosopher’s Stone, especially a newbie, the beginning always throws you off. You’ve read the film synopsis, your neighbor has basically given you the IMDB description, and yet you are completely baffled by the flying motorcycles and the extremely fat kid who didn’t get enough presents. And this beginning does make the rest of the film a bit of a reassurance. A reassurance that you most definitely are watching a film with flying broomsticks, half-giants, and He Who Must Not Be Named.

Some of you look confused. Harry Potter is the Boy Who Lived. Eleven years ago the most feared wizard of all time visited Harry’s home and killed his parents, but failed to kill Harry. So, he Harry was sent to live with his Muggle (non-wizard) relatives. They beat him and consider him trash. Then, just before his eleventh birthday, Harry starts receiving letters. His relatives don’t like this and shield him from it by going on vacation to an isolated island. But in the end, the mysterious letter sender, the half-giant Hagrid, appears and reveals Harry’s true breeding. From then, Harry is launched into the wizarding world, where not only does he finally fit in, but he is a celebrity.

If you want to know more you will have to go watch Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and the the rest of the series.

My rating for this film? 6.7/10 wizarding hats

Continue checking Teenage Enthusiasm everyday for more Countdown to Harry Potter until the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on July 15!

-Morgan

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