Genre Guesstimation – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) – Encore Review

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Alan Sanders of the Wilder Ride and we will be reviewing our favorite 21st Century Fantasy Movie.

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Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of 21st Century Fantasy Movie.

“There is no good and evil. There is only power, and those too weak to seek it.” – Voldemort

Number of Times Seen – 4 (Dec 2001, 19 Aug 2002, 12 Apr 2015 and 10 Jul 2022)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A young boy living with his aunt and uncle finds out that he is a wizard who is destined for greatness.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This series was Alan’s choice for me to watch.

Despite avoiding the Harry Potter books when they came out, I was quickly converted to being a fan once the movies started to come out.

My first time watching this film, wasn’t my best moment since I actually fell asleep through parts of it, but any of my subsequent watches have been much more attentive.

The film does a great job explaining the world of Harry Potter and despite having a much lighter feel than most of the stories in the series, it still does an excellent job clearing a path for things to come.

Being able to eventually watch all of these characters to grow over the course of the films is superb and I love the various hints within this story for future chapters in the series.

As I’ll say throughout my reviews of this film series, as satisfying and fun each and every film is, none of them compare to the books which are much more comprehensive and engaging in their storytelling.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Alan Rickman was hand picked to play Snape by J.K. Rowling, and received special instructions from her about character. Rowling even provided him with vital details of Snape’s backstory, not revealed until the final novel. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close, the story is a great beginning to this epic story but it’s tone is a bit too light.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)


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