NOTE: This film carries the title “Sorcerer’s Stone” in the US, but is otherwise known as “Philosopher’s Stone”. We are henceforth using the US title.
“Ron was my favorite character so it was wicked to play him in the film. I just love acting. The acting part was best.” (Rupert Grint about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)
Directed by Chris Columbus, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone stars Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. Filmed at Leavesden Studios and on location throughout Britain in 2000/2001, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone had its World Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on 4 November 2001.
Having grown up with his Muggle (non-magical) aunt and uncle after his parents’ death, Harry Potter learns on his 11th birthday that he is a wizard and that he survived an attack by the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who had killed Harry’s parents. After purchasing his school supplies accompanied by a half-giant called Hagrid, Harry takes up his place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
On the train to school, he befriends a pure-blood wizard Ron Weasley, and both are sorted into Gryffindor house along with Neville Longbottom and the resident know-it-all Hermione Granger.
After rescuing her from a mountain troll, Hermione becomes their friend and together, they figure out the contents of the little package protected by the giant three-headed dog Fluffy.
When headmaster Professor Dumbledore leaves the school, it is up to the three young Gryffindors to find the Sorcerer’s Stone to stop the dark and mysterious Professor Snape from stealing it for Lord Voldemort…
Ron Weasley is the son of Molly and Arthur Weasley and a pure-blood wizard. He has five older brothers (Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred and George) and one younger sister, Ginny.
Overshadowed by his siblings and slightly ashamed of his family’s poverty, Ron befriends the famous orphan Harry Potter on the train to school. Along with Harry and the precocious Hermione Granger, he is sorted into Gryffindor and proves his courage when he fights a mountain troll and sacrifices himself on the giant Chessboard.
- The word “bloody” appears six times in the film, twice said by Ron. Only one of these is the infamous “Bloody hell!”
- When Harry and Ron are enjoying the sweets on the train to Hogwarts and Hermione enters their compartment, the pocket on the right side of Ron’s jacket is filled with sweets.
- On the train, Ron eats a mouse (and places the mouse trap it was on on his leg), a jelly snake, some Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, a brownie with chocolate couverture and another jelly snake.
- Ron is sorted more quickly than any of the other first years except Draco Malfoy.
- When Harry becomes a Gryffindor, Ron slaps him on the back twice.
- When walking upstairs to the Gryffindor common room, Ron points at the picture of the girl in the white dress and flowers, saying “Look at that one, Harry”. Harry replies: “I think she fancies you.”
- Ron receives four letters and a newspaper by owl post.
- In Charms, Ron is resting his head on two books.
- Draco Malfoy pronounces “Wingardium Leviosa” in the same way as Ron.
- When Hedwig brings Harry his new broom, a symbol and writing can be seen above the entrance door to the Great Hall. The writing on the banner is the school’s motto: Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus.
- Ron opens two of the chords wrapping Harry’s broom at the same time, while Hermione splashes her pumpkin juice.
- Ron is an enthusiastic eater, having knife, fork AND spoon on his breakfast plate, another knife, fork and spoon to the left of the plate, and two goblets on either side.
- Right after Slytherin’s second goal, Ron can be seen saying “Damn!”
- The Queen of the white/red chess set that Harry and Ron play right before Christmas is from the most important chess pieces, the Lewis Chessmen, dating from the 12th century.
- When Harry, Ron, and Hermione walk up to Hagrid after their exams, he is playing the “Hedwig’s Theme” on his flute.
- When talking in the common room about Lord Voldemort after serving detention in the Forbidden Forest, Ron holds a cup in his hands.
- In the Giant Chess Match, Ron begins with a so-called Center Counter Opening (or Scandinavian Defense), which is said to be very unpredictable and difficult due to its asymmetrical nature and rarely results in a draw.
Filming: 29 September 2000 – April 2001
Budget: $ 125 Million
Behind the Scenes
- Rupert’s favourite scene to film: the Giant Chess Board.
- The best day of Rupert’s acting career: Filming the Hogwarts Express scene as he got to eat sweets all day long.
- When they met for the first time, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe took a walk to get to know each other.
- Rupert recorded an audition tape on which he wore a skirt and did an impression of his female drama teacher, performed hip-hop/rap lyrics he wrote about how much he wanted the part of Ron Weasley and acted out a scene from the book.
- At Rupert’s first audition, there were about 20 ginger kids in the canteen who looked similar to Rupert. He had to go through 6 or 7 auditions altogether. The day that Rupert and Emma were told that they got the parts, Rupert initially thought he went in for yet another audition.
- Rupert and Emma learnt that they were cast in David Heyman’s office by Chris Columbus.
- The press conference with the casting announcement took place on 23 August 2000, the day before Rupert’s 12th birthday.
- To help Rupert overcome his “giggling problem”, Alan Rickman gave Rupert the advice to relax his face and not think of anything. It did not work.
- Chris Columbus gave the young actors a situation and told them how to feel in it.
- The young actors had a dialogue coach to help them with their “T”s.
- Chris Columbus made the kids run on the spot before shooting the Chess Scenes so that they would appear to be out of breath.
- Rupert was chosen to be Ron out of 40.000 applicants.
- After seeing Rupert Grint’s self-made application tape, Rupert was invited to audition and eventually got the part. It would be his only “proper” audition for the following nine years and would earn him the roles in no less than twelve film productions.
- All scenes in which “Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone” is being said had to be filmed twice: once for the US version (“Sorcerer’s”) and one for the rest of the world (“Philosopher’s”)
- Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe changed Robbie Coltrane’s cellphone to Turkish, and he had to ask hair designer Eithne Fennel to call her father to find out the Turkish words for “Change Language” to change it back.
- Rupert described the quidditch match scenes to be filmed without having brooms, but the numbers 1, 2, 3 etc. representing the brooms, and moving in quick order so that their eyes moved along, following them properly from side to side.
- The flashback scenes to Voldemort killing Harry’s parents were written by J.K. Rowling herself because, at the time, she was the only one who knew what had happened.
- The Mirror of Erised scene and the Fluffy scenes were filmed in the same room of the Durham cathedral, albeit in different corners and from different angles.
- Alnwick Castle is owned by the family called “Percy”.
- Casting Director Susie Figgis left production in July 2000, because Columbus did not consider any of the thousands of children they had auditioned ”worthy”.
- The first scene filmed was the trio’s departure from Hogwarts, the last scene of the film, filmed at Goathland Railway Station, UK, on 29 September 2000. It was the first of 169 days of shooting.
- Rik Mayall, who played Peeves the Poltergeist, had to shout his lines off camera during takes, but the scenes did not appear in the movie.
- Steve Kloves added some dialogue, most of which Rowling approved, but one line had to be removed as it would have contradicted an event in the then-unreleased Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
- Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, UK (First-years’ flying lessons, Wood explaining Quidditch, post-exams scene, post-Quidditch talk with Hagrid, Ron commenting on Hermione not having any friends, Hagrid dragging Christmas tree)
- Australia House, Strand, London, UK (Gringotts Bank: interior)
- Black Park, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, UK (exterior of Hagrid’s hut)
- Christ Church College, St Aldate’s, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK (Trophy room)
- Divinity School, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, UK (Hospital wing)
- Duke Humfrey’s Library, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, UK (Hogwarts library)
- Durham Cathedral, Durham, UK (Mirror of Erised room, Fluffy’s room)
- Durham Castle, Durham, UK (classroom/corridor scenes)
- Glen Nevis, Fort William, Scotland, UK (landscape for Quidditch scenes)
- Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, UK (Hogwarts: exterior scenes, corridor leading to the Fat Lady’s portrait, corridor to the girl’s bathroom)
- Goathland Station, Goathland, North Yorkshire, UK (Hogsmeade station)
- Harrow School, Harrow, Middlesex, UK (classroom/corridor scenes)
- Lacock Abbey, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK (Voldemort approaching the Potter’s house)
- Leadenhall Market, Lime Street, Broadgate, London, UK (Muggle side of Diagon Alley)
- Leavesden Studios, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, England, UK (studio shots)
- London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London, UK (Harry at the Reptile House)
- Platform 4/5, King’s Cross Station, UK (Platform 9¾)
- Picket Post Close, Martin’s Heron, Bracknell, Berkshire, UK (Privet Drive)
- St. Pancras Station, St. Pancras, London, UK (exterior of King’s Cross Station)
- West Highland Railway Line, Scotland, UK (train journey to Hogwarts)
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
Richard Harris (Professor Albus Dumbledore)
Dame Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall)
Alan Rickman (Professor Severus Snape)
Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid)
Ian Hart (Professor Quirrell)
Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon Dursley)
Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia Dursley)
John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander)
Julie Walters (Molly Weasley)
Directors: Chris Columbus
Screenplay: Steven Kloves
Music: John Williams
Director of Photography: John Seale
Production Designer: Stuart Craig
Costume Designer: Judianna Makovsky
Hair & Make-Up Designer: Eithné Fennell, Amanda Knight
Stunt Coordinator: Greg Powell
Dialogue Coach: Sandra Frieze
Editor: Richard Francis-Bruce
Casting Director: Janet Hirshenson, Karen Lindsay-Stewart
Producer: 1492 Pictures, Heyday Films, Warner Bros. Pictures
International Sales: Warner Bros. Pictures
Runtime: 152 min
MPAA Rating: PG (for some scary moments and mild language)
Grosses: $ 974,733,550
USA: $ 317,575,550 (32,6%)
Other Countries: $ 657,158,000 (67,4%)
Widest Release: 3672 theatres
Ranking Worldwide 2001: 1
Warner Bros. Pictures (theatrical worldwide), Sandrew Metronome Distribution (theatrical Sweden, Denmark, Finland), Warner Sogefilms A.I.E. (theatrical Spain), Fox-Warner (theatrical Switzerland), Warner Roadshow (theatrical Greece), Karo Premiere (theatrical Russia), Kuk Dong (theatrical South Korea), EDKO Film (theatrical Hong Kong), Warner Home Video (Video/DVD USA, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Japan, Brazil), Argentina Video Home (Video/DVD Argentina), Audio Visual Enterprises (Video/DVD Greece), Varus Video (Video/DVD Russia), ABC (television USA)
Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (4 April 2002)
World Premiere: 4 November 2001, Odeon Leicester Square, London, UK
- UK, US, Canada, Ireland, Malta, Taiwan 16 November 2001
- Belgium, Philippines 22 November 2001
- Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Malaysia, Singapore 22 Novemer 2001
- Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa 23 November 2001
- Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile 29 November 2001
- Greece, Iceland, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Japan 1 December 2001
- France, Venezuela 5 December 2001
- Italy, Peru 6 December 2001
- Panama 7 December 2001
- Hungary 13 December 2001
- South Korea 14 December 2001
- Kuwait 15 December 2001
- Indonesia 19 December 2001
- Hong Kong 20 December 2001
- Estonia, Lithuania 21 December 2001
- Croatia 23 December 2001
- Egypt 18 January 2002
- Poland 18 January 2002
- China 26 January 2002
- Turkey 1 February 2002
- Czech Republic 14 February 2002
- Bulgaria 15 February 2002
- Kazakhstan, Russia 21 March 2002
- India 12 April 2002
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- Bogey Awards (Germany), Bogey Award in Titanium 2001 (winner)
- Critics Choice Award, Best Family Film – Live Action 2002 (winner)
- Casting Society of America, Artios Award, Best Casting for Feature Film 2002 (winner)
- Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards, Sierra Award, Best Family Film 2002 (winner)
- Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards, Best Family Film 2002 (winner)
- Satellite Awards, Special Achievement Award, Outstanding New Talent Rupert Grint 2002 (winner)
- Young Artist Award, Most Promising Young Newcomer Rupert Grint 2002 (winner)
- Saturn Award, Best Fantasy Film 2002 (nomination)
- Amanda (Norway), Best Foreign Feature Film 2002 (nomination)
- Award of the Japanese Academy, Best Foreign Film 2002 (nomination)
- BAFTA, Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film 2002 (nomination)
- BAFTA, BAFTA Children’s Award 2002 (nomination)
- BAFTA, BAFTA Film Award, Best Feature Film 2002 (nomination)
- Empire Award, Best Debut 2002 Daniel Radcliffe/Rupert Grint/Emma Watson (nomination)
- Empire Award, Best Film 2002 (nomination)
- Golden Trailer Award, Best Animation/Family 2002 (nomination)
- Hugo Awards, Best Dramatic Presentation 2002 (nomination)
- Kid’s Choice Awards, Blimp Award, Favourite Movie 2002 (nomination)
- Satellite Awards, Golden Satellite Award, Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media 2002 (nomination)
- Teen Choice Award, Film – Choice Movie, Drama/Action Adventure 2002 (nomination)
- Young Artist Award, Best Ensemble in a Feature Film Rupert Grint/Emma Watson/Tom Felton 2002 (nomination)
- Young Artist Award, Best Family Feature Film – Drama 2002 (nomination)
Memorable Quotes from the film
Ron: Excuse me. Do you mind? Everywhere else is full.
Harry: Not at all.
Ron: I’m Ron by the way. Ron Weasley.
Harry: I’m Harry. Harry Potter.
Ron: So… so it’s true? I mean, do you really have the… the…
Harry: The what?
Ron: The scar?
Ron: Look at that one, Harry
Harry: I think she fancies you.
Ron: Can you imagine the look on old McGonagall’s face if we were late?
Ron: Does anybody feel like we shouldn’t be here?
Ron: She needs to sort out her priorities!
Ron: “It’s Levioh-sa, not Levio-sar.” She’s a nightmare, honestly! No wonder she hasn’t got any friends!
Ron: Queen to E5.
Hermione: That’s totally barbaric!
Ron: That’s wizard’s chess!
Ron: I think we have a bad influence on her!
Ron: I know what that is! That’s an Invisibility Cloak!
Ron: That’s me! Only I’m Head Boy. And I’m holding the Quidditch Cup. And bloody hell! I’m Quidditch captain, too! I look good!
Hermione: …and produces the Elixir of Life which will make the drinker immortal.
Hermione: It means you’ll never die.
Ron: I know what it means!
Ron: And to think I’ve been worried about my Potions final.
Ron: You’re a little scary sometimes, you know that? Brilliant, but scary.
Ron: Whew! Lucky we didn’t panic!
Ron: This is no graveyard. It’s a chessboard.
Ron: Harry. It’s you that has to go on, I know it. Not me, not Hermione, you.
Rupert about Sorcerer’s Stone
“I think the chess thing was pretty difficult because there was loads of dust everywhere and the pieces were really big – I got to sit on a horse which was really fun. It was Ron’s turn in the limelight because all the way through the film Harry’s been the one who’s been doing all the brave stuff and Ron felt a bit bad but he felt happy for Harry because he’s his best friend. But I think Ron was really happy because that’s his thing – chess really.”
(CBBC Newsround, October 2002)
“Well one of the times I did a stunt was in the devil’s snare room and they lifted me up on a harness and a safety rope really, really high, and they just dropped me down into the devil’s snare.”
(CBBC Newsround, October 2002)
“We had a dialogue coach. She helped us with our T’s.”
“I giggled while they were filming, which was a bit annoying. I got a nickname: Go-Again Grint.”
“Ron was always my favorite character, because I feel like I relate to him, like we’ve both got red hair, we both like sweets, we’ve both got lots of brothers and sisters, and we’re both afraid of spiders.”
“Walking into the great hall for the first time was absolutely incredible – all these effects with all the candles floating in the air, all lit and everything, food on the table, all the flambeaus were lit – it was just incredible, it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”
(CBBC Newsround, October 2002)
“I am a really big Harry Potter fan,” he says. “I’ve seen the film and the sets and I don’t think they will destroy the books at all. It’s really spot on”.
(CBBC Newsround, October 2001)
Subtitles: English, Spanish (US)
ASIN (Region 1): B000W7FDBM (Fullscreen), B000W74EQC/B0024NSG2U (Widescreen), B000Q6ZG5M (BlueRay Fullscreen),
ASIN (Region 2): B00288A1MY (Fullscreen), B00186E25O (UMD Mini), B00288A1MO (BlueRay)
Extras: Disk 1: film (Theatrical version); Disk 2: film (extended version); Disk 3: extras from double-disk edition; Disk 4: Introduction by Daniel Radcliffe, Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 1 “The Magic Begins”; Disk 5 (BluRay only): Picture-in-picture commentary
Specials: 48-pages Photo Book, 2 Character cards (Harry Potter, Minerva McGonagall)
ASIN (Region 1): B002GJT4XM (DVD), B002GJT4XW (BlueRay)
ASIN (Region-free): B005WIILXS
Released 16 November 2001
- Harry’s Wondrous World
- The Arrival of Baby Harry
- Visit the Zoo & Letters from Hogwarts
- Diagon Alley & The Gringotts Vault
- Platform Nine and Three-Quarters & The Journey to Hogwarts
- Entry into the Great Hall & The Banquet
- Mr. Longbottom flies
- Hogwarts forever! & The moving Stairs
- The Norwegian Ridgeback & Change of Season
- The Quidditch Match
- Christmas at Hogwarts
- The Invisibility Cloak & The Library Scene
- Fluffy’s Harp
- The Devil’s Snare & The Flying Keys
- The Chess Game
- The Face of Voldemort
- Leaving Hogwarts
- Hedwig’s Theme