U.K., 2001, 152 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Chris Columbus, Rated PG, Warner Bros.
"During [the film], I was pretty sure I was watching a classic, one that will be around for a long time, and make many generations of fans." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Year One. Harry Potter lives a dreary life with his miserable aunt and uncle but on his 11th birthday, a giant named Hagrid reveals the young orphan is a wizard and enrolls him in the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft & Wizardry. But as he navigates this magical world, Harry discovers the truth behind his parents’ mysterious deaths and that the Dark Lord responsible may have returned. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone launched the careers of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, and featured a score of noted British actors, including Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, and Richard Harris. More importantly, it transported J. K. Rowling’s seminal fantasy novels to the silver screen and captured the hearts of audiences all over the world.
In 1997, J. K. Rowling opened a door to a magical world of wizards and witches with the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Twenty years later, the Harry Potter novels turned into a multi-media franchise that includes a theme park, several video games, stage play, and – most beloved of all – an eight-part film series that is the second highest-grossing one of all time. To celebrate this special anniversary, the Gables Cinema transforms into Hogwarts with a four-week retrospective of the Harry Potter films. Whether you’re reliving the wonders of Rowling’s world or discovering it for the first time, join us as we present the epic tale of the Boy Who Lived.