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AS OUR CHILDREN are our future, we feature reviews by children of children’s books, videos and films. We favour traditional tales like those of Hans Christian Andersen, the brothers Grimm and CS Lewis rather than the politically correct brainwashing tracts currently being churned out by many of the big publishing houses and Hollywood. In this review, eleven-year old Louise looks at one of last year’s biggest children’s films - Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 

2 hours 32 minutes, Cert. PG.

Director: Chris Colombus Starring: Alan Rickman, Daniel Radcliffe, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters.


THIS FILM was based on JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book. She has also written Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I have read all four books and I thought they were brilliant, but the last book will be the hardest to make into a film.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is about a boy whose parents were killed by the most powerful and darkest wizard, Lord Voldemont (“He who must not be named”). Harry Potter is brought up by his nasty Aunt and Uncle Dursley and their annoying son, Dudley. On Harry’s 11th birthday, he is told by Hagrid (Keeper of Keys at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry) that he is a wizard. Harry starts his new life at Hogwarts and gets into all kinds of trouble with his best pals, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

I thought that the film was very good and I just loved the special effects. The game of Quidditch and the Mountain Troll in the girls’ loo are great! My favourite character was Ron Weasley. I thought he just stole the show. I did think that the film was quite long but it did not stop me from enjoying it. In fact, after five times of seeing the film I am pretty much an expert on it!! But all in all I would give it 10/10 because it is exciting, adventurous and mysterious. It’s really enjoyable for both boys and girls of all ages and even mums, dads and grandparents might like it! To find out more you will have to read the books or see the film.

Louise Jenkinson.



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