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「ハリー・ポッター」完結記念特集1 ハリー・ポッターと賢者の石(ファンタジー映画) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone(2001)


監督 クリス・コロンバス/Director: Chris Columbus
出演 本文に含む/Starring: (included in text)



A film that cast magic on films

At long last we’ve reached this film. The Harry Potter series comprises eight films. Over the ten years spanning from “the Philosopher’s Stone” to “the Deathly Hallows Part 2”‚ the fantasy series set the world alight. Let’s take a close look at it.

A mature adult waits to go and see the release of a Harry Potter film. What for? The crucial keyword that captivated the world is this: “magic”. To adults living in the tough real world‚ magic has a potential allure about it. Moreover‚ this world also contains an inviting nostalgia from our childhood dream worlds. It would be appropriate to call the series‚ “A Story of Magic”. Filmed with the best cinematic techniques and philosophy. For example‚ headmaster Dumbledore’s (Richard Harris) words: “Your abilities don’t decide who you are. It’s what you do with them.” The words of the headmaster and Professor McGonagall watching over Harry’s growth carry deep meaning which could be even seen as proverbs.

Most of the central characters to the entire Harry Potter series appear in Philosopher’s Stone. Harry’s (Daniel Radcliff) parents were brutally murdered by the evil wizard Voldemort. Voldemort then tried to kill Harry but his magic rebounded‚ and losing his body‚ flees. Harry becomes famous in the magic world for being the only child to survive the evil wizard.

As the prince of the magic world‚ Harry has great expectations put upon him. There is a gang that don’t care for this. The Harry Potter films adopt a dark side of people; the element of dark fantasy is rich. This is also attractive for adult (audiences). “The Forbidden Forest”‚ “The Forbidden Passage”‚ “The Mirror of Erised (desire)” Just hearing this‚ creepy and mysterious words and scenes are shown to us without any time to catch our breath.

Chris Columbus was 24 years old when Steven Spielberg recognised his talent. He started as a screenwriter at his own start up production company‚ and produced the big hit film Home Alone‚ Mrs Doubtfire‚ Night at the Museum‚ and others. He is the top of the genre. British children’s literature author J.K. Rowlings wrote Harry Potter when she was 30 years old. Her annual income was ¥18.2 billion. Combined with merchandise sales‚ her total assets surpass that of Queen Elizabeth at ¥84 billion.

Let’s talk about famous actors. When Harry seeks out his wand he meets the master wandmaker and owner of Ollivanders‚ performed by John Hurt. Mean and snobbish uncle of Harry is Vernon Dursley‚ played by Richard Griffiths. One of the many famous supporting actors‚ he has performed in Chariots of Fire‚ Gandhi‚ The French Lieutenant’s Woman‚ and Sleepy Hollow.