Oh nostalgia! The Philosopher’s Stone has always been my favourite movie of the HP movies, and is one of my favourite books. When I first watched it, I remember thinking that this movie was really magical, and watching it so many years later, I still think the same. The wide-eyed wonder of the book is captured perfectly in the movie.
My favourite scenes are the whole opening sequence when Harry was handed over to the Dursleys, Harry’s first trip to Diagon Alley, the first entrance into the Great Hall, and the Wizard Chess scene at the end where Ron sacrifices himself. I still wish that in the Devil Snare’s scene, Hermione panicked like she did in the book, with Ron yelling at her that she’s a witch and she can just cast a spell to light a fire. Oh well.
As for casting, I think that Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco, Hagrid, Professor Snape, Professor McGonagall, and Professor Dumbledore were perfect. They were exactly how I imagined in my head. I just wanted to point this out, because I know it’s not the case in later movies.
Overall, my opinion of the first movie hasn’t changed, although I did notice this time around that these kids are really stupid and should have just asked a teacher for help. But that just comes with growing up, I guess.