Cast and Crew: Chris Columbus (Director); John Williams (Score); Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Warwick Davis, Verne Troyer, John Hurt, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman
What It’s About: Half giant Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) frees Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) from a life of neglect with his relatives, the Dursleys, and takes him to Hogwart’s School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. There Harry learns about the world of magic that runs hidden from Muggle (mundane human) eyes, its dangers and his very prominent place within it.
Why Watch it Today?: According to the books by J.K. Rowling, today is Harry Potter’s birthday, a pivotal event. Celebrate with the first film in the series, a delightful introduction to the story.