Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Corrected entry: When Hagrid visits Harry at the lighthouse he hands him his letter. For a second you can see that the address on the front of the letter has been marked using a highlighter pen, a green one as a matter of a fact. (00:15:07)

Correction: It's not a mistake they just wanted to write the adress with green highlighter.

Corrected entry: In the scene when Harry is in the restricted section of the library he walks in in the dark with only a lantern. He puts the lantern down in front of himself and begins to read. If you look at the bookshelf, his shadow is cast on the other side of the lantern as though the light is behind him.

Correction: Moonlight is streaming in from the upper left, stronger than the lantern.


Corrected entry: In the scene where the employee is talking to Harry in the wand shop, right after he tests the third wand the employee is back-facing the camera. If you look out the window in the background a guy walks down the street with a camera.

Correction: There's someone with a large object on his shoulder, no doubt, but the picture is too blurry to identify it. Moreover, the mystery object is brightly colored in parts, decidedly unlike a camera.


Corrected entry: In the sea hut before Hagrid bursts through the door, from some angles Harry has a reddish blanket covering him from the waist down. From other angles the blanket covers Dudley on the couch and Harry is lying on the floor uncovered (except for his clothes, of course).

Correction: That's his pants, evidenced by the waist, which are a bit large for him and drape somewhat. Dudley's blanket is patterned, though it's difficult to see in one or two shots.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Harry borrows Ron's copy of the Daily Prophet, Harry reads the article out loud. He says, "...the vault in question, number 713...". However, if you look closely at the article, it doesn't give a number, and the number on the photograph isn't visible. (00:54:40)

Correction: I zoomed in on the Daily Prophet and had a look, and it does actually show the vault number, it is a few lines down and next to the photo, it's a bit blurry but legible.

troy fox

I have also zoomed and cannot see the numbers written - not in the section Harry reads from.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Harry and Ron are eating the sweets on the train, if possible, turn on the subtitles. Harry picks up a Chocolate Frog and opens it. The frog jumps out and Ron says that it's the cards you want. Harry pulls out a card with Dumbledore on it. At this point read the subtitles. Ron says "I've got Dumbledore." Then "I've got 'bout 200 meself." Think hard. Ron said Harry's line. Harry was supposed to say "I've got Dumbledore." (00:36:00)

Correction: I actually watched the movie to check this out and after turning up the volume and listening very closely it is Harry that says the line, he is however using a higher then normal voice, we all do when we are surprised.

troy fox

Corrected entry: When Hermione is spotting Snape putting a spell on Harry's broom stick during the Quidditch match, she is using binoculars in order to see Snape, which suggests he is seated very far away from her and Ron (on the other side of the stadium). However, as she runs off to Snape to stop him, it literally takes her only a few seconds to get all the way around this massive stadium and up to where Snape is sitting along with the other teachers.

Correction: It is a time lapse. Does the audience really want to see her walking down a hundred steps, walking across the grass, etc. It isn't necessary to see every moment, the audience can logically assume this is done off camera.

Corrected entry: In the flying practice scene, after Malfoy gets hold of Neville's rememberall, he flies up with his broom and, after dialogue with Harry, he throws the globe away. Harry, after flying at least twenty metres after it, catches the globe in front of McGonagall's window, which is at least on the eighth floor of a tower. When Harry flies back to the others and lands, McGonagall almost instantly comes up behind him. Now wasn't that a bit too fast? She can't have apparated, as no-one can do that on Hogwarts grounds.

Correction: There are many secret passages in Hogwarts, and as a teacher McGonagall should know most ,if not all, of them.

Correction: Also, as a skilled teacher, she probably apparated.


Corrected entry: On the inside of the UK DVD case, there is a still of "Harry" on top of the troll. However, they have taken a still shot of the stunt double, who looks nothing whatsoever like Daniel Radcliffe.

Correction: They computer generated him. It couldn't be a human, let alone Dan's stunt double.

Corrected entry: During the climax, when Harry finds Quirrel, there is a shot in which Harry turns to run up some stairs. The fire bursts out blocking his way, and beyond the top of the stairs, you can see what looks like a crew member crouching against a wall.

Correction: I'm not sure if this is what you are talking about, but the illusion of a figure at the top of the stairs, behind the wall, is caused by the light from the chess room bouncing off the jagged stone walls. You can see these walls as Harry is walking into the room before he finds Quirrel.

Corrected entry: When the first years are walking down the Great Hall to be sorted you see them set off in one large group and get to about halfway down the Hall when we see them from another angle, and they are walking in pairs.

Correction: I don't think that this should count as a mistake. They start as a large group and it would make sense for them to pair up to walk down the row between the tables in the great hall since there really isn't enough space for them to go en masse....just my thought on this particular error.

Corrected entry: When Hermione first meets Harry and Ron she fixes Harry's glasses. But two or three scene cuts earlier there is no tape around his glasses. Then it magically reappears in time for Hermione to fix.

Correction: Ive watched this scene many of times, and there is tape around Harry's glasses, because of the lighting, it's a little hard to see at times but in slow motion or zoom you can see that tape is there the whole time.

Corrected entry: When Harry is in the living room with the Dursleys and the living room is being showered with letters, Harry jumps upon the table to seize a letter. Watch his hand, he's holding one the entire time and only feigning catching them.

Correction: If you look frame by frame he doesn't have a letter in his hand but catches one of the falling letters.

Corrected entry: When the three return to Griffyndor house after visiting Fluffy for the first time, Hermione says: "I'm going to bed, before either one of you comes up with another clever idea to get us killed". That doesn't make any sense because it wasn't Ron's or Harry's fault they ended up there. It was Hermione's idea to show Harry his fathers quidditch trophy, then the staircases changed and they had to run from Filch and ended up in Fluffy's room.

Correction: It was Harry's idea to hide where Fluffy was. He says: "Let's hide through that door".

Corrected entry: After Seamus blows up the feather in the levitation lesson, his face stays black until after the lesson, when they walk across the courtyard. Yet Harry's face, the side of which was also scorched in the explosion, is mysteriously clean again.

Correction: We don't see Harry walking from the classroom to the courtyard, and his face wasn't as badly scorched as Seamus' face. Harry could have cleaned his face before entering the courtyard.

Corrected entry: After Harry escapes from Filch from the Restricted Section of the library, he is there when Filch comes to Snape and talks about how "that means there's a student out of bed." Snape's eyes light up and they all take off to find the empty bed. Unfortunately, nothing more is made of this, even though Harry then proceeds to stumble upon the Mirror of Erised and stay there for what appears to be a good long time. You'd think that both Snape and Filch would have jumped at the chance to punish a student breaking the rules, especially Harry, once they found his bed empty.

Correction: They don't take off to find the empty bed, but to find the wandering student - slight difference. I doubt that any of the three knows the secret password into Gryffindor or that Professor McGonagall would allow them (particularly the head of Slytherin) in it anyway.


Corrected entry: If the Philosopher's Stone really was to be sealed away with all those traps and puzzles, wouldn't it have been a better idea not to leave the broom as an obvious helper in the room with the flying keys? That way anyone who didn't know they had to bring a broom - including Quirrel - would be trapped once they got through Fluffy.

Correction: Quirrell was in on this just like Snape was, he would've known to bring a broom anyway. In fact, for all we know, that could be his broom. He could have left it behind as he left the harp behind.

Corrected entry: Ron tells Professor McGonnagal that her tranformation was "bloody brilliant" and she doesn't bat an eye. This is rather obscene language for an eleven-year old to use in school. Americans don't realize how inappropriate this language would be in a formal British school.

Correction: This probably has more to do with McGonnagal's charactor than anything else. Remember when Harry caught the Remebrall in flying class she got him on the Quidditch team, we he should have been expelled. She also teased them a little after he said that.

Corrected entry: When Professor Quirrel runs into the dining hall, to tell everyone about the troll, he faints. It is shown that he falls down face first, but when it shows all the students running, Quirrel is suddenly flipped over, lying on his back.

Correction: He remains face down.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Harry, Ron, and Hermione have fallen through the trap door and are caught in the devil's snare, Harry yells "Hermione, where are you?". If you watch closely he is not wearing his glasses when he says this. In the next shot, he is.

Correction: If you look really closely, you can see the light reflecting off the left corner of the glasses.

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Visible crew/equipment: During the Quidditch match Harry's broomstick tries to shake him off, due to the spell. After Hermione tells Ron, "Leave it to me," in Harry's last close-up before he flips over, the seat that is attached to the broomstick, to make it more comfortable for Dan Radcliffe to sit on, is entirely visible. Glimpses of other seats can be had during the match as well. (01:20:50)

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Dumbledore: It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.

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Trivia: The Hogwarts motto, 'Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titilandus', is Latin, and means 'Never tickle a sleeping dragon.'

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Question: I get that the DADA role is cursed because of Voldemort being denied the role when he applied for it at Hogwarts, but why does Dumbledore not let Snape take the role like he's wanted to every year? I thought Snape was a double agent (he spies on the Death Eaters and Voldemort for Dumbledore, and he pretends to be on Voldemort's side too), so unless Voldemort decides that he wants to get rid of him for being in the role, he's okay to take it on provided he's given it, and yet every year, Dumbledore turns down his application. Is it because Snape's too involved in Voldemort's side of things or some other reason? I hope I explained it well.

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Chosen answer: There are several reasons. First, the position is cursed, so there is little reason to give Snape the job when he will not last any longer than all the previous instructors. If Snape did become the DADA instructor, something could happen to him that could result in his being harmed, having to leave Hogwarts, or be otherwise incapacitated in some way; that would render him useless to Dumbledore as a double agent. Also, Dumbledore trusts Snape, but putting him in an environment where he is teaching about dark magic on a daily basis would be too tempting and emotionally compromising to someone who had been so easily seduced by the dark side. He could possibly relapse. It would be like having a recovering alcoholic work as a bartender. Of course, he does eventually become the DADA instructor, and lasted no longer than his predecessors.

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In the movies it is never mentioned that DADA role was cursed by Voldemort.

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