Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Corrected entry: When Harry came back down from when he caught Neville's Remembrall, all the other students cheered and ran towards him. Wouldn't half the students stay back and look mad, since half of them are Slytherin? (00:56:35)

Correction: Not all the students in Slytherin hate Harry

Corrected entry: When everyone is at the end-of-term feast, Harry has a cast on his wrist, but couldn't Madam Pomfrey (the nurse) have fixed it with magic?

Correction: As witnessed in "Chamber of Secrets" (and in the books), Madame Pomfrey can't just wave a wand and heal serious injuries; she can accelerate the healing process with magic, but it still takes some time.

Actually, Madame Pomfrey herself says "I can mend bones in a heartbeat" (in CoS). It is regrowing bones that is difficult and takes time. Assuming Harry's bones weren't removed in his struggle with Quirrell, the injury would have been fairly simple for Madame Pomfrey to fix. And if Snape can mend Malfoy after Dark magic is used in HBP, surely Madame Pomfrey can fix a cut on Harry's arm.

Corrected entry: When Harry, Ron, and Hermione are hiding from Filch, they find Fluffy, scream, and run away. But when they are speaking of it later, Hermione says something like "Honestly, don't you two have eyes? Didn't you see what it was standing on?" But it never shows Hermione looking down at the trap door when they were face-to-face-to-face-to-face with the three-headed dog.

Correction: The scene cuts frequently therefore she could have glanced down when the camera was not focusing on her face.

Corrected entry: When Hermione is trying to figure out the Devil's snare she pulls her magic wand out of nowhere and once she uses it and wants to check if Ron is OK the magic wand disappears.

Correction: She pulled it out of her skirt and put it back in the process of kneeling.

Corrected entry: In the scene when Harry, Ron, and Hermione visit Hagrid, Malfoy is visible through the window. He appears to be eye level with the window and is shown turning and running away. When the camera zooms out later in the film, the same window that Malfoy is supposedly looking through is far too high for anybody to see through without a ladder. He obviously didn't have a ladder or he would have fallen off it when he turned to run away.

Correction: It's not the same window - there's no outside view of it, so we can't be sure how high it is.


Corrected entry: In the first scene Professor McGonagall's broach disappears and reappears several times.

Correction: This may be explained by the fact that she is wearing a cape over her shoulders. As she moves her head, the broach becomes less (or more) visible


Corrected entry: Hagrid appears at the hut on the rock to fetch Harry on Harry's 11th birthday, which is July 31. The next day they go to London to buy Harry's school supplies, then end the day at King's Cross. But the letter Hagrid hands Harry at the hut (in the book, anyway - and in the film if you stop it to read what Harry doesn't) tells him to report to the train on September 1. What happened to the month of August?

Correction: It is never specified when is Harry's birthday This is a film/book discrepancy.

Corrected entry: In all the shots of Snape that show the area around his feet, his cloak is either dragging on the floor behind him or gathered about his feet showing that it is quite long. However, after he wishes Harry luck in the Quiddich game against Slytherin, when he walks away the cloak is short enough in the back so Harry can see his limp from being bitten by Fluffy.

Correction: He could have had more than one cloak. So when he got the injury on his leg, the other cloak could have gotten ripped so it needed repairing. That meant that he had to wear a different cloak until his other one got mended.

Corrected entry: When Harry visits Gringotts, and is seen at vault 713 he is carrying 3 bags (presumably money he has just taken from his own vault). When he has picked up some supplies, and is just about to go to Olivander's, he and Hagrid are only carrying boxes. (00:23:25)


Correction: Maybe Hagrid was carrying them in his coat, or maybe they had spent almost all the money, so they didn't need to carry the bags.

Corrected entry: Harry Potter has lovely green eyes. When Voldemort is about to kill baby Harry during the flashback, Harry's eyes are blue.

Correction: Almost all Caucasian babies have blue eyes initially - they only change colour as the child gets older.

Corrected entry: When Harry, Ron, and Hermione are telling Hagrid that Snape is trying to steal the stone, he tells them that Snape helped protect the stone, and 'he's not about to steal it'. So far so good, sticks to the book. However when they actually try to save the stone, Snape's challenge, the logic one with potions, is missing!

Correction: There is no evidence in the film that suggests that each of the teachers did a separate challenge.

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, when the train is leaving Hogwarts, where is the big lake that they crossed in boats in the beginning of the movie? If you look at Hogwarts there is clearly no lake around it.

Correction: There's no lake around the castle - it's on the south side. First years just cross the lake because it's tradition.

Corrected entry: When the Slytherins and Gryffindors have their first flying lesson, there is a girl wearing another house's uniform. <

Correction: It isn't specified in the movie that only Slytherins and Gryffindors are in this class. This is more of a movie/book discrepancy.

Corrected entry: When Harry first finds the mirror of Erised, he walks through the door and the mirror is on his right. This is the same when he takes Ron to see it, but when Dumbledore finds him in front of the mirror, if you look where the door should be, there is just wall.

Correction: It took a close look to resolve this one. The room's laid out such that the door is between the outer wall and a shorter inner wall - Harry has to run around it to get to the mirror. As such, when we see the room it looks like the door's disappeared, whereas actually it's just behind a short wall.

Corrected entry: At the battle with the professor, the professor was perfectly fine when he tried to strangle Harry. It's only when he was touched by Harry's hands did he start to melt. But later Dumbledore said that the power was in Harry's skin (But apparently not at the neck).

Correction: The power is in his touch, ie. when Harry uses his hands - it doesn't necessarily apply to any part of his body.

Corrected entry: Dudley is supposed to fall into the water in the Reptile House, which is obviously the one at London Zoo, yet he arrives back at his home in Surrey still shivering and wet. He would surely have dried out a bit on the journey home?

Correction: It's possible to get from London Zoo to within the borders of Surrey in a very short space of time - we never find out exactly where the Dursleys live.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the first years are looking at the boats, Hagrid says: "No more than four to a boat." BUT when we see Hermione in her boat, there are FIVE people in there. Four are in the normal seats, and one is leaning out at the front of the boat!

Correction: Hagrid never said only four could be in a boat in the movie. That was in the book.

Corrected entry: During the Quidditch match, someone falls from their broomstick, landing in a pile of sand. But when we first saw the pitch it was all neat grass - where did the sand come from?

Correction: There's sand visible under the goalposts in the first shot of the field.

Corrected entry: In the sorting ceremony, we see Susan Bones, the girl with long curly hair, was sorted into Hufflepuff House. Later, in Professor Snape's Potion class, we see Susan was sitting behind Harry when Snape questions him. Only Gryffindor and Slytherin are attending in that class together - Susan was in the wrong class!

Correction: It is never said in the movie that only Gryffindor and Slytherin have potions together. There are Ravenclaws in the class too.

Corrected entry: During the final chess game when the Queen is moving into position to smash Rons knight, they cut back and forth from the Queen to Ron. During one cut, the queen figure has its fingers laced and sticking out; in the next shot, one hand is a fist being covered by the other hand. Then it cuts back to outstretched laced fingers again.

Correction: The other hand configuration belongs to the King.

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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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Albus Dumbledore: Ah, Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. I was most unfortunate in my youth to come across a vomit flavoured one. I must say since then I have lost my liking for them. But I think... I might be safe... with a nice toffee. [He has a bean.] Alas. Earwax.

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Trivia: For anyone who hasn't read the book: The inscription on top of the Mirror of Erised says "erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi". If you read the inscription backwards it says "I show not your face but your heart's desire".

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