Corrected entry: At the end of the film when Hagrid gives Harry the photo album, Harry opens it to the picture on the front. But going by what we've seen from other clips earlier on when his parents died, the picture is chronologically wrong. They died when he was a baby not a toddler, yet in the picture James and Lily are holding a toddler version of Harry.
Corrected entry: Just after Ron says, 'Mails here!', we see the owls dropping various packages to Hogwarts students. The very first owl closeup we see is a brown one and s/he is flying to the right. It's carrying a green package. When the owl drops the package and a student catches it, however, the package has turned blue.
Corrected entry: In the end credits they say that there are 3 beaters on the Slytherin team. There should only be 2.
Corrected entry: Last shot of the Hogwarts Express as it pulls away: the trees to the left of the screen are blowing madly in the wind, while the trees to the right aren't moving at all.
Corrected entry: When Harry is in the hospital wing, and he's been sleeping there for a while (time not known) as soon as he wakes up, before even lifting his head, he reaches over to the right side of his bed, picks up his glasses, and puts them on. But earlier in the movie his nightstand was on the left side of his bed, when he slept in the dormitory. It's odd how automatic Harry knew where his glasses were, even when they changed sides - he was presumably unconscious when they put him in bed, so he can't have noticed then.
Corrected entry: In the scene with the flying letters, the way they enter both the living room and the corridor is simply screwed up. They start off shooting horizontally, going slightly up, but a few seconds later, they are obviously just being dropped from the ceiling. This is even more obvious in the shot of Mr Dursley trying to get the letter off Harry, where it shows the letters coming out the door at a very fast speed, then floating down about a metre away.
Corrected entry: Hedwig is supposed to be a female snowy owl, but only male snowy owls are completely white. The female has brown and/or black spots on her in order to blend in with the nest and trees; the males are white so they blend in with the snow as they hunt animals.
Corrected entry: During the entire movie, you notice Hedwig is a snowy owl that does not really have a lot of black on her. While that tends to make 'her' more appealing, it means that Hedwig is actually a male, even though it is stated numerous times in the film that she is, in fact, a girl. The same goes for the second movie, and I suppose for the rest of the series.
Corrected entry: The name for Diagon Alley is a play on words. To get to Diagon Alley, you tap three bricks up and two over. The starting and ending bricks are diagonal from each other. Therefore the word diagonally = Diagon Alley.
Corrected entry: When Ron begins the chess game, white moves a pawn two spaces. Someone says, "Do you suppose this is like regular wizard's chess?" then Ron moves his pawn forward two spaces to see if the pawn will be destroyed. White's pawn takes Ron's pawn in the next move. This is impossible in two moves - there should still be a horizontal row of squares in between the two pawns.
Corrected entry: In the scene of their first flying lesson, the teacher tells them to kick off from the ground after she blows her whistle. The next shot is of everyone's feet and she blows her whistle, but nobody's feet kick or leave the ground, except Neville, who simply lifts off.
Corrected entry: In Greek Mythology Minerva is the Goddess of Wisdom, which is why Minerva McGonagall is so wise.
Corrected entry: When the Dursleys and Harry get back from the zoo, Uncle Vernon pushes Harry into the cupboard under the stairs. Vernon talks to Harry through the air vent and there is no cover on the front of the cupboard door to close over the air vent. Yet when Vernon says, "There's no such thing as magic" he closes a cover over the air vent. Where did it come from?
Corrected entry: When Harry, Ron, and Hermione are going through the chess game in the dungeon, Ron's final move with the knight goes off the board; if you watch carefully, you'll notice that he is on the farthest row of squares to the left as he possibly can be, and then he moves his player one space to the left. He technically should have gone off the board, but when the Queen kills him, he's back on the board.
Corrected entry: In the Quidditch match if you look at the scoreboard Lee uses, there are 3 buttons to change single numbers, tens and hundreds, why would there be a button for single points if it isn't possible to score single points in Quidditch?
Corrected entry: In the scene where the first years are sorted and Draco gets sorted into Slytherin, Ron says to Harry "There isn't a witch or wizard that went bad that wasn't in Slytherin." This statement is actually incorrect. Sirius Black, although actually innocent, was in Gryffindor when he was at school, as was Peter Pettigrew, an actual Voldemort follower.
Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie when the students are first sorted, a little red-headed girl is sorted into Hufflepuff house before Harry. Later in the movie, she is seated at dinner at the same table as Harry, meaning she would have to be in his house, which is Gryffindor. How did she switch houses?
Corrected entry: Watch Neville as he falls - he crashes on his back, but when Madam Hooch comes to him, his on his stomach.
Corrected entry: During the troll scene, there is a row of hooks in the bathroom. An item (towel or shirt) is hanging on one of the hooks behind Ron as the troll tries to hit Harry with his club and Harry says, "Do something." We next see Ron looking around. Before Ron says, "What," the item on the hook disappears. The item reappears before Ron casts his "wingardium Leviosa" spell.
Corrected entry: In their first flying lesson they are all lined up standing next to their brooms and when the teacher walks to the end of the line, the camera cuts to her feet walking. The brooms have somehow disappeared on the side closest to the camera in this shot.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Harry and Ron have just rushed into McGonagall's classroom, she transfigures from a cat on her desk to herself, walking towards them. In the first shot, we see the left side of her face, and she is not wearing glasses. When the shot changes so that she's facing Harry and Ron and we see the right side of her face, her glasses have appeared out of nowhere.
Corrected entry: When four owls are perched on top of Uncle Vernon's car towards the beginning of the film, you can see that one on the left is obviously a painted set prop.
Corrected entry: In the shot where Hagrid says something like "Quiet Dursely, yeh old prune", he bends the rifle up and Uncle Vernon shoots it. Less than a second before the gun is fired, you will notice that the hole in the ceiling is pulled slightly early(less than a second), before the gunshot.
Corrected entry: When Dudley tries to get out of the snake exhibit, he reaches straight out in front of him and is surprised to touch glass. If he did not know the glass was there, he should have been reaching down to the railing to climb out not straight ahead at nothing.
Corrected entry: In the scene when Harry, Ron and Hermoine run to Hagrids hut to ask him where he got his dragon from, Hagrid tells them a stranger wearing a hood sold it to him. Hagrid then says "seemed quite glad to get rid of it as a matter of fact", when he says "...as a matter of fact" His mouth doesn't move.
Corrected entry: When Ron comes to ask Harry if he can sit with him just after they have boarded the train, it is very hilly outside and they are in the countryside. London is a huge city and the suburbs continue for miles, so it would be impossible for them to be in the country so shortly after departing.
Corrected entry: The ceiling in the Great Hall is supposed to reflect the sky at all times. In the scene where everyone is getting mail (the one where Neville gets his rememberall), it doesn't. There are also other brief scenes where it doesn't either - it only seems to in major scenes.
Corrected entry: (This is only for the Movie Disc DVD). When you insert the DVD into the drive, a menu comes up that says: 'PLAY MOVIE', 'SPECIAL FEATURES', 'LANGUAGES' and 'SET UP'. But don't be fooled; they are not the only things you can choose. Move the cursor to 'PLAY MOVIE', but the move the cursor to the right and you can select Hedwig. When you click it, it tells you to insert Disc 2. I haven't seen what happens when you do insert disc two, but just a hidden easter egg.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Hagrid takes Harry through the Leaky Couldron to get to Diagon Alley, everyone stops and stares at Harry. One man says to Harry, "It's a pleasure to have you back, Mr. Potter," and then a woman speaks to him and gives a name, but this woman is not credited at the end of the film (it goes by order of appearence, so she would be right before Proffesor Quirrel.)The reason she is not credited is because she is none other than J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books.
Corrected entry: When Harry receives his Nimbus 2000 broomstick in the Great Hall, he and Ron and Hermione seem to get very excited about it and act as though they don't know what it could possibly be. It is extremely obvious what it is though, before they open it, due to the shape of the packaging.
Corrected entry: Before Ron is knocked out by the queen when they are playing chess on the way to the Philosopher's Stone, he puts the king in check. The queen then takes him, and the king is not in check. Harry is a bishop, so he can only move diagonally. When Harry moves, he ends up in front of the king. The king cannot be in checkmate, because Harry, as a bishop, can only move diagonally, not forwards, so the king's in no danger.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corrected entry: As the first years take the boats to Hogwarts, the camera goes from boat to boat. Neville can be seen on two different boats.
Corrected entry: As Harry purchases the candy on the train, we see a large body of water outside the train window. The next shot shows the train going through a dense forest. When the boys start eating the candy, the view from the train is again the body of water. If Harry and Ron are typical boys, they wouldn't wait very long to start eating their candy; certainly not long enough to pass through a forest and return to the shoreline.
Corrected entry: At one stage in the sea hut scene, Harry is standing beside the BARE wall of the fireplace. The camera then goes to Hagrid, who turns and pulls the broken door down saying "Unless you'd rather stay, of course?". The camera then goes back to Harry, who is stil by the wall that now shows his coat is hanging right there beside him, which Harry then grabs on his way out.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Harry is looking at the book titles in the Restricted Section, he quickly pulls off his invisibility cloak. When he does, you'll notice that through the invisibility cloak you can see the book shelf and everything, except for the lantern Harry is holding. The lantern just disappears while he pulling the cloak off.
Corrected entry: When Harry is 'talking' to the snake at the zoo, he is speaking in English, so viewers can understand it. We know that Harry is a Parselmouth (he can talk to snakes). However, in the 2nd film - Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets - when Harry is confronted with snakes he speaks in Parselmouth - the language we can't understand. Why is it that he is speaking to the snake in English, and not hissing sounds?
Corrected entry: A plot hole about Quirrell getting through the puzzles with no lingering effects was corrected by saying that they probably reset themselves afterwards, which makes sense. However, this itself creates a mistake - if the challenges to get to the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone reset themselves after each person, how is it that the winged key is injured?
Corrected entry: When Harry, Ron, and Hermione first go into the forbidden corridor, the pillars that burst into flame for light do not begin until after a person would be walking through the hallway. However, Harry's face is lit when he turns around to see Filch's cat (Mrs. Norris). If the first fire is behind him, why isn't his face in a shadow?
Corrected entry: In the scene right after the Quidditch game (when Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid are walking through the brick tunnel thing) Ron's scarf is like Harry's - one part over his shoulder, hanging in the back, and the other part of the scarf in front. But when they all walk forward more, and the camera gets closer to them, Ron's scarf is hanging over both shoulders.
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.
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.
Corrected entry: In the first scene Professor McGonagall's broach disappears and reappears several times.
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?
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.
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!
Corrected entry: When the troll is in the girls toilets, it looks like there's only one line of cubicles, and he smashes the top half off twice.
Corrected entry: When Ron, Hermione, and Harry are looking at James Potter's seeker plaque in the trophy case, a similar crest next to his says that McGonnagall was on the same Gryffindor Quidditch team - the movie leads you to believe she was pretty old. That means, by my reasoning, that she would have been at least 20 years old when she started playing for the Gryffindors in the 1970s.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the troll has just gone into the girls washroom, Hermoine quickly goes back in to the 1st stall on the right hand side, but when you see the above view she is in the 3rd from the right.
Corrected entry: After Harry, Ron and Hermonie have completed the chess game challenge, Harry instructs the other two to "go back and get help". So, are they just supposed to waltz back through the previous challenges, somehow climb up through that Devil's Snare, and out the trapdoor guarded by Fluffy, who is very awake now (and hopefully not standing on the door)?
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?
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.
Corrected entry: When the Slytherins and Gryffindors have their first flying lesson, there is a girl wearing another house's uniform. <
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?
Corrected entry: This must always be a risk when working with child actors and filming out of sequence, but Daniel Radcliffe's voice obviously started to break during filming. It was most noticeable during the scene in the forest when his voice went from high to low to high again (and again, and again...)
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.
Corrected entry: When Quirrell reports that there is a troll in the dungeon then faints he is laying one direction, but a few seconds later from a different shot he is laying the opposite direction.
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!