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Harry Potter and the Philosopher

Corrected entry: When Hermione petrified Neville, Neville's hands immediately came to his side and he fell, but in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when someone was being petrified, they would stay in their original position.

Correction: Hermione put a full body bind curse on him.

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.

Correction: Baby Harry was played by The Saunders Triplets who were a year old during the filming of Harry Potter. Same age as baby Harry would have been. They may look big to you, but they are the correct age.

Corrected entry: Steven Spielberg was offered the position as director, but was later refused when he couldn't agree with J.K. Rowling's insistence on having an all-British cast, as he wanted Haley Joel-Osment to play Harry.

Correction: This is an old rumour which has since been rebuffed by J.K. Rowling. She has stated that she would have never, nor was in a position to, decline Spielberg direction over this movie.

Corrected entry: In the scene in the Great Hall where Ron is looking at his Chocolate Frogs cards, Harry picks one up. It's suppose to be Dumbledore's card, but in several shots you see where Dumbledore's picture should be. Instead, all you see is the green screen attached to the cards.

Correction: Dumbledore's picture was a simple holographic foil image; the same kind you'd see on any credit card. There was no green screen effect needed for this. What you're seeing is just the way the light plays off the foil when viewed from an extreme angle.


Corrected entry: In 'Deathly Hallows Part 1', James and Lily Potter's gravestone says they died in 1981. When their deaths are shown in 'Philosopher's Stone', baby Harry is seen wearing a Blue's Clues shirt, but Blue's Clues didn't exist until 1996, 15 years after the Potters' deaths.

Correction: Those are bunny rabbits on his shirt.


Corrected entry: After arriving to Hogwarts, just after Draco Malfoy is confronting Harry, Professor McGonagall taps Draco on the shoulder, when turned around, for a split moment you can see the tape that keeps on his wig to cover his brown hair.

Correction: Except he's not wearing a wig; Tom Felton's hair has been dyed platinum blonde ever since he first got the role of Draco Malfoy.


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.

Correction: They are not meant to be the same package. We are shown two tight close-ups of owls - among many other owls, who are delivering/dropping the mail, which merely serve to illustrate this event. The package the first owl releases is green and rectangle, with string tied around the smaller side, and a student catches a larger, blue, square package with string tied around all of its sides. Two shots later we see another owl drop a tan, rectangle package, with a single string and it cuts to yet another student catching an entirely different smaller package. Neither of these are mistakes.

Corrected entry: In Gringott's, after visiting Harry's vault, as they stand in front of vault 713, a cart passes by on the tracks. In order to do this, it almost certainly would have had to jump the cart Harry and Hagrid had been using.

Correction: The fact that you're speaking of Gringotts Wizarding Bank, which is run by Goblins who have many enchantments in place, is in itself evidence that there really is nothing extraordinary about an enchanted cart travelling within the bank's underground passages, on its interlinked series of tracks.

Corrected entry: In the reptile house at the zoo, Dudley yells at his parent to come and see what the snake Harry is looking at is doing. The problem is that Dudley is facing the opposite wall when he yells out and hasn't even seen the snakes' enclosure yet.

Correction: The Burmese Python is lying down motionless at the bottom of its enclosure, when Dudley decides it's boring and walks to the exhibit behind Harry. During the conversation with Harry, the snake perks up, raises its head up high, to Harry's shoulder level, then moves about very animatedly when Harry turns to look at the zoo sign and continues talking. The next time we even see Dudley, his head and body are already turned halfway towards Harry's direction, whereupon he shouts for his parents to come see what the snake is doing. It is clear from Dudley's body position that he has just seen the snake's very noticeable actions, as it was speaking to Harry.

Corrected entry: When Harry, Hermione, and Ron go up the stair case, and end up in the third floor, you see there are three floors in view, plus a stair case going down, connected to the last visible floor, so in reality, it really wasn't the third floor.

Correction: In the UK, we don't start numbering right from the bottom. We start with the ground floor, which would be the first floor under the US system, then number as you go upwards. So, our first floor would be the second floor in the US and so forth. As such, the third floor that they refer to would be the fourth floor in US terminology, which fits with what's seen on-screen.


Corrected entry: Even before the Sorting, Harry has a Gryffindor tie on with his robes.

Correction: Harry has a Hogwarts tie on like everyone else before the sorting. The Gryffindor tie has more color to it than the ones that all first year students are wearing.

Corrected entry: When Harry is standing on his broomstick to catch the Snitch at the Quidditch scene and then he falls, it is impossible for the Snitch to get in his mouth without its wings cutting Harry's lips.

Correction: How so? We have no idea what the Snitch is made of. The wings could very likely be soft enough to rub right over Harry's lips without leaving a mark.


Corrected entry: When Harry is searching the restricted section, he puts the lamp down first and then the cloak. So the cloak would be on top of the lamp, but when he pulls on the cloak so he can put it on, the cloak is under the lamp.

Correction: Harry puts the cloak down as he is using the light to look at the books. He then puts the light down ON TOP of the cloak.

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Corrected entry: When Harry, Ron and Hermione walks towards the door leading to the third corridor the first time you can see the right banister wobble.

Correction: The stair cases move, it's possible that the banister will wobble.


Corrected entry: In the end credits they say that there are 3 beaters on the Slytherin team. There should only be 2.

Correction: It doesn't even list Slytherin team beaters in the end credits.

Corrected entry: Why didn't Ron just get off the stone horse instead of risking his life by taking the hit the queen gave out?

Correction: Because then he's not playing the part of the knight, and it would end Wizard's Chess. That would then invalidate the challenge and not allow them to pass.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Ron is under the sorting hat, he is sorted into Gryffindor, but instead of heading off to the left, to the Gryffindor table, he heads off right which would send him out of his way to the correct table.

Correction: True but there is a large group of first years between him and the Gryffindor table which he has to walk round. It's not at all clear if going left or right is shorter and in any case, taking the long way round isn't a movie mistake.


Corrected entry: When Harry, Ron, and Hermoine get off the stairs (which have just moved) onto the third floor, the stairs bounce, clearly illustrating that they are not made of the hard stone they appear to be.

Correction: The bounce is related to the fact that the staircase is only attached at the bottom otherwise it would be unable to turn. The flex comes from where the stairs are connected to the lower landing, not from the material itself.


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.

Correction: The trees on the right are further away and more difficult to see but it's clear that they are blowing just as madly as the trees on the left side.


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.

Correction: He wakes up, opens his eyes and looks to his left. Since he doesn't see his glasses there, the next logical choice would be to look right which is exactly what he does, nothing odd, no mistake.


Corrected entry: After Hermione says, "It's the 3rd floor, it's forbidden." you can see all 3 actors look up at the column before the flame even erupts.

Correction: The three of them are reacting to the noise made as the flames start, not to the appearance of the flames. The noise preceeds the appearance.


Corrected entry: When HRH go to McGonogall to tell her about the Philosopher's Stone, after she says, "Now go back to your dormitories, quietly", Harry turns around and it's pretty obvious that he lets out a big smile there as turning.

Correction: Speculation, it certainly isn't obvious to me.


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.

Correction: Not correct, many of the letters shoot up quite sharply after exiting the fireplace and, in accordance with the law of gravity, they float back down soon after.


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.

Correction: As mentioned in another correction, a completely white female owl is not that unlikely in a world of magic with dragons and whatnot.

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.

Correction: In a world where magic can do just about anything, I'm sure there can be a white female owl.

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.

Correction: This isn't really trivia. JK Rowling is the person who originally thought up the name, not the film makers, and in the book you have to tap one brick to get into the alley. Therefore, although 'Diagon Alley' sounding like 'diagonally' is sort of a play on words, it isn't for that particular reason.

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.

Correction: The move is not only possible, it is a standard opening known as the Queen's Gambit. There are 8 rows in chess, pawns start on rows 2 and 7. If they each move two they are on 4 and 5. If they are in adjacent columns one may take the other on its second move.

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.

Correction: This is just character stupidity - they're all a bit nervous and are distracted by Neville, who as we know isn't very bright and couldn't get himself down.

Corrected entry: In Greek Mythology Minerva is the Goddess of Wisdom, which is why Minerva McGonagall is so wise.

Correction: This would actually be Roman mythology. Minerva is the Roman name of Athena, who is the Greek Goddess of Wisdom.

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?

Correction: There is a knob at the center of the exterior vented brass plate, that is attached to an interior plate; the interior piece slides to cover the slats of the exterior vented plate. In the close-up of Harry, when Vernon closes the vent, if you look at the interior of the brass plate and its oval openings, the separate pieces are noticeable.

Corrected entry: The letter adressed to new Hogwarts students reads they may bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad. How come Ron can bring a rat?

Correction: They actually only showed the letter to Harry. The others may have been different. Or, since Ron was a legacy and Scabbers was a hand-me-down pet, they made an exception to the rule (as they did many times in the film) And, according to the book, there were other pets at the school besides owls, toads, and cats. At least one other student had a spider.


Corrected entry: When Harry, Ron, and Hermione are in the forest with Hagrid, Harry looks to the right, and a cloaked figure moves from left to right across the screen. This means that the figure, Quirrel, was heading back to the castle rather than toward the unicorn.

Correction: Professor Quirrel could have been circling the group to see who was there before he attacked the unicorn, plus the Forbidden Forrest has many twist and turns and Quirrel could have just been trying to move around them.

Corrected entry: When Harry discovers the magic mirror, he looks to his left and says "Dad?" when his father is on his right.

Correction: No, he looks to the proper side in this scene.

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.

Correction: He fell down backwards not to the side and it is more logical for him to fall backwards than to the side.

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?

Correction: That may be a button to reset the points when the game is over.

Corrected entry: The keys are flying right behind Harry. He'd never have enough time to fly into the next room, and have Ron and Hermione close the door in time.

Correction: Yes, the keys are flying directly behind Harry, but since Harry is quite an excellent flyer himself, he accelerated his speed just enough as he was flying downward, heading towards the doorway, giving Ron and Hermione that moment to slam the door shut.

Corrected entry: When Harry sees the cloaked figure drinking the unicorn blood, as he backs away a dark shape with a headlight zooms across the screen in the background. It appears to be a car or motorcycle and is mostly visible over his left shoulder.

Correction: It's Malfoy, running away with the lantern.


Corrected entry: In the scene after they have been in the Forbidden Forest with Hagrid, Hermione says "Who is the one wizard Voldemort always feared?" She calls 'you-know-who' by name. This was mentioned repeatedly in the movies that they do not say his name.

Correction: It says they DO not say his name. It does not say they CANNOT say his name. Hermione chose to say it. There's no law or rule that says she cannot say it. (It contradicts the book, but not the movie).

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.

Correction: It could be that Ron's just repeating a generalization he heard, or his own biased opinion. It stands to reason that Ron wouldn't even have known what house Sirius Black was in when he was at school years before, and since Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew weren't even mentioned in this film, we'll never know.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Harry has just realized who Flamel is and Hermione runs to get her massive book, she drops the book on the table and it smashes Harry's hand, which he quickly pulls away... ouch.

Correction: Actually, the rather large book never even touches Harry's hands, it lands on the edge of Harry's book.

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?

Correction: I have carefully watched both the full-screen and widescreen DVD and this mistake is wrong. Susan Bones, who is played by Eleanor Columbus, is not sitting at the Gryffindor table during the House Cup Feast - EVER. The girl next to Wood is not Susan. The girl next to Lee is not Susan. The girl on the right side of the boy next to Neville is not Susan. All these girls have long hair, but they are not Susan Bones. When the hats are thrown, there is an overhead shot of the Great Hall from the OPPOSITE side of the room, by the huge ornate wood doors. In this shot, at the second table from the left which is Hufflepuff, but could have been misconstrued as the Gryffindor table, which is also second table from the left when the camera is on the opposite side of the room as it was in all the previous shots, there is a girl with long red hair, but she is still not Susan Bones. However, Susan IS clearly visible when Dumbledore changes the decorations in the wide shot from Slytherin/green to Gryffindor/red, she sits fourth down at the Hufflepuff table, almost directly behind Ron. She is also seen throwing her hat in the air as the Hufflepuff table is shown.

Corrected entry: Watch Neville as he falls - he crashes on his back, but when Madam Hooch comes to him, his on his stomach.

Correction: No, you are quite wrong. When he actually hits the ground we can't see it because the other students stand between Neville and the camera.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Harry receives his broom from Hedwig and Harry, Ron and Hermione start to open the package, watch Hermione closely. You see them from above opening it and when Hermione takes off the second string, she spills some of her juice.

Correction: Is there a reason why Hermione cannot spill juice? Not a mistake.

Corrected entry: In the scene with Harry and Voldemort, when Harry puts his hands on Quirrell's face and pushes him against the wall, you can see the wall behind Quirrell is flat, in the next shot there are two large holes in the wall and in the next shot the wall is flat again.

Correction: The surface of the stone wall within the pillars at the side of the landing that Harry and Quirrell stand on has a distinct texture and look. After Harry lays his hands on Quirrell's face, Quirrell moves backwards and stands in front of the very same wall as in the next two shots when he walks towards Harry while disintegrating. Shadows on the wall and camera angle somewhat alters the appearance of the rocky surface behind Quirrell.

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.

Correction: The white cloth hangs on the 4th hook from the right, directly under the torch. In the close-up of Ron that you speak of, the 4th hook and the area below it, is blocked from view behind Ron's body. It cannot be presumed that the cloth is not there, if it is impossible to even see the hook from which it hangs.

Corrected entry: At the end, when Dumbledore is announcing the house cup winner, there is a dark skinned boy behind Ron (on the other table.) But after he announces Ron's extra 50 points he's gone, and there's just a group of girls behind him.

Correction: It is very clear, the same children are behind Ron in ALL the shots, they just move a bit, so some are more visible than others in two shots and Ron receives 50 points.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Harry and Ron are in the room with the mirror which shows people's fantasies, Harry talks to his parents. We see shots of his face as Harry says something. Whichever parent he's speaking to he's always looking to the wrong side.

Correction: We are looking at Harry's reflection - he is looking the right way for each parent.

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.

Correction: No. As the camera pans Madame Hooch walking past the students, the broomsticks in the background are beside its owners and there most certainly ARE broomsticks at the FOREGROUND of this shot (belonging to the unseen students, close to the camera). The bristles of the foreground broomsticks appear fairly large in this shot (as they are right in front of the moving camera), whereas the background broomsticks and its bristles appear smaller.

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.

Correction: The glasses appear in the SAME shot AS she transforms. In this ONE shot, as she walks towards Ron and Harry, first the left side of her face is visible, then the back of her head and last the right side of her face WITH the glasses, all perfectly visible as she stops right in front of the two boys with the 'McGonagall scowl' on her face, to which Ron exclaims, "That was bloody brilliant!"

Corrected entry: When Harry, Hermione, and Ron are on their way to Hagrid's cabin after exams, you will notice Hagrid is playing a flute. The actor playing the flute is wearing a red shirt and is very lean. When a close-up is done, Hagrid is wearing a vest and is large again.

Correction: As Hagrid plays the flute, he wears a vest over a red shirt in both the wide shot as the kids run towards the hut and in the following close-up. He is also not thin in the wide shot.


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