Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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Continuity mistake: When Quirrel collapses in the great hall on Halloween, his feet are quite far apart. Camera cuts to everyone rushing for the door, and Quirrel's feet are practically touching. (01:05:30)

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Continuity mistake: When Harry is telling the others that Snape gave Hagrid the dragon's egg, there is a group of older people walking towards them. They start to pass Harry, the camera changes angle and they are just starting to pass Harry again. (01:47:50)

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Continuity mistake: In Harry's first Quidditch match, Gryffindor scores the first goal, then we see the commentator announce the goal and change Gryffindor's score to ten - making a goal worth ten points. Soon after, Gryffindor score again. We then see Slytherin score a goal, then another. They then score a third goal, and the commentator changes the score to 20 all, but it should be 20/30.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Dumbledore gives the order to the students to follow the Prefects towards their dorms after the troll came out from the dungeon, just a moment before Harry warns Ron that Hermione is unaware of what is happening, some light reflectors simulating lightning are reflected on the glass above the pathway where the students come from.

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Revealing mistake: When Ron is hit by the Queen during the chess game, the stunt double is visible on the horse just a few moments before he falls.

Other mistake: Albus Dumbledore's name is spelled incorrectly on his card (after the chocolate frog escapes the container). It's spelled with an "E." (00:36:00)

Audio problem: When Harry says "They're my letters, get off me!" to Uncle Vernon during the house flooding with letters scene, his voice is much deeper than in the rest of the film. Obviously one of the last scenes to be shot.

Other mistake: Near the beginning, when the Dursleys' house begins shaking, none of the objects fall nor do the curtains shake.

Revealing mistake: When Harry, Ron and Hermione are making their way back to the Gryffindor common room, Ron says 'She knows more about you than you do', to which Harry replies 'Who doesn't?' The "solid brick" staircase moves so that they have no place to go but the third floor forbidden corridor. If you pay attention to the staircase it can be seen that there is a good gap between the staircase and the one it connects to when it moves and that when Harry, Ron and Hermione run off the staircase to the corridor the staircase made of "solid stone" does an awful lot of shaking.

Other mistake: Percy Weasley is obviously talking to the Gryffindor first years when they first enter the Gryffindor common room, but there are too many first years. There are 5 boys and 5 girls in each dormitory, so 10 first years in each house, but in the shot there are obviously almost 20 students there, not including Percy. (00:47:30)

Hermione Granger: I'm going to bed, before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed, or worse, expelled.
Ronald Weasley: [to Harry.] She needs to sort out her priorities.

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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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Question: What ever made Snape suspicious of Quirrell? He couldn't have known that Voldemort was attached to Quirrell, or even that Quirrell supported Voldemort, because he surely would have reported either detail to Dumbledore. Then Dumbledore would have stopped Quirrell. So it isn't clear why he guessed, correctly, that Quirrell let the troll into the school or tried to kill Harry during the Quidditch game.

Answer: In the 7th book when Harry is looking into Snape's memory in the pensieve, Dumbledore mentions, "Keep an eye on Quirrell." This shows Dumbledore was suspicious of Quirrell and how Snape knew Quirrell may be up to something.

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