Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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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".

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

Trivia: Richard Harris agreed to take the role as Albus Dumbledore only after his 11 year-old granddaughter threatened to never speak to him again.

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Trivia: J. K. Rowling recently surpassed Agatha Christie as the world's most-published female author.

Trivia: Because the title for the US release was 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,' every time a character said 'Philosopher's' in a scene the crew would have to shoot that scene a second time and change the word to 'Sorcerer's' for the US release.

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Trivia: Susan Bones, who was sorted into Hufflepuff, is shown prominently throughout the film, even in some of the Gryffindor classes. The reason she is used so much is that she is actually Chris Columbus's daughter, Eleanor.

Trivia: The name 'Voldemort' comes from the French 'vol de mort' which means 'flight of death'. This is perfectly descriptive of Voldemort, and is another interesting name from the brilliant mind of J. K. Rowling.

Trivia: J.K Rowling declined the offer to play Lily Potter.

Trivia: Because other information may be revealed in later stories and she is the only one who truly knows what happened that night, J.K. Rowling scripted the flashbacks of the night Harry's parents were killed herself.

Trivia: Most of the shots in hallways are filmed in Gloucester Cathedral.

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Trivia: The original title of the book, and subsequently the movie, is 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.' However, Scholastic, the American publisher of the book, decided to change it to 'Sorcerer' for the American publication.

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Trivia: One of the portraits on the wall is of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second wife and the mother of Queen Elizabeth. She was popularly believed to be a witch.

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Trivia: J.K. Rowling has stated in interviews that her favourite authors include Jane Austen. Was Filch's cat, Mrs Norris, named after the busybody in 'Mansfield Park'?

Trivia: Book author J.K. Rowling wanted former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam to direct. However, Warner Bros. chose Chris Columbus, who had experience directing child actors (most notably, Macauly Culkin in the "Home Alone" films). Interesingly, John Cleese, who was in Python with Gilliam, appears in the film as Nearly Headless Nick.

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Trivia: David Thewlis, who later played Professor Lupin in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," was considered for the role of Professor Quirrell. Ironically, Thewlis is friends with Ian Hart, who did play the role.

Trivia: If you look at the early parts of the movie, where you can see the houses in Harry's neighbourhood, all of the houses have Vauxhall Cavalier cars sitting in the driveways. To show the passage of time they are replaced by the then newer Vauxhall Vectra.

Trivia: The only major character left out of the film was Peeves the poltergeist - Rik Mayall was cast, and filmed all of his parts, but they were cut out due to the film's over-long running time.

Trivia: When Hermione shows Harry and Ron the Gryffindor Quidditch trophy with James Potter's name, to its left (viewer's right) the award for 'Special Services' is visible. Seen only on the full screen DVD are the last letters 'dle' at the top of the award - for Tom Riddle. (01:00:35)

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Trivia: Harry Potter successfully battles a Troll in this movie. A character by the exact same name also does this in the 1986 movie "Troll".

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Trivia: The pronunciation of "Voldemort" was changed for this movie. When J. K. Rowling wrote the books, she intended for the final "t" to be silent, just like the French phrase from which the name is derived. For the movie, however, the "t" is pronounced (probably to make it clear that the root "mort," meaning "death," was part of the name, since viewers couldn't see it written down). Evidently Rowling must have consented to this change, because she now pronounces the name that way as well.

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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...it might be safe...to have a nice toffee. [He has a bean.] Alas. Earwax.

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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.

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