Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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".


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.

Trivia: In order to make the school setting more real, the child actors (including Daniel Ratcliffe, Rupert Glint and Emma Watson) would often do their actual schoolwork when filming Hogwarts classes.

Trivia: During scenes where Hermione is writing with a quill, Emma Watson was actually writing things like "my name is Emma Charlotte Watson", "I am 10 years old" and (my personal favourite) "I really like this quill."

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Trivia: They made two versions of the book that Hermione finds about Nicholas Flamel in the library, one where the text reads 'Sorcerer's Stone' for the US market, and the other saying 'Philosopher's Stone' for the UK film version.


Trivia: The beds in the Philosopher's Stone were made especially for the 11 year old actors, and in the later movies they had to make new beds to fit the actors as they grew older.

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Continuity mistake: At the snake exhibit, while Harry speaks with the Python the snake's body lies curled over a long wood log and a large rock. In the shot from outside the Python's exhibit, after the glass pane disappears Dudley falls over the rail and the snake is gone, not positioned differently, but altogether gone. In the next overhead shot inside the Python's exhibit, while Dudley falls the snake is back lying on the log and rock, in the same position as in the previous shots. (00:07:10)

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Dumbledore: It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.

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Question: I get that the DADA role is cursed because of Voldemort being denied the role when he applied for it at Hogwarts, but why does Dumbledore not let Snape take the role like he's wanted to every year? I thought Snape was a double agent (he spies on the Death Eaters and Voldemort for Dumbledore, and he pretends to be on Voldemort's side too), so unless Voldemort decides that he wants to get rid of him for being in the role, he's okay to take it on provided he's given it, and yet every year, Dumbledore turns down his application. Is it because Snape's too involved in Voldemort's side of things or some other reason? I hope I explained it well.

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Chosen answer: There are several reasons. First, the position is cursed, so there is little reason to give Snape the job when he will not last any longer than all the previous instructors. If Snape did become the DADA instructor, something could happen to him that could result in his being harmed, having to leave Hogwarts, or be otherwise incapacitated in some way; that would render him useless to Dumbledore as a double agent. Also, Dumbledore trusts Snape, but putting him in an environment where he is teaching about dark magic on a daily basis would be too tempting and emotionally compromising to someone who had been so easily seduced by the dark side. He could possibly relapse. It would be like having a recovering alcoholic work as a bartender. Of course, he does eventually become the DADA instructor, and lasted no longer than his predecessors.

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In the movies it is never mentioned that DADA role was cursed by Voldemort.

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