Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
The wondrous world of Harry Potter opens up through the enchanted pages of J.K. Rowling’s books, as veritable grimoires masked in fictional caricatures, but demonstrating subtle magical principles. The books come to life in a veritable bibliomancy – the words vibrate, a Magical glow emanates therefrom, & the pictures come to brilliant life, jumping forth from the pages in dynamic enchanted exuberance. And thus it has been for those who have enjoyed these wonderful works.
I have found this film a marvel to behold, although I feel it could have been twice the production had it been a tad darker, as the books have tended to be. Unfortunately, producers felt that the initial more gothic aesthetics would frighten children, to whom the film is primarily directed. But I question the excessive over-sheltering of children would only raise a populace of mollycoddles. Speaking for myself on the Left Hand, I have always been attracted to the darkest subject matter since I was a very young child. The pervasive fascination for blood & gore in western society is due to the lack of real-life bloodletting spectacles, practices, & traditions in modern culture. In many societies, a boy was not considered a man until until he had killed his first prey in the hunt, or slain an enemy. Western Society compensates for this natural bloodlust with horror movies & documentaries, to stimulate that latently essential primal part of the psyche which remains far too under-stimulated.
The first half of the movie seemed aesthetically darker, whereas the second half was a bit ‘lighter,’ probably as a result of the pusillanimity of Chris Columbus (who also directed “Home Alone” as an indication). I believe a film of this caliber would have been better directed by the likes of Tim Burton, who has consistently brought forth the dark sides of the characters he has worked with, & created films of magnificent & gloriously gothic proportions, as Batman would be a major example; with a musickal score conducted instead by Danny Elfman, considering the current score unfortunately sounds rather tired & redundant – not one of John Williams’ better works. It just seemed that he did not place too much effort into it, yet it still remains memorable, but so much more could have been done with it.
A most poignant scene was towards the end, when Potter comes face to face with Voldemort, in which he states, “There is no good or evil, only Power & those who seek it. Those who do not, are weak.” Quite a Satanic statement!
The idea of a “School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” does sound rather appealing (notice the distinction between the genders) – the closest thing we have to that is the homeschooling initiative which is espoused by most Satanists.
Overall, I found the film to be visually stunning, relevant to the book, & it displayed a higher class of diction & politeness, serving as a good example to the more bereft & vulgar infesting the current populace. Recommended.
[- Draconis Blackthorne]