have not felt that elated or happy watching a movie in a long
time. We couldn't stop talking about it afterwards. It gave me
the same thrill that movies like Star Wars and The NeverEnding
Story gave me as a child. As a movie lover, it ranked up to being
one of my new favorites.
Review by Ken Priebe
and Mike Furches
AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
page was created on November 3, 2001
This page was last updated on
June 9, 2005
Directed by Chris Columbus
Novel by J.K. Rowling
Screenplay by Steven Kloves
Radcliffe .... Harry Potter
Rupert Grint .... Ronald 'Ron' Weasley
Emma Watson .... Hermione Granger
John Cleese .... Sir Nicholas De Mimsy-Porpington (aka Nearly Headless
Robbie Coltrane .... Gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid
Warwick Davis .... Professor Flitwick
Richard Griffiths .... Uncle Vernon Dursley
Richard Harris .... Headmaster Albus Dumbledore
Ian Hart .... Professor Quirrell
John Hurt .... Mr. Ollivander
Alan Rickman .... Professor Severus Snape
Fiona Shaw .... Aunt Petunia Dursley
Maggie Smith .... Professor/Deputy Headmistress Minerva McGonagall
Julie Walters .... Mrs. Molly Weasley
Zo? Wanamaker .... Madame Hooch
Tom Felton .... Draco Malfoy
Harry Melling .... Dudley Dursley
David Bradley .... Caretaker Argus Filch
by Todd Arnow (associate producer), Michael Barnathan (executive
producer), Chris Columbus (executive producer), Duncan Henderson
(executive producer), David Heyman (producer), Mark Radcliffe (executive
Original music by John Williams
Cinematography by John Seale
Film Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce
Rated PG for some scary moments and mild language.
and the Sorcerer's Stone
Prologue 2. The Arrival of Baby Harry 3. Visit to the Zoo and
Letters from Hogwarts 4. Diagon Alley and The Gringotts Vault
5. Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters and The Journey to Hogwarts
6. Entry into the Great Hall and The Banquet 7. Mr. Longbottom
Flies 8. Hogwarts Forever! and The Moving Stairs 9. The Norwegian
Ridgeback and A Change of Season 10. The Quidditch Match 11. Christmas
at Hogwarts 12. The Invisibility Cloak and The Library Scene 13.
Fluffy's Harp 14. In the Devil's Snare and The Flying Keys 15.
The Chess Game 16. The Face of Voldemort 17. Leaving Hogwarts
18. Harry's Wondrous World 19. Hedwig's Theme
The Magic Begin.
The long-awaited film adaptation of J.K.
Rowling's best-selling novel, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE,
is directed by Chris Columbus (HOME ALONE) and stars Daniel Radcliffe
as Harry Potter
Harry is a curious boy who discovers that although he has been raised
an orphan, his real parents were wizards. With this knowledge, Harry
sets out to learn how to make his own magic. His best friends and
cohorts, Ron Hermoine (Rupert Grint) and Hermoine Granger (Emma
Watson) accompany Harry on his adventures.
Web site www.furches.org
Mike is the Senior Pastor at United at the Cross Community Church
in Wichita Kansas. United at the Cross is a church made up of individuals
not often accepted in other churches. The church consists of former
gang members, drug addicts, prostitutes and others. Mike also speaks
nationally on various topics and is a freelance writer. To learn
more about Mike and his ministry link onto www.furches.org.
In the arts Mike has worked with top music artists such as Steppenwolf,
Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas and has an active interest in film.
Mike is pictured with his music band "Route 66."
Potter & The Search for the Sorcerer?s Stone
boy, here goes. I know that I am getting ready to get in some hot
water on this one but instead of complaining lets let the steam
weekend, I saw two movies that are similar in many ways yet different
in others. One of the things that was so amazing was the response,
especially from Christians, to both films. Both have wizards, magic,
spells, trolls, people disappearing, and I could go on and on. One
happened to be Harry Potter and the other was The
Lord of the Rings. I had never read any of the Harry Potter
books and have seen so much information and misinformation over
the Internet that it is virtually impossible to decide what is true
and what is false regarding Harry Potter. I did do some investigation
into the issue myself when I was visiting Salem Mass a few months
ago and what I found out to be the thoughts among the Wiccans in
that community, after specific and personal discussions related
to the books, and the author’s intent are very likely two
different things. This is not unusual; even the Devil did that with
Scripture when tempting Jesus.
truth of what comes across in our emails is not validated just because
someone heard so and sent it to us. I have unfortunately been reminded
of the old Proctor and Gamble group whom many criticized, associating
them with Occult activities, based primarily on their logo. You
don’t hear these comparisons as much any more due to the fact
that Proctor and Gamble is suing for libel those people who spread
easily disprovable lies about their company. After the assignment
of several large lawsuit awards, many of the rumors have stopped.
I would venture to say that many of those same people have tried
to find a more easily accessible group to complain about, and the
Harry Potter group just happens to fall into that category.
Potter is a movie that has been in theaters for some time now and
has also been the benefactor of several recently written books.
There is a great deal of controversy among Christians as to the
appropriateness of the books. While many attack its focus on wizards
and witchcraft, these are character types and practices that are
easily accepted in other works such as The Lion, The Witch and The
Wardrobe, The Lord of the Rings
and numerous other fantasy works. The arguments regarding Harry
Potter are many of the same arguments that were thrown at The Wizard
of Oz some years ago. The lack of consistency among Christians is
one reason that many who are not Christians remain so critical of
the Christian Community. I firmly believe that if Christians were
making the same effort to love the people seeing this movie or reading
the book that they are in criticizing the movie, they would be surprised
at the results they could have in reaching a lost world. As mentioned
earlier, I saw both The Lord
of the Rings and Harry Potter on the same day and that,
at least in the theater in which I saw the movies, a different clientele
was present at each showing. I was frankly surprised that not as
many children were at the Harry Potter screening as I had anticipated.
seeing the movie Harry Potter, I must say that I believe moral and
relevant issues are addressed in the movie. One can choose to focus
on those issues or on the fact that this is a fantasy movie. I would
choose myself to look at issues of acceptance and working together
that are focused on in the film. Throughout the movie, Harry and
two young friends must work together to overcome an evil wizard
who is responsible for killing Harry’s mother and father.
It would be easy to draw the same comparison of how Christians must
work together, using their gifts to build up the Kingdom of Heaven.
There are other lessons of value and morality throughout the film
that keeps the film from being this great evil being propagated
among many circles. There is value in Harry Potter whether we choose
to accept it or not. The lessons of those values and their presentation
to a lost world are the primary issue for me.
of the things I must comment on is that while I view the film as
fantasy and as having positive attributes, I personally didn?t see
this as a great film, it was okay, but far from great. I enjoyed
some of the sequences throughout the film and the special effects,
especially the flying sequences were enjoyable. I was disappointed
in the story itself and thought that the characters were not adequately
developed. This is especially so after seeing many of the reviews
of the film.
should be obvious that I don’t have an issue with fantasy.
Lewis and Tolkien use it wonderfully and it is a format that makes
it easy to use allegory to tell of the battles between good and
evil. I also believe that for some, Harry Potter will have value
and that it portrays several worthwhile components. I also happen
to believe that if having to choose between two movies that deal
with some of the same issues, within the same format, that
The Lord of the Rings is a far better movie.
Harry, his two friends, and a three headed dog I’d sweep away
the guy whose name you can’t mention and end up with a 5.
Review by Ken Priebe
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Ken earned his BFA from University of Michigan School of Art and Design, where he majored in film and animation. He has a Classical Animation Certificate from VanArts, where he currently works as a manager and instructor. Ken lives near Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife Janet, who is also an artist. They are working on an animated short film, and are involved with graphic arts, drama and Bible studies at their church.
wife and I finally saw the Harry Potter film over the weekend, and
for myself I have not felt that elated or happy watching a movie in
a long time. We couldn't stop talking about it afterwards. It gave
me the same thrill that movies like Star Wars and The Never Ending
Story gave me as a child. As a movie lover, it ranked up to being
one of my new favorites. As a Christian, it made my faith stronger.
As a person who loves kids and is still a kid at heart, I feel better
about kids watching this film than I do about violent things like
Dragon Ball Z and Power Rangers.
parallels to the Bible in HP have been noted by others, and though
some of these will be repeats of them, here is what I saw in the film...
LIKE MOSES AND JESUS
-Harry is born and is immediately pursued by an evil being with murderous
intentions...the same can be said of Jesus and Moses.
-Hermione says, "Who does Voldemort fear? Dumbledore! As long
as Dumbledore is around, he can't hurt us."...The Bible says
that Satan and his demons "tremble" at the very word, mention,
or presence of God! If we are in Christ, we needn't fear; Satan can't
hurt us beyond what we can bear.
-Before seeing the film, I heard others mention that Harry "communicates
with the dead" (divination) by talking to his parents in a
magic mirror. But in the film, they do not "communicate"
at all, and there is no intention of contacting a spiritual world
for communication. He simply sees an image of them, because the
context of the mirror is that it shows you what you most deeply
desire, a hint at your true self and what you want; Harry dreams
of being reunited with his family. (And what is a movie screen but
a reflection of our dreams as well?)
concerned when Ron Weasley wondered if the mirror foretold the future,
then was relieved when Dumbledore reassured Harry what it really
was, and the dangers behind it. What he says about the mirror, that
it contains "no knowledge or truth" and that "men
have wasted away before it" (by relying or obsessing on it)
can be said of deceptive fortune telling devices like palm reading
and astrology in real life. He says now that Harry has found the
mirror, it will be hidden away in the dungeon. Everything that is
dangerous or relates to some actual occult principle is described
in the story with a warning.
MEANING OF THE CHESS GAME
-Ron sacrificially lays down his life for his friends in the chess
game, and Harry's mother sacrifices her life to save him, giving him
a mark against evil as a gesture of love.... I think this parallel
is pretty obvious
-I saw Voldemort as a Satan figure, and like Satan, a frustrated rebel
with limited power. Some people have argued that HP is not about fighting
between absolute good and evil. But one of the most memorable lines
in the film for me was when Voldemort tries to tell Harry "there is
no absolute good or evil, only power!"...which sums up Satan's mission
statement for the pantheistic New Age movement...to which Harry replies
"You liar!" Sounds like Jesus' temptation in the desert.
MEANING OF OUR LITTLE HEROES
-An element that I especially loved was the relationship between the
child heroes, and the fact that they often used their brains, their
intellect, as their weapons to battle Voldemort: Hermione's "book-smarts",
Ron's chess strategies and Harry's grounding in truth. Whereas Satan's
New Age spirituality encourages us to empty our minds through Eastern
meditation and occultic trances, the Bible tells us to USE OUR MINDS,
and "be transformed by the renewing of our minds." God gave
us brains for creativity and discernment, and our little heroes demonstrate
this for us.this for us.
THE OCCULT AND CONTEXT
I will admit that some of the images and ideas in this film may
not be suitable for very young children, and that it could potentially
make some of them curious about the occult. (I also admit that I
still have not read the other three books, so I can only speak for
this one at this point.) However, I think one thing that is freaking
some of us Christians out over HP is failure to recognize context.
Most cults and denominational splits in the church derive from taking
one Bible verse out of the context of the whole book. Some of us
raise these controversial quarrels by saying, "The Bible says..."
without researching or praying for understanding of why it was originally
“said” or to whom it was addressed.
A similar principle can apply if we get huffed over Harry Potter without
bothering to recognize the context or even worse, without bothering
to read/see the book/film! Yes, there are some real occult practices
and ideas presented in the film, but they are presented within a context
of caution or ridicule; if kids pick up on this there is nothing to
fear. The rest of the "magic" is stuff that even a 5-year-old could
tell you is make-believe. At best, it will spark the idea in a child's
mind that there is a spiritual realm beyond what we see, that the
"good magic" in the world is in the beauty and miracles given to us
by God. It then becomes our job to teach our children discernment
regarding evil, and the characters they read about are already helping
us. God forbid we should bring our children up in a world where imagination
is stifled and the only reality is that which we can see. My wife
and I are avid watchers of the show "7th Heaven." There is an episode
where 10-year-old Simon is concerned that his 5-year-old sister Ruthie
doesn't believe in Santa Claus, so he prays to God that He will find
a way to make her believe in Santa, because it will prepare her mind
for believing in the "big stuff like You!" An interesting spin on
it, I think!
I think we need to avoid both extremes of either letting Harry Potter
be viewed by children without explaining to them what magic is real
and what is not, or harping on it as "Satanic." I think we need to
look for Christ in everything. God spoke to me through the Harry Potter
movie about the reality of spiritual warfare and the importance of
truth, friendship and intelligence. I would think and hope that it
would make kids ask their parents for a chess set rather than a ouija
It is said, "all truth is God's truth." The occult is
real, it has truth in it, but it is still "God's truth!"
That doesn't mean He comes up with the specifics, but it means He
has its author on a leash, and will not be overcome by it! Turn around,
focus on Christ, enjoy the magical world He's given us, and long for
the even more magical world to come, where we will be able to fly
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