This film debuted on November 19, 2010. It quickly became one of the highest grossing films of all time, and the top film of 2011 by a wide margin. It has grossed way over a billion dollars worldwide, which is a lot of money. Kids love it, and the actors are growing up quickly, so they can give a few adult nuances now and then as well.
So, this is big business. Nothing too controversial at this point, the series has had plenty of time to smooth over the rough edges.
Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), in my opinion, is starting to take on a "Dr. Who" vibe (I realize you probably violently disagree) and Emma Watson ("Hermione") is developing a few curves that indicate womanhood is not far off.
Early in the series, of course, the two had a confrontational relationship. As the series has progressed, they have become more partners, consoling each other and so forth. Nothing wrong with that, just another sign that everybody is growing up.
Rupert Grinty ("Ron Weasley") is the odd man out. If this were a TV series, he probably would have been written out at some point. As it is, he amiably follows along and adds some complications here and there. At one point, he has an argument with Harry and leaves, but of course they all reunite later.
It is the two leads, however, who carry the proceedings. At this point, you are unlikely to start watching the series unless you know something about it. Let's just say that this film condenses much of the narrative, and not in a bad way.
All in all, though, the film follows the book quite closely, leaving out inconsequential travel scenes and the like.
There are the usual gothic vistas and scary characters, but nothing we all know Harry can't handle.
The children who began the series in the lead roles have grown into fine actors. This film is well worth watching, and is suitable for small children. The trailer is below.
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