Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Orphaned youngster Harry Potter is forced to endure a miserable childhood, brought up by his awful aunt and uncle, but all that looks set to change when he learns he is to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Once there, he embarks on a series of encounters with a host of magical characters and new friends, but his suspicions are aroused by a particularly sinister teacher who seems to be up to no good - so he sets out to discover whether double-dealing is afoot. Chris Columbus's blockbusting adventure - adapted from the first of JK Rowling's best-selling books - is crammed with detail, making it a visual treat, although the magical saga is perhaps still finding its big screen feet at this stage. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith and Emma Watson star.