Based on the first of J.K. Rowling's mind-bogglingly popular novels, Chris Columbus's lavishly appointed film aims for fidelity to the source in all things. And if it's a little airless, in the manner of certain Masterpiece Theater
adaptations of literary masterworks, no matter. Fans will be so relieved to find the world they love transplanted to the screen intact that they won't mind a bit. Orphaned Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), who lives with perfectly dreadful relatives, has no idea what his 11th birthday holds in store: an invitation to attend the very exclusive Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where tomorrow's occult movers and shakers get t...