1 The Privet Drive

  • 1  The  Privet Drive
1. The "Privet Drive" Sign (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 2001): Anyone who was part of the fandom at this point remembers it: sitting in the theater on November 16, 2001, surrounded by the favorite Potter costumes of the day (lots of Dracos, no Lunas and very few Bellatrixes). When the lights finally dimmed, there was a tangible shiver through the crowd - the Harry Potter book phenomenon was about to take on new life, and the first shot of the film - that slow raise onto the Privet Drive sign, was exactly the type of false normalcy that opened the book. It took a similar place in the Potter verse as the famous opening line - “Mr. And Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much” - as a portent that nothing in this world is as it seems. It was the single most thrilling moment of the movie series, a promise of the magic that was about to come - and that is beginning to end.
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  • Helen Inman Sweet
    Helen Inman Sweet

    To me, the most breath-taking moment in the first film was Hagrid opens the brick wall behind the Leaky Cauldron, and Diagon Alley appeared for the first time, giving Harry his first glimpse of the wizarding world that was his birthright. To me, it has that classic feel of Dorothy opening the door of her black-and-white Kansas house and emerging into color-drenched Oz.