10 The Chess Game (Harry

  • 10  The Chess Game (Harry
10. The Chess Game (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 2001): "As for me? I'll be a knight." After book one, the chess metaphor doesn’t really return in the Harry Potter series, but looking back, there is something poignant and special about watching the trio, then a babyfaced eleven years old, in their first triumvirate triumph. They battled chess pieces larger, heavier and scarier than they were, underneath the school, in an effort to reach the Sorcerer’s Stone before it could be stolen - foreshadowing what they would be facing throughout the rest of the series, the mazes and obstacles that the three of them battle together in order to save their kind from tyranny. These three little kids square their shoulders against the encroaching dark forces - and win.
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  • hellodolyllama

    My addition to the list would be the dragon task in the tournament, when Hermione sees Harry returning, flies out of her chair and screams. YYYYYYYYes! My second addition would be, essentially, Watson's entire performance in Hallows 1, from "Obliviate", to tying the scarf, to dancing sadly with Harry, to tormenting Ron as a Horcrux, to her priceless reaction shots to Ron's behavior, to the Forest of Dean, to the torture scene, to....well, you get the idea.

  • M

    US doesn´t matter...it´s called "E la pietra filosofale" in Italy for example and no one calls it that. It IS Philosopher´s Stone.

  • anon

    It's philosopher's stone not the Sorcerer's Stone - duh It's called the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S. - duh

  • Holly-UK

    It's philosopher's stone not the Sorcerer's Stone - duh

  • barblicious

    it was the best

  • sobriquet87

    Awesome visual effects! It still impresses to this day.