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What is the best Harry Potter movie?
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The Sorcerer's Stone is where it all began

The first Harry Potter movie introduced us to the wizarding world and the characters we would love and follow for years, giving it sentimental value. It is a classic that is full of iconic moments.

The Argument

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was where it all began. It is a loyal adaptation that sets a strong foundation for the rest of the series. This movie is made for children but is not boring for adults. It is light and full of whimsy. This is the film where we are introduced to magic and all of our original characters. The audience fell in love with the wizarding world with this film. This film is full of iconic moments: getting your Hogwarts letter, Hagrid telling Harry he’s a wizard, the first Quidditch match where Harry catches the Snitch with his mouth, the moving staircases and talking portraits, and Hermione’s memorable line “I'm going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed. Or worse, expelled.” [1] The film is great at capturing your attention and making you want to know what is going to happen next, creating a loyal audience for the next 7 films. Film reviewer Roger Ebert called this film a classic from its debut.[2]Re-watching this film today is sure to cause nostalgia.

Counter arguments

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone can be dull. It is too faithful to the book, focusing on the exact events instead of developing the characters. This gives the impression of the movie moving from scene to scene without an underlying connection between the events. The film lacks suspense and the sense of magical wonder that made the book great.



[P1] The Sorcer's Stone introduces the audience to the wizarding world. [P2] This film is full of iconic moments. [P3] It is a classic that made a fan base. [P4] Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the best Harry Potter movie.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P4]: This film is too dull to be the best.


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