Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone Global Movie Watch & Live Show

It has been five wonderful years since we embarked on the journey of a global re-read of the Harry Potter series. We have had ten hosts discuss 199 chapters, four special interest bonus episodes, sixteen topics (so far!), and seven films. It is time to round out our journey by going back to where we started: Harry’s first year at Hogwarts.

The global movie watch and live show that follow have always been a favorite of ours – and our listeners – so we decided that there was no better time than to rewind the clock and FINALLY watch Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone with all of you. They’ll work just as before, with a bit of added nostalgia thrown in…and maybe an announcement or two.

Join us on USTREAM in two weeks, Saturday, April 22nd for this exciting event! We’ll begin the movie screening party at 10:00 AM Eastern Time, in which you will be able to chat with not only the podcast hosts & fans from all around the world – all while watching the movie at the exact same time. Immediately following the movie, Alohomora! will be hosting a live podcast! During this time together, we’ll be chatting about the movie, analyzing the movie adaptation from the book, closing up some discussion points on Harry’s first year at school, and of course, taking your calls! You can give us a ring on Skype to @AlohomoraMN.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need your own copy of Sorcerer’s Stone or Philosopher’s Stone movie in order to join us for the global movie screening.

In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up with the latest episodes of Alohomora! by subscribing to us on iTunes (for free) right here!

  • HowAmIGoingToTranslateThis

    awesome! That day I won’t be able to stay until the live show ends, but watching the film together will be fantastic!

    for everyone who wants to check when they should start watching:

  • Huffleclaw

    You scared me with that “round out our journey” headline. I thought you were announcing the end of the podcast! I like this announcement much better now. :p

    • ThatTimeRemusWaddiwasiedVoldy

      Haha, I thought the same thing for a brief, horrible moment! This is great though, I missed the majority of the movie watches but the couple I did get to do were so much fun!

    • Kat

      I did have “complete our journey” which admittedly is significantly worse, haha.

  • SnapesManyButtons

    This is great, I came in at Order of the Phoenix and missed most of the movie watches – BUT you guys have a sixth sense for those rare times when I have something to do on a Saturday! I’ll be there for as much of it as I can, though!

  • Yes! We all get to watch the single greatest Potter film together!

    • Kat

      That is highly, highly debatable.

      • It might not be! What’s better, the Potter books or the Potter movies? The books right? Which Potter movie is the most identical to it’s book? Sorcerer’s Stone isn’t it? Doesn’t that make it the best?

        Also, and I’m taking this very lightly as I know this is all opinion, but I like to push buttons, would any Potter film work if the characters had been recast? If after movie 3 new actors were brought in, would the films still be as good? I think Sorcerer’s Stone is the best because of that core trio we are introduced to. Plus the music, the story, the practical effects, the introduction to magic and characters, and all the heart!

        • Michael Harle

          Very much dependent on what one values in an adaption and being aware of differences of the mediums.

          The Harry Potter books are great books (no one here denying that, I’m sure!), but making them into great movies does not *solely* rely on the fidelity of the adaptation. Just as books can achieve things movies can’t, movies can achieve things that books can’t, so there’ll naturally be dissonance between the two; bridging that dissonance takes a lot more than just a literal beat-for-beat adaptation.

          • That is correct. Sorcerer’s Stone succeeds in both areas. That means Sorcerer’s Stone = Best Potter film.

          • Michael Harle

            You’d best call in during the live show so you can elaborate on that for me, ’cause I definitely want to hear your defense from a film-making standpoint. :{ )

          • Haha, I too have a degree in film making! Sorcerer’s Stone has the best executed and most concise and coherent story out of all of the films, not to mention the magic that film seems to be imbued with. The A-list casting can’t be beaten and the score has become Harry Potter. So much of the later films benefit from everything introduced in this first film. And I can’t forget about Harris, the TRUE Dumbledore. It’s unfortunate that we saw so little of him, but Gambon is NOT Dumbledore.

            I believe the correct term for what I’m doing here is trolling. I tend to think the term “trolling” implies a more hostile attitude, but everything that I’m saying here is not meant to be taken seriously. Of course I cannot call something the “best, end of story.” It’s all just opinion. However I always find fun in trying to push my opinion as facts with evidence to support. It’s silly, that’s all.

  • Jude Law is Dumbledore

  • frumpybutsupersmart

    This is the first live show/movie watch I’ll be able to participate in!! I’m so excited 😀

  • Slughorn’s Trophy Wife

    I’m so excited for this!! It’s my favorite movie because it’s what got me into Potter. It will always hold a very special place in my heart.

  • SlytheriNZ

    Darn, I missed it, being too busy. Maybe the next one!