2001, dir Chris Columbus, 152 mins
In which Harry learns about the wizarding world, and we meet key characters including Ron, Hermione, Hagrid and Dumbledore.
Spirits are high as we board the Hogwarts Express. Even though the first film is strictly for the little ’uns, it does require the viewer to remember a hefty amount of important information and silly names, and I wonder how someone with a complete ignorance of the Potterverse (beyond the line ‘Yer a wizard, ’Arry!’) will fare.
What did our Potternaut think?
‘It was pretty much what I expected. A strong first 45 minutes, then during the final hour-and-a-half there was just a bunch of stuff happening. I might have enjoyed this as a child.’
After the first instalment, Jenkins seems reasonably content. He enjoyed the work of Alan Rickman and Ian Hart, and seems unfazed by the preponderance of shouty children and shiny CGI. Personally, I’m looking forward to the meatier episodes – but there’s one very large hurdle to leap first. First disc out, second disc in – on we go.