HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE

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GB / US
2001
2hrs 32mins
Dir: Chris Columbus
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson

Harry Potter is called to Hogwarts for the first time

The first of the Harry Potter fantasy films in which Harry and his chums all look about age 4, has a number of different railway locations that all set the tone for what lies ahead in the forthcoming sequels, when Harry grows up and becomes a big boy. There are scenes at King’s Cross station with No.5972 and train of maroon Mk.1s, though GNER-liveried Mk4 rakes are also visible in the background of several scenes. The ‘Hogwarts Express’ is then seen on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, with Goathland station appearing as ‘Hogsmeade’. It was planned to use the ‘North Yorks’ in the sequels to this movie but apparent security issues with the train led to it only appearing in this one film, all the later ‘Hogsmeade’ station scenes were a Pinewood studio set and the West Highland was used for scenic shots.

This establishing shot of King’s Cross has at least three GNER Mk.4 sets on show
Harry Potter (on the left) searches for platform 9 ¾. Platforms 9 and 10 at King’s Cross are in reality platforms 4 and 5 renumbered for the film, as mentioned in the text for the second film: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (qv).
In this close up shot we see the ‘HOGWARTS EXPRESS’ headboard attached to the smoke box of GWR ‘Hall’ No.5972 Olton Hall.
Passing through the North Yorkshire Moors scenery, this shot of the ‘Hogwarts Express’ later reappeared on the special features DVD for the fifth film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
A broadside view of the train somewhere on the North Yorkshire
A particularly fine portrayal of the ‘Hogwarts Express’ giving chase to the camera on the North Yorkshire Moors
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‘Hogwarts Express’ passing through a forest in North Yorkshire. This was the second shot that later reappeared on the special features DVD of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (which see).
Framed against the North Eastern Railway footbridge the ‘Hogwarts Express’ arrives at Goathland station, which played the part of ‘Hogsmeade’ in this first film