Based on a popular book series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was adapted for film by Steve Kloves and directed by Christopher Columbus. The fantasy story follows an eleven-year-old orphan boy, Harry Potter, who learns that he is a wizard and attends his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he learns the secrets of his past and comes up against the wizarding world's greatest enemy.
Harry Potter's dreams come true when he leaves his cruel relatives behind for the halls of Hogwarts. There he is sorted into Gryffindor house and befriends Ron Weasley, played by Rupert Grint, and Hermione Granger, played by Emma Watson. He also manages to make a few enemies but gets on the good side of the school's headmaster, Dumbledore, played by Richard Harris, who seems to know more about Harry than he is letting on.
During an after-hours escapade, the trio of friends learn that the fabled Philospher's Stone is being housed in the castle, a stone which can grant its user immortality. Harry and his friends suspect someone is plotting to steal the stone but don't know who. After a terrifying night in the school ground's forest, Harry realizes that it is his parents' murderer Voldemort trying to get the stone. The dark wizard failed to kill Harry when Harry was an infant, and Voldemort's soul was shattered. Now, only a shadow of what he once was Voldemort, shares a body with a weak professor at the school and is determined to have the stone to restore himself to his former terrible glory.
Using skills they gained throughout the school year, the trio defeat traps put in place by the school's teachers to protect the stone and Harry reaches the stone just in time to stop the Voldemort possessed professor from using it. Although Voldemort escapes, Harry saves the day and the wizarding world for now and realizes that true place is at Hogwarts.