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"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", 2001
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Director Chris Columbus creates the wizarding world that first introduces viewers to the Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter, at the young age of 11, when he first discovers he's not just an average schoolboy. He learns of the evils of Voldemort, especially against his late parents, and finally meets his magical peers as a first-year-student at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, led by the quirky, wise headmaster Albus Dumbledore.
There, he befriends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, who help him keep the Sorcerer's Stone safe from Voldemort.
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(Credit: Warner Bros.)