This is actually only my 2nd Favorite movie in the Potter-verse. I'm more partial to Chamber of Secrets, because of its slightly darker tone...that and Dobby!
And, before I say anything more, let it be noted that Joel H should've used the appellation "Troll H", because it seems obvious to me that he only posted to get a rise. If you're really so dense that you could use such contumely with abandon, then more's the pity. Either you have no eye for good cinema, or you just don't like this film, but spare us any nonsense that its rubbish!
This movie couldn't have been made any better! It managed to capture perfectly all the essentials from the film, and even made the Dark Lord out to be a superb villain. He even gave me the chills, and that's hard to do in a movie for "children".
I personally prefer the Richard Harris Dumbledore to the Michael Gambon portrayal, but that's simply a matter of taste. Speaking of 'taste', one of my favorite scenes is this first time Harry feasts in the Great Hall...I get uber hungry every time I see all that food!
This movie is a must own, as are the books. It could even be watched as a sort of "Christmas" or Holiday movie, right on par with "Home Alone"...another Chris Columbus film. Hats off to Director and Cast!