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Harry Potter and the What's Stone?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by michaelm, May 22, 2002.

  1. michaelm

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    Just received Harry Potter R1 today from Future.

    Now, I know that when it was released on the other side of the pond it was renamed "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", 'cos apparantly Yanks are too thick to know what a philosopher is 9no insult intended by me, not sure about Hollywood though).

    However, the disc I got is actually called "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", which means that either our US cousins have genned up on philosophy since the movie was released over there, or else they couldn't be arsed releasing 2 different versions of the same movie on dvd.

    Or maybe it's a Canadian disc and they're well aware of what a philosopher is.
     
  2. Stuart Wright

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    It's the Canadian version.
     
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    And the US title of the film is nothing to do with Hollywood - the book was called "..and the Sorceror's Stone" over there.
     
  4. michaelm

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    Oh, I was under the impression that it was. And I've read in more than one magazine, and heard reviewers on tv and radio say, that the name of the movie was changed over there as Warner Bros decided Americans would not know what a Philosopher was.

    But it appears, according to this quote, that it was the author JK Rowling that made this assumption. :D
     
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    Or rather her publishers. ;)

    Personally I am impresses that anybody in america actually read a book! :p
     
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    Well, as a foreigner I'd like to add that a philosopher's stone isn't just any old stone that happens to be owned by a philosopher, if that's what you think...
    http://www.dictionary.com offers this explanation:
    phi·los·o·phers' stone also phi·los·o·pher's stone (f-ls-frz)
    n.


    A substance that was believed to have the power of transmuting base metal into gold. Also called elixir.


    But perhaps you all already knew that ;)
     
  7. Confucius

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    I'm sure we did, though it does refer to a stone owned by a philosopher - an early meaning of 'philosopher' was:

    "an alchemist or devotee of occult science."

    So rather than 'not being any old stone that happens to be owned by a philosopher' it is 'a stone owned by not just any old philosopher'.

    :D
     
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    I stand (partly) corrected ;)
     

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