Children's films tend to be didactic in the sense that they teach children, as well as adults, life lessons. JK Rowling's Harry Potter film series can be viewed as coming of age films as the characters grow from their mistakes. Most coming of age films are seen differently by adults and children; the moral changes as you get older. The Harry Potter film series utilizes fantasy to communicate multiple messages to its viewers. The characters of Harry, Ron, and Hermione are used to get messages across because they are easier to relate to. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, these characters begin to learn about the importance of love, friendship, courage, principles, and determination which help them grow into mature adults.
The lessons that children are taught from films are most often sugarcoated versions of life lessons that adults gather. Children’s films are about what adults want their children to see, not about what their children actually learn. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry leaves his aunt and uncle, Petunia and Vernon Dursley, to study magic at the Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry. Soon after leaving he discovers that his parents were murdered by the most powerful dark lord, Voldemort, and he was the "boy who lived." Along the way to Hogwarts, Harry meets Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The three soon become best friends and plot to save Hogwarts from Voldemort's wrath.
One of the most distinguishing characteristics of children's films is the centrality of the moral. Although Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone teaches children many lessons, but the main one is that good will always conquer evil. Right from the beginning of the film, audiences are shown how poorly Harry gets treated by the Dursleys compared to his cousin Dudley. On his eleventh birthday, Hagrid informs Harry that he has been accepted into Hogwarts. Harry chooses to leave his home behind thus beginning his journey. As the students are sorted into their houses, it is evident that Gryiffindor and Slytherin are polar opposites. Throughout the film students from these two houses constantly butt heads. While roaming around the school Harry, Ron, and Hermione stumble across a three headed dog guarding a trap door. When they ask Hagrid about it, he says too much and spills that it has something to do with Nicolas Flamel. Curious, the three research Flamel and figure out that he has the only item which can provide immortality, the Sorcerer's Stone. They assume that Snape is after the stone so they attempt to steal it, but instead they end up facing the most powerful dark wizard to come out of Slytherin, Voldemort. Although Harry is less experienced and much younger, he beats Voldemort because he is fighting for the side of good. Even if the odds may be stacked against you in a situation, as long as your intentions are true the outcome will be positive.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone incorporates multiples principles that viewers are...