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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Voldemort's power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore's work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for the Trio, and the rest of the Wizarding World, so everything they do must go as planned. (Read More)

Themes:magic, christmas, friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Characters:friend
Period:1990s
Story:evil wizard, hereditary gift of witchcraft, school of magic, magic wand, tough girl, bildungsroman, hobgoblin, based on young adult novel, cult figure, potion, dark fantasy, owl, immortality, wizard, bravery, strong female lead, strong female character, power, mission, no opening credits

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord's three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again. (Read More)

Themes:magic, friendship
Locations:forest
Period:1990s
Story:evil wizard, hereditary gift of witchcraft, mission, school of magic, magic wand, tough girl, magical broomstick, hobgoblin, bildungsroman, based on young adult novel, cult figure, broom, dark fantasy, sorcerer, elf, immortality, wizard, bravery, strong female lead, frog

Harry Potter And The Half-blood Prince (2009)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery

Harry Potter And The Half-blood Prince (2009)

In the sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, and in both wizard and muggle worlds Lord Voldemort and his henchmen are increasingly active. With vacancies to fill at Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore persuades Horace Slughorn, back from retirement to become the potions teacher, while Professor Snape receives long awaited news. Harry Potter, together with Dumbledore, must face treacherous tasks to defeat his evil nemesis. (Read More)

Themes:magic, christmas, friendship
Characters:professor
Period:1990s
Story:evil wizard, hereditary gift of witchcraft, witchcraft, school of magic, magic wand, tough girl, fictitious sport, bildungsroman, based on young adult novel, infirmary, cult figure, orchestral music score, potion, dark fantasy, levitation, invisibility, spell, wizard, strong female lead, lifting someone into the air

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:magic, monster, money, friendship
Locations:forest
Story:supernatural power, dark fantasy, sorcerer, bravery, reverse footage, dwarf, blockbuster, power, uncle nephew relationship, rat, scar, transformation, witch, creature, child in peril, snake, orphan, good versus evil, sword, slow motion scene

The Brothers Grimm (2005) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. (Read More)

Themes:magic, monster, money
Locations:forest
Characters:girl, friend
Story:supernatural power, tough girl, fantasy world, dark fantasy, spell, crossbow, reverse footage, lifting someone into the air, hat, rat, transformation, fairy tale, witch, creature, child in peril, snake, sword, rescue, mirror, ghost

Warcraft (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Warcraft (2016)

When the world of the Orcs of Draenor is being destroyed by the evil fel magic that uses life-force, the powerful warlock Gul'dan creates a portal to the world of Azeroth and forms the Horde with members of the Orc clans. He also captures many prisoners to keep the portal open. The king of Azeroth, Llane Wrynn and his brother-in-law, Anduin Lothar are informed by the apprentice of magician Khadgar that he has found fel magic in dead bodies and the king decides to summon the Guardian of Tirisfal, Medivh, to protect his kingdom. Lothar and Khadgar head to Kharazhan to meet Medivh and an ominous shadow points a book out to Khadgar, who takes it and hides. Anduin, Khadgar and Medivh and a group of soldiers are attacked by Orcs and they capture the slave Garona, who is released by King Llane, and she shows them the location of the portal. Garona is contacted by the Orc chief of a clan Durotan that wants to meet King Llane to stop the fel magic. Meanwhile Khadgar learns that the gate was opened with the help of someone in Azeroth. Shall King Llane trust Garona and Durotan, who might be the traitor? This is why Warcraft (2016) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001). (Read More)

Themes:magic, monster, friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Story:evil wizard, giant creature, supernatural power, tough girl, mystic, dark fantasy, sorcerer, elf, wizard, reverse footage, dwarf, blockbuster, scar, transformation, creature, child in peril, no opening credits, good versus evil, sword, slow motion scene

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protege. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer's Apprentice. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:girl
Story:sorcerer, evil wizard, supernatural power, magical mirror, tough girl, broom, orchestral music score, sorcery, levitation, spell, immortality, wizard, reverse footage, hat, dragon, mission, transformation, witch, child in peril, snake

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
Adventure, Fantasy

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? (Read More)

Themes:magic, monster
Locations:forest
Story:wizard, giant creature, dragon, tough girl, dark fantasy, invisibility, elf, dwarf, blockbuster, scar, key, transformation, creature, child in peril, no opening credits, good versus evil, sword, rescue, title spoken by character, father son relationship

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016)

Holding a mysterious leather suitcase in his hand, Newt Scamander, a young activist wizard from England, visits New York while he is on his way to Arizona. Inside his expanding suitcase hides a wide array of diverse, magical creatures that exist among us, ranging from tiny, twig-like ones, to majestic and humongous ones. It is the middle of the 20s and times are troubled since the already fragile equilibrium of secrecy between the unseen world of wizards and the ordinary or "No-Maj" people that the MACUSA Congress struggles to maintain, is at risk of being unsettled. In the meantime, the voices against wizardry keep growing with daily protests led by Mary Lou Barebone and fuelled by the increasing disasters ascribed to a dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. At the same time, by a twist of fate, Newt's precious suitcase will be switched with the identical one of an aspiring No-Maj baker, Jacob Kowalski, while demoted Auror, Tina Goldstein, arrests Newt for being an unregistered wizard. To make matters worse, with the suitcase in the wrong hands, several creatures manage to escape to unknown directions. Before long, this situation will catch Senior Auror Percival Graves' attention who will target both Tina and Newt amid panic caused by an invisible, devastating and utterly unpredictable menace that still wreaks havoc in New York's 5th Avenue. Is there a hidden agenda behind Graves' intentions and ultimately, what will happen to the remaining magical creatures still loose in the streets? (Read More)

Themes:magic, christmas, friendship
Story:spell, giant creature, supernatural power, magic wand, little girl, sorcery, potion, dark fantasy, sorcerer, levitation, invisibility, wizard, zoo, blockbuster, witchcraft, rat, bank, mission, witch, creature

Eragon (2006)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Eragon (2006)

The Kingdom of Alagaesia is ruled by the evil King Galbatorix, a former dragon rider that betrayed his mates and his people in his quest for power. When the orphan farm boy Eragon finds a blue stone sent by Princess Arya, he sooner realizes that it is a dragon egg. When the dragon Saphira is born, Eragon meets his mentor Brom, and becomes the dragon rider foreseen in an ancient prophecy that would set his people free from the tyrant Galbatorix. Eragon meets the rebels Varden and together they fight against the evil sorcerer Durza and the army of Galbatorix in a journey for freedom. (Read More)

Themes:magic, monster
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Story:dragon, evil wizard, power, mystic, fantasy world, sorcerer, elf, wizard, dwarf, destiny, orphan, good versus evil, sword, hero, cult film, character name in title, based on novel

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
Action, Fantasy, Horror

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

The siblings Hansel and Gretel are left alone in the woods by their father and captured by a dark witch in a candy house. However they kill the witch and escape from the spot. Years later, the orphans have become famous witch hunters. When eleven children go missing in a small village, the Mayor summons Hansel and Gretel to rescue them, and they save the red haired Mina from the local sheriff who wants to burn her, accusing Mina of witchcraft. Soon they discover that the Blood Moon will approach in three days and the powerful dark witch Muriel is responsible for the abduction of children. She intends to use the children together with a secret ingredient in a Sabbath to make the coven of witches protected against the fire. Meanwhile Hansel and Gretel disclose secrets about their parents. This is why Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001). (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:forest
Story:flying broom, supernatural power, magic wand, tough girl, troll, potion, dark fantasy, spell, family secret, crossbow, witchcraft, mission, fairy tale, witch, child in peril, orphan, good versus evil, sword, rescue, character name in title

Labyrinth (1986)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Labyrinth (1986)

The teenager Sarah is forced by her father and her stepmother to babysit her baby brother Toby while they are outside home. Toby does not stop crying and Sarah wishes that her brother be taken by the Goblin King. Out of the blue, Toby stops crying and when Sarah looks for him in the cradle, she learns that he wish was granted and the Goblin King Jarethhas taken him to his castle in the Goblin City in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah repents an asks Jareth to give Toby back; but the Goblin King tells that she has to rescue her brother before midnight, otherwise Toby will be turned into a goblin. Soon Sarah teams up with the coward goblin Hoggle, the beast Ludo and the knight Didymus and his dog Ambrosius in her journey. Will they rescue Toby in time? (Read More)

Themes:magic, monster, friendship
Locations:forest
Characters:girl, friend
Story:rescue, escher stairway, lifting a male into the air, trapdoor, troll, fantasy world, sorcerer, spell, owl, bravery, lifting someone into the air, transformation, creature, child abuse, snake, good versus evil, sword, slow motion scene, mirror, cult film

Brave (2012) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Thriller

Brave (2012)

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.

Themes:magic
Locations:forest
Characters:girl
Story:witch, spell, tough girl, human becoming an animal, broom, bravery, strong female lead, destiny, strong female character, chess, key, transformation, no opening credits, good versus evil, birthday, sword, slow motion scene, rescue, ghost, surprise ending

The Golden Compass (2007)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Golden Compass (2007)

It was no ordinary life for a young girl: living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College and tearing unsupervised through Oxford's motley streets on mad quests for adventure. But Lyra's greatest adventure would begin closer to home, the day she heard hushed talk of an extraordinary particle. Microscopic in size, the magical dust--discovered in the vast Arctic expanse of the North--was rumored to possess profound properties that could unite whole universes. But there were those who feared the particle and would stop at nothing to destroy it. Catapulted into the heart of a terrible struggle, Lyra was forced to seek aid from clans, 'gyptians, and formidable armored bears. And as she journeyed into unbelievable danger, she had not the faintest clue that she alone was destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle... (Read More)

Themes:magic, friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Characters:girl, professor, friend
Story:rescue, orphan, fantasy world, owl, crossbow, strong female lead, blockbuster, talking animal, strong female character, first part, mission, transformation, witch, child in peril, no opening credits, snake, letter, sword, mother son relationship, based on novel

Alice In Wonderland (2010)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Alice In Wonderland (2010)

Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surreal place called "Underland," she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking animals, villainous queens and knights, and frumious bandersnatches. Alice realizes that she is there for a reason--to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne. (Read More)

Themes:magic, monster
Locations:forest
Characters:girl
Story:destiny, little girl, forced perspective, potion, fantasy world, invisibility, frog, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, talking animal, hat, chess, first part, dragon, key, fairy tale, no opening credits, sword, slow motion scene, husband wife relationship

Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

After a beautiful princess, Aurora, is born in to royalty everyone gathers to exchange gifts. Everything is perfectly fine until an unwanted guest appears, Maleficent. Magnificent casts a spell on the young princess and announces that she will die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel on the evening of her 16th birthday. Fortunately, one of the good fairies, Merryweather, changes the spell so Aurora will fall asleep, and that the only way to wake her up were the tears from her true love. Finally the day comes. Will she be left to sleep forever? This is why Sleeping Beauty (1959) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001). (Read More)

Themes:magic, friendship
Locations:forest
Story:birthday, spell, magic wand, human becoming an animal, broom, owl, blockbuster, witchcraft, lifting someone into the air, power, dragon, fairy tale, witch, good versus evil, sword, hero, father son relationship

Oz The Great And Powerful (2013) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Oz The Great And Powerful (2013)

Oscar Diggs ('James Franco'), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora ('Mila Kunis' (qv)), Evanora ('Rachel Weisz' (qv)), and Glinda ('Michelle Williams (I)' (qv)), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. (Read More)

Themes:magic, friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Characters:girl
Story:flying broom, wizard, witch, supernatural power, magic wand, levitation, spell, immortality, bravery, witchcraft, talking animal, power, scar, transformation, creature, orphan, good versus evil, rescue, family relationships

Shrek (2001)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Shrek (2001)

When a green ogre named Shrek discovers his swamp has been 'swamped' with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey by his side to 'persuade' Farquaad to give Shrek his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is awaiting her true love in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret. (Read More)

Themes:magic, friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Characters:friend
Story:fairy tale, rescue, magical mirror, spell, crossbow, dwarf, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, talking animal, destiny, first part, dragon, transformation, sword, hero, mirror, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character, character name in title

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:magic, monster, friendship
Locations:forest
Characters:professor
Story:destiny, supernatural power, dark fantasy, immortality, bravery, reverse footage, power, rat, scar, transformation, no opening credits, good versus evil, slow motion scene, rescue, ghost, train, surprise ending, dog

Coraline (2009)
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Coraline (2009)

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Mood:night
Locations:forest
Characters:girl
Story:little girl, new home, fantasy world, dark fantasy, bravery, lifting someone into the air, talking animal, eyeglasses, rat, key, orphan, letter, rescue, mirror, ghost, cult film, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, character name in title, based on novel

How To Train Your Dragon (2010) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

Long ago up North on the Island of Berk, the young Viking, Hiccup, wants to join his town's fight against the dragons that continually raid their town. However, his macho father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small, clumsy, but inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can't bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon, whom he dubs Toothless, begin a friendship that would open up both their worlds as the observant boy learns that his people have misjudged the species. But even as the two each take flight in their own way, they find that they must fight the destructive ignorance plaguing their world. This is why How To Train Your Dragon (2010) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:night
Locations:forest
Characters:bully
Story:dragon, giant creature, tough girl, crossbow, bravery, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, first part, best friend, teacher student relationship, no opening credits, sword, rescue, train, surprise ending, cult film, father son relationship, based on novel

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)

An ancient Ring thought lost for centuries has been found, and through a strange twist in fate has been given to a small Hobbit named Frodo. When Gandalf discovers the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make an epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it! However he does not go alone. He is joined by Gandalf, Legolas the elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Aragorn, Boromir and his three Hobbit friends Merry, Pippin and Samwise. Through mountains, snow, darkness, forests, rivers and plains, facing evil and danger at every corner the Fellowship of the Ring must go. Their quest to destroy the One Ring is the only hope for the end of the Dark Lords reign! (Read More)

Themes:monster, friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Story:power, evil wizard, elf, dwarf, giant creature, troll, dark fantasy, sorcerer, invisibility, immortality, wizard, bravery, creature, good versus evil, birthday, sword, mirror

Beauty And The Beast (2017)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Themes:magic, monster
Locations:forest
Characters:girl, friend
Story:supernatural power, dark fantasy, spell, owl, strong female lead, blockbuster, talking animal, chess, transformation, fairy tale, witch, creature, no opening credits, sword, slow motion scene, rescue, mirror, surprise ending, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship

The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical

The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

In this charming film based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. (Read More)

Themes:magic, friendship
Locations:forest
Story:wizard, witch, broom, fantasy world, levitation, dwarf, witchcraft, lifting someone into the air, talking animal, child in peril, dysfunctional family, good versus evil, rescue, title spoken by character, dog, husband wife relationship

Doctor Strange (2016) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Doctor Strange (2016)

Marvel's "Doctor Strange" follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:mystic, sorcerer, supernatural power, tough girl, cloak, levitation, spell, immortality, wizard, bravery, blockbuster, strong female character, power, transformation, teacher student relationship, no opening credits, good versus evil, sword, slow motion scene, rescue

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. This is why X-men: Apocalypse (2016) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001). (Read More)

Themes:money
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Characters:professor, bully
Story:supernatural power, tough girl, levitation, invisibility, immortality, reverse footage, bravery, strong female lead, blockbuster, strong female character, transformation, teacher student relationship, no opening credits, orphan, good versus evil, sword, slow motion scene, rescue, surprise ending, husband wife relationship

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)

Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadow Hunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. (Read More)

Themes:magic, monster, friendship
Story:supernatural power, tough girl, based on young adult novel, dark fantasy, immortality, scar, transformation, witch, creature, good versus evil, birthday, letter, sword, slow motion scene, rescue, surprise ending, based on novel, dog

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

When his lightning bolt is stolen, Zeus accuses Poseidon's son Percy Jackson and gives Poseidon's son fourteen days to return it, otherwise he will initiate a war amongst the gods. Meanwhile the teenager, Percy, who is dyslexic and has ADHD is visiting The Museum of Metropolitan of Art and is attacked by a Fury disguised in his teacher. His physically handicapped best friend Grover reveals that Percy is a demigod and that he is his protector and his teacher Mr Brunner gives him a pen telling him that it is a powerful weapon. They go to Percy's house and together with his mother Sally they drive to the Camp Half-Blood. However Sally is attacked by a Minotaur and vanishes before Percy can help her. In the camp, Percy befriends the gorgeous Annabeth; when they are attacked by Hades who wants the lighting bolt for himself, Percy discovers that his mother is in the Underworld with Hades. Percy decides to travel on a dangerous quest to retrieve the lightning bolt and save his mother. Grover and Annabeth join him and Luke gives a powerful shield of his own to protect Percy. Will they be able to succeed? (Read More)

Themes:monster, friendship
Characters:friend
Story:supernatural power, centaur, infirmary, crossbow, strong female lead, strong female character, first part, rat, dragon, transformation, creature, child in peril, teacher student relationship, snake, good versus evil, sword, slow motion scene, rescue, hero, surprise ending

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know. (Read More)

Themes:magic, monster
Locations:forest
Story:wizard, dragon, troll, invisibility, elf, dwarf, witchcraft, first part, key, creature, good versus evil, sword, rescue, surprise ending, based on novel

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)
Adventure, Fantasy

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)

After the Dragon leaves the Lonely Mountain, the people of Lake-town see a threat coming. Orcs, dwarves, elves and people prepare for war. Bilbo sees Thorin going mad and tries to help. Meanwhile, Gandalf is rescued from the Necromancer's prison and his rescuers realize who the Necromancer is.

Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Story:giant creature, dragon, tough girl, invisibility, elf, wizard, dwarf, blockbuster, destiny, witch, creature, child in peril, no opening credits, good versus evil, sword, slow motion scene, rescue, ghost, surprise ending, father son relationship

Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Big Trouble In Little China (1986)

Truck driver Jack Burton arrives in Chinatown, San Francisco, and goes to the airport with his Chinese friend Wang Chi to welcome his green-eyed fiancee Miao Yin who is arriving from China. However she is kidnapped on the arrival by a Chinese street gang and Jack and Wang chase the group. Soon they learn that the powerful evil sorcerer called David Lo Pan, who has been cursed more than two thousand years ago to exist without physical body, needs to marry a woman with green eyes to retrieve his physical body and Miao is the chosen one. Jack and Wang team-up with the lawyer Gracie Law, the bus driver and sorcerer apprentice Egg Shen and their friends and embark in a great adventure in the underground of Chinatown, where they face a world of magicians and magic, monsters and martial arts fighters. This is why Big Trouble In Little China (1986) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001). (Read More)

Themes:money, magic, monster, friendship
Characters:girl, friend
Story:sorcerer, game, creature, supernatural power, sorcery, potion, levitation, crossbow, reverse footage, lifting someone into the air, destiny, uncle nephew relationship, rat, sword, rescue, surprise ending, cult film

47 Ronin (2013)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

47 Ronin (2013)

While hunting in the forest, Lord Asano of Ako and his samurai find a young half-breed and take him with them to live in the castle. Several years later, Lord Asano holds a tournament to welcome the Shogun to Ako. The night after the tournament, Lord Asano is bewitched into hurting Lord Kira of Nagato, and is punished into committing seppuku by the Shogun. Realizing that it was a Lord Kira's evil plot, the samurais and the half-breed sets out for revenge against the Shogun's order. (Read More)

Themes:magic, monster
Mood:epic, night
Locations:forest
Story:giant creature, supernatural power, dark fantasy, spell, crossbow, witchcraft, dragon, witch, creature, teacher student relationship, no opening credits, orphan, sword, rescue, ghost, surprise ending, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Beowulf (2007) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy

Beowulf (2007)

Set against the coming of Christianity, this is the story of the last hero: in 507, a monstrous troll wreaks havoc in the mead hall of the Danish king, Hrothgar. He offers rewards for the death of Grendel, so Beowulf, a great and boastful Geat warrior, arrives with his thanes. Beowulf sets aside his armor and awaits the monster; a fierce battle ensues that leads to Beowolf's entering the watery lair of Grendel's mother, where a devil's bargain awaits. Beowulf returns to Herot, the castle, and becomes king. Jump ahead many years, and the sins of the father are visited upon Beowulf and his kingdom. The hero must face his weakness and be heroic once again. Is the age of demons over? (Read More)

Themes:magic, monster, friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Story:troll, dwarf, power, rat, dragon, creature, no opening credits, good versus evil, sword, slow motion scene, hero, surprise ending, cult film, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, character name in title

Hook (1991)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Hook (1991)

Peter Pan (Williams) has grown up to be a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy's granddaughter. Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps his children, and Peter returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell (Roberts). With the help of her and the Lost Boys, he must remember how to be Peter Pan again in order to save his children by battling with Captain Hook once again. (Read More)

Themes:magic, christmas
Characters:girl, friend
Period:1990s
Story:little girl, fantasy world, reverse footage, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, game, uniform, no opening credits, dysfunctional family, orphan, good versus evil, sword, rescue, hero, cult film, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title

Wonder Woman (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War

Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. (Read More)

Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Story:destiny, supernatural power, tough girl, train station, dark fantasy, levitation, immortality, bravery, strong female lead, blockbuster, power, scar, mission, no opening credits, good versus evil, sword, slow motion scene, rescue, train, surprise ending

Jumanji (1995)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Thriller

Jumanji (1995)

After being trapped in a jungle board game for 26 years, a Man-Child wins his release from the game. But, no sooner has he arrived that he is forced to play again, and this time sets the creatures of the jungle loose on the city. Now it is up to him to stop them. This is why Jumanji (1995) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001). (Read More)

Themes:magic, friendship
Mood:night
Locations:forest
Characters:bully, friend
Period:1990s
Story:game, human becoming an animal, spell, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, child in peril, no opening credits, orphan, surprise ending, title spoken by character, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween -- but alas, they can't get it quite right. (Read More)

Themes:christmas, monster
Mood:night
Period:1990s
Story:halloween, supernatural power, pet as gift, elf, mission, witch, no opening credits, snake, ghost, cult film, dog

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". (Read More)

Themes:monster
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Story:giant creature, power, supernatural power, tough girl, levitation, immortality, bravery, reverse footage, strong female lead, blockbuster, strong female character, scar, transformation, creature, child in peril, orphan, good versus evil, sword, slow motion scene, rescue

Avatar (2009)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Avatar (2009)

When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora. (Read More)

Themes:monster, friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Story:supernatural power, forced perspective, orchestral music score, bravery, strong female lead, breakfast, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, strong female character, scar, mission, creature, child in peril, no opening credits, good versus evil, slow motion scene, rescue, surprise ending, title spoken by character

Alice In Wonderland (1951)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Alice In Wonderland (1951)

Alice is a daydreaming young girl. She finds learning poems and listening to literature boring. She prefers stories with pictures and to live inside her imagination. One day, while enduring just such a poetry reading, she spots a large white rabbit...dressed in a jacket and carrying a large watch. He scurries off, saying he's late, for a very important date. She follows him through the forest. He then disappears down a rabbit hole. Alice follows, leading her to all manner of discoveries, characters and adventures. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:forest
Characters:girl
Story:fantasy world, invisibility, blockbuster, talking animal, hat, key, transformation, fairy tale, creature, birthday, cult film, title spoken by character, character name in title, based on novel, dog

Ghostbusters (2016) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:monster, friendship
Characters:professor
Story:giant creature, supernatural power, grandfather clock, occult, dragon, uniform, transformation, creature, no opening credits, good versus evil, slow motion scene, rescue, ghost, surprise ending, title spoken by character

Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine Wise, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along - her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. (Read More)

Themes:monster, friendship
Mood:epic, night
Story:supernatural power, levitation, invisibility, immortality, bravery, talking animal, destiny, dragon, mission, creature, no opening credits, good versus evil, slow motion scene, rescue, surprise ending, cult film, character name in title, family relationships

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

The continuing quest of Frodo and the Fellowship to destroy the One Ring. Frodo and Sam discover they are being followed by the mysterious Gollum. Aragorn, the Elf archer Legolas and Gimli the Dwarf encounter the besieged Rohan kingdom, whose once great King Theoden has fallen under Saruman's deadly spell. (Read More)

Themes:magic, monster
Locations:forest
Story:power, creature, troll, fantasy world, dark fantasy, spell, elf, wizard, crossbow, dwarf, witchcraft, mission, sword, hero, based on novel

Predators (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:forest
Story:invisibility cloak, tough girl, paralysis, invisibility, lifting someone into the air, game, strong female character, creature, no opening credits, sword, slow motion scene, rescue, surprise ending, title spoken by character

Hercules (2014) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Action, Adventure

Hercules (2014)

1400 B.C., a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus. For this, he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors, and the death of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting, and the presence of death. These men and women never question where they go to fight, or why, or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen, when they must train an army to become as ruthless and bloodthirsty as their reputation has become. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:forest
Story:giant creature, tough girl, destiny, uncle nephew relationship, creature, child in peril, no opening credits, snake, orphan, good versus evil, sword, slow motion scene, rescue, train, title spoken by character, mother son relationship, character name in title

The Little Mermaid (1989)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

The Little Mermaid (1989)

In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter. This is why The Little Mermaid (1989) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001). (Read More)

Themes:magic, friendship
Story:witch, potion, spell, frog, blockbuster, witchcraft, lifting someone into the air, talking animal, first part, transformation, fairy tale, best friend, good versus evil, birthday, rescue, mirror, title spoken by character, family relationships, dog

Beauty And The Beast (1991)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (1991)

Having lived a life in selfishness, a young prince is cursed by a mysterious enchantress to having the appearance of a monstrous beast. His only hope is to learn to love a young woman and earn her love in return in order to redeem himself. Years later, his chance shows itself when a young maiden named Belle offers to take her ill father's place as his prisoner. With help from the castle's enchanted staff, Belle learns to appreciate her captor and immediately falls in love with him. Back in the village however, an unscrupulous hunter has his own plans for Belle. (Read More)

Themes:magic, monster
Locations:forest
Characters:girl
Story:spell, magical mirror, lifting a male into the air, human becoming an animal, blockbuster, transformation, fairy tale, no opening credits, good versus evil, birthday, rescue, hero, mirror, cult film, mother son relationship, character name in title, dog

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one - her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs - Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, and Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love's kiss can save her. (Read More)

Themes:magic, friendship
Locations:forest
Characters:girl
Story:mirror does not reflect reality, magical mirror, mirror, spell, owl, dwarf, witchcraft, transformation, fairy tale, witch, creature, good versus evil, character name in title

Stardust (2007) is one of the best movies like Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Stardust (2007)

The passage from this world to the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold is through a breach in a wall beside an English village. In the 1800s, a boy becomes a man when he ventures through the breach in pursuit of a fallen star, to prove his love for the village beauty. The star is no lump of rock, it's a maiden, Yvaine. Tristan, the youth, is not the only one looking for her: three witches, led by Lamia, want her heart to make them young; and, the sons of the dead king of Stormhold want her because she holds a ruby that will give one of them title to the throne. Assisting Tristan are his mother, the victim of a spell, and a cross-dressing pirate of the skies. Will Tristan win his true love? (Read More)

Themes:magic
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Characters:girl, friend
Story:sorcery, invisibility, spell, witchcraft, game, transformation, witch, no opening credits, good versus evil, birthday, letter, sword, rescue, mirror, ghost, cult film, title spoken by character, based on novel

I Am Number Four (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

I Am Number Four (2011)

Extraordinary teen John Smith (Pettyfer) is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events-his first love (Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. (Read More)

Themes:monster, friendship
Characters:bully, girl
Story:supernatural power, tough girl, based on young adult novel, stadium, lifting someone into the air, destiny, strong female character, scar, mission, transformation, creature, no opening credits, orphan, good versus evil, sword, slow motion scene, title spoken by character, father son relationship, character name in title, based on novel

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