Bring the Magic Back to School at Hogwarts

Class is back in session – except this class involves magic. Today we’re looking back at some of our favorite moments from Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone to celebrate our Back to Hogwarts sale. This film got many of us to fall in love with the magical world of Hogwarts and set the groundwork for one of the most imaginative and beloved franchises of all time. So here are our favorite magical moments from the film that started it all.

Harry Gets His Hogwarts Letter

This is one of the first moments in which we see Harry Potter experience true magic. After years of suffering at the Dursleys, Harry finally gets a piece of good news – with a little bit of payback too. Although his uncle tries taking away all the letters addressed to Harry, magic finds a way. And a flock of owls come to the house to make sure Harry (and the Dursleys) get the message loud and clear. Things are finally turning around, and a shower of letters inviting Harry to attend the most magical school of all is a wonderful way to show it.

A Train Ride Like No Other

If getting his Hogwarts letter is life-changing, the train ride to Hogwarts takes Harry to the next level. The train is where Harry first meets Ron and Hermoine – and their friendship from there on is history. Bonding over tons of magical candy sure doesn’t hurt either.

And who could forget those mischievous chocolate frogs too?

Welcome To Your House

Are you a brave Gryffindor, a loyal Hufflepuff, wise Ravenclaw, or shrewd Slytherin? The magical sorting hat gets to decide. And this is one of the most exciting scenes of the film, where Harry, Hermoine and Ron’s friendship becomes solidified as they’re all sat at the Gryffindor table, and the rivalry between them and Malfoy’s crew intensifies. All of these factions become the groundwork for the countless adventures to come.

Magic Gets Competitive

Once you’ve spent enough time at Hogwarts, you realize that being a wizard doesn’t come easy. Nothing shows that better than this super quotable scene in which super-studious Hermoine tries to teach Ron how to do a levitation spell. And his inability to grasp it shows us just how hard doing magic really is – with a healthy dose of humor and friendly rivalry too.

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The First Quidditch Game

It’s not just magic that’s competitive though. Like any proper school experience, sports are a big part of the excitement. And there’s nothing more exhilarating than a game of Quidditch. So when Harry catches the snitch during his first game and scores the win for Gryffindor, it’s more than just a win. It’s the moment that helps him start to gain the confidence to become one of the most powerful wizards who have ever lived.

Re-live your favorite Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts moments all over again in our Back to Hogwarts sale.

Want to add more magic to your marathon? Check out our fun Harry Potter trivia and coloring sheets.

New For Tuesday August 25: The Vanished, One Night in Bangkok, Hard Kill And More

The Vanished

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Solve the mystery in The Vanished. This crime thriller centers around the disappearance of a couple’s daughter while they are on vacation. It’s up to the sheriff to chase down a lead, but it isn’t long before the parents decide to take matters into their own hands.

One Night in Bangkok

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Get in on the action in One Night in Bangkok. This flick centers on a man who flies to Bangkok, gets a gun and hires a driver for the night. When he starts making kills at each stop the driver realizes it’s too late to get away, while a police officer races against the clock to get on their tail and stop them before more lives get taken.

Hard Kill

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Bruce Willis is back in Hard Kill. This movie tells the story of a billionaire tech CEO whose daughter gets kidnapped by terrorists in order to get to his work, which has the power to destroy the world. How far will he have to go to save it all?

Mr. Robot

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Follow the digital misadventures of brilliant computer-programmer-turned hacker Elliot in Mr. Robot, and grab the complete series for a steal of a deal for a limited time.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Vegas Revue

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The queens are taking on a Las Vegas residency in RuPaul’s Drag Race: Vegas Revue! Go on the journey with Naomi Smalls, Derrick Barry, and others as they turn it all the way out for the fabulous show.

New For Tuesday Aug 18: Blue Ridge, The Silencing, Sputnik and More

Blue Ridge

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Small town justice heats up in Blue Ridge. This film surrounds a shocking murder in a sleepy mountain town and its impact on two powerful families who have been feuding for years. Will the new sheriff be able to solve the case before the townspeople take the law in their hands?

Check out this behind-the-scenes look at the mystery of the small town murder in Blue Ridge in this exclusive clip:

The Silencing

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A cat-and-mouse game is in the making in The Silencing. The film follows Rayburn, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, a reformed hunter whose daughter disappeared years ago. He lives a life as a recluse on a wild sanctuary when a young girl is suddenly killed – so he does what he knows best and hunts down the killer down before he can take another victim. This is a crime thriller you wont’ want to miss.


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Outer space is full of the unknown, but what happens when the unknown comes to Earth? Sputnik explores that terrifying idea as it follows a psychologist tasked with evaluating space crash survivor. It’s not too late before she realizes something is off with the astronaut, making her question whether he brought something otherworldly – and sinister- along with him.


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Travel to a small Midwestern town in Irresistible, which is now available to own. This Jon Stewart directed film features the likes of Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper and more in the story of a retired veteran running for mayor and the polar opposite Democratic strategist helping him. Worlds collide, cultures clash, and laughs are abound in the must-see comedy of the summer.

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Celebrate your favorite superheroes (and villains) right in time for Fandome in our DC Fandome Sale. Get action-packed flicks like Wonder Woman, Justice League, The Joker, Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, and countless others – all for a steal!

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If you are a huge FX fan, this is the sale for you. Get titles ranging from American Horror Story, to Archer, Pose and countless others in our Best of FX Sale.