Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Hits 20th Anniversary Milestone

For twenty years, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry  for escape, adventure, and magic. Today, November 16th, 2021, marks the initial theatrical release for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in the United States- the first installment of the eight-film franchise where Harry Potter and his friends face-off against Lord Voldemort in 2001.

Dive deep back into the penseive of the year 2000 when the fantasy series was a sold-out phenomenon around the world. The wizarding world was on its fourth book release Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was capturing readers imaginations, meanwhile the film franchise had only just begun. 

 After extensive planning and development with various directors, and a search for the right actors to play the series' beloved characters, Warner Bros. Studios with Director Chris Columbus announced the casting of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson in July 2000. Principal photography began on September 29th, 2000 at Leavesden Film Studios with film production commencing a month later in October. Production elements such as MinaLima's graphic design, Pierre Bohanna as prop designer, Stuart Craig as production designer, John Williams as composer, and Steve Kloves as screenwriter transformed the first book to come to life on the big screen. Their excellence provided a blueprint that other directors such as Alfonso Cauron, Mike Hewlin, and David Yates would utilize in the later films and Fantastic Beasts spin-off franchise.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone initially released in United Kingdom and Ireland cinemas for previews on November 10th and 11th, 2001. Once released officially into theaters worldwide - starting in the United States, Canada, and Taiwan - the film became a critical and commercial success grossing $974 million at the box office during its initial run. Subsequent re-releases pushed its earnings over the $1 billion mark. It also was nominated for multiple Academy Awards including Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, and Best Costume Designer.

To celebrate Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 20th Anniversary, WizardingWorld.com has provided 20 days of Movie Magic from interviews with the cast to new activities on the Harry Potter Fan Club app. Fans can also check out more content under the #20YearsofMovieMagic on Instagram and Twitter.

Entertainment Weekly has also heavily updated its special ultimate collector's edition that goes behind the scenes of the films with the stars favorite moments and impact of the fandom. And, director Chris Columbus with Daniel Radcliffe also share what it took to make four pivotal scenes come to life for The New York Times, and revealed that there is a 3 hour cut of the film that includes a fan-favorite ghost at Hogwarts - Peeves.

A movie marathon of the entire Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchise airing on SYFY. Wizarding World also offers a magical watch party kit for UK and US fans. If you haven't already tried out my 24-hour Harry Potter movie marathon, you can also take the challenge here.

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