Curiosities | 20 Years of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’

For two decades, one of the most critically and financially successful sagas of all time, ‘Harry Potter’ reached movie theaters all over the world.

The debut movie, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, presented to the public Daniel Radcliffe as the most famous little wizard of all time, following his adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and his fight against Lord Voldemort and the forces of darkness.

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Directed by Chris Columbus, the same name behind the classic ‘They forgot me’, the cast launched names like Rupert Grint e Emma watson, in addition to bringing veterans like Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman e Robbie Coltrane to the big screens. In addition to being praised by the specialized critics, the film earned more than $1 billion at the world box office (with the re-release) and won three Oscar nominations.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the production, the CinePOP prepared a story with several backstage trivia, which you can see below:

  • Rickman was handpicked by the author JK Rowling to play Severus Snape and received special instructions about his character. Rowling even gave him vital details about the character’s story, not revealed until the final novel.
  • Harris, interpreter of Albus Dumbledore, had difficulty remembering his lines. Radcliffe would ask him if he could help him with the lines, just to give him more practice and security for filming.

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  • The younger actors and actresses did their real homework in the film, but make the school atmosphere even more real.
  • Rowling revealed on her official website that she was asked to play Lily, Harry’s mother, in the Mirror of Erised sequel. However, she declined the offer, saying she was not an actress and would have “spoiled it somehow”. Geraldine Somerville was cast in the role eventually.
  • Rosie O’Donnell e Robin Williams were two of the celebrities who asked for a role in the film without getting paid – respectively, Molly Weasley and Rubeus Hagrid. However, they didn’t get the role, as Rowling wanted a cast strictly from the British Isles.

  • To understand what he believed to be the solitary life of beadle Argus Filch, the actor David Bradley he rented a cottage in a secluded area of ​​Ireland, living there for a month with his cat.
  • Tom Felton, who gave life to Draco Malfoy, revealed that he had not read any of the books by ‘Harry Potter’ to audition. During the audition, Columbus asked each actor fighting for the role what was their favorite scene in the first novel. When his turn came, Felton said his favorite part was Gringotts – something the previous contestant had just said. The director saw what he had done and found it quite funny.
  • Throughout the films, Radcliffe wore no fewer than 160 pairs of glasses.

  • In 2002, the film became the second most successful of all time, with a box office only surpassed by ‘Titanic’, in 1997.
  • David Thewlis was one of the initial considerations for playing Professor Quirrell in the feature film, but the role was given to Ian Hart. However, Thewlis would later be cast as Professor Lupine in ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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