Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (also known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States) was a highly successful film released in 2001, based on the fantasy novel of the same name by best-selling author J.K. Rowling.

An agent of Warner Bros. bought the movie rights to the film at a relatively low price soon before the book's incredible success. The movie was made at Leavesden Film Studios and released in 2001. The second, third and fourth books have also been made into films. The rest of the series will follow. The film made in excess of $968 million USD at the worldwide box office (third all-time behind Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) and received three Oscar nominations.

J. K. Rowling insisted that the entire cast be British, in keeping with the cultural integrity of the book and the movie. Exceptions are Harry's aunt Petunia Dursley, played by Fiona Shaw who is Irish; Irish character Seamus Finnigan (Devon Murray), Albus Dumbledore (Richard Harris is also Irish), Susan Bones (Eleanor Columbus, director Chris Columbus's daughter who won the cameo role), Griphook the Goblin (Verne Troyer), and Madam Hooch (American-born Zoe Wanamaker). Rowling also approved the screenplay, written by Steve Kloves.

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