Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe in a scene from “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, which premiered on November 4, 2001. It became “Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone” in overseas markets, and marked the start of Potter movie mania. Photo: AP
Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe in a scene from “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, which premiered on November 4, 2001. It became “Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone” in overseas markets, and marked the start of Potter movie mania. Photo: AP

20 years on from the premiere of first Harry Potter movie, franchise is still spawning spin-off films and, perhaps, a TV series

  • On November 4, 2001, the first of eight films based on author J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books had its premiere in London, and was an instant hit
  • There was pressure on its creators but they got everything right – from the casting of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint to shooting it in the UK

Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe in a scene from “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, which premiered on November 4, 2001. It became “Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone” in overseas markets, and marked the start of Potter movie mania. Photo: AP
Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe in a scene from “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, which premiered on November 4, 2001. It became “Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone” in overseas markets, and marked the start of Potter movie mania. Photo: AP
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