‘Harry Potter’: Five curiosities about ‘The philosopher’s stone’ told by its director

The film, released in 2001, turns 20 and Chris Columbus was in charge of getting behind the cameras in the first installment of the film saga about the young wizard.

The story of the young wizard created by JK Rowling began its journey on the big screen in 2001 with the first installment of the saga entitled Harry potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 20 years have passed since Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint went down in history as the actors who gave life to Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. Chris Columbus, meanwhile, was in charge of being behind the cameras in the film that he has managed to collect more than a billion dollars all over the world.

Harry potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the beginning of the great global phenomenon on the big screen, is celebrating its anniversary and, to celebrate it, we compiled five behind-the-scenes stories about the film revealed by its director.

Harry Potter fans around the world have an appointment on September 1 to celebrate 20 years of ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’


One of the most difficult things to translate the book to the big screen was Peeves, the annoying ‘poltergeist’ of the saga and Columbus’s favorite character in The Philosopher’s Stone. “We need to cut something because the movie was going to be three hours long.”, said the director in THAT ONE. “It was going to be a CGI character and that saved us from spending a considerable amount of money, but it also caused great grief,” he explains. Fans of the series were unable to get to know Peeves, but some scenes were shot. “The material exists so there is potential that one day we can show it mounted if people are really interested. ”

Emma Watson’s fake teeth

Hermione’s character had some stylistic differences at the beginning of the film’s shooting. “What we shot on the first day of The Philosopher’s Stone it was the final sequence of the train where Harry looks at Hogwarts and Emma and Rupert are waiting outside, “explains the headmaster.” In the books Hermione’s teeth were important. I had a kind of overbite, so [Emma Watson] he wore fake teeth in that scene“However, this prosthesis did not last long in the actress’s mouth, since Watson could not interpret with those false teeth, but they can be seen in that scene of the film.

The Great Hall

One of the hardest days of filming The Philosopher’s Stone It happened with a scene from The Great Hall. “We designed the Great Hall with hundreds of candles hung on strings and all of them were lit and hanging from the ceiling,” explains Columbus. “Those flames were causing the candles to fall, so when we were supposed to roll the children into the Great Hall, the candles fell“.


Columbus acknowledges that he would have liked to make Hagrid look more … giant. “I always thought that Hagrid should be bigger.” The problem? Budget. “Believe it or not, we had no resources or money to create a CGI version of Hagrid in the early movies, so we had a giant rugby player inside Hagrid’s suit. “The solution to the economic problem was to create perspectives with the camera and that Robbie Coltrane, the actor in charge of play the character, look bigger.

Basketball with Dumbledore

During their free time, the film’s cast and crew spent their time practicing the odd sport. During the filming of The Philosopher’s StoneColumbus remembers Richard Harris, the first actor to give life to Albus Dumbledore on the big screen, dressed as his character and cheering him on while the director played basketball. “It might be one of the funniest moments of my life”, he claims.