HARRY POTTER And The Philosopher’s Stone Premiered 18 Years Ago Today

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NOVEMBER 4 2001, a date many Harry Potter fans will remember. The world premiere of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone took place at the Odeon Leicester Square in London’s West End. The show was attended by cast and crew, followed by a star-spangled party at a nearby venue.

The film was officially released to the public on November 16.

But has it really been 18 years since we first met Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Tom Felton?

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 In 2001, the main actors of “Harry Potter” were only 11 years old and embarking on their acting careers.

18 years have passed since Daniel Radcliffe appeared in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” with that lightning-bolt-shaped scar on his forehead.

Since then, he’s grown up, defeated Voldemort, and gone on to act in a range of other different movies, as has his co-stars.

Daniel himself has had an diverse career since finishing the series, playing everything from a morose doctor in “The Young Doctor’s Notebook” to a flatulent corpse in “Swiss Army Man.” He also starred alongside Steve Buscemi on the TBS comedy series, “Miracle Workers,” in 2019.

Now 18 years on, Emma Watson is a bona fide movie star, appearing in films like “Little Women” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Watson has gone on to work with high-profile directors like Sofia Coppola in “The Bling Ring.”

Rupert Grint has been acting in Britain’s theatre, TV, and movie industries since the series ended.

The child actors in the “Harry Potter” movies have all transformed. There’s no doubt that the eight-film series between 2001 and 2011 changed their lives forever.


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