To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter's stateside debut, we rank all 12 adaptations of J.K. Rowling's epic series.
Emma Watson is aiming to charm young moviegoers worldwide via her lead role in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the new live-action re-do of the 1991 animated hit about a bookish woman who, in order to save her father, winds up living with a monster — who’s really a rather dashing prince living under a curse. Of course, this isn’t the first time Watson has starred in a surefire kids’ movie blockbuster. Watson spent the better part of her adolescence playing Hermione Granger in eight Harry Potter films. Kimmel surprised Watson with the behind-the-scenes clip from Chris Columbus’ 2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
We’ve reached a significant anniversary in the magical world of Harry Potter. Fifteen years ago on Nov. 16, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in theaters. Directed by Chris Columbus, it was the first of the eight-movie franchise. It was an exciting time, in the three years that had passed since the novel it was adapted from had debuted in American stores, anticipation had reached a fever pitch.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone debuted in U.S. theaters on Nov. 16, 2001, launching a wildly successful, much beloved eight-movie franchise. And yet, in retrospect, the common wisdom holds that the series had nowhere to go but up from the Chris Columbus-directed screen adaptation of the first J.K. Rowling book. Sorcerer’s Stone has a lower Metacritic rating than any subsequent Potter film except the second — Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, also directed by Columbus — and regularly lands at or near the bottom of many critics’ ranked lists of the franchise.
Director Chris Columbus decided, at least at outset of production for Sorcerer's Stone, that Emmy Watson as Hermione should sport some artificial chompers.
Terence Bayler, the New Zealand actor who starred in Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, has died. He was 86.
Rupert Grint may always be Ron Weasley to a generation of Muggles obsessed with the Harry Potter series, but it’s been over four years since the now-27-year-old actor last appeared on the big screen in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. As a down-on-his-luck music manager, Grint gets caught up in a wild scheme to fake the moon landing, teaming with a CIA agent with Vietnam-induced PTSD played by Ron Perlman. Grint spoke with Yahoo about the film, post-Potter life, and some of the recent Harry Potter headlines.