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Harry Potter Director Wants To Release His 3-Hour Cut Of Sorcerer’s Stone

The director of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, Chris Columbus, now wants to release the 3-hour cut of the movie. Everyone knows that the Harry Potter franchise is one of the most famous franchises and still has a strong legacy. It all started 20 years ago when Warner Bros. roped in Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Mrs. Doubtfire) to work on screenwriter  Steve Kloves’ era-defining adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s first novel in the Happy Potter franchise. Now, the director has revealed that he wants to release his 3-hour cut of the Sorcerer’s Stone. Check it out!

Harry Potter Director Chris Columbus Wants To Release The 3-Hour

Harry Potter Chris Columbus wants to release his three-hour cut of Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter Chris Columbus wants to release his three-hour cut of Sorcerer’s Stone

The world knows that the movie was a rightful adaptation of Rowling’s novel. The movie kicked off the careers of Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley). Columbus has directed two movies, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone runs and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The former runs for 152 minutes. However, Columbus revealed that the movie was originally 172 minutes long. Just eight minutes shy of a runtime of three hours. During his interview with Collider, he revealed:

“By the time we finished the film and we screened it in Chicago – it’s good luck for us to screen our films in Chicago, so back in the day when we could go to a movie theatre we would fly to Chicago and show the film to an audience – the audience loved it. The audience just ate up the film. The film was two hours and fifty minutes long at that point and the kids thought it was too short and the parents thought it was too long.”

Harry Potter: Director Chris Columbus had Rik Mayall play Peeves in Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter: Director Chris Columbus had Rik Mayall play Peeves in Sorcerer’s Stone

Due to the response, half-hour footage was deleted to achieve the right amount of time before the theatrical release. However, in the wake of #ReleaseTheSnyderCut and David Ayer joining the call, The Wrap asked Columbus about his 3-hour cut of the first Harry Potter movie. If you do not know, then Peeves is a mischievous poltergeist who haunts the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In the three-hour cut, the character is played by Rik Mayall.  The publication said they would love it if the movie was released and he agreed. He said:

I would too. We have to put Peeves back in the movie, who was cut from the movie!

Source: The Wrap, Collider

Written by Deepak Vasisht