First Harry Potter Movie Makes Its Big-Screen Debut - 11/16/2001

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Today in 2001, the British writer J.K. Rowling's star creation bespectacled kid wizard Harry Potter makes his first big-screen appearance in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, which was released in theaters all over the United States. The movie was the result of the best-selling fantasy novel written years before. Featuring Daniel Radcliffe as the lead actor, the movie later became a major blockbuster series in the movie industry. 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was the first book to be written by the author and it was published in Great Britain in 1997. The following year, the novel was released in the United States under the name Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Kids and grown-ups alike loved the book, they were enchanted by the tale of Harry, his companions Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, their escapades at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Harry's battles against his primary adversary, the wicked Lord Voldemort.

Born in England in 1965, J.K Rowling first got the idea for Harry Potter while riding on a train from Manchester to London in 1990. She started creating the book that night and completed it while living in Edinburgh, Scotland, as a single mother with financial constraints, battling depression as well. After finishing the book, she approached different publishing firms who turned down her bid, and in August 1996, she got a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing. Rowling went on to write a total number of seven Harry Potter books, all of which became best-selling novels with more than 400 million copies sold and translated into somewhere in the range of 60 languages. The books likewise produced a progression of motion pictures, computer games and other stuffs that made Rowling one of the wealthiest individuals in entertainment industry.

American producer Chris Columbus, whose past credits included Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire, directed the first Harry Potter film. Daniel Radcliffe, born on July 23, 1989, in London, had acted in a BBC production of "David Copperfield" and the 2001 film The Tailor of Panama, which featured Pierce Brosnan before he was chosen to play the role of Harry. Two British on-screen characters Rupert Grint and Emma Watson was selected for the parts of Harry's companions Ron and Hermione. Other notable actors took supporting roles in the film and its different continuations, including Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Richard Harris and Gary Oldman. 

He also directed the second part of the same movie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that was released in 2002. Alfonso Cuaron a Mexican directed the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which hit the theaters in 2004. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the fourth film and was directed by Mike Newell and appeared in 2005, while 2007 saw the arrival of the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, directed by David Yates. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was the sixth movie also directed by David Yates, and was released in 2009. On July 21, 2007, the seventh and last of the novel (as already planned by Rowling) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, appeared in U.S. bookshops. Like all the previous six novels, the seventh one became a movie, which was released in two parts that and was released in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Until date, the Harry Potter series are the most profitable movies ever in history, having outclassed both the Star Wars and James Bond collections.

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