Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Two posters, one with photographs and the other hand-drawn, both depicting a young boy with glasses, an old man with glasses, a young girl holding books, a redheaded boy, and a large bearded man in front of a castle, with an owl flying. The left poster also features an adult man, an old woman, and a train, with the titles being "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone". The right poster has a long-nosed goblin and blowtorches, with the title "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone".
European poster displaying the Philosopher’s Stone title (left) and the North American poster, designed by Drew Struzan, displaying the Sorcerer’s Stone title (right).
Directed by Chris Columbus
Produced by David Heyman
Screenplay by Steve Kloves
Based on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by
J. K. Rowling
Starring Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson
Richard Harris
Robbie Coltrane
Maggie Smith
Alan Rickman
Ian Hart
Music by John Williams
Cinematography John Seale
Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce
Studio Heyday Films
1492 Pictures
Duncan Henderson Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) 4 November 2001 (2001-11-04) (London premiere)
16 November 2001 (2001-11-16) (United States)
Running time 152 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $125 million[1]
Gross revenue $974,733,550[2]

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, released in the United States and India as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,[3][4][5] is a 2001 fantasyadventure film directed by Chris Columbus and based on the novel by J. K. Rowling. The film was the first of the Harry Potter film series. It was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman. The story follows Harry Potter, a boy who discovers on his eleventh birthday that he is a wizard, and is sent to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin his magical education. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, with Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry’s best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The adult cast features Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman and Ian Hart.

Warner Bros. bought the film rights to the book in 1999 for a reported £1 million. Production began in 2000, with Columbus being chosen to create the film from a short list of directors that included Steven Spielberg and Rob Reiner. J. K. Rowling insisted that the entire cast be British or Irish, in keeping with the cultural integrity of the book and the film. She also approved the screenplay, written by Steve Kloves. The film was shot at Leavesden Film Studios and historic buildings around the United Kingdom.

The film was released in the United Kingdom and United States in November 2001. It received a mostly positive critical reception, made more than $974 million at the worldwide box office and was nominated for many awards, including the Academy Awards for Best Original Score, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. As of February 2011, it is the eighth highest-grossing film of all time.


Harry Potter is a seemingly ordinary boy, living with his hostile relatives, the Dursleys in Surrey. On his eleventh birthday, Harry learns from a mysterious stranger, Rubeus Hagrid, that he is actually a wizard, famous in the Wizarding World for surviving an attack by the evil Lord Voldemort when Harry was only a baby. Voldemort killed Harry’s parents, but his attack on Harry rebounded, leaving only a lightning-bolt scar on Harry’s forehead and rendering Voldemort powerless. Hagrid reveals to Harry that he has been invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. After buying his school supplies from the hidden wizarding street, Diagon Alley, Harry boards the train to Hogwarts via the concealed Platform 9¾ in King’s Cross Station.

On the train, Harry meets Ron Weasley, a boy from a large wizarding family, and Hermione Granger, a witch born to non-magical parents. Once they arrive at the school, Harry and all of the other first-year students are sorted into four different houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. As Slytherin is noted for being the house of darker wizards and witches, Harry successfully begs the magical Sorting Hat not to put him in Slytherin. He winds up in Gryffindor, along with Ron and Hermione.

At Hogwarts, Harry begins learning wizardry and also discovers more about his past and his parents. Harry inadvertently makes Gryffindor’s Quidditch (a sport in the wizarding world where people fly on broomsticks) team as a Seeker, learning that his father was also a member of the team. One night, he, Ron, and Hermione find a giant three-headed dog on a restricted floor at the school. The dog is guarding the Philosopher’s Stone, an item that can be used to grant its owner immortality. Harry concludes that his potions teacher, Severus Snape, is trying to obtain the stone in order to return Voldemort to a human form.

After hearing from Hagrid that the dog will fall asleep if played music, Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to find the stone before Snape does. They face a series of tasks that are helping protect the stone, which include surviving a deadly plant, flying past hundreds of flying keys and winning a violent, life-sized chess match.

After getting past the tasks, Harry finds out that it was not Snape who wanted the stone, but Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher Professor Quirrell. Quirrell removes his turban and reveals Voldemort to be living on the back of his head. Voldemort tries to convince Harry to give him the stone (which Harry suddenly finds in his pocket as the result of an enchantment by the headmaster, Albus Dumbledore), by promising to bring his parents back from the dead, but Harry refuses. Quirrell tries to kill him but Harry’s touch prevents Quirrel from hurting Harry and causes his hand to turn to dust. Quirrell then tries to take the stone but Harry grabs his face, causing Quirrell to turn into dust and die. When Harry gets up, Voldemort’s spirit forms and passes through Harry, knocking him unconscious, before fleeing.

Harry wakes up in the school’s hospital wing, with Professor Dumbledore at his side. Dumbledore explains that the stone has been destroyed, and that, despite Ron nearly being killed in the chess match, both Hermione and Ron are fine. The reason Quirrell burned at Harry’s touch was because when Harry’s mother died to save him, her death gave Harry a magical, love-based protection against Voldemort. Before Harry and the rest of the students leave for the summer, Harry realises that while every other student is going home, Hogwarts is truly his home.


Further information: List of Harry Potter films cast members

Rowling personally insisted that the cast be kept British.[6] Susie Figgis was appointed as casting director, working with both Columbus and Rowling in auditioning the lead roles of Harry, Ron and Hermione.[7] Open casting calls were held for the main three roles,[8] with only British children being considered.[9] The principal auditions took place in three parts, with those auditioning having to read a page from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, then if called back, they had to improvise a scene of the students’ arrival at Hogwarts, they were then given several pages from the script to read in front of Columbus.[9] Scenes from Columbus’s script for the 1985 film Young Sherlock Holmes were also used in auditions.[10] On 11 July 2000 Figgis left the production, complaining that Columbus did not consider any of the thousands of children they had auditioned “worthy”.[10] On 8 August 2000 the virtually unknown Daniel Radcliffe and newcomers Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were selected to play the roles of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, respectively.[11]

  • Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, the film’s protagonist. Columbus had wanted Radcliffe for the role since he saw him in the BBC’s production of David Copperfield, before the open casting sessions had taken place, but had been told by Figgis that Radcliffe’s protective parents would not allow their son to take the part.[1] Columbus explained that his persistence in giving Radcliffe the role was responsible for Figgis’s resignation.[1] Radcliffe was asked to audition in 2000, when Heyman and Kloves met him and his parents at a production of Stones in His Pockets in London.[12] Heyman and Columbus successfully managed to convince Radcliffe’s parents that their son would be protected from media intrusion, and they agreed to let him play Harry.[1] Rowling approved of Radcliffe’s casting, stating that “having seen [his] screen test I don’t think Chris Columbus could have found a better Harry.”[13] Radcliffe was reportedly paid £1 million for the film, although he felt the fee was not “that important”.[14] William Moseley, who was later cast as Peter Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia series, also auditioned for the role.[15]
  • Rupert Grint played Ron Weasley, one of Harry’s best friends at Hogwarts. He decided he would be perfect for the part “because [he has got] ginger hair,” and was a fan of the series.[14] Having seen a Newsround report about the open casting he sent in a video of himself rapping about how he wished to receive the part. His attempt was successful as the casting team asked for a meeting with him.[14]
  • Emma Watson played Hermione Granger, Harry’s other best friend. Watson’s Oxford theatre teacher passed her name on to the casting agents and she had to do over five interviews before she got the part.[16] Watson took her audition seriously, but “never really thought [she] had any chance of getting the role.”[14] The producers were impressed by Watson’s self-confidence and she outperformed the thousands of other girls who had applied.[17]
  • Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid, a half-giant and the Groundskeeper at Hogwarts. Coltrane was Rowling’s first choice for the part.[18] Coltrane, who was already a fan of the books, prepared for the role by talking with Rowling about Hagrid’s past and future.[1]
  • Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy, a bullying Slytherin student.
  • Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley, Harry’s Muggle uncle.
  • Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster of Hogwarts and one of the most famous and powerful wizards of all time. Harris initially rejected the role of Dumbledore, only to reverse his decision after his granddaughter stated she would never speak to him again if he did not take it.[19]
  • Ian Hart as Professor Quirrell, the slightly nervous Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. David Thewlis auditioned for the part; he would later be cast as Remus Lupin in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.[20]
  • John Hurt as Mr. Ollivander, the owner of Ollivanders, the finest wand producers in the wizarding world.
  • Alan Rickman as Severus Snape, the Potions Master and head of Slytherin House at Hogwarts. Tim Roth was the original choice for the role, but he turned it down for Planet of the Apes.[21]
  • Fiona Shaw as Petunia Dursley, Harry’s Muggle aunt.
  • Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall, the Deputy Headmistress, head of Gryffindor and transfiguration teacher at Hogwarts. Smith was Rowling’s personal choice for the part.[18]
  • Julie Walters as Molly Weasley, Ron’s caring mother. She shows Harry how to get to Platform 9¾. Before Walters was cast, American actress Rosie O’Donnell held talks with Columbus about playing Mrs. Weasley.[22]

Rik Mayall was cast in the role of Peeves, a poltergeist who likes to prank students in the novel. Mayall had to shout his lines off camera during takes,[23] but the scene ended up being cut from the film.[24]



In 1997, producer David Heyman searched Hollywood for a children’s book that could be adapted into a well-received film.[1] He had planned to produce The Ogre Downstairs by Diana Wynne Jones, but his plans fell through. His staff at Heyday Films then suggested Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which Heyman believed was “a cool idea.”[1] Heyman pitched the idea to Warner Bros.[1] and the following year, Rowling sold the company the rights to the first four Harry Potter books for a reported £1 million (US$1,982,900).[25] A demand Rowling made was that the principal cast be kept strictly British, nonetheless allowing for the inclusion of Irish actors such as Richard Harris as Dumbledore, and for casting of French and Eastern European actors in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire where characters from the book are specified as such.[6] Rowling was hesitant to sell the rights because she “didn’t want to give them control over the rest of the story” by selling the rights to the characters, which would have enabled Warner Bros. to make non-author-written sequels.[26]

Although Steven Spielberg initially negotiated to direct the film, he declined the offer.[27] Spielberg reportedly wanted the adaptation to be an animated film, with American actor Haley Joel Osment to provide Harry Potter’s voice,[28] or a film incorporated elements from subsequent books as well.[1] Spielberg contended that, in his opinion, there was every expectation of profit in making the film, and that making money would have been like “shooting ducks in a barrel. It’s just a slam dunk. It’s just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There’s no challenge.”[29] Rowling maintains that she has no role in choosing directors for the films and that “[a]nyone who thinks I could (or would) have ‘veto-ed’ [ sic ] him [Spielberg] needs their Quick-Quotes Quill serviced.”[30] Heyman recalled that Spielberg decided to direct whichever project, out of A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report, Memoirs of a Geisha or Harry Potter, “came together first,” with him opting to direct A.I.[1]

After Spielberg left, talks began with other directors, including: Chris Columbus, Terry Gilliam, Jonathan Demme, Mike Newell, Alan Parker, Wolfgang Petersen, Rob Reiner, Ivan Reitman, Tim Robbins, Brad Silberling, M. Night Shyamalan and Peter Weir.[1][24][31] Petersen and Reiner then both pulled out of the running in March 2000,[32] and the choice was narrowed down to Silberling, Columbus, Parker and Gilliam.[33] Rowling’s first choice director was Terry Gilliam,[34] but Warner Bros chose Columbus, citing his work on other family films such as Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire as influences for their decision.[35] Columbus pitched his vision of the film for two hours, stating that he wanted the Muggle scenes “to be bleak and dreary,” but those set in the wizarding world “to be steeped in color, mood, and detail.” He took inspiration from David Lean‘s adaptations of Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948), wishing to use “that sort of darkness, that sort of edge, that quality to the cinematography,” taking the colour designs from Oliver! and The Godfather.[1]

Harry Potter is the kind of timeless literary achievement that comes around once in a lifetime. Since the books have generated such a passionate following across the world, it was important to us to find a director that has an affinity for both children and magic. I can’t think of anyone more ideally suited for this job than Chris.”
Lorenzo di Bonaventura[35]

Steve Kloves was selected to write the screenplay for the film. He described adapting the book as “tough”, as it did not “lend itself to adaptation as well as the next two books.”[36] Kloves often received synopses of books proposed as film adaptations from Warner Bros., which he “almost never read”,[1] but Harry Potter jumped out at him.[1] He went out and bought the book, and became an instant fan of the series.[36] When speaking to Warner Bros. he stated that the film had to be British, and had to be true to the characters.[36] Kloves was nervous when he first met Rowling as he did not want her to think he was going to “[destroy] her baby.”[1] Rowling admitted that she “was really ready to hate this Steve Kloves,” but recalled her initial meeting with him: “The first time I met him, he said to me, ‘You know who my favourite character is?’ And I thought, You’re gonna say Ron. I know you’re gonna say Ron. But he said ‘Hermione.’ And I just kind of melted.”[1] Rowling received a large amount of creative control, an arrangement that Columbus did not mind.

Warner Bros. had initially planned to release the film over a 4 July 2001 weekend, making for such a short production window that several proposed directors pulled themselves out of the running. However due to time constraints the date was put back to 16 November 2001.[37]


A large castle, with a ditch and trees in front of it.

Alnwick Castle was used as a principal filming location for Hogwarts.

Two British film industry officials requested that the film be shot in the UK, offering their assistance in securing filming locations, the use of Leavesden Film Studios, as well as changing the UK’s child labour laws.[1] Warner Bros. accepted their proposal. Filming began in October 2000 at Leavesden Film Studios and concluded in April 2001, with final work being done in July.[24] Principal photography took place on 2 October 2000 at Goathland railway station in North Yorkshire.[38] Canterbury Cathedral and Inverailort Castle in Scotland were both touted as possible locations for Hogwarts; Canterbury rejected Warner Bros. proposal due to concerns about the film’s “pagan” theme.[39][40] Alnwick Castle and Gloucester Cathedral were eventually selected as the principal locations for Hogwarts,[1] with some scenes also being filmed at Harrow School.[41] Other Hogwarts scenes were filmed in Durham Cathedral over a two week period;[42] these included shots of the corridors and some classroom scenes.[43] Oxford University’s Divinity School served as the Hogwarts Hospital Wing, and Duke Humfrey’s Library, part of the Bodleian, was used as the Hogwarts Library.[44] Filming for Privet Drive took place on Picket Post Close in Bracknell, Berkshire.[42] Filming in the street took two days instead of the planned single day, so payments to the street’s residents were correspondingly increased.[42] For all of the subsequent film’s scenes set in Privet Drive, filming took place on a constructed set in Leavesden Film Studios, which proved to have been cheaper than filming on location.[45] Australia House in London was selected as the location for Gringotts Wizarding Bank,[1] while Christ Church, Oxford was the location for the Hogwarts trophy room.[46] London Zoo was used as the location for the scene in which Harry accidentally sets a snake on Dudley,[46] with King’s Cross Station also being used as the book specifies.[47]

A building painted blue, with a sign reading "The Glass House". An advertisement on glasses is affixed on the door.

The store in London used as the exterior of The Leaky Cauldron.

Because the film’s American title was different, all scenes that mention the philosopher’s stone had to be filmed twice, once with the actors saying “philosopher’s” and once with “sorcerer’s”.[24] The children filmed for four hours and then did three hours of schoolwork. They also developed a liking for fake facial injuries from the makeup staff.[1] Daniel Radcliffe had to wear green contact lenses as his eyes are blue, and not green, like Harry’s. In some scenes computer animation was used to render his eyes green, because of Radcliffe’s discomfort.[1]

Design, special effects and music

Judianna Makovsky designed the film costumes. She re-designed the Quidditch robes, having initially planned to use those shown on the cover of the American book, but deemed them “a mess.” Instead, she dressed the Quidditch players in “preppie sweaters, 19th century fencing breeches and arm guards.”[48] Production designer Stuart Craig built the sets at Leavesden Studios, including Hogwarts Great Hall, basing it on many English cathedrals. Although originally asked to use an existing old street to film the Diagon Alley scenes, Craig decided to build his own set, comprising Tudor, Georgian and Queen Anne architecture.[48]

Columbus originally planned to use both animatronics and CGI animation to create the magical creatures in the film, including Fluffy.[7] Nick Dudman, who worked on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, was given the task of creating the needed prosthetics for the film, with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop providing creature effects.[49] John Coppinger stated that the magical creatures that needed to be created for the film had to be designed multiple times.[50] The film features nearly 600 special effects shots, involving numerous companies. Industrial Light & Magic created the face of Lord Voldemort on the back of Quirrell, Rhythm & Hues animated Norbert; and Sony Pictures Imageworks produced the film’s Quidditch scenes.[1]

John Williams was selected to compose the film’s score.[51] Williams composed the film’s score at his homes in Los Angeles and Tanglewood before recording it in London in August 2001. One of the main themes is entitled “Hedwig’s Theme”, Williams retained it for his finished score as “everyone seemed to like it”.[52]

Differences from the book

Columbus repeatedly checked with Rowling to make sure he was getting minor details in the film correct.[49] Kloves described the film as being “really faithful” to the book. He added some dialogue, of which Rowling approved. One of the lines originally included had to be removed after Rowling told him that it would directly contradict an event in the then-unreleased Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.[53]

Several minor characters have been removed from the film version, most prominent among them the spectral History of Magic teacher, Professor Binns, and Peeves the poltergeist. The first chapter of the book is from the point of view of Vernon and Petunia Dursley the day before they are given Harry to look after, highlighting how non-magical people react to magic. The film removes this, beginning with Professor Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall and Hagrid leaving Harry with the Dursleys (although McGonagall tells Dumbledore how she had been watching the Dursleys all day). Next, a month of Harry’s summer, including several of Vernon’s attempts to escape the constantly arriving Hogwart’s letters and his less than pleasant times at Mrs. Figg’s, is cut from the film while the boa constrictor from Brazil in the zoo becomes a Burmese Python in the film. Some conflicts, such as Harry and Draco’s encounter with each other in Madam Malkin’s robe shop and midnight duel, are only in the book, and not in the film. Some of Nicolas Flamel‘s role is changed or cut altogether. Norbert is mentioned to have been taken away by Dumbledore in the film; whilst the book sees Harry and Hermione have to take him by hand to friends of Charlie Weasley. Rowling described the scene as “the one part of the book that she felt [could easily] be changed”.[48] As such, the reason for the detention in the Forbidden Forest is also changed. In the novel, Harry, Hermione and Neville are put in detention for being caught by Filch when leaving the Astronomy Tower after hours, while in the film, Harry, Ron, and Hermione have detention because Malfoy caught them in Hagrid’s hut after hours. The Sorting Hat’s song is axed, as is Snape’s potion riddle task and Quirrell’s troll room on the way to the stone.[54] Firenze the centaur, who in the book is described as being palomino with light blonde hair, is shown to be dark in the film.[55] Additionally the Quidditch pitch is altered from a traditional stadium to an open field circled by spectator towers.[48]


The first teaser poster was released 30 December 2000.[56] The first teaser trailer was released via satellite on 29 February 2001 and debuted in cinemas with the release of See Spot Run.[57] The soundtrack was released on 30 October 2001 in a CD format. A video game based on the film was released on 15 November 2001 by Electronic Arts for several consoles.[52] Another video game, for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox was released in 2003.[58] Mattel won the rights to produce toys based on the film, to be sold exclusively through Warner Brothers’ stores.[59] Hasbro also produced products, including confectionery items based on those from the series.[60] Warner Bros. signed a deal worth US$150 million with Coca-Cola to promote the film,[47] and Lego produced a series of sets based on buildings and scenes from the film, as well as a Lego Creator video game.[61]

Warner Bros. first released the film on VHS and DVD on 11 May 2002 in the UK[62] and May 28, 2002 in the US.[63] They later released an Ultimate Edition in the US only that included a Blu-ray and DVD. It includes the existing special features disc, Radcliffe’s, Grint’s and Watson’s first screen tests, an extended version of the film with deleted scenes, a feature-length special Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 1: The Magic Begins, and a 48-page hardcover booklet.[64]



The film received generally positive reviews from critics, garnering a 78% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes,[65] as well as a score of 64 out of 100 at Metacritic representing “generally favourable reviews”.[66] Roger Ebert called Philosopher’s Stone “a classic,” giving the film four out of four stars, and particularly praising the visual effects used for the Quidditch scenes.[67] Praise was echoed by both The Telegraph and Empire reviewers, with Alan Morrison of the latter naming it the “stand-out sequence” of the film.[68][69] Brian Linder of IGN.com also gave the film a positive review, but concluded that it “isn’t perfect, but for me it’s a nice supplement to a book series that I love”.[70] Although criticising the final half-hour, Jeanne Aufmuth of Palo Alto Online stated that the film would “enchant even the most cynical of moviegoers.”[71] USA Today reviewer Claudia Puig gave the film three out of four stars, especially praising the set design and Robbie Coltrane‘s portrayal of Hagrid, but criticised John William’s score and concluded “ultimately many of the book’s readers may wish for a more magical incarnation.”[72] The sets, design, cinematography, effects and principal cast were all given praise from Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter, although he deemed John Williams‘ score “a great clanging, banging music box that simply will not shut up.”[73] Todd McCarthy of Variety compared the film positively with Gone with the Wind and put “The script is faithful, the actors are just right, the sets, costumes, makeup and effects match and sometimes exceed anything one could imagine.”[74] Jonathan Foreman of the New York Post recalled that the film was “remarkably faithful,” to its literary counterpart as well as a “consistently entertaining if overlong adaptation.”[75]

Richard Corliss of Time, considered the film a “by the numbers adaptation,” criticising the pace and the “charisma-free” lead actors.[76] CNN‘s Paul Tatara found that Columbus and Kloves “are so careful to avoid offending anyone by excising a passage from the book, the so-called narrative is more like a jamboree inside Rowling’s head.”[77] Nathaniel Rogers of Film Experience gave the film a negative review and wrote: “Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone is as bland as movies can get.”[78] Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine wished that the film had been directed by Tim Burton, finding the cinematography “bland and muggy,” and the majority of the film a “solidly dull celebration of dribbling goo.”[79]

Box office

The film had its world premiere on 4 November 2001, in Leicester Square, London, with the cinema arranged to resemble Hogwarts School.[80] The film was greatly received at the box office. In the United States it made $33.3 million on its opening day, breaking the single day record previously held by Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. On the second day of release, the film gross increased to $33.5 million breaking the record for biggest single day again. In total it made $90.3 million during its first weekend, breaking the record for highest opening weekend of all time that was previously held by The Lost World: Jurassic Park.[81] It held the record until the following May when Spider-Man made $114.8 million in its opening weekend.[82] Similar results were achieved across the world. In the United Kingdom Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone broke the record for the highest opening weekend ever, both including and excluding previews, making £16.3 million with and £9.8 million without previews.[83] The film went on to make £66.1 million in the UK alone, making it the second highest-grossing film of all-time in the country (after Titanic), until both were surpassed by Mamma Mia!.[84]

In total, the film earned $974.7 million at the worldwide box office, $317.6 million of that in the U.S. and $657.1 million elsewhere,[2] which made it the second-highest grossing film in history at the time,[85] as well as the highest grossing of the year.[86] As of 2011, it is the unadjusted eighth highest-grossing film of all-time and the highest-grossing Harry Potter film to date.[87]


The film received three Academy Award nominations: Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score for John Williams, although it did not win in any category.[88] The film was also nominated for seven BAFTA Awards. These were Best British Film, Best Supporting Actor for Robbie Coltrane, as well as the awards for Best Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup and Hair, Sound and Visual Effects.[89] The film won a Saturn Award for its costumes,[90] and was nominated for eight more awards.[91] It won other awards from the Casting Society of America and the Costume Designers Guild.[92][93] It was nominated for the AFI Film Award for its special effects,[94] and the Art Directors Guild Award for its production design.[95] It received the Broadcast Film Critics Award for Best Live Action Family Film and was nominated for Best Child Performance (for Daniel Radcliffe) and Best Composer (John Williams).[96]

[show]List of awards and nominations
Award Category Name Outcome
74th Academy Awards[88] Best Costume Design Judianna Mokovsky Nominated
Achievement in Art Direction Stuart Craig Nominated
Best Original Score John Williams Nominated
Amanda Awards[97] Best Foreign Feature Film   Nominated
American Film Institute Awards 2001[94] Best Digital Effects Artist: Robert Legato, Nick Davis, Roger Guyett Nominated
Art Directors Guild Award[95] Excellence in Production Design for a Period or Fantasy Film Stuart Craig, John King, Neil Lamont, Andrew Ackland-Snow, Peter Francis, Michael Lamont, Simon Lamont, Steve Lawrence, Lucinda Thomson, Stephen Morahan, Dominic Masters, Gary Tomkins Nominated
Awards of the Japanese Academy[98] Outstanding Foreign Language Film   Nominated
Artios Award[92] Feature Film – Comedy Jane Jenkins, Janet Hirshenson Won
Bogey Awards[99] Bogey Award in Titanium   Won
55th British Academy Film Awards[89] Best British Film   Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Robbie Coltrane Nominated
Best Costume Design Judianna Makovsky Nominated
Best Production Design Stuart Craig Nominated
Best Makeup & Hair Nick Dudman, Eithne Fennel, Amanda Knight Nominated
Best Sound   Nominated
Best Visual Effects   Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association[96] Best Family Film (Live Action)   Won
Best Child Performance Daniel Radcliffe Nominated
Best Composer John Williams Nominated
Broadcast Music Incorporated Film & TV Awards[100] BMI Film Music Award John Williams Won
Costume Designers Guild Award[93] Excellence in Fantasy Costume Design Judianna Makovsky Won
Eddie Awards[101] Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic Richard Francis-Bruce Nominated
Empire Awards[102] Best Film   Nominated
Best Debut Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson Nominated
Evening Standard British Film Awards[103] Technical Achievement Award Stuart Craig Won
Golden Reel Awards[104] Best Sound Editing – Foreign Film Eddy Joseph, Martin Cantwell, Nick Lowe, Colin Ritchie, Peter Holt Nominated
45th Grammy Awards[105] Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media John Williams Nominated
Hugo Awards[106] Best Dramatic Presentation   Nominated
2002 Kids’ Choice Awards[107] Favorite Movie   Nominated
2002 MTV Movie Awards[108] Breakthrough Male Performance Daniel Radcliffe Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards[109] Best Family Film   Won
Best Newcomer Daniel Radcliffe Nominated
Best Youth Performance Emma Watson Nominated
Best Costume Design Judianna Makovsky Nominated
Best Original Score John Williams Nominated
Best Production Design Stuart Craig Nominated
Best Visual Effects Robert Legato, Nick Davis, John Richardson, Roger Guyett Nominated
13th Producers Guild of America Awards[110] Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures David Heyman Nominated
Satellite Awards[111] Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media   Nominated
Best Film Editing Richard Francis-Bruce Nominated
Best Art Direction Stuard Craig Nominated
Best Visual Effects Robert Legato, Nick Davis, Roger Guyett,John Richardson Nominated
Outstanding New Talent Special Achievement Award Rupert Grint Won
28th Saturn Awards[91] Best Fantasy Film   Nominated
Best Director Chris Columbus Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Robbie Coltrane Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Maggie Smith Nominated
Best Performance by a Younger Actor Daniel Radcliffe Nominated
Best Performance by a Younger Actress Emma Watson Nominated
Best Costumes Judianna Makovsky Won
Best Make-Up Nick Dudman, Mark Coulier, John Lambert Nominated
Best Special Effects Robert Legato, Nick Davis, Roger Guyett, John Richardson Nominated
Sierra Awards[112] Best Family Film   Won
Teen Choice Awards[113] Choice Movie, Drama/Action Adventure   Nominated
Young Artist Awards[114] Best Family Feature Film – Drama   Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Emma Watson (Tied with Scarlett Johansson) Won
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor Tom Felton Nominated
Best Ensemble in a Feature Film   Nominated
Most Promising Young Newcomer Rupert Grint Won


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