‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ Director Wants Three-Hour Cut Released

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Hard as it is for us Olds to believe, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came out 20 years ago this month. (In fact, it opened in the U.S. 20 years ago tomorrow.) The version of the film that opened in theaters on November 16, 2001 had a runtime of 152 minutes, which is pretty long for a kids’ movie. But director Chris Columbus’ first rough cut of the film was even longer. According to Columbus, this early rough cut spanned three full hours and included a character or two who was completely removed from the final, released version, like the ghost Peeves. In an interview with TheWrap, Columb…

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