Hard as it is for our elders to believe, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came out 20 years ago this month. (In fact, it opened tomorrow in the United States 20 years ago.) The version of the movie, which opened in theaters on November 16, 2001, had a running time of 152 minutes, which is quite a long time for a children’s movie. But director Chris Columbus’ first rough cut of the film was even longer.
According to Columbus, this early raw cut covered three full hours and included a character or two that was completely removed from the last, released version, such as Ghost Peeves. In an interview with TheWrap, Columbus explains that he knew the movie would work because when they predicted the three-hour version to the audience the parents then said it was too long, the kids said it was too short. I thought, well, kids probably have a shorter attention span, so this is a good thing.
Columbus also agreed with TheWrap as they suggested that Warner Bros. “We have to put Peeves back in the movie that was cut from the movie!” Columbus said.
Find out how efficiently (or ruthlessly) Warners has operated Harry Potter Franchise through the years, it’s somehow surprising them have not try to release this longer version as “Direct Cut” or “Ultimate Version”. How many millions of dollars does New Line have with the Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings? Sure, that was an older audience to some degree – little kids don’t want to sit through a three-hour session Harry Potter – but it’s hard to believe that hardcore Hogwarts fans did not pay for a Blu-ray of this. If there was an audience for the Snyder Cut, then there must be an audience for the Peeves Cut.