Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone?(released in the United States as?Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)?is a 2001?fantasy film?directed by?Chris Columbus?and distributed by?Warner Bros. Pictures.?It is based on the?novel of the same name?by?J. K. Rowling. The film is the first instalment in the long-running?Harry Potter?film series, and was written by?Steve Kloves?and produced by?David Heyman. Its story follows?Harry Potter’s first year at?Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?as he discovers that he is a famous wizard and begins his education. The film stars?Daniel Radcliffe?as?Harry Potter, with?Rupert Grint?as?Ron Weasley, and?Emma Watson?as?Hermione Granger.
Warner Bros. bought the film rights to the book in 1999 for a reported ?1 million ($1.275 million). Production began in the United Kingdom in 2000, with Chris Columbus being chosen to create the film from a short list of directors that included?Steven Spielberg?and?Rob Reiner. Rowling insisted that the entire cast be British or Irish, and the film was shot at?Leavesden Film Studios?and historic buildings around the United Kingdom.
The film was released in theatres in the United Kingdom and the United States on 16 November 2001. It became a critical and commercial success, grossing $974.8 million at the box office worldwide. The?highest-grossing film of 2001, it is the?34th highest-grossing of all-time?(2nd at the time of its release) and the second most successful instalment of the?Harry Potter?series behind?Deathly Hallows ? Part 2. The film was nominated for many awards, including?Academy Awards?for?Best Original Score,?Best Art Direction?and?Best Costume Design. It was followed by seven sequels, beginning with?Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?in 2002 and ending with?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ? Part 2?in 2011, nearly ten years after the first film’s release.?From wikipedia.com