Harry Potter director Chris Columbus has said he would like to see the release of the original, three-hour cut of the first film. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (AKA Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US and India), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
“We knew the film worked because we did some previews,” Columbus said in an interview. wrap, “Especially a Chicago preview where our first cut was a three-hour cut. The parents later said it was too long, the kids said it was too short. I thought, well, the kids would have had less attention. So it’s a good thing.”
The theatrical cut has a runtime of two hours and 32 minutes, and one of the things covered in that missing half hour is Peeves. A fan favorite in the Harry Potter books, Peeves is a poltergeist who haunts Hogwarts. He was played by Rick Mayall in scenes from the first film, which did not make the final cut.
When The Wrap reporter said he wanted to see the three-hour version continue on the big screen, the director said: “I will too. We have to bring Peeves back in the film, who was cut from the film!”
Columbus directed the first two Harry Potter films and was a producer on the third. He also starred in Home Alone (and its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York), Mrs. Doubtfire, and Rent,
Our next venture into the world of magic on the big screen will be Fantastic Beasts 3, which is slated to release on April 8, 2022. In the meantime, check out our list of other upcoming movies To be excited about in 2021 and beyond.