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Harry Potter Director Wants To Drop A Three-Hour Cut Of 'Philosopher's Stone’

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Harry Potter Director Wants To Drop A Three-Hour Cut Of 'Philosopher's Stone’

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, which is absolutely horrifying news for those of us who can remember seeing it in cinemas in 2001.

But if you've ever sat through the two hour and 32-minute runtime and thought 'why can't there be more Hogwarts hijinks' then we've got excellent news for you.

Chris Columbus, the director of the first two Harry Potter movies, wants his three-hour cut of the movie released.

Columbus, who directed classics like Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire, originally made a much longer version of the movie that has never been released and now he's hoping it can see it on the small screen.

Credit: Warner Brothers
Credit: Warner Brothers

The extended movie was shown to a test audience in Chicago and the children allegedly loved it, but adults weren't entirely keen on the 172 minute run time, so it was shaved down.

Philosopher's Stone and the second film, Chamber of Secrets, are the two longest films in the Harry Potter film series.

There's already been an 'Ultimate Edition' of the film, which was seven minutes longer than the theatre release, but Columbus told The Wrap there are still scenes on the cutting room floor he'd love to see the light of day.


These include the late Rik Mayall in the role of Peeves the poltergeist, something which has never been seen by fans and is often called out as a lacking feature from the films.

Columbus' comments come off the back of a number of fan-demanded director's cut releases.

Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

The Snyder Cut gave us a painfully long 4-hour look at The Justice League, while many fans still make a regular pilgrimage to The Lord of the Rings Extended Editions.


A rep for Warner Bros. told The Wrap they are unaware of any plans to release this cut, so it seems pretty unlikely we'll get to see it in all its Peeves glory anytime soon.

But what better way to celebrate 21 years of Harry and the gang than with a super extended edition?

Chris also recently revealed he would love to get back into the Hogwarts universe and direct a film version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The storyline takes off directly after the epilogue in The Deathly Hallows and sees Harry and Ginny's son Albus attend Hogwarts for the first time.


While it has remained a theatre production with stunning effects since its debut in 2016, there have been calls ever since to make it into a movie.

Speaking to Variety, Chris Columbus threw his hat into the ring to be the one who does it.

"I would love to direct The Cursed Child. It's a great play and the kids are actually the right age to play those roles. It's a small fantasy of mine," he said.

Featured Image Credit: Collection Christophel / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Harry Potter, Entertainment, TV and Film

Hannah Blackiston
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