Chris Columbus has asked Warner Bros. to release the three-hour cut of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and to re-enact scenes with a fan favorite from the books.
In an interview with The wrap, Columbus said he once previewed a three-hour version of Philosopher’s Stone that featured an appearance by Rik Mayall’s joke, Peeves, who didn’t make it into the 2001 theatrical version of the first Harry Potter film because it was on a run time shortened by two hours and 32 minutes.
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“We knew the film would work because we did a few previews,” said Columbus of his original editing of the film. “Especially a Chicago preview where our first cut was three hours. The parents later said it was too long, the children said it was too short. I thought the kids probably have shorter attention spans, so that’s a good thing. “
While the longer version of Philosopher’s Stone proved to be a huge hit with younger viewers, nearly half an hour of footage was removed from the film before it hit theaters, including scenes with Peeves, a prominent character in the books who also didn’t He doesn’t make it into the Ultimate Edition of the film, which is seven minutes longer than the theatrical version.
Columbus now wants Warner Bros. to release the three-hour version of his film and bring back the scenes with Peeves that were filmed with actor Rik Mayall. “We have to put Peeves back in the film that was cut out of the film!” exclaimed Columbus after agreeing to The Wrap reporter, who said they would like to see the original edit published.
While we await news of such a release, Harry Potter fans are invited to join Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson on the 1st for new interviews and cast conversations celebrating the history of the Wizarding World franchise.
The retrospective special is just one program that WarnerMedia is planning to mark the 20th anniversary of the first film. There will also be a scriptless Harry Potter quiz show where Harry Potter superfans compete in four one-hour challenges for four consecutive days before returning to Hogwarts.
Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.