Can you believe that it has been 18 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was shown in cinemas? That makes me both feel old and amazed! Like the saying goes, it only feels like yesterday…
The thing is I actually do remember everything about my first time seeing the film!
Before I chat about that, I thought I’d remember my first thoughts on hearing that Harry Potter was being turned into a film franchise. I first heard about it in the same way that Rupert Grint did: through an episode of Newsround. Back then you could apply to audition for the roles of Harry, Ron and Hermione through sending a picture of yourself and some information.
Did I send in MY information? Nope, I was just one year too old to audition but I did find another way to be a part of the Philosopher’s Stone.
I was an extra!!
This was my first ever time on any kind of set and it was the best kind of experience for any Harry Potter fan! Even though you only saw like half of your head or recognised your blurry blob in the background, it was still so much fun! Chris Columbus was the sweetest director and you honestly didn’t feel like just an extra, but apart of the cast.
I can actually spot myself getting off the Hogwarts Express and sitting in the Great Hall.
Back to being a fan!
Just because I was an extra doesn’t mean that I knew everything that was going to happen. I was only in a handful of scenes and then went back to muggle school. I didn’t see any mentions again until I saw the teaser trailer on GMTV.
The music at the start is embedded into my soul! Still get chills every time I hear it!
When the film was finally released on 16th November 2001, my mum probably dreaded the day. She may have had to put up with me going on and on about the film coming out. That and I had already developed a bit of a crush on Rupert Grint by this time.
I was 14, people!
It might seem a little weird, but I actually collected magazines chatting about the film from everywhere. I still have them! There was something that made me super excited every time I saw it mentioned in either a magazine or a newspaper. My poor mum even drove me to different shops so I could buy certain papers that had Harry Potter mentioned. My old English teacher (RIP Mrs Roberts!) even brought in little magazines to school to read at break-time. She knew that Harry Potter really helped me out and this is such an incredible memory to have.
I ended up convincing Mum to take me to a better cinema an hour away from where we live so I could see it in the best quality! This one was an Odeon and my mind was blown! We were sitting at the front so kind of had to crane our necks a little.
My favourite moment of all time has to be the scene where we see Hogwarts for the first time. John Williams created such a magical score! My heart may or may not have been beating super quick during that moment!
As for loving the cast, I knew that I would adore seeing Dan, Rupert and Emma playing Harry, Ron and Hermione for years to come. I didn’t get to chat to them that much but my claim to fame is playing a hand-clapping game and using a paper fortune-teller with Emma.
In honour of this anniversary, I’m going to grab some popcorn and watch the film!
What are your memories of seeing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the first time?