Today in Hollywood History: First 'Harry Potter' film opens on November 16, 2001

Radcliffe-Watson-Grint-Harry-Potter-2001.jpgOn November 16, 2001, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was released in theaters in the U.S.

The film was the first adaptation of J.K. Rowling's book series, and tells the story of young wizard Harry Potter's first trip to the Hogwarts School. And speaking of young -- stars Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint were 11, 12 and 13 years-old, respectively, at the time of the movie's debut.

The film -- known internationally as "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" -- eventually went on to gross nearly $1 billion, and spawned seven other movies in the Harry Potter franchise over the following decade.
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