Today marks the 12th anniversary of the theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Debuting on the scene with mostly positive critical acclaim, the first installment in the massive Potter film franchise went on to make over $974 million worldwide, and is the 18th highest-grossing film of all-time.
But that’s not why it’s amazing.
As Potterheads, we can remember quite well seeing the Privet Drive sign slide into focus onscreen for the first time and our hands gripping whatever was closest because this was it, it was really happening: Harry’s world was being brought to life. And it was just as magical as we imagined it would be. If you have time, pop the film in for nostalgia’s sake. You can never walk down Diagon Alley or ride the boats across the Black Lake to Hogwarts too many times.