As among the most popular franchises of perpetuity, Harry Potter has actually done simply great without Steven Spielberg, however it’s intriguing however to think of what things might have been if the renowned director had actually helmed the very first film in theseries Based on the initial book series by J.K. Rowling, the movie series started in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, aka Harry Potter and thePhilosopher’s Stone It was directed by Chris Columbus, who had actually formerly helmed hit movies like Home Alone 1 & & 2 andMrs Doubtfire.

Before Columbus was signed on to direct Harry Potter 1, Spielberg was offered a deal that he eventually declined. The mind behind The Fabelmans opens about that choice in a discussion with RRR director S.S. Rajamouli in a brand-new piece forVariety He discussed how he was currently well developed in Hollywood by that point and in a much better position to accept the tasks that exercised finest for him and his household. Taking on Harry Potter would have put Spielberg in another nation for numerous months at a time, removing excessive household time. That’s why the director has no qualms about turning down Harry Potter.

“The personal meaning about [how the conflict between] art and family will tear you in half happened to me later, after I had already established myself as a filmmaker, as a working director,” Spielberg states. “Kate [Capshaw] and I started raising a family and we started having children. The choice I had to make was taking a job that would move me to another country for four or five months where I wouldn’t see my family every day…That was a ripping kind of experience.”

The Jaws helmer continues, “There were numerous movies I picked not to make. I picked to decline the very first Harry Potter to essentially invest that next year and a half with my household, my young kids maturing. So I ‘d compromised a terrific franchise, which today recalling I’m extremely delighted to have actually done, to be with my household.”

In Another Timeline, Harry Potter Is Directed by Steven Spielberg and Stars Robin Williams

Chris Columbus Confirms Robin Williams Wanted to Play Lupin in the Harry Potter Movies

Steven Spielberg directing is simply one manner in which the very first Harry Potter movie might have been much various, possibly changing the whole series in a significant method. In 2021, Columbus validated the reports that Robin Williams had actually been gunning for the function as Remus Lupin, and offered his history with the funnyman, Columbus felt severely that he needed to turn the late star down, as an early guideline had actually been taken into location for the task that just British stars might be cast.

“I had a conversation with Robin Williams, who wanted to play Lupin,” Columbus informedTotal Film “It was very difficult for me to say ‘It’s all British. There’s nothing I can do.'”

Given how Harry Potter resides on, consisting of the current release of the brand-new computer game Hogwarts Legacy, it would appear that things exercised all right in the end with the franchise.