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Why was the title of the first Harry Potter film changed from "Philosopher's Stone" to "Sorcerer's Stone" for American viewers?

Question #60594. Asked by base_hex.
Last updated May 24 2019.

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The title of the movie was changed to "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" because the book's name was also changed to this. JK Rowling agreed to change the title of the book from "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" to "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" because the publishers thought that American readers wouldn't pick up a book called "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" because they would associate the word Philosopher with some old, boring guy and not with magic. The word Sorcerer brings magis to mind for American children.

link https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-18387,00.html


Response last updated by gtho4 on May 24 2019.
Nov 17 2005, 4:26 PM
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