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Alternate Versions

Director Chris Columbus added ca. 7 minutes of deleted scenes back into the movie for its 9 May 2004 ABC broadcast debut.
Some of the dubbed versions change the names of a few characters, to match their translated novel counterparts in each respective language. One good example is Hermione, who in the German version (of all the Potter films/books) is named Hermine.
The 2009 Ultimate Edition DVD/Blu-ray release includes an extended cut of the film running about 159 minutes (The theatrical version runs 152 minutes). This version edits back in scenes included as deleted scenes on the previous DVD release. These scenes were also cut back into the film for certain television airings.
The Ultimate Edition Blu-Ray slightly alters the Warner Bros. logo. In the original version of the film in theaters and on dvd, the logo read "An AOL/Time Warner Company." Since AOL is no longer a part of Warner Bros. the logo has been updated to "A Time/Warner Company" and the font changed.
The title of the source novel in the UK was "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and the movie bears the same title in non-US releases. All scenes where the stone is mentioned by name have been be filmed/looped accordingly to produce two different versions of the film to adapt to the title.
The DVD features several deleted scenes which include:
  • Dudley's Uniform: Aunt Petunia dyes Dudley's old uniform gray so Harry could use it as his school uniform (before Harry receives the letter from Hogwarts.)
  • Cracking Eggs: Aunt Petunia opens egg cartons and cracks them, discovering rolled up letters from Hogwarts addressed to Harry.
  • On the train: Hagrid and Harry take the train to London, and Hagrid reveals his love for dragons.
  • Snape's Class: An extended version of Snape's potions class.
  • Finding Flamel: Harry, Ron, and Hermione discover Nicholas Flamel's name in a wizard card while looking for a counter curse for Neville's leg locker curse.
  • Harry's Meditation: Harry and Ron discuss the Mirror of Erised.
DVD version eliminates some dialogue from the theatre version:
  • An extended shot of Quirell, saying " I can't master.." after Voldemort said "Get the stone."
  • An extended dialogue between Dumbledore and Harry, where Dumbledore mentioned that Harry's father saved Snape.
Most of the deleted scenes (included in the DVD) were in the Australian television premiere in November 2004.

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