Mon 26 Jun 2017, 14:40
It's been 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first released.
As fans around the world celebrated #HarryPotter20 on Monday 26 June, it’s worth remembering just how different the entertainment industry was in 1997, when a brave publisher took a gamble on then-unknown author JK Rowling and her tale of The Boy Who Lived.
Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford were massive action stars. Pierce Brosnan was James Bond. Wesley Snipes wasn’t Blade. Steven Seagal movies were still being released in cinemas. Jean Claude van Damme competing in Bloodsport, Chuck Norris was Walker: Texas Ranger and Jackie Chan still had to make it in America.
There were only two Karate Kids. Peter Jackson was directing horror movies. Leonardo DiCaprio was a fresh-faced heartbreaker. Politics was funny. Kevin Costner was Robin Hood. John Travolta was an angel. Ghosts were friendly.
Brendan Fraser was battling The Mummy. Adam Sandler movies were funny. Jim Carrey hadn’t grown a beard. Anything could be an action movie. Virtual Reality was a future nightmare, not one that’s just around the corner. Firefighters were heroes (some things haven’t changed). Leon Schuster was Leon Schuster.
Don’t believe us? Check out these 90s hits on DStv Now* and see for yourself:
You can take a look back at Harry Potter on DStv:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on Monday 3 July at 19:25 on M-Net Movies All Stars (stream live on DStv Now).
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Tuesday 4 July at 1925 on M-Net Movies All Stars (stream live on DStv Now).
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on Wednesday 5 July at 19:25 on M-Net Movies All Stars (stream live on DStv Now).
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on Thursday 6 July at 19:25 on M-Net Movies All Stars (stream live on DStv Now).
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