Date: 19th September 2001
STEVEN SPIELBERG turned down the chance to make the first HARRY POTTER movie because it didn't touch him creatively - but the third book in the series is a different matter altogether. The director legend has no regrets about passing up the opportunity to adapt the first two books in the J.K Rowling series into movies, yet admits he might take on one of the later texts.
He says, "I'm a Rowling fan, but that first story didn't touch me creatively. Now the third Harry Potter book. .. it's pure genius! Much darker, more esoteric and interesting to me personally. If they'd offered me that, I'd have said yes. " (KMW/WNS/KW)