Harry Potter is no doubt one of the best fantasy movies ever made which tells the story of a young wizard and his friends. However, “Jurassic Park” director Steven Spielberg was once given the opportunity to direct the renowned movie but unfortunately, he felt compelled to decline the chance.

The director disclosed that he declined the opportunity to direct the first Harry Potter film in order to remain at home and avoid being away from his family for an extended period of time. “Kate [Capshaw] and I started raising a family and we started having children,” he told SS Rajamouli.

“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.

There were several films I chose not to make. I chose to turn down the first Harry Potter to basically spend that next year and a half with my family, my young kids growing up. So I’d sacrificed a great franchise, which today looking back I’m very happy to have done, to be with my family.”


Steven also mentioned how important it was for him to be close to his family. To such an extent that when he was filming Schindler’s List, his entire family relocated to Krakow, Poland, to live with him. Keep an eye on Thirsty For News to get the latest updates.

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