Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone + 15 More Pop-Culture Moments That Defined 2001
Pottermania flickered back to life this week as Imax screens across the country returned all eight Harry Potter movies to screens in honor of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film debuting this November. We’re holding on to the nostalgia for a bit longer by throwing back to 2001 when the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was originally released. Scroll through to relive the top-charting music, award-winning TV shows, top-grossing films, and best in style.
"Hanging by a Moment" by Lifehouse
“Fallin'"by Alicia Keys
"All for You" by Janet Jackson
"Drops of Jupiter" by Train
Sex and the City
Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis), and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) reigned as the ultimate ladies of Manhattan when Sex and the City won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series of 2001. The show may be gone, but Carrie and her besties’ words of wisdom will teach us all about life, love, and New York City living for years to come.
The West Wing
Aaron Sorkin’s masterpiece of political idealism, The West Wing, won the ultimate prize at the 2001 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Through its seven-year stretch on television, the show earned a grand total of 26 Emmys and three Golden Globes, among others. It is still seen as a beacon of optimism to look to in times of real political turmoil in Washington.
This CBS reality TV series hosted by Jeff Probst is still kicking with its 33rd season called “Millennials vs. Gen X.” As always, participants are cast-off on an island and challenged with various tasks to see who can best survive or risk being voted off. The 2001 season earned the show an Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program.
This famously yellow animated family The Simpsons, featuring Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, have been poking fun at pop culture since 1987. The show won an Emmy in 2001 for Outstanding Animated Program as well as Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for Hank Azaria who was the voice of Kwik-E-Mart’s owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
November of 2001 marked the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US (known elsewhere as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone). It was the first of J.K. Rowling’s top-selling fantasy books to be turned into the iconic franchise we know today. This film, which follows Harry, Ron and Hermione's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, was the top grossing movie of the year, bringing in more than $317 million.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Coming in at a close second for top grossing film of 2001 with more that $313 million, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring also had our attention at the theater. This was the first film rendition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic novel trilogy.
Debunking the fairytale cliché of damsels in distress, Dreamworks’ Shrek burst onto the animated movie scene with humor and plenty of ogres in tow. The film earned more that $267 million at the box office and went on to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan opened the door to better way for monsters and humans to coexist in Dinsey-Pixar's animated chart-topper. Monster’s Inc.’s soundtrack song “If I Didn’t Have You” earned a Grammy and Academy Award for Randy Newman.
January 2001 Covergirl Madonna
Looking back to the covers of four of our 2001 glossies, we can see that red leather, girl power, and iconic powerhouse Madonna were all very InStyle.
April 2001 Covergirl Faith Hill
The wildly successful country singer Faith Hill brought a new ‘do to the front cover of April 2001’s InStyle. Her messy part and face-framing layers were a definite marker of the early 2000s.
July 2001 Cover Stars John Travolta and Kelly Preston
The power couple of 2001 John Travolta and Kelly Preston were featured on our July cover when they gave us a tour of their L.A. home. Travolta said he was “in the prime of [his] life” during an interview that openly discussed their life, former loves, and family. Preston sported an off-the-shoulder Céline top—a style that's found resurgence in the past year.
November 2001 Covergirl Cate Blanchett
The year 2001 was quite busy for Cate Blanchett who was our November covergirl. She had five upcoming movies including a role as Galadriel the elf in The Lord of the Rings of which she said in the cover interview, “When you're dealing with people's fantasies, there is an enormous intake of breath and you think, I hope I can live up to everyone's expectations.” The Golden Globe and Oscar-winning actress wore a bright orange Vera Wang dress for our cover shoot.