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J K Rowling 'veto-ed Steven Spielberg as the director of the first Harry Potter film'

I don't choose directors for the Harry Potter films! I've met all three men who've had the job to date – Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron and Mike Newell - and I've liked all of them very much, enjoyed answering their questions about the characters and plots and have been delighted with the films they made (I haven't seen Goblet yet, but the omens are good!). But that's the full extent of my involvement with directors. Steven Spielberg did consider directing 'Philosopher's Stone', but decided against it; anyone who thinks I could (or would) have 'veto-ed' him needs their Quick-Quotes Quill serviced.

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