updated 11/04/2013 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/04/2013 AT 12:30 PM ET
The Harry Potter cast has come a long way since Hogwarts.
On Nov. 4, 2001, a very fresh-faced Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint hit the red carpet at London’s Odeon theater for the world premiere of the franchise’s first big-screen installment, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S.).
Radcliffe, then 11, gushed about his excitement for the star-making role, telling PEOPLE, My face and my stomach are vibrating!”
When asked which of the titular wizard s powers he d like to have, Radcliffe named invisibility, observing,”That would be so cool, to be able to go anywhere without people knowing.” (More than a decade later, that seems even less likely for the widely recognizable actor.)
In honor of the premiere s 12th anniversary, check out these adorable throwback photos of the Potter gang a dozen years ago.