AOL casts the first “Stone”

In an apparent act of synergy, Warner Bros. has provided corporate sibling AOL with a new trailer for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone two days before it is scheduled to be shown in movie theaters. A fan site, The Leaky Cauldron, quickly found the trailer and posted it as well. Meanwhile, Haley Joel Osment, who reportedly had been offered the lead in the movie and had turned it down, told reporters Tuesday: “I really enjoy the books and it’s one of those things that I think should stay as a book. I don’t think the movie will even come close to the level of the book. I think it’s going to ruin the book for a lot of kids who haven’t read it, because it takes away the part of the book that’s so important to its success — being able to imagine all the parts in the book and seeing it in your head.”