He’s arguably more famous than Merlin himself and is up there with being as beloved as Gandolf the White/Grey, he Harry James Potter. One of the reasons our world has even an ounce of magic left in it comes from the phenomenon that is J.K. Rowling’s book series turned films and I want to give you all my list of my favorite movies in order from least to greatest, but it won’t be easy.
Every film has something magical to offer us and I won’t be mad if you disagree with my order, but leave your thoughts in the comments and submit to site for more content.
8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007): Though it has one of the few scenes that makes me emotional to the core, this is the most underwhelming of all the films for me. The visuals are superb and David Yates gets the best out of his huge cast, but even with the shortening of the film from it’s lengthiest manuscript, I was still not as impressed with it as the follow up to The Goblet of Fire. Still, it is a good movie with great parts, but it doesn’t do what the other films consistently do.
7. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011): You’re probably shocked this is so high on the list for my least favorite, but it’s not that it’s my least favorite per say, but I felt it was rushed and waiting for a finale you don’t even want to happen always makes me sad and that’s not really fair to the film, but hey, I’m being honest. The action is still some of the best in any film genre and one of the most satisfying endings to a franchise that captivated us for a whopping ten years. It’s also one of the films that made these franchises split their last films into parts and I hate that sh**.
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002): Even with blood literally written on the walls during parts of the film, the older you get the more you realize this was a still in the early stages of the franchise where it targeted to the younger crowd while still being fun for the older teens and adults. The basilisk is definitely one of the most impressive creatures to be brought to cinema and created a wonderful climax to the film. Let us not forget that we meet Dobby in this one and we all love Dobby.
5. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009): Even though we were already deeply submerged into the new darkly magical tellings of the franchise, this was where we realized it is still funny and emotionally gratifying. It is visually gorgeous like all the films tend to be, but also gave glimpses of the mysteries wondering ahead. It is also just nice to see the team do more school based stuff for awhile rather than constantly go out and about into London for a majority of the film…oh they did that too? Eh well, it’s still good.
4. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (2005): This is one I loved just for the challenges alone. The tri-wizard tournament was a grand spectacle for us all that could have served as the whole movie, but we also got a great mystery (which most of us knew anyways) that enthralled us and tugged at our heart strings. Not to mention it made me realize that even in the wizarding world there are awkward dance parties and goofy bands that play at your dances.
3. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone (2001): One of the most quoted and most memorable parts of many of us fans lives as the books we cherished turned out to be some of the most beloved films ever made. They came to us just like we imagined they would be with no failings we could think of at the time and was capped off with a great John Williams score and loads of adventure that awaited us for the next ten years. Not a day goes by I don’t whistle the intro music chime that we all know and love and it takes no time at all for my friends and I to refer to each other as cave trolls.
2. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1: I don’t know about you guys, but I loved the first part of the final films. It gives the cozy feeling every time I watch it and it takes its time to tell a compelling piece of the Harry Potter lore without forcing it’s finale like I feel the second part did. Not only is it emotionally gripping, but it was the finale before the finale and it is a classic adventure fantasy with as many characters as you can imagine and it works as usual.
1. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004): This was the film that brought audiences of all ages truly into the film with it’s even darker take on “The Boy Who Lived” and brought us a fan favorite with Professor R.J. Lupin and Sirius Black portrayed by David Thewlis and Gary Oldman. Relationships grew stronger, the adventures much colder, but even with the films maturing like their audiences the magic stronger than ever and became what many consider the turning point in the series. I tend to throw this one into the DVD player the most and that shows how much of an impact it has had on me among other Potter heads.