Harry Potter Movies Ranked
Worst to Best
- •The Chamber of SecretsWhile the film has its fair share of memorable moments and plot twists, its biggest flaw is its overly reverent approach to the source material. More than any of its counterparts, the film is so slavish to the novel that viewers can almost feel the chapter breaks, giving the film a tiring episodic feel
- •The Deathly Hollows - Pt. 1Without an ending, the film feels overlong and unsatisfying, leaving audiences waiting for the payoff. As the first half of the Deathly Hallows, it works its, well, magic well, but as a standalone viewing experience, the film just doesn’t hold up. Regardless, there’s a ton of memorable moments here, which truly demonstrate that these stories are no longer the childhood adventures they started out as.
- •Order of the PhoenixDolores Umbridge still stands as one of the most chilling baddies in the films. Her Mary-Poppins-from-hell attitude and underhanded ruthlessness are certainly the highlight of this entry, which gives director David Yates the reins for the first of his four Potter features. This movie nicely follows up the game changing events of the previous.
- •The Half-Blood PrinceThis sixth entry in the series delves deeper into Voldemort’s past, uncovering dark secrets involving his immortality and his connection to Harry. Dumbledore easily steals the show, and the story finally finds a larger purpose for Draco Malfoy.
- •The Sorcerer's StoneAs a lover of the books, I was enthusiastic about seeing Rowling’s work come to life onscreen. However, few could have anticipated just how huge the film would be and how its release would affect the industry in its wake. True, its young stars were a bit awkward onscreen, and some of the effects are a bit dated nowadays (that mountain troll!). Regardless, there’s so much charm and wonder onscreen that it’s easy to get swept up in it all. John William's score is just brilliant.
- •Goblet of FireThis is the point where the Harry Potter series delivers on the dangerous backstory that left our hero with his unmistakable scar. For the first time, the franchise brings death to Hogwart’s and expands viewers’ perception of just how vast and complex Rowling’s world really is. The film marks the transition point between the more kid-friendly entries and the chaos to follow. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will reportedly most closely resemble Goblet of Fire of any of the Potter films.
- •Prisoner of AzkabanAlfonso Cuarón takes the films into their own next stage of maturity. More visually imaginative and artful than its predecessors, Prisoner of Azkaban is notable for adding in fan-favorite recurring players like Sirius Black and Remus Lupin as well as its deft handling of the Dementors. To be sure, this film was that pivotal step where even the skeptics were forced to admit that the Harry Potter films were capable of much more than they initially thought.
- •Deathly Hallows - Part 2this final installment had a lot to live up to. Could the franchise actually capture the scope and intense drama of its grand finale? The ultimate showdown between the young wizard and Voldemort more than lives up to the hype surrounding it, as a number of popular pay the ultimate price during the Battle of Hogwarts. This entry features perhaps the best, most emotionally charged sequence of the entire franchise as Severus Snape’s tale is revealed at last.