All Harry Potter Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

The Harry Potter saga is an entire experience, something we all grew up with. Ask any millennial and they will fondly look back at the time the first book and the first movie were released. 

The franchise spanned across not just movies but entire theme parks and video games too. J.K Rowling spun a fantasy world that drew us in 20 years ago and our lives have never been the same ever since.

The movie versions of the popular books brought to life what many fans had imagined in their heads while reading the books. The movie was a phenomenal success, and they are as popular now as they were almost a decade ago. 

So, if you’ve been meaning to revisit the franchise now would be a good time. 

So, here’s a look at the entire list of Harry Potter movies in order to stream on Netflix, and check out below how we ranked them from worst to best. 

8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Chris Columbus directs the longest film of the franchise, Chamber of Secrets.

This part introduces us to the Weasley family and Dobby the house-elf. It has a dark storyline where a giant basilisk is frightening muggle-born children. In our opinion, this film is the least noteworthy out of all eight. 

7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

This installment of Harry Potter series was essentially a set-up for the grand finale that was yet to come. Ron, Hermione and Harry embark on a journey outside of Hogwarts onto new adventures. 

We saw the slow transition of our favorite trio of best friends into adulthood with this movie. The backdrops were visually stunning and the storyline was kept interesting due to a certain mysterious ‘Horcrux’. Most of the action was packed in the first hour of the movie after which it sort of fell flat.

6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

In the Goblet of Fire, Harry, Ron and Hermione have hit puberty and are teenagers which means their feelings are all over the place and we get to see a sweet, adolescent side of them.

5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we are first introduced to the beloved cast, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), Ron (Rupert Grint), Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane), Dumbledore( late Richard Harris) and Snape (late Alan Rickman). 

And there’s just something so precious about revisiting the time we first meet them all. The movie is funny just like the book and has a certain sense of innocence as the story is told from the eyes of an eleven-year-old Harry. 

4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The film first introduces us to Dolores Umbridge, the meanest woman we have ever seen. The main purpose of this movie was to introduce the audience to more members of the wizarding world and to show the dark power that Lord Voldemort has.

3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The sixth installment of the series, the Half-blood Prince brings to the big screen some very dark elements of the story such as the tragic death of Dumbledore. Interjected in between these sad moments are romantic comedic instances which will have you laugh and cry within the span of minutes. The film also has the best cinematography and best score out of all of the entries on this list. 

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Deathly Hallow- Part 2 is basically the grand finale of epic proportions which our hearts were just not ready to accept. This installment is essentially the showdown between Harry and Lord Voldemort, and this installment is an emotional rollercoaster ride from the opening scene. 

The film has tragic moments, surprising revelations and so much more. Perhaps the movie’s most exciting aspect was when Snape is established as a hero, in a surprising turn of events. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is not only a wonderful conclusion to the series but it stays true to the story in the books, much to the delight of fans.

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Prisoner of Azkaban, in our eyes, is basically the pivotal turning point of how well the movie series was doing. It’s this movie that gave a new life to the creative direction that would later be followed for the rest. 

In two simple words – Sirius Black –  is all that every fan looked forward to within this movie. The wholesome visuals that brought life to the Whomping Willow, the Patronus spell, and the Time-Turner sequence all tied in together nicely. Lastly, we finally get to see something we’ve all been itching to do, punch Draco Malfoy. Touche!

The Harry Potter saga is one for the ages. Each movie interprets the massively successful books, and we’re all geared up for binge-watching them in a row.

What do you think about our ranking? Let us know in the comments!

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