There may not be ten of them, but there are still eight wonderful films. Surprisingly, I found these quite straight-forward to rank. I loved all of the films, will always be a fan having grown up with this magical franchise! So here we have it, my take on the worst to best Harry Potter films (although none of them were really bad, except from the Half-Blood Prince…) Let me know what you think below – Which order would you rank them in?
8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) – The Half Blood Prince was the only film in the franchise which I could not remember entirely from the top of my head, which says a lot about the film itself. The ending fell flat and the shock factor dulled since everyone could easily predict how it was going to pan out. Definitely the rotten apple of the bunch.
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) – Deathly Hallows: Part 1 wasn’t particularly set out to be the best in the franchise; it didn’t have a solid ending and I feel there was too much teenage angst and drama throughout.
6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) – Now the hormones are kicking in for Harry. Oh, and it doesn’t help that Lord Voldemort is back and attempting to control his mind. There are some pretty intense scenes featured in this film, especially during the last half hour which will have you on the edge of your seat.
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) – Good, though rushed. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it. It is certainly action-packed, and led to even more anticipation for the fifth film! It also has some great cinematography, visuals, and magical special effects.
4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) – The first participant into what would become the biggest franchise of all time can definitely be counted as one of the best. It looks and feels magical, the colours are bright and engaging and it has laughs and even tears. Quite hard to watch without having your heart strings tugged at.
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) – The final film in the franchise has the advantage of holding the most important thing up its sleeve; payback. Sweet, sweet payback. After seven films and wonderful hours of magic, wrapping it all up and bidding farewell to our heroes. And it does this really well, with the narrative ending on a satisfying and solid conclusion. The final battle within the walls of Hogwarts is visually stunning and paced exceptionally well. The action doesn’t feel rushed, it is very well done.
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) – This film had obtained a more emotional feeling in the narrative which was slightly lacking in the previous two. The plot was densely packed with frightening sequences (Perhaps the film should have been rated PG 13, not just PG). It was also packed with some beautiful moments. It was simply breathtaking when Harry flew over the lake.
1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – I feel that the Chamber of Secrets is the most extraordinary as well as the juiciest Harry Potter film of the bunch! The supporting cast is top notch, especially Branagh as Lockhart, genius! The tone is consistent and it manages to hold the attention of fans and newcomers alike. I’d recommend seeing the first movie before this one. Otherwise, you may be lost as to what is going on. Chamber of Secrets adventures deeper into the wizard world, with even stranger creatures and sinister plots. Flowing so well, you would not believe you’ve been watching it for almost 3 hours. As they say, time flies when you’re having fun!