The Harry Potter Films, Ranked from Worst to Best

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Hey, guys! Now, I know it’s weird to rank these movies years after the series ended, but now that Fantastic Beasts is out, I’d been wondering where it ranked with the other Harry Potter movies.

9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Even when I first watched the Harry Potter series, this was my least favorite. The plot is drawn out and it feels a lot like the first movie, where Harry and the gang are still learning the basics of wizardry, except with some action sequences. Also, the comedy felt forced at times. In terms of contribution to the overall story progression of the series, the only important things are that Harry can talk to snakes and that Voldemort’s real name is Tom Riddle, plus that his diary and house-elves are important. This is the movie where we were introduced to Dobby the elf, and honestly, his side plot doesn’t add much weight to the movie, or to the overall series. So this movie has to be at the number nine spot.

8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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You’re a wizard, Harry! This movie I had always liked, but never thought it was as good as the later installments, although still way better than Chamber. The movie has a good story, and is a strong start to this movie franchise, but it is so low on the list because the later films get better and better. This movie introduced all the concepts really well but the pacing is slow throughout the film. The plot was good, the villain wasn’t too bad, and seeing Harry befriending Hermione and Ron was great, but the CGI doesn’t hold up, and compared to the later movies, just can’t compete.

7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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I had some serious problems with this movie, but the reason I have it higher than the first two movies is because the plot was better and the pacing was much better than the first two movies. Also the CGI was absolutely incredible – the best of all the Harry Potter series. The reason it isn’t higher on the list is because of how bad the main protagonist was as a character. When the beasts were released in New York, he was at best indifferent, and throughout the movie remains a static character whose relationships with the rest of the cast barely change.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

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This movie was painfully slow. The plot was decent and the acting was on point, but the pacing was what killed this movie. The relationship between these friends is truly tested, showing the power of the Horcruxes and Voldemort. Throughout the movie, there were some good action sequences, and the cliffhanger was well done. There was something almost missing with this movie, maybe because it wasn’t at Hogwarts at all, or maybe just because this movie was way too slow, but something just wasn’t there, and honestly it was just a decent movie.

5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Overall, this movie is low on people’s rankings of the series, and I can definitely see where they are coming from. But this being my first Harry Potter movie will always make this have a special place in my heart. It doesn’t change the fact that this movie had some pacing issues. Granted, this was a more story-driven Harry Potter movie, where we learn some very important things, but it was executed perfectly.The whole Ron side plot helped further Ron and Hermione’s relationship, but it was so dull and dragged-out that, when rewatching it, I literally skipped those scenes and didn’t miss anything important at all. On the other hand, I loved the Tom Riddle flashbacks, because it allowed me to realize that Voldemort was not born a villain, but made one. The Dumbledore death was stunning in both acting and execution. Now, I barely mention the acting in these rankings because the acting has never really been a problem, but in my opinion, Alan Rickman as Snape is the best actor in the entire series. (See below.)

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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This film, I believe, is one of the better films because the pacing is on point. I’ve brought up pacing in all of these mini-reviews, and it’s because I think it is the biggest flaw of the series overall. This movie moved at a good speed and had some the best acting from our main trio. The whole dance side plot, while making little to no contribution to the overall story, was hysterical, great, and didn’t bother me at all. Voldemort was introduced for the first time physically in this movie and it was done beautifully! When I first watched it, as a ten-or-eleven-year old, I was pretty scared. Also, Cedric Diggory was a nice addition to this movie, as one of the few side characters who I actually say I liked more than a main character. (Ron was kind of annoying in this movie.) This movie was very well done and earned its spot on this list.

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

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This movie was the perfect ending to a spectacular series! While there really was little story for this movie, I didn’t need it. I have seen these characters grow and I fully understand and know what they had to do to get here. The story we did have with Snape made me nearly cry and it changed my view on the character and the acting, including that character’s roles in previous movies. That is why Alan Rickman is the best actor in the whole series, especially after realizing that he didn’t hate Harry, but in his own way loved him because of his love for Lily, Harry’s mother. The final fight with Voldemort was great, and Neville’s speech was very well done and made me feel like this is the ending Harry earned.

2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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This movie is spectacular! This was the first dark Harry Potter movie, and it did an amazing job incorporating those elements. The introduction of Sirius Black was done incredibly well by Gary Oldman. You feel the tension between Harry and his past deepen. Dementors were a great addition as an antagonist. After rewatching the film, while I guess Wormtail was the villain, in all honesty the villain was the internal struggle within Harry.

1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

It’s a great film. What do you want?

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