So Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald came out this week and if you want to read my review it is on the site. I didn’t think it was any good and it isn’t worth your money. Today, I’m going to rank all 10 movies in the Harry Potter universe. Just a small disclaimer that this is my opinion and your list will probably be different.
10. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
This movie is not good. I wasn’t a fan of the first one but the trailers looked good and I really wanted to like this movie. The plot is a complete mess and most of the characters are still bland. A lot of the reveals are underwhelming. This sequel makes me wonder whether a Harry Potter prequel was even a good idea. JK Rowling’s script is borderline horrendous and David Yates’ direction is starting to feel repetitive. Review here.
9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
I was excited for the Harry Potter prequel but this movie did not live up to my expectations at all. Newt Scamander is an extremely bland protagonist and barely anything in this movie worked for me. The plot was weak and yet again, a lot of the reveals didn’t really have any impact. I liked the Jacob and Queenie dynamic but they ruined it in the sequel. The visuals are also great.
8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
This is my least favourite of the main series of movies. I have far too many problems with this film. I feel like the narrative is all over the place and the pacing is shockingly bad. This movie was way too long and wasn’t engaging enough in my opinion. Furthermore, the ending was underwhelming to me and made the entire movie feel very unsatisfying. I also thought Hermoine was tragically pushed to the side and wasted in the movie.
7. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
This is the last Harry Potter movie on this list that I didn’t like. The first 40 minutes had nothing but exposition for dialogue and although it is required to create the world, I can’t help but feel that it could’ve have been executed in a much better fashion. When rewatching it, a lot of moments come off as weak to me. The main cast however does do well in their roles, especially for such a young age. However, it suffers from far too much exposition and a bloated run time.
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
My biggest problem with this movie is that it doesn’t feel like a complete story. Its sole purpose is to set up the film that comes after it and thus, feels like it is missing something. A lot of the action and visuals are stunning although the occasional use of shaky cam bugged me. Ron has his most interesting arc in this movie and Bellatrix is a scene stealer again. This movie also had the most emotional death in the franchise in my opinion. Won’t spoil it but that moment got to me. I also loved the animation style when the Deathly Hallows story was being narrated. A lot of the characters are absent and that added to the feeling of the story being incomplete.
5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I feel like most people’s enjoyment of this movie depends on how much they like the Snape character. I felt like his biggest role throughout the series was in this movie. We also get to see his backstory and I thought that made him a complex character. It was developed even more in the next movie. I also enjoyed Dumbledore’s character a lot in this movie. The visuals and main characters are as great as they always are. My biggest issue with this movie is the overall structure. I felt like they tried to cram too much into this movie and it didn’t work for me. The ending felt extremely rushed to me as well.
4. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
It’s good, but not great. There are way too many unnecessary moments that don’t add much to the story. Even though Dolores was supposed to be annoying, she came off as too much to me and was frustrating. I did enjoy how they set-up a secret training group to fight Voldemort. Yet again, the final battle was the strongest aspect. Seeing all those wizards fight each other was great. In particular, Dumbledore versus Voldemort was awesome. Helen Bonham Carter was great as Bellatrix and the major death in this movie was well-executed and was emotional.
3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
In my opinion, the best part of the Goblet of Fire was the final 30 minutes. After 3 movies of building up, Voldemort finally arrived. The final 30 minutes were spectacular. It also has some really cool moments scattered throughout the film. Hermoine and Ron’s relationship is also fleshed out in this movie. The final battle also has a big impact going forward on Harry’s character.
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
This was the movie that really set the tone for the future Harry Potter movies. It was really hard for me to pick between this and the movie I eventually decided was the best. It introduced us to Sirius Black and Remus Lupin and those are two of my favourite characters. The chemistry between Daniel Radcliffe and Gary Oldman is fantastic and the rest of the cast is also great. I was also a huge fan of the time travel plot that was in the movie. A lot of the magic introduced in this one was really cool as well and the sound design for it was wonderful. Alfonso Cuaron did a great job directing this film.
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
As a huge fan of the MCU, I really hope Avengers 4 is as great of a finale as this film. I felt like this resolved so many of the story in a satisfying manner and did everything I could have possibly asked for. The visuals are as great as they always are and Voldemort as a villain is as menacing as always. A lot of characters die in this movie and you could really feel the stakes after the Battle of Hogwarts. This movie had great emotional moments and I honestly don’t have any flaws with this film.
Overall, the Harry Potter franchise is mostly great but I have not been a fan of the prequels. What do you think of the list? Do you agree with my order? And if you don’t what would your list be like? Comment below and let me know.