Top 10 Best Harry Potter Movies

The Top Ten
1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Best story. Best pacing. Best cinematography. Gary Oldman as Sirius Black was a welcome addition to the cast. This movie benefitted from being a smaller, more personal story instead of raising the stakes like the Chamber of Secrets did. Alfonso CuarĂ³n's direction made this third installment in the series its own character. The three main characters really came out in this story as their acting improved. It's probably the movie that respected its source material more than all the others.

The year 2004 produced some of my favorite movies of all time. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is one of them. This movie took 75 steps up from the original two by making it darker but more humorous. The directing was better, the acting was better, the story was better, and even the Uncle Vernon scenes were better. Not only is this the best Harry Potter film, but one of the best films ever.

2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

My personal list:

8. Order of the Phoenix - Based on my favorite book, but this one is the one I watch the least. Not bad, though, with a great musical score.
7. Sorcerer's Stone - The lightest in the series and most kid-friendly.
6. Chamber of Secrets - Darker and more magical than the original.
5. Goblet of Fire - Now we're getting to the great movies. This one is complex, exciting, and shows the young cast's maturity.
4. Deathly Hallows Part 1 - Intense action and tension between characters save this one from taking out important parts from the book.
3. Half Blood Prince - Best cinematography, best humor, and it also deals with teenage hormones.
2. Prisoner of Azkaban - It's all about the storytelling and direction. This one can tell a complex story in an easy-to-follow way and has a crowd-pleasing climax. This one is a worthy entry in Alfonso Cuaron's winning streak.
1. Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Intense action, acting, visual effects, score... this movie has everything. If you didn't cry in any of the other films, you might just shed a tear in this one.

3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: 6.4/10. Great movie, but it has many mistakes. However, I am fine with that. It could have been better, but it is still a good movie. What makes the movie good is that there was an unexpected villain (I don't remember his name), which made the movie interesting.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: 4.5/10. Terrible movie! Not interesting at all! The only good part about the movie was the fight between the Basilisk and Harry Potter. But overall, this movie sucks.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: 6.9/10. Great movie! It has many creatures, which made the movie great! But the beginning scene was extremely boring. However, it began to be great after that.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: 8.8/10. Fantastic movie! Great actions, interesting parts, and much more! I have no idea why it is so hated. That's why I voted for this!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: 6/10. Fine movie, enjoyed it a bit, but it was a bit boring. Didn't like it at all. But what made me enjoy the movie was Dolores (sorry if I'm saying her name wrong). She was the one who made the movie good.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: 3/10. The world's most terrible movie ever existed. Not interesting. Extremely boring. Why does this movie exist!?! I couldn't even bother watching half of it! Worst movie!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: 5.3/10. Ehh, boring but at least a little bit fine. Didn't enjoy it at all but at least it's better than Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, especially Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: 8.4/10. Perfectly made movie! My 2nd favorite movie! Has good action, good magic, and it's interesting.

Keep in mind these are my opinions...

4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I've watched this movie so many times! It's the best one. It's true to the book (unlike some parts of Prisoner of Azkaban) and very exciting. It introduces great characters and highlights the best in returning characters. Harry's teaching his colleagues what he's learned from people like Dumbledore and Lupin. Ron is improving his skills as a wizard. Hermione's braver than ever and breaking Umbridge's rules. Ginny is finding her insane amount of talent, and Neville now has loads of courage racing through his veins! I love this movie!

5 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The first movie. The best movie. Harry meets his best friends and the life in Hogwarts (Quidditch). I love this movie because the characters are so lovable and the screen is so colorful.

If your house doesn't have a strong base, no matter how beautiful it is, it will fall down. The same applies to this movie. If this movie (or book) wasn't so good, none of the other books or movies would have been read or watched by people. It's basically a foundation upon which all other books depend. It did a great job introducing the magical wizarding world.

6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The fact that this film is ranked so low here (behind Order of the Phoenix, actually) and yet so high on the worst Potter film's list tells me that people may just expect an action film to be all about battles and fireworks everywhere (as in the two films before this one). However, that's NOT the measure of an action film's quality. A great action film must have every action scene well justified with a backstory, plot, and coherence with each character's motivations.

When a film manages to balance thrilling action with these factors, you get a really badass movie. This film, despite having only a few action scenes, managed this masterfully. Quality over quantity. And this is perhaps the most quality film of all the Potter series.

7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Chamber of Secrets stays true to the book. It incorporates all the key storytelling elements with smooth pacing, ensuring that even someone who has never read the books can enjoy it. We also get our first real sense of the lingering darkness in the wizarding world, and the new tone is noticeable and profound.

This is the Harry Potter movie in which the acting is the best, from the tense exchanges between Lucius Malfoy and Arthur Weasley / Albus Dumbledore to Professor McGonagall's explanation of the origin of the Chamber of Secrets. The dialogue is clear, direct, and powerful - not like in subsequent films where everyone just yells and talks at an accelerated pace.

The film does suffer a bit from a few odd directing choices, notably the downplay of some of the more violent scenes and a poor representation of the Sword of Gryffindor. Still, the pluses outweigh the minuses more so than in any other film in the franchise (except maybe Order of the Phoenix).

8 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

This was by far the best movie of the 8. The first was about exploration, so everything was awesome and new. The second was meh, due to the mediocre book. The third film was well-balanced and well-written but lacked some wizard flavor and detail, in my opinion. The fourth and fifth were too compressed to be good. The sixth is a hidden gem, but this one, oh, is so full of impression and expression combined. The toughness and pain, the loneliness, the search for the impossible, the brilliant scenes, making the best of the worst - all fit well in this one. The eighth movie was just a complete deception after this masterpiece. It felt too rushed, while the storytelling was lacking in the movie itself.

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9 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

It's really good, but it comes last behind GOF for me. I love it like the rest, but there's just something off about this one, and it also feels more like fanfare than an actual necessary story. The second one will seem more necessary since we will finally get to see the struggle between Dumbledore and Grindelwald.

It's actually really good and tells a really good story. Newt Scamander is a really realistic character, along with the setting. It may not count, but it's my favorite.

Oh my God, I loved this movie so much! It is better than all of the Harry Potter movies combined and multiplied by ten!

10 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

It's the only Wizarding World movie that I have gotten to see in theaters because I'm so young. I loved the feeling of sitting there with my friend and going back to Hogwarts.

The Contenders
11 Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Somewhat slow movie that takes time to unfold and show its greatness. The plot had many trials and errors in the characters' quest, but for some reason, those take up most of the film. Though this is better than the second, the film's pace could be better.

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