Harry Potter Films & TV Ranked

Sorcerer’s Stone – 9.2/10 / Chamber of Secrets – 8.9/10 / Prisoner of Azkaban – 9.3/10 / The Goblet of Fire – 7.1/10 / Order of the Phoenix – 6/10 / The Half-Blood Prince – 4/10 / Deathly Hallows, Part I – 7/10 / Deathly Hallows, Part II – 8.9/10

Plot Synopsis: Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry.

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1. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)

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The Best Harry Potter Film, one of the most visually-stunning films of early-2000’s blockbusters, and one of the Best Fantasy Films Of All-Time, Prisoner Of Azkaban is mythical. A brilliant end to a trilogy amongst the best ever in the history of blockbusters, Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón grew-up the franchise overnight with a beautiful exposition of complex, sociologically-metaphorical storytelling that eliminates any gimmicks or distractions and reimagines the lore on a personal, intimate, compelling scale – one fringed in ultra-dark macabre and befitted with the most striking visual canvas of cinematography ever in the HP Series. The film is especially relevant & critical because of its clever themes of racism, criminal injustice, and the power of words and false rumours/gossip to ruin people’s lives without care or consideration of the facts – all predating the Social Media Age they would be foundational in by 10+ years. The terror is just as much in that atmospheric use of the cruelty of fate and sociological injustices as it is in the film’s dark magic: dementors, monster-books, deer patronums, malicious serial killers, and a true supernatural horror movie rife with multi-level symbolism and religious themes. The most visually-striking film of the series and tonal necrosis injection we craved back in Chamber Of Secrets, POA is a parental-themed maze of complex storytelling – a bold Cuarón evolution that grows up the franchise overnight & The Best Harry Potter Film. 9.3/10.

2. Harry Potter And The Sorceror’s Stone (2001)

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A first feature film for the ages and the best HP film to-date, Harry Potter And The Sorceror’s Stone is the cobblestone foundation one of the biggest and best cinematic franchises of All-Time was built upon. A special beginning movie breathing pure magical imagination and adventure, it established nearly everything the film would need for its groundbreaking and billions-earning run – from mythic cinematographical cues to locations to set-design to cast to overarching narrative and its formidable villain: Voldemort. A wizardry cinematic adventure for the ages with magnificence in orchestral score, world-building, visual aesthetics, magic, & once-in-a-lifetime cast of child performances, Harry Potter And The Sorceror’s Stone is a religious-parallel escapist fantasy experience for a generation of children and a special beginning feature amongst the top films to-date of one of the best cinematic franchises. 9.2/10.

3. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002)

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One of the best Harry Potter films even often challenging the throne of the original, C.O.S. reverberates cues from The Empire Strikes Back (on a smaller level, of course) being the dark antithesis of its first film and a bold, riskier, epic payoff in establishing an All-Time iconic franchise on the most important litmus test: the sequel. Wherein its original film charmed with heart, humour, pluck, blockbuster magic, and the supernatural kind – C.O.S. does a complete 180, showing early signs of magic horror we just wish wasn’t watered-down. Dobby The Elf, Gilderoy, Behemoth Spiders, Elitist Children-Paralyzing Slytheran Plans, Flying Cars, & Underground Chambers hiding Ancient Hydra-Reminiscent Basilisks are just some of the epic features of this exhilarating follow-up, and the skill it takes to take a children’s book and dial-up the horror and mystery into a crowd-pleaser like this is impressive. Despite bizarre hyper-aging in just one year & limitation of horror, Chamber Of Secrets is a spellbinding continuation of the HP-series – with bolder stunts/energy, better VFX, one of the best scripts and stories of the series, effective mystery arcs, Greek Mythological & Biblical horror aestheticism, brilliant new characters, and dark magical adventure by its further-seasoned protagonists’ performances. 8.9/10.