This month on Wizarding world the film franchise celebrates a major anniversary. Famous Harry Potter wizard boy made his big screen debut 20 years ago when the film adaptation of Harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone premiered in November 2001. While JK Rowling’s books were already a global phenomenon, visual representation took things to a whole new level, inspiring video games, theme park attractions and cosplays. Moreover, even if the last Harry potter movie came out ten years ago, the franchise is still going strong, with the Fantastic beast still ongoing series and an upcoming HBO Max series. There’s even an upcoming quiz proving just how Harry potter fandom really is.
To celebrate the 20the first birthday Harry potter film here is my ranking of the ten Wizarding world movie theater. Movies here will be ranked from worst to best. For the record, I don’t think any of these movies are bad, but some are definitely better than others.
So without further ado, Accio Top-Ten List.
ten. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
This film already had a long way to go due to controversial casting choices. Unfortunately, a weak history could not save him. While this is an entertaining film, it is a major disappointment compared to its predecessor. History is everywhere with more twists and turns than a pretzel. A potentially complex and compelling character is only introduced to get killed quickly, a twist is revealed at the end that looks suspicious to the point of shaking audiences, and it feels like we’re heading into dark territory too quickly. for a fairly recent series.
Maybe all this madness will make sense afterwards Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore is coming out in 2022 and I will enjoy this movie more. But until then, this movie is a bit messy, but entertaining nonetheless.
9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
I also like to call this one Harry Potter and the Obviously Dead Barber. But I digress.
All of the Harry Potter films deviate from the source material in one way or another, but this one is particularly notorious. Seriously, where were Dobby and Winky? While the Triwizard Tournament scenes are quite compelling and mind-boggling, this movie has the least character development of any movie. The deepest glimpse of a character we see is that Ron is a jealous jerk during the first half of the movie, and ultimately it gets pretty boring. The first PG-13 movie and the one that marks the turning point in the darkest and most mature section of the series, this movie had a lot to accomplish. Unfortunately, it ends up being forgettable.
8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
It is perhaps the most controversial film in the series, with some absolutely loving it and others viewing it mirthless and depressing. I am unfortunately in the latter category.
There is a lot to like about the movie. Luna Lovegood is introduced, the scenes with Dumbledore’s army are excellent and the battle between Dumbledore and Voldemort is magnificent. But unfortunately, there is one obstacle in this movie that I cannot overcome: Harry has a pain in his neck in this movie. I understand there’s a lot going on in this movie, but he’s so angry and cranky in this movie that he doesn’t feel like Harry at all. Sorry, but I can only accept that Harry has a stick (or a wand) up his ass for an entire movie.
Still, the film is well done and well played. Imelda Staunton has worked hard to bring the evil and loathsome Dolores Umbridge to life, and Gary Oldman is phenomenal as Sirius Black. And given Harry’s emotional state, you’ve got to give Daniel Radcliffe props to get everything into this one.
7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Based on my favorite book in the series, I wish I could rank this one higher. To his credit, it’s the funniest of the series, with hilarious moments like Ron under the influence of a love potion and Harry addicted to Felix Felicis. And the scenes where we catch a glimpse of Voldemort’s past are also compelling to watch. Sadly, those moments with Voldemort were much more expansive in the books, and the movie would have been a lot better if they hadn’t been pulled. Maybe that’s why we have the fan film Voldemort: The origins of the heir.
My biggest problem with the film is the visuals. The film constantly switches between normal tint, gray tint, and green tint. The green tint works in the pensieve when we see Voldemort’s memories, but it’s awkward everywhere else, as is the constant changing of hues. It’s supposed to be artistic, but I just found it irritating.
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
This is where I really start to love movies. Of all the Wizarding world films which I consider to be the most criminally underrated. Yes, it’s long and some points of the story are stronger than others, but it’s still fascinating. The special effects and sets (especially the basilisk and the bedroom itself) are still impressive today, which says a lot considering this movie was released in 2002. Honestly, seeing a twelve year old face a Giant Killer Snake is a tense and exciting battle to watch. And come on… the movie has Dobby !!
5. fantastic beasts and where to find them
I don’t care what anyone says, I love this one. Honestly, I always wanted to see what the wizarding world would look like in America, and always wanted to get a more in-depth look at wizarding life after school in the movies. All four of the main characters are charming and lovable, with Newt Scamander in particular, making them a fun and quirky protagonist. But as the name rightly suggests, the Beasts really are the fantastic stars of the show. Who doesn’t love these nifflers and Pickett?
Can I just say that I hope future films give us a glimpse of the American School of Wizards? The boy in me needs to see this.
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
It was the first movie that pulled this whole ploy of “splitting the last book into two movies” (which some argue should have happened with the other long books). He is also the only one who did it well. While it’s a little weird not having the characters at Hogwarts, it’s sort of the strongest aspect of the movie. This film reminds us that everything revolves around the characters, especially the Harry, Ron and Hermione trio. This film is an intense vigil, as we see more clearly than ever that these are not the same children we met in the first film. The gravity of everything they’ve been through and what they must face has forced them to grow up quickly, and emotions and tensions run high as we see them on a journey to find and destroy the Horcruxes guarding Voldemort in life.
Even in all the dark, there is fun to be had. You can’t help but smile when you see Harry and Hermione dancing in the midst of their troubles. And there’s also the reappearance of Dobby, which is great considering his omission from the other three movies he should have been in.
3. Harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone
This movie gets a high rating simply because of its nostalgic and emotional appeal.
Honestly, if you come back to this movie after seeing all the other movies, it’s hard not to get your heart warmed seeing Harry Potter as a wide-eyed young boy learning he was a wizard and dating. Hogwarts for the first time. The first film is a strong reminder of the youthful innocence and childish wonder we all had as children. Like all of us, Harry’s life will soon be filled with tragedy and conflict, but that youthful joy he had when he first met Ron and Hermione and walked into the Great Hall where he was. being sent to Gryffindor still has the power to cheer us up and awaken our inner child. Aside from all the dated CGIs (it’s been 20 years), Roger Ebert was right to call this one a classic.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The end of a long and powerful saga, the deathly hallows part 2 is a complex mix of fun, excitement, darkness and sad finality. While the film feels a bit rushed due to picking up where the previous film left off, that’s a forgivable flaw considering how powerful this film is. The movie is essentially one long battle, but it’s an exciting and most action-packed battle in the series. This is where all of the main characters we’ve seen grow up take on their full meaning. Polar opposites Ron and Hermione finally give in to their feelings for each other, once awkward idiot Neville Longbottom becomes an inspiring hero, and Harry ends his journey from childhood to adulthood through endurance and to self-sacrifice. The movie is full of death and tragedy (Snape’s death being probably the most tragic) which is difficult to watch, but once the battle is over there is a sense of peace and closure as Harry goes through the storm. big room. And of course, the “19 Years Later” streak allows viewers to say goodbye to these characters knowing they’ve found the peace they’ve long been waiting for.
1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
With all due respect to everyone else Wizarding world movies, it was an easy choice. Director Alfonso Cuaron has created more than a great Harry potter movie. He gave us a fantastic masterpiece.
This film mixed the childish wonder of its first two predecessors with the grim maturity that would prevail in all future entries in the series. The young actors really became comfortable in their roles, and Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) and David Thewlis (Remus Lupine) brought their literary counterparts to life beautifully. Emma Thompson is also hilarious in her performance as eccentric and clearly self-taught divination teacher, Professor Sybill Trelawney. The special effects still hold up to this day, the score is amazing, and the story manages to be fun, thrilling, and sometimes scary at times considering the addition of the Dementors and a werewolf. While I would have preferred to see the men behind the Marauder’s Map explained, this is something I can let go of as the movie is so masterfully directed. It is easily the biggest Wizarding world the entrance that we can never see.
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