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The Harry Potter film series, ranked from best movie to worst. Now that all eight films in the Harry Potter franchise have been released, we can look book on the complete collection to determine which were the best and worst individual films. Most fans agreed that the series got off to a relatively slow start, with the first two entries from director Chris Columbus - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - taking a somewhat juvenile tone. Later films from Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, and David Yates expanded the mythology of the Potter Universe, took a somewhat darker and more realistic tone and expanded the scope of the films considerably, to great effect.

The film series spanned an entire decade; the first entry, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was released in 2001, and the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 arrived exactly 10 years later in 2011. The talents of four directors were involved, with David Yates taking on the bulk of the series, everything from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on. Columbus and Yates are the only two filmmakers to return for more than one Potter film. Nonetheless, the movies' acting cast, writers, and some crew members remained remarkably consistent. Steve Kloves wrote all the Potter films (with assistance from Harry Potter author JK Rowling) except for Order of the Phoenix, which was penned by Michael Goldenberg.

The main cast of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson as Harry, Ron, and Hermione, respectively, are featured in all eight films, as did Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid, Alan Rickman as Professor Snape, Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall, and Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy. Richard Harris portrayed Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the first two films, but passed away on October 25, 2002. He was replaced by Michael Gambon in all the films to follow.

Vote for your favorite Harry Potter films or the Harry Potter movies you think are the best made. This list also include the Fantastic Beasts movies, which star Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, and Johnny Depp.


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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is an upcoming fantasy film adapted from the novel of J. K. Rowling, written by Steve Kloves and directed by David Yates. ...more

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Initial Release: 2011

Actors: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter Ralph Fiennes, + more

Directed by: David Yates

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the third instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and ...more

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Initial Release: 2004

Actors: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman, Emma Thompson Maggie Smith, + more

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

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50 people just voted on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the first instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and ...more

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Initial Release: 2001

Actors: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough, John Hurt John Cleese, + more

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All Harry Potter Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the fourth instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and produced ...more

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Initial Release: 2005

Actors: Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman Ralph Fiennes, + more

Directed by: Mike Newell

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50 people just voted on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a 2009 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the sixth instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and ...more

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Initial Release: 2009

Actors: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith Alan Rickman, + more

Directed by: David Yates

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Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All Harry Potter Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the fifth instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Michael Goldenberg ...more

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Initial Release: 2007

Actors: Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman Helena Bonham Carter, + more

Directed by: David Yates

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Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All Harry Potter Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the second instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and ...more

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Initial Release: 2002

Actors: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese, Maggie Smith Alan Rickman, + more

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a 2010 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the first of two cinematic parts based on the novel by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the seventh instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by ...more

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Initial Release: 2010

Actors: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes John Hurt, + more

Directed by: David Yates

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