Harry Potter went from a YA literary phenomenon to a cinematic juggernaut. As of 2022, there have been 11 films in the franchise - the eight original Harry Potter adaptations as well as three (and counting) entries in the Fantastic Beasts prequel series. But how do these films stack up against each other?
Most fans agreed that the series got off to a relatively slow start, with the first two entries from director Chris Columbus feeling somewhat juvenile. Later films from Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, and David Yates expanded the Potter mythology, taking a darker tone and considerably expanding the scope of the universe. Now it's time to answer the question: What's the best Harry Potter movie?
The original series began in 2001 with Sorcerer's Stone (or Philosopher's Stone in the UK), and finally concluded with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 a decade later in 2011. The film's cast and writing staff remained remarkably consistent, with all but one original major cast member (Richard Harris, who played Dumbledore in two films before his passing) remaining throughout. Meanwhile, 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.
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