A Definitive (?) Ranking of The ‘Harry Potter’ Films

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneWarner Bros via Everett Collection

As we eagerly await (wait, wait, wait) the distant release date of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, why not rewatch some of the Harry Potter films?  Which one was your favorite?  Here are ours, ranked worst to best.

Sorcerer’s Stone/Chamber of Secrets

Both so bad they don’t even deserve their own ranking.

Order of the Phoenix

Many name Order of the Phoenix as their least favorite book – Harry’s angrily depressed for a good portion of the story, and that’s not exactly fun for the readers. A lot of that dementor-y angstiness carries over to the film, which doesn’t make for the best cinematic experience. Quibbles aside, we can all agree that Imelda Staunton was the perfect Umbridge.

Goblet of Fire

This one gets a lot of hate (they did cut out a lot of the best moments), but I don’t know; the awkwardness of the whole Yule Ball debacle kind of saves it for me. Oh, and the adorable Beauxbatons hats.

Deathly Hallows Part I

People say that Deathly Hallows is basically Harry Potter and the Never-ending Camping Trip. Which, okay, it kind of is. But I think the marriage between the book and the movie worked well here – even though Daniel Radcliffe/Emma Watson’s chemistry had everyone clamoring for a rewrite of the Hermione/Ron storyline.

Half-Blood Prince

Half-Blood Prince was awesome, right? Right? ::crickets:: At least JKR’s got my back (it was reportedly her favorite of the first six). I loved the balance of humor and darkness in this one. The Felix Felicis scene? Daniel Radcliffe at this best. And the extra material that Rowling added about Professor Slughorn’s remembrances of Lily Evans? Absolutely beautiful.

Deathly Hallows Part II

A just conclusion for a franchise that went on for roughly a decade – it certainly went out on a bang (well, a bang followed up by that infamously bad epilogue, anyway).

Prisoner of Azkaban

Prisoner of Azkaban was such a breath of fresh air after the first two butcheries, was it not? Many hail it as the film that saved the franchise – it finally captured the humor of the books, and the Harry/stag patronus scene continues to get me time after time. And honestly, the entire time turner sequence made for some popcorn poppin’ cinema.