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When you think of the most popular book and movie franchise of all time, one name comes to mind: Harry Potter. It has become a cultural phenomenon around the globe and has truly changed the world. 

The first book series was written by J.K. Rowling and the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in 1997, followed by immediate widespread success.

J.K. Rowling was traveling on a train from Manchester to London when she originally thought of the idea for the seven-book series. 

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In an excerpt of The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time, J.K. Rowling speaks of her clear vision of the book that she felt on that train 

I could see Harry very clearly; this scrawny little boy, and it was the most physical rush of excitement,” she recalls. “I’ve never felt that excited about anything to do with writing. I’ve never had an idea that gave me such a physical response.”

Since the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997, the books became widely popular among both younger readers and adults and are hailed as some of the best works of modern literature. 

Since I have not read all the books, I reached out to some of my closest Harry Potter superfan friends to see which book is the best. Many of them had the same consensus and believe the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is the best because it serves as a turning point for the series. This is a very transformational time for Harry because he is essentially losing his childhood and there is no going back to the way things used to be.

Twitter seems to have a different opinion. 

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Whether we are assessing the Harry Potter novels or films, they are both masterfully created and based on the imaginative world built by J.K. Rowling. 

Where was Harry Potter filmed?

If you’re wondering where Harry Potter was filmed, it mostly filmed in Leavesden Studio, but many of the exterior shots were set all around the United Kingdom in Oxford, London, and Scotland. In 2012, Leavesden Studios was opened to the public for touring and was renamed Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden. 

How many Harry Potter movies are there?

While there are seven Harry Potter books, the last book was split into two films, with a total of eight movies spanning over the course of ten years. This article is your cue to go rewatch all of the Harry Potter movies in order and experience the magic and evolution of your favorite characters all over again. Here’s a quick recap of all the movies and where to watch them.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

The first adaptation of JK Rowling’s novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone centers around Harry Potter, an eleven-year-old orphan who learns of his family lineage of powerful wizards on his birthday. He’s called upon to leave his life behind and attend Hogwarts, a fantastical boarding school for wizards. It is at Hogwarts that Harry Potter meets some of his closest friends and embarks on the ultimate adventure. In The Sorcerer’s Stone, there are some of the most memorable Harry Potter quotes that we all still remember to this day. 

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No matter how old you are, it’s probably been an eternity since you re-watched this classic film. To relive your childhood, you can watch the first film of the series on Peacock. 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, there is rumored to be an underground monster at Hogwarts. Dobby, a cryptic elf, tells Harry Potter about the impending doom. From messages written in blood on the wall to flying cars, nothing could have prepared Harry Potter and the students at Hogwarts for the terror to come. 

This film had us all on the edge of our seats and can be watched on the Peacock app. 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

In Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts, he learns that the crazed killer, Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) escaped from Azkaban Prison and is out for blood. Rifts are created in the friendship between the trio of Ron, Hermione, and Harry, and dementors are sent to Hogwarts to wreak havoc. This third film in the Harry Potter franchise is filled with twists and turns and truly proves that things are not always as they seem. The film is available to watch on Peacock and Amazon Prime.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

When Harry Potter returns for his fourth year of Hogwarts, his name is drawn to compete in a dangerous competition, The Triwizard Tournament,  with other schools of magic. Even though Harry is ineligible to compete, he must partake in this dangerous competition. You can watch chaos ensue on Peacock. 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

After five years studying at Hogwarts, the stakes have never been higher for Harry, as he navigates the return of the clandestine Voldemort. Harry is struggling with schoolwork and impending turmoil. A Phoenix is a magical bird that dies and is reborn from its own ashes, and this is exactly what Harry does. You can watch Harry’s transformation on Peacock. 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, death eaters viciously attack both the wizard and muggle world. Harry also discovers a book with the writing “the property of the half-blood prince,” and dives into the dark past of Lord Voldemort. Through this information, Harry must discover Voldemort’s weaknesses, so that he can defeat him. This Harry Potter film is streaming on Peacock and Amazon Prime. 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)

In this seventh Harry Potter film, we continue to follow Harry in his journey to defeat Lord Voldemort. Dark forces threaten to tear apart the dynamic trio, but this makes their bond and loyalty to one another stronger than ever. With death-eaters taking over Hogwarts, Harry, Hemione and Ron must prepare to face the worst. This film in the Harry Potter series is streaming on Peacock and is available to rent through