” After all this time ? “: Ranking of the” Harry Potter “film series

November 14 marked the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone making its big-screen debut in theaters nationwide.

So of course, as a die-hard Harry Potter fan that I am – (“After all this time?” “Always.”) – I thought it would be a fun little idea to rank the eight films of my least favorite. to my most favorite. Again, this is all my own opinion, so don’t take it as a bad luck.

Grab your wands and hop aboard the Hogwarts Express to remember yourself by my side, wizards and witches.

Warning: a controversy will erupt.

# 8: The Chamber of Secrets (2)

Release date: November 14, 2002

I feel bad because this is such a timely work of art. But, in comparison to the rest, there’s a reason why this movie was never one of my fingers automatically popped into the DVD case.

I love the way it directs your brain one way and then hits you with a quick Levicorpus hex and before you know it you’re hanging up in the air by your ankle in shock because WHAT ?! The heir of Slytherin WASN’T Draco Malfoy ?! (Although I knew this before watching because I first read the books like a true fan …)

But, there is a level of cringe that makes this movie unappealing and seems like a bargain in the fandom, from my perspective.

# 7: Sorcerer’s Stone (1)

Release date: November 14, 2001

My mother bless her heart put this bad boy in the VHS player for me one night around the age of nine and since then I’ve been addicted to the wizarding world lore. You could say she created a monster, but, as Rubeus Hagrid said, “’I am what I am, and’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed …’ don’t not worth worrying about ‘. “

This film is a classic. I like to watch it for the sole purpose of feeling like a kid again.

I had always wanted to receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter by owl on my 11th birthday. I had dreamed of going down Diagon Alley, having my dresses adjusted by Madame Malkin, picking me a wand in Ollivanders, collecting my books for the potions class at Flourish & Blotts and crossing the barrier at Kings Cross on September 1 at 11 a.m. sharp.

I’m sure you can imagine the overwhelming pain I felt when it never came and was forced to enroll in sixth grade instead. Yeah, I’m still angry about it to this day.

# 6: Deathly Hallows (part 1) (7)

Release date: November 19, 2010

This two games went really well. The first half was good, but the second half really took the cake here. I love the scene of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour’s wedding and the animated tale of The Three Brothers Tale. The Malfoy Manor scene, however, always chills my blood no matter how many times I’ve seen it. I don’t even want to talk about Hermione Granger’s screams as Bellatrix pulled that knife on her arm – they echoed in my ears for hours after my parents took me to opening night.

This film is only the beginning of the long journey that awaits the Golden Trio. They go through a lot more in the second half, obviously, but the first half is crucial for that build-up, so never skip it. I beg you.

# 5: Order of the Phoenix (5)

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Release date: July 11, 2007

Two words: Dolores Ombrage. The devil’s daughter, or maybe she’s the real devil. Either way, I hate her more than I hate Voldemort, and that’s a lot. She really deserved to be killed after Harry and Hermione left her in the woods with the centaurs towards the end of the movie. I said what I said.

This movie was never at the top of the list for me. She and the Chamber of Secrets shared the same dust in my DVD collection. But, I recently saw him again in his forties and fell in love.

It’s one of the saddest movies in the series with the death of Harry’s last family member, his godfather Sirius Black. And, I would like to say, that’s a hell of a slap in the face for Harry, who couldn’t even get his closest friends to believe what he had seen in the graveyard until later. This gives a chance not too soon, but not too late to see how the students of Hogwarts begin to prepare for the long road of death and destruction to come as life continues as usual outside the hall. on demand.

# 4: The Prisoner of Azkaban (3)

Release date: June 4, 2004

This film introduces us to what came before – the Marauders, aka Harry’s father, James Potter, and his three friends, Remus Lupine, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew. It exposes the truth behind why Harry’s parents were targeted by the Dark Lord in the first place and allows Harry to learn what grief and forgiveness really is for the first time in his teenage years. It provides a lot of context and connection needed to explain why things are the way they are.

# 3: Goblet of Fire (4)

Release date: November 18, 2005

This film is the turning point of the whole series. Harry finally sees the man who tore his world apart in the flesh for the first time and it just goes to show how hard it is to make a community of people believe. It’s a great take on the “Boy Who Cried Wolf” theory and it’s an early indicator of how bloodthirsty people are doing for Harry’s life. There is some evidence that viewers can see, but it’s hidden easily enough by the high-powered reputations Death Eaters like Lucius Malfoy defend.

# 2: The Half-Blood Prince (6)

Release date: July 15, 2009

One of my favorite scenes from the entire series is in this movie: The Burrow Fire. It makes the hair stand on end in anticipation, even though I know exactly what to expect.

This is the last movie where we really see Hogwarts as a home, and not as a battlefield strewn with the corpses of our beloved characters. The way we see that each person has their own life and their own secrets, whether it’s Draco Malfoy with the Vanishing Cabinet task or Hermione with the mere fact that even her Muggle parents are no longer safe, even Dumbledore leaves. the hunt for Horcrux. It is the ultimate fall of light and the rise of darkness.

# 1: Deathly Hallows (part 2) (8)

Release date: July 15, 2011

Really, I’m not generally the ‘last movie is my favorite movie’ type. It sounds cliché and makes me feel like someone who only watched the show because it was mainstream. When in reality it’s quite the opposite – I binge the series at least once a year, if not more.

I used to tell people that the only reason this movie is my favorite was for that split second we see Draco at the end of the Hogwarts battle.

It was still a joke, though, because I really think the whole movie itself is very well crafted. The attention to detail was impeccable and it was a great way to both honor and wrap up the series.

While I don’t like JK Rowling at all as a person, his creation of the Wizarding World is something that never surprises me.

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Andrea G. Henderson