Everyone has their own lists of which Harry Potter movies are the best, and after rewatching all of the movies in order I have a list of my own. It’s hard to rank them because their not exactly bad, they’re all really good movies, it’s just some of the movies are better than others. Now, ranking the books is another story and that’s something I just can’t do. However, I can say Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite book, and that is all I will say on the subject. Now, let’s see which one is my favorite movie.
8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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Let me start out by saying that out of all the movies, this one left out of the most information from the book. It’s not a bad movie, it’s just the one that looked as if it was thrown together with bits and pieces of information from the book. Harry is extremely angry throughout the movie, and his whole attitude towards Ron and Hermonie just bothered me. They were just trying to be there for him, but he wouldn’t let them, and I get he was trying to protect them,considering how Voldermort just killed Cedric Diggory, but his attitude was uncalled for. Also, Dolores Umbridge is in this one, and although Imelda Stauton did an amazing job portraying her, her character is just the worst in all of Harry Potter history, but I still think she was lacking in this movie. Yeah they showed how evil and annoying she is but it still wasn’t enough. Also, the whole thing with Dumbledore refusing to look Harry in the eye and acknowledge his presence bothered me. The poor boy is reaching out for help and you’re just ignoring him because he’s upset? Nice move Dumbledore. Then Sirius died and that was just awful to watch, and the whole thing leading up to Harry going to the Ministry happened so fast and sudden, and it was just a lot of jumping around. The movie didn’t flow like it should have and the book is so good. It would be amazing if they could re-do this one but I know they won’t.
7. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
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The main thing that bothers me about this movie is the lack of Hocrux talk. The way it was presented to Harry wasn’t portrayed correctly, and Harry wasn’t stressing over them as much as he should have been. His main concern throughout the movie was his crush on Ginny and trying to win over Professor Slughorn to obtain that one memory. Also, Hermonie and Ron’s relationship took a front seat as well, which was nice and all but what about the Horcruxes? That’s the whole point of this movie, was to find out vital information about Voldermort and how to destroy him. Who cares if Harry has a crush on Ginny? or if Hermonie is jealous of Ron’s relationship with Lavendar Brown? I mean, it’s not that no one cares, but it didn’t need to be the focus of the movie. Still, one of my favorite scenes out of all the movies is in the this one and that’s when Hermonie, Ron, and Harry are walking back to Hogwarts in the snow, and Hermonie puts her arms around them. It just happens for a split second, but still it was such a sweet moment between friends. Anyway, Harry’s obsession with Draco was annoying too, even though he had good reason considering everything. Still the Horcruxes, Harry! Then of course Dumbledore dies, and that was sad and all, but I expected a bit more from that moment as well. It’s not a bad movie though, it just left out a vital piece of information and decided to focus on teen romance instead.
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
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This movie had some good parts, but it was kind of slow for me. The beginning was great and full of action and suspense, but then they got the locket and had no way of destroying it for months. Then Ron became jealous of Harry and Hermonie, and left, which made the movie even slower after that, because it was just a bunch of scenes of Harry and Hermonie sulking and moving from different places. Then they had that weird dance scene which was just unnecessary. It picks up when they go to Harry’s childhood home with his parents, and they’re attacked, and then they go back to the woods in hiding and Ron finds them, and Harry also manages to find the sword of Gryffindor. Great, after over an hour of nothing they’re able to destroy the locket. Then the movie picks up towards the end. Saddest part is when Dobby dies of course. I don’t dislike this movie, it’s just slow and not as interesting as it should have been.
5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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Remember when I said this one is my favorite book? Surprised to see it’s number 5? Don’t get me wrong when you separate the book from the movie, it’s not bad at all. I do like this movie a lot, and of course the part when all is revealed under the Whomping Willow with Sirius is the best part, and then of course when Harry and Hermonie use the time turner, that was also amazing. However, the movie just doesn’t flow properly, and there’s a lot of jumping around with scenes. One minute he’s on the knight bus and then he’s at the Shrieking Shack and then BAM! He’s on the Hogwarts express and back at Hogwarts. Everything just happened so fast, I just wanted it to slow down a bit. Other than that, I don’t have much of a problem with this one.
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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Triwizard Tournament, need I say more? Reading about it was one thing, but seeing it on the screen is just so amazing. It was everything I imagined and ten times better. Although, it bothered me when Ron was upset with Harry for being a part of it, and then Hermonie took Ron’s side, instead of hearing Harry’s take on it. His best friends ditched him while he was struggling with being a part of this major tournament, some friends. Then of course all is forgiven before the first round with Hermonie, and then after the round with Ron, but still it was unnecessary. I get Ron is jealous of Harry, but did Hermonie need to follow suit? Ron was just super jealous throughout this movie, first with Harry and then with Hermonie and Viktor Krum at the Yule Ball. Anyway, besides Ron’s attitude in this movie, all of the Triwizard Tournament scenes were amazing, the Yule Ball was great too, and Mad-Eye Moody was introduced, well Barty Crouch Jr was undercover as him, but still, even that was cool! However, the way Cedric was killed was very sad, and for Harry to witness that and then deal with Voldermort at the same time, was just a lot to process, but also very cool.
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone
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This is the movie that started it all, and it has a special place in my heart. I hate to admit this, but I watched this movie before reading the book, so this movie sparked by love of Harry Potter and drove me to read the books. So, I owe my love for the series to this movie. However, as much as I love this movie, my only issue with it is the beginning. Again, it happened so fast, and I don’t understand how on Harry’s birthday Hagrid takes Harry shopping for school supplies and then the next day takes him to train station. Harry’s birthday is on July 31, and the Hogwarts Express leaves September 1. So, plot hole? Anyway, this movie is just great, we’re introduced to Harry, Ron and Hermonie, along with everyone else, and the best part of course is when they go on their first adventure to find the Sorcerer’s Stone. Although, I always wondered why Harry was so interested in the stone in the first place. Whatever. It was his first year at Hogwarts and it was magical and adventurous, which is what it was like for me when I first experienced this wonderful world of magic.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
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Too be honest I am very surprised this ranks so high with me, because I haven’t sat through this movie since I saw it in theaters. However, when I watched it again full through recently I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. The whole battle scene was awesome of course, and it will forever break my heart that Fred died, but the whole movie is just awesome. It’s bittersweet too, because it’s the last in this movie franchise, but it’s just so awesome. My favorite part is when Harry and Voldemort are dueling and Harry grabs him and says “Come on Tom, let’s finish this the way we started…TOGETHER!” Then they jump off the side of the building. That was just wow! He even called him TOM! Neville killing Nagini was also awesome, and him standing up to Voldemort was everything. Then, of course, Molly killing Bellatrix, AND calling her a bitch! Wow! Reading that was one thing but hearing her actually say it! Ugh I love this movie. Lot’s of sadness, but also lots of awesomeness with a beautiful ending.
1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Surprised? It’s okay if you are but I love this movie! Out of all the movies this one to me is the closets to the book. There maybe some aspects that are different, but for the most part, it tells the story the book tells, and it barely left anything out. Lockhart is just as annoying and self-centered as he is in the book. Everyone is afraid of Harry when they hear him speak parseltongue, and there are just so many great scenes in this one. When Dobby visits Harry at Privet Drive, when Ron and the twins help Harry escape, Ron and Harry take the car to Hogwarts, need I go on? This film has it all and the best part it has a nice flow to it, it’s not rushed, it tells the story and it gets to the point. I could watch this movie over and over and over again if I wanted to, and I do. Whenever I want to watch a Harry Potter movie this is the one I always put on. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the movies, but this one is just my favorite.
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