I am a fantasy nut. The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars are pretty much my favorite things ever; Harry Potter however, is one that I love most of the time, and then the other times not so much. So I’m gonna do a little something special here, and review all 8 Harry Potter movies, with brief paragraphs and a percentage rating. Remember, these are MY opinions, you’re welcome to disagree and argue with me in the comment section 🙂
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Review: The Philosopher’s Stone is a sweet, whimsical voyage of escapism, utilizing a solid novel as the basis for the script, and big name British actors to produce one of best examples of world-building in modern cinema.
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Review: Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets builds on the visual effects presented in the first film whilst improving the narrative with decidedly more serious consequences. The film is engaging, and fresh, albeit a bit fragmented.
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Review: A grim perception of the Harry Potter universe that thrust the beloved franchise into a spiral of success after this fully realized, well paced, visual spectacle of a film. With lovable new characters and tremendous performances, Alfonso Cuaron’s directing is deftly at work here, as he chaperones the saga into the young adult genre.
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Review: The Goblet of fire takes a tiny halt on the serious tone set by its predecessor to deliver a fun, and thrilling adventure worthy of the Harry Potter Franchise. Towards the tail- end of the movie however, it ties in more to the overarching story, but it’s not enough to take away the episodic feel the rest of the film bears.
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Review: A improvement on its source material, the Order of the Phoenix explores more about the character of Harry Potter than any other film in the franchise, and does so with artistic style, a compelling narrative and gorgeous set pieces. The novel was a bit of a slow starter, and was quite chunky in the middle; but this film however, is emotionally resonant and extremely hooking, even if it does feel a little too ” Teen Angsty” at times.
6. Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince
Review: My favorite novel of the franchise, the Halfblood prince was a fantasy YA novel, infused with elements of mystery, thriller and tragedy. The film manages to get most of it right, but it skips out on the most important part of the book (the actual mystery of the halfblood prince). The Halfblood prince isn’t only action packed, and incredibly interesting, but it’s also a tragic tale, which is why the adaptation goes over positive for me.
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Review: A dull, and rather boring outing of the usually enchanting franchise, the Deathly Hallows part 1 falls prey to all the shortcomings expected of a film that is essentially “half of a whole”, namely pacing and story delivery.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Review: A film of epic proportions, and convention busting prowess; unfortunately, the fact that it is the latter half of one movie, leaves the spectacle to be a collection of satisfying moments, rather than a full cohesive story.
I know I have a bevy of unpopular opinions when it comes to this franchise, but my feelings will stand, and unless someone is able to change my mind… these are my thoughts on the Harry Potter films! If you want to talk about it be sure to drop a comment in the comment section with your thoughts on the beloved franchise. Thanks for popping by and “Mischief Managed.”