Wizarding World

All things Harry Potter, Hogwarts, and magical vs muggle.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic, brilliant beasts and an epic return to a wonderfully detailed, intriguing fantasy world.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Some stilted moments, but a worthy enough successor that greatly improves the world-building and nicely increases the stakes.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One

A decent bridge film with some very powerful moments that does suffer from having to focus on the less interesting story arcs of the book.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two

The epic payoff to the darkness of the last few films, creating a cracking ending to a classic franchise. Magical!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The worst adaptation in the franchise. Not terrible, but the scriptwriters clearly forgot to check that what they had left actually worked once they got it to fit within the timeframe of a movie.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Unfortunately focuses on budding love interests rather than the real stories at the heart of the plot and the parallels of Snape, Dumbledore, Draco and Harry. Very much a setup movie for the big finalΓ©.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Turns out, this is my favourite. A dark yet relatable plot, with a strangely realistic vision of evil in Umbridge, make for some very interesting social commentary and a much deeper, more personal experience. Harry Potter grows up!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

A solid entrance to the franchise which has held up surprisingly well whilst maintaining a genuine sense of mysticism.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Still the best-directed film of the series, with some truly stunning cinematography and thematic linkages, but the plot feels a little less well put together than I had remembered.

The Secrets of Dumbledore

A more interesting plot and some excellent excuses for fantastic critters made for a slightly better third outing.

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