The Harry Potter movies have become a classic in the film industry; many viewers consider them an icon of pop culture. However, according to the opinion of different film specialists and fans, not all the films in this franchise were developed and directed with the same quality as the others.
The Harry Potter saga consists of 8 films based on 7 books written by the British JK Rowling; where the magical story of an orphaned wizard boy is told, who grows up and discovers things about his past, present and future, accompanied by friends who support him unconditionally in the face of any trial, struggle and adversity. On the other hand, we also have 2 prequels that extend this fantastic universe, inspired by the magical world of the United States, years before our little wizard was born. Starring Newt Scamander (mage defender of magical creatures), this new adventure takes us down another path that promises 5 installments, of which 2 have already been released in theaters.
Each of the books has been adapted to the cinema, thanks to the efforts of different teams such as producers, directors, screenwriters, costume designers, special effects specialists, among others. Although all the Harry Potter movies were box office hits and were well received by viewers, some film critics consider certain films less interesting than others. For this reason, we detail below some considerations of the 10 films of this franchise in order of appearance on the big screen.
Harry potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Although many fans think that it should be in the first place, since this movie was the one that gave rise to this entire magical world; the majority of film critics position it in third place. Director Chris Columbus and his production team managed to create a story suitable for the little ones in the house, where they presented every detail of the book, captivating the viewer from beginning to end. In addition, the choice of the cast could not be more successful; each actor managed to perfectly star his characters, making the film flow easily. The acceptance of this film within the children’s audience was so great that companies soon marketed products with this theme, such as Harry Potter Legos, action figures, scarves, costumes, among many other accessories and toys.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Being the second film in the saga and the longest, since its projection lasts 161 minutes, this film achieves a faithful and exact adaptation of the book. Director Chris Columbus was commissioned in this installment to bring to life important elements of the story, as well as trying to introduce darker factors into it.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Considered the best film in the saga, this third installment premiered in 2004 and was directed by renowned Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón. We must emphasize that this director managed to give a more complex and mature change of style to the story and how his characters unfold in it; furthermore, he put on a special and imaginative touch, fluently transforming each page of the book into a wonderful tape.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Based on one of the most complete and exciting books in the saga, this film contains everything we can expect from a magical universe, such as dragons, magic competitions, and strange creatures. Its director, Mike Newell, manages in this installment to generate a transition from Harry Potter as a child to a teenager, subtly introducing the maturity of our characters.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
This film has bad reviews made by film specialists and fans, who think that the staged plot did not have exciting elements to entertain the viewer.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Although this film does not show all of Voldemort’s past, we must say that at least it allows us to learn a little more about this sinister character. This tape allows us to know the origin, ambitions and sorrows of Lord Voldemort; injecting more darkness into the plot.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
The seventh installment of the saga was directed by David Yates, while the creation of the script was at the hands of Steven Kloves; both were in charge of lightening the plot of this film a bit, since it was based on one of the darkest, dense and complex books of the saga. At first it may seem a bit leisurely and slow; however, this tape allows us to know the history of the Deathly Hallows, and gives us sad and moving moments such as Dobbie’s death.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The director of this latest installment of Harry Potter, David Yates, was in charge of giving a dignified and moving closure to this adventure, surprising viewers with the most anticipated and epic battle between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. The tape from start to finish keeps the viewer in an ups and downs of emotions, meeting the expectations that all fans expected for this outcome.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald
This prequel plunges us into a new adventure starring Newt Scamander in the magical territory of the United States. Many critics find the stories in both films to feel too forced and uninvolved, as they try to explain a huge amount of new detail in a short amount of time, which ends up being confusing for the viewer.
Now, these films have been a phenomenon in the film industry, and likewise, an entire franchise has been created around them, because in the market you can get from the best Harry Potter lego of the moment, to board games and video games inspired by this theme. For this reason, this may be a great time for you to see the saga for the first time, or if you are a fan, to repeat them again and make your own opinion about which one you consider to be the best.