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  • So the Harry Potter franchise seemingly just is not going to die, with Fantastic Beasts

  • and Where to Find Them coming out in a little over a year. And today, I wanted to go through

  • all 8 Harry Potter films and give my mini-reviews, deciding which is the best and which is the

  • worst. Now a few things to note up front. Firstly, much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe

  • films, there is not a single movie in here that I think is actually bad. Some are better

  • than others, but all of these I really enjoy, and I’ve seen all of them at least three

  • times. Secondly, major spoiler alert for all of the Harry Potter movies. If you haven’t

  • seen one and you don’t want it spoiled, I’ve put the titles of the movies with their

  • times in this video in the description, so if you don’t want something spoiled, just

  • skip to the next film. Ok, with all of that out of the way, let’s start.

  • Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone/Philosopher’s Stone

  • So this is the one that started it all. Before I get into the specifics on this film alone,

  • let me just talk about some stuff that this film started that continued throughout the

  • series. The music by John Williams. John Williams is my favorite film composer, he’s a genius.

  • And this music fits so perfectly with Harry Potter. It’s whimsical, it’s mysterious,

  • it’s intriguing, it’s magical. It’s one of my favorite film scores. Secondly,

  • the characters and casting. Harry Potter is a great and interesting character, he just

  • is. Is his backstory very unique, not really. A kid who is orphaned by the villain who is

  • destined for greatness. But he’s still one of the most iconic characters in all of fiction.

  • Ron and Hermione are great as well, we get to see them become friends over the course

  • of the film and you really believe them as a trio. The Dursleys, Harry’s complete jerk

  • relatives that he has to live are just so damn despicable but that’s why theyre

  • so great. There’s also Malfoy, Tom Felton plays the upper class-ish bully really well.

  • And as far as the rest of the cast, they got the top British talent. Like, the A plus listers.

  • Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Julie Walters, Warwick Davis, Richard Harris who is perfect

  • as Dumbledore. Even little roles with John Cleese, everyone is top notch and they give

  • great performances. Even the child actors are pretty good. Total stand out though, Alan

  • Rickman as Professor Snape. Best performance in the series in my opinion.

  • That’s another thing, everyone and everything is just so accurate to how I imagined them

  • in the books. The kids, the castle, the Quidditch, the spells, the teachers, the Dursleys. It’s

  • like someone looked into my brain because they are disturbingly on point to what I’d

  • pictured. I’d say that’s the one thing this movie does better than all of the others.

  • Is it the best Harry Potter probably not, but it started it all and it’s so full of

  • iconic moments. Everything in this just, I didn’t phrase it like this but I will, feels

  • magical. I was in awe the whole time watching it. Also, just seeing this magical world for

  • the first time, seeing Hogwarts and that first Quidditch game which is always a great scene,

  • and Harry getting rid of the glass in the zoo. It’s an experience. It also has a cool

  • know. As far as my complaints with this? Some 2001

  • CGI doesn’t hold up that well. The whole scene with Neville on the broom, it’s fun,

  • but nowadays it is noticeably computer animated. Same with that troll, it’s a cool scene,

  • yeah, but still, doesn’t really hold up. Yeah, that’s pretty much all that bugs me.

  • So overall, this is a classic and an extremely entertaining one, especially if youve read

  • the books. I might be looking at it with some nostalgia, but I watched it quite recently

  • and it’s still good. It’s an awesome start to the series with fun characters and performances

  • and exciting action and magic and I’ll give it a 9.7/10.

  • Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets So this is actually the longest Harry Potter

  • movie, which is surprising for the second shortest Harry Potter book. And this is a

  • lot like the first one, except there isn’t that factor ofoh wow, this is the first

  • time were seeing this world.” Let’s start with the positives. They introduce Dobby

  • in this movie, and he’s a really funny nice new addition to the series. Dobby becoming

  • a free elf is one of my favorite Harry Potter scenes. The film is also a bit more creepy,

  • for a PG Harry Potter film I mean. For example that giant spiders scene is awesome but I

  • also hate it because as a small child I was terrified of it. I just don’t like spiders,

  • especially when theyre enormous and speak English. The whole climax in the Chamber of

  • Secrets is pretty cool, you find out that Tom is really Voldemort, and the giant basilisk

  • chases Harry, and Harry stabs it in the mouth. That ending is pretty awesome. It’s also

  • still in that realm of kid friendly, fun lighthearted Harry Potter movie, not too much serious stuff

  • happening yet. It’s still a bit silly, with the flying car and all that, and some people

  • won’t like that, but I like to see the Harry Potter films grow along with the audience.

  • You watch the first ones when youre a bit younger, and then as you grow up you watch

  • the rest of them and they become progressively darker, but you don’t mind because youre

  • getting older. So for this one to be a bit more silly, I’m fine with it. Also, I gotta

  • touch on this, the best part of the film is hands down Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart.

  • He’s over the top, he’s arrogant and he just really cracks me up. I feel like they

  • used just enough of him so you got what you wanted but he didn’t become obnoxious.

  • Now for the negatives. For one, again, the CGI and special effects are good, but there

  • are some that still are a bit unconvincing. This film is also filled to the brim with

  • conveniences and plot holes. It’s not like the other films didn’t have plot conveniences

  • but this one is the worst offender. It is also noticeably the longest Harry Potter film,

  • there are a few things that potentially could have been cut out.

  • But in the end, another movie in the series I enjoyed. It’s a step down from the first

  • film, but not a huge step down. You could still watch these two and be like yeah, that’s

  • a good continuation of the story. I’m gonna give it an 8.5/10.

  • Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. So with this third installment Chris Columbus

  • was taken off the franchise and it was handed over to Alfonso Cuaron. In case you don’t

  • know, he went on to direct Children of Men and Gravity, so he’s a pretty great director.

  • And he might have made the best Harry Potter. This movie is pretty distinctly different

  • than the last two. You can tell this is a different director. I wouldn’t say it’s

  • necessarily a lot darker, although I would say this is the transition between the kid

  • friendly first movies and the more adult later films. It has a bit of a more weird, gothic

  • element to it. As far as what I liked, well everything. The movie starts with that awesome

  • scene where Harry’s aunt gets blown up. It just sets up the tone of the movie so well.

  • Also, just for the movie in general, the visual effects are astonishing especially for 2004.

  • Any sort of hokey CG is gone. This movie also added some new characters, like Professor

  • Lupin, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew, all of whom work really well. Gary Oldman

  • and David Thewlis give good performances, and Peter Pettigrew, going back to something

  • I said earlier, is exactly how I imagined him reading the book.

  • Unfortunately, Richard Harris passed away between these movies so they got Michael Gambon

  • to take over and he was pretty great. He definitely was a bit meaner and less cheerful than the

  • previous one, but I think he fit well with the new films. I can’t really imagine Richard

  • Harris pulling off these sorts of scenes. The Dementors are introduced and they are

  • goddamn terrifying. Nightmares. Nightmares everywhere. The movie is sort of packed to

  • the brim as far a bit of varying style and tone, which sometimes can ruin a movie, but

  • in this one it absolutely works. It’s funny in some parts, it’s scary in some parts,

  • it’s everything. There’s this sense of wonder around the whole film. It’s also

  • pretty emotional, more so than the first two. Then there’s the climax, or at least the

  • lead up to the climax, it’s the whole thing where Lupin turns into werewolf, which is

  • one of if not the best scene in the entire franchise. The visual effects are outstanding,

  • and seeing this character that youve grown to like turn into this monster, it’s awesome.

  • The whole time travel thing at the end, sure it doesn’t make any sense why they don’t

  • use it again, but it was still really interesting. And also the big Expecto Patronum at the end

  • is undeniably pretty cool. *clip* There are just too many good things to say about this

  • film. I love this movie, I’ve seen it more times than most films, it’s the best fantasy

  • film I’ve ever seen and needless to say Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban gets

  • a 10/10.

  • Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire So for this movie the director changed again,

  • now going to Mike Newell. And another change was that, while the previous 3 films had been

  • rated PG, this one was going for some more adult themes and therefore got a PG-13. And

  • yeah, this one is more dark than the others. It’s not very dark or anything, but there

  • aren’t gonna be any pixies in this one. The kid actors have also grown up a bit now,

  • and the romances that play a big part in the rest of the series start in this movie. Now

  • this film is essentially about the Triwizard Tournament, where 3 kids go through 3 insanely

  • dangerous trials because Dumbledore loves child murder. And I have to say just in general,

  • I like seeing those kinds of insanely dangerous trials. It’s why I really liked Catching

  • Fire, I just find it really entertaining watching people have to face extreme challenge after

  • extreme challenge. As far as the challenges themselves, theyre really good. The dragon

  • one is the best of them, and it’s fantastic. The visual effects at this point are now really

  • awesome, and the dragon looks amazing. The entire chase with it was great. The underwater

  • challenge is good, but it nothing really stood out about it. And the maze was good, but it

  • was a lot better in the book. In the book theyve got giant spiders and Boggarts and

  • a bunch of stuff lurking around the corners, in this, there isn’t much besides...Voldemort.

  • In this film were introduced to new characters, 1 being Edward from Twilight, who isn’t

  • that bad in this. Another is Mad Eye Moody, kind of, the plot twist that it’s actually

  • Barty Crouch Jr. wasn’t mindblowing but it works. And finally we get to see Voldemort

  • for real. I was wondering how they were gonna do Voldemort, and Ralph Fiennes just perfectly

  • ecompasses what I wanted this character to be. Sure he doesn’t have a ton of backstory

  • yet and so he’s more just kind of an albino bald guy, but he’s a really creepy albino

  • bald guy. In this movie we also get to see more of the magic world, which I liked. Like,

  • there are other schools and other types of wizards in this world, not just...British

  • ones. For what I didn’t like, besides the Triwizard

  • Tournament, nothing is super memorable about this, which is ok because the Triwizard Tournament

  • is the main part of it. But I was rewatching this and I was like, “Oh, this also that

  • Quidditch match and oh this also has Mad Eye Moody and oh this also has the Yule Ball.”

  • Those things weren’t bad, but they just didn’t stick out to me is all. The plot

  • doesn’t make a ton of sense, which is a given for a Harry Potter film, but in this

  • one it’s just really illogical. So theyve got this cup that you can’t put your name

  • in unless youre like 17 or something like that. And there are only supposed to be three

  • contestants. Tri-wizard, get it? But so after the three contestants have been announced,

  • Harry Potter’s name pops out, and Dumbledore and the teachers are like, this is obviously

  • trick, someone’s trying to kill Harry Potter just like in every other year he’s been

  • at this school….but what the hell, let’s do this anyway. And so they just let him compete.

  • I get it’s a fantasy film, but just some explanations couldve been nice.

  • So ultimately, this is the real start of the darker Potter films, some can argue it was

  • Prisoner of Azkaban, I say it was this. This is when the main villain of the series officially

  • returns, it’s got a lot of cool moments, it’s got some downtime as well, which would

  • be bad if I wasn’t so invested in these characters. This all adds up to an 8.9/10

  • from me.

  • Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix So for the 5th film the director changed yet

  • again, but don’t worry, this guy sticks for the rest of the series. I know a lot of

  • people who say this is their favorite Harry Potter film and a lot of people who say it’s

  • their least favorite. And I don’t think it’s the best, but it’s still a pretty

  • great entertaining ride. Well, specifically, what I liked. Hands down, best part of the

  • film is Umbridge. Professor Umbridge is a fantastic villain, she is so despicable and

  • I actually wanted to punch her in the face. Like with Voldemort, youre like yeah, bad

  • guy, bald guy, better stop him. But this woman is just so much of a jerk on a more human

  • level, and it’s a lot more relatable because I think weve all had the Umbridge teacher

  • in our lives. If you haven’t, you will. At the end, when she gets, let’s say