Okay, even the most hardcore fan of the HP novels has to admit, the movies were really good. Sure, they weren’t especially deep or thought-provoking, but they are fun to watch and you’ll probably watch them more then a few times (I believe I’m on my 50th viewing of Sorcerer’s Stone). And so, although not quite as good as the books, the Harry Potter films gave all three of those people who hadn’t read the books a reason to get interested in the adventures of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. So anyway, onto the list, which arranges the 8 Harry Potter films into a Worst to Best order. In addition, I will post a few other ‘awards’ along the list, including “Best Director” and “Best Character.” Now, onto the list! (Oh yeah, and watch out for SPOILERS!!!)
#8. Chamber of Secrets
Ugh….. The one nasty pimple on the beautiful face of the HP series, Chamber of Secrets was, and still is, the worst entry in the HP saga, both in the movies and the books. The story is the simplest of the series, with no suspense or mystery at all. Not to mention that this entry introduced the bumbling, Jar-Jar Binks-esque, self abusing house-elf, Dobby…… *shudder*. Seriously, this guy makes me want to mute the TV whenever he comes on. As a matter of fact, when Dobby dies in Deathly Hallows P.1, I was the only one in the whole theater who wasn’t misty-eyed. Now when Fred died, I did tear up a bit. But Dobby? Nope. Chamber of Secrets is certainly worth a watch, but just know that every other Harry Potter movie is about 20 times better. And bye the way, the Basilisk would have totally smelled Harry in that sewer drain.
#7. Deathly Hallows P.1
It really pains me to put Deathly Hallows P.1 at #7, but compared to the rest of the movies, Deathly Hallows was just lacking something. Maybe it was Ron’s constant bickering, maybe it was the fact that the whole Horcrux necklace thing was ripped straight out of Lord of the Rings, or maybe it was that Harry, Ron, and Hermione were the only characters who had more than 10 lines. Still, Deathly Hallows had some great moments, like the battle with the snake, the Battle of Malfoy Manor, the wedding, Dobby’s death (Note, I am saying it was good scene in terms of how it was done, not because I’m glad Dobby died!) DH P.1 is easily the most emotional entry, with lots of yelling and teen angst. Deathly Hallows is miles better than Chamber of Secrets, but it’s just not as good as the other entries.
Not only did David Yates direct 4 films where Christopher Columbus only did 2, but he also brought a new darker edge to Harry Potter that complimented the fun and sometimes silly world of HP beautifully. He has also won over 30 awards. Oh, and he’s British. That too.
#6. Goblet of Fire
The ‘black sheep’ of the series does not focus on Voldemort (save for the end), does not focus on some mystical object or person, and does not introduce any major characters who stays through the series (save for Cho, who only had 5 lines in the whole movie.) This was the first entrant in the series to introduce other schools in the Potter world. The 3 events were fantastically choreographed and the dialogue was fantastic. There are a couple mishaps though. Ron and Harry’s bizarre feud was simply idiotic, and I found the other schools boring. Still, Goblet of Fire is a great film, and it introduced Mad-Eye Moody, the only intriguing character who was actually new. And, the ending sets the scene for Order of the Phoenix, which is mind-blowingly amazing. This is the first ‘dark’ Harry Potter film in my opinion.
#5. Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Going into this monster of a film, I expected something along the lines of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Did the lofty expectation come true? Meh….Not really. It’s still a fantastic film, but didn’t have much of a unique hook that differed it from the other HP, making a slightly less interesting entry. E