Since J.K. Rowling released her first novel in 1997, the Harry Potter universe has been transformed into one of the most beloved and successful film franchise’s of all-time, with a total of ten (three more to come) movies taking place in the Wizarding World. As they do with almost every film series on the planet, fans around the world have their own personal ranking of the Wizarding World franchise, but what do the critics think?
From Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, every film in the Harry Potter franchise delivers an outrageously intriguing and exciting wizarding adventure, but it’s fair to say they’re not all equal. For the latest post on The Blog That Must Not Be Named, I’ve assembled a lift of every film in the Harry Potter franchise (including Fantastic Beasts) and ranked them from worst to best, according to their official critic score on Rotten Tomatoes.
It’s important to note that this isn’t my personal list and The Blog That Must Not Be Named is in no way claiming this to be the “correct” ranking of the Wizarding World franchise, but the official Rotten Tomatoes scores give us an interesting look at what critics think of the Harry Potter universe!
Check out the ranking below:
10. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald – 36%
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has glimmers of the magic familiar to Harry Potter fans, but the story’s spell isn’t as strong as earlier instalments” – Rotten Tomatoes
9. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them – 74%
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them draws on Harry Potter‘s rich mythology to deliver a spinoff that dazzles with franchise-building magic all its own” – Rotten Tomatoes
8. Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix – 77%
“It’s not easy to take the longest Harry Potter book and streamline it into the shortest HP movie, but director David Yates does a bang-up job of it, creating an Order of the Phoenix that’s entertaining and action-packed” – Rotten Tomatoes
7. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 – 77%
“It can’t help but feel like the prelude it is, but Deathly Hallows: Part I is a beautifully filmed, emotionally satisfying penultimate instalment for the Harry Potter series” – Rotten Tomatoes
6. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone – 81%
“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone adapts its source material faithfully while condensing the novel’s overstuffed narrative into an involving — and often downright exciting — big-screen magical caper” – Rotten Tomatoes
5. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets – 83%
“Though perhaps more enchanting for younger audiences, Chamber of Secrets is nevertheless both darker and livelier than its predecessor, expanding and improving upon the first film’s universe” – Rotten Tomatoes
4. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince – 83%
“Dark, thrilling, and occasionally quite funny, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is also visually stunning and emotionally satisfying” – Rotten Tomatoes
3. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire – 88%
“The main characters are maturing, and the filmmakers are likewise improving on their craft; vibrant special effects and assured performances add up to what is the most complex yet of the Harry Potter films” – Rotten Tomatoes
2. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban – 90%
“Under the assured direction of Alfonso Cuaron, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban triumphantly strikes a delicate balance between technical wizardry and complex storytelling” – Rotten Tomatoes
1. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – 96%
Thrilling, powerfully acted, and visually dazzling, Deathly Hallows Part II brings the Harry Potter franchise to a satisfying — and suitably magical — conclusion” –Rotten Tomatoes
Do you agree with Rotten Tomatoes’ ranking of the Wizarding World film franchise? Make sure to let me know in the comments section below this post!
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