Every Wizarding World Movie Ranked, From ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ To ‘The Secrets Of Dumbledore’

Well folks, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore is finally set to land in cinemas tomorrow – meaning we can finally begin to talk about the latest Wizarding World adventure! I was lucky enough to be invited to a press screening of The Secrets Of Dumbledore earlier this week, meaning I’ve had plenty of time to think about my updated ranking of the Wizarding World film franchise.

As you may or may not already know, The Blog That Must Not Be Named originally launched as a Wizarding World fan blog, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise to see that I take the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movies extremely seriously. Now that the latest Wizarding World movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore, is about to land in cinemas, I thought it was time to share my updated ranking of the franchise. In the list below, you will find my updated and honest ranking of every Wizarding World movie so far, from Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone to Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore.

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It’s important to note that as a massive fan of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movies, I hold all of the films on this list in very high regard. Just because I have placed a movie towards the bottom of my ranking doesn’t mean I think it’s a bad movie, it simply doesn’t compare to the better films on the list.

Take a look at my updated ranking of the Wizarding World franchise below:

11. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

Director: David Yates

When it comes to the worst movie that the Wizarding World franchise has to offer, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald is the obvious choice. The second instalment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise struggles to deliver a truly satisfying Wizarding World adventure, as the film struggles throughout to balance its overstuffed narrative with new character introductions and left-over threads from the previous movie. There’s plenty to enjoy with The Crimes Of Grindelwald, but it doesn’t quite compare to the rest of the franchise.

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10. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

Director: Chris Columbus

The Chamber Of Secrets does everything that a great sequel should do. It delves further into the Wizarding World, explores the characters in more depth and takes the audience on another incredibly fun, magical and mysterious adventure. When you stack it up against the films that came before and after it, however, The Chamber Of Secrets stands out as a weaker instalment of the franchise.

9. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

Director: Mike Newell

The fourth instalment of the Harry Potter film franchise, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, is another outrageously fun ride in the Wizarding World. The film takes viewers in a darker direction and explores the world outside of Hogwarts in more depth than ever before. Goblet Of Fire is also the first appearance of Ralph Fiennes’ Voldemort, so it gets extra points for that alone.

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8. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Director: David Yates

The first chapter of the Fantastic Beasts series re-captures the magic of the Harry Potter movies, and does a FANTASTIC (excuse the pun) job of introducing exciting new characters and setting the stage for another Wizarding World story. Following the Harry Potter movies was an impossible task, but Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them showed that the Wizarding World can still be great without The Boy Who Lived.

7. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

Director: David Yates

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, the penultimate chapter of the Harry Potter saga, is another great instalment of the Wizarding World franchise. Director David Yates does a wonderful job of setting-up the final two films in the series, and delivers yet another compelling, mysterious and shocking journey for Harry, Hermione and Ron. When you look at the Wizarding World franchise as a whole, however, The Half-Blood Prince feels more interested in setting-up future movies than in being a great movie itself.

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6. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore

Director: David Yates

As I said in my spoiler-free review, which you can read HERE, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore doesn’t quite reach the heights of the best Harry Potter movies, but the film is undoubtedly a magical return to the Wizarding World. Director David Yates, along with screenwriters J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves, has crafted a spectacular Wizarding World adventure – filled with all the wonder and whimsy that we’ve come to expect from the franchise.

5. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone

Director: Chris Columbus

The first Harry Potter movie will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s the first movie I remember seeing in the cinema, and the first fictional world I fell in love with. While The Philosopher’s Stone might not compare to some of the films that followed it, it still stands as a wondrous, awe-inspiring fantasy tale – and there’s something uniquely magical about Harry’s first year at Hogwarts.

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4. Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

Director: David Yates

Following Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, which took the franchise in a darker and more mature direction, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix gives viewers an outstanding Wizarding World adventure. With the stakes well and truly raised, Voldemort on the loose and everyone at risk, The Order Of The Phoenix is easily one of the most shocking, heartbreaking and downright enjoyable movies that the Wizarding World franchise has to offer.

3. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Director: David Yates

While The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is often considered to be one of the weakest instalments of the franchise, it’s absolutely one of my favourites. While it was certainly a risk to split the final Harry Potter book into two parts, the franchise truly benefited from the slower, character-driven approach to this movie. We get to spend some real time with Harry, Ron and Hermione, and see how they’ve evolved throughout the franchise – before everything comes tumbling down in the next instalment.

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2. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Let’s just say that Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban is the most beloved Harry Potter movie for a reason. Director Alfonso Cuarón stepped-in and delivered a completely new kind of Harry Potter movie. The Prisoner Of Azkaban took the Harry Potter franchise in a more creative and mature direction – adding some realistic depth to the Wizarding World that couldn’t be found in the first two films. The film also happens to be one of the most intelligent and fun Wizarding World adventures.

1. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Director: David Yates

Bringing a satisfying end to the Harry Potter franchise, after seven beloved movies, was by no means an easy task. Despite the immense pressure, however, director David Yates crafted one hell of a conclusion to this one-of-a-kind franchise. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 nailed the landing, giving fans of the franchise an outrageously satisfying, emotional and epic-scale ending. In a world where blockbusters keep getting bigger and crazier, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 still stands as one of the best-handled big blockbusters of all-time!

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Do you agree with my ranking of the Wizarding World franchise? Go see Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore and let me know where it ranks in the franchise for you!

One thought on “Every Wizarding World Movie Ranked, From ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ To ‘The Secrets Of Dumbledore’

  1. Great post! I haven’t actually seen any of the Fantastic Beasts movies yet but I would say my top three favourite Harry Potter series movies are: 1) Deathly Hallows Pt2 2) Order of the Phoenix and 3) Deathly Hallows Pt1 – so very similar!

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