All is well, but what is your favorite Harry Potter film?


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Now that Harry Potter’s cinematic journey is gloriously complete, the sheer magnitude of his universe is truly dizzying to behold. Eight epic films made during a 10-year span, costing more than a billion dollars to bring to life, earning more than six billion at the worldwide box-office, employing nearly every distinguished British actor of the age. The Potter films evolved along with its young heroes — from the cutesy Chris Columbus efforts to David Yates’ darker, more-adult action films — and a generation of fans grew up with them.

Asking Potterheads to select a favorite movie of the bunch, therefore, is like asking Ron’s mom to name her favorite Weasley. Does that wondrous childhood thrill of soaring above the Quidditch pitch in The Sorcerer’s Stone still hold a special place in your heart? Did the Dementors from The Prisoner of Azkaban raise the stakes when they delivered the series’ first pangs of real dread? Or have the final two films triumphantly captured the melancholic spirit of J.K. Rowling’s last book? If only there were some magic Sorting Hat to help determine where our true loyalties lie. For now, we’ll settle for a simple poll. Which Potter film is your favorite? Vote below.

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  • erninlow

    For movies my list goes:

    After re-watching all of them before Deathly Hallows part 2 I realized Order of the Phoenix is really good. It has the emotion and the action. I am not a fan of Goblet of Fire, it felt too rushed and jumbled together.

    • Y

      All of them suck

      • abadstroller

        “Y” are you here?

    • Asha

      This order is my favorite for the books. For the movies I agree with your order except I might put 2 above 1 and 3 above 6. I really enjoyed 3 even though it was so different from the rest of the series.

    • Cygnus

      Why do they always perform these mock polls on the heals of a movie’s release? of course a large majority will pick the one most recent in their minds. Come back a year from now, and people will realize the Part 2 was only a so-so movie. They’re acting more on the emotion of it being the last movie and the climax was reached. However, watch them all again for quality, acting, direction, and you’ll see that Prisoner of Azkaban and Half-Blood Prince were the best movies in the series. Not necessarily the best books, but the best made movies.

      • j

        Half-Blood Prince was a trainwreck. I don’t even say this as an adaption of the book, which it was, only sketchily. The movie itself was just bad, poorly paced, unnecessarily dark (in composition, not in tone), and with awkward performances. Maybe it suffered because it was Kloves’ first film back after Goldenberg’s superior effort, but it was just painful.

  • Stacie from Ravenclaw

    POA, always. Cuaron’s direction was in my opinion the best of the series. His Buckbeak and Sirius Black scenes were the best character introductions in the entire series (cinematically).

    • Caiti

      Prisoner was my favorite book, but Goblet of Fire is by far my favorite movie. The last bit alone is the best in the lot, imo. Just thinking of Cedric’s father wailing ‘that’s my boy!’ over his dead body is enough to bring tears to my eyes. It marks the moment when these kids have to stop being kids. It’s haunting.

      • Pakqq

        yes, POA is by far the most memorable for me, especially when Sirius Black met Remus Lupin in that lodge and confronting Ron’s pet – so many layers, so heavyweight performance…

      • Shannon

        I can never get over how mean and aggressive Dumbledore was in GoF. It was just so out of character for him and in the book he was never like that too Harry. It completely ruins the movie for me.

      • Justin

        Dumbledore was only mean because he didnt know how harry could have been chosen and wasnt sure whether voldemort was up to it. And he wasnt mean except for that part! So i disagree.

      • Swarles Barkley

        I agree with Shannon. I think Dumbledoe was just down right mean in GOF and most of the movies that the 2nd Dumbledore was in.

    • laylagalise

      Agreed. If you’re judging only the movies completely apart from the books, Azkaban is the one to beat. Definitely the best of the bunch, though I do love Goblet and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 and 2.

  • Amy

    Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 is my favorite. I felt it captured the feel of the book best. The only one I really don’t like is the sixth movie. I felt they rushed too much through setting up the importance and history of the horcruxes, hated the scene of burining down the Burrow, focusing too much on ridiculous teenage angst (done much better in the book), and the butchering of the Ginny Weasley character. I still cannot forgive them for the having her tie Harry’s shoe and the kiss was majorly disappointing (the book kiss was perfect).

  • Eric

    1. Order of the Phoenix
    2. Goblet of Fire
    3. Sorcerer’s Stone
    4. Prisoner of Azkaban
    5. Deathly Hallows, 1
    6. Deathly Hallows, 2
    7. Chamber of Secrets
    8. Half-Blood Prince

    • Kevin

      Sorceror’s Stone over Prisoner of Azkaban? What have you been smoking this morning? And everyone knows that Goblet of Fire is the worse of the bunch (best book, worst movie).

      • PNK

        Wrong. ‘Goblet’ is a near-perfect capturing of the pre-adult books; OotP did that the best for the adult era; PofA was the best artistically.
        Half-Blood Prince was the best book, so it made the ‘butchering’ of the movie that much worse.

      • Liz Lemon

        It’s called an opinion.

  • PNK

    3, 4, and 5 are the best.
    My fave is 4 but I know that 3 and 5 equal it in quality.

  • shburrell

    Prisoner of Azkaban
    Half-Blood Prince
    Order of the Phoenix
    Chamber of Secretes
    Goblet of Fire
    Sorcerer’s Stone
    Deathly Hallows 2
    Deathly Hallows 1

    • leah

      harry Potter and the Goblet of fire but only because Robert pattinson is in it

  • Shay

    Its like making me pick my favorite kid. It changes on a daily basis.

    • Liz Lemon

      Same with me. I just love them all in different ways. I have memories connected to each one.
      I still remember the very first time I saw Sorcerer’s Stone in the theaters. Just seeing those characters brought to life for the first time was amazing.

  • Amanda

    Nothing can top the Sorcerer’s Stone. Chris Columbus was was his vision that led the way for all other directors, and no one can beat John Williams’ score.

    • Dean

      I can’t tell if you’re being serious or sarcastic regarding Chris Columbus..

      • May

        Duh she is being serious Chris Columbus was the BEST director of the whole series!

      • Poppy

        @Dean – Chris Columbus brought this magnificent series to life. It was much easier for other directors to build on his solid foundation, so yes…Chris Columbus is amazing. However, my favorite film will always be POA.

    • Stacie

      I have to admit that Columbus did have the best Hogwarts sets. It was a real shame when the castle got all those bridges and such. Where’s that great lawn!?

    • Jeanne

      Agreed about John Williams. The films would definitely be missing something without “Hedwig’s Theme.”

      • Poppy

        I bought John Williams’ sound track to POA. Amazing stuff. Sometimes I am listening to it in the car and can’t stop crying…I know, I’m a loser!

    • Dave

      Chris Columbus gets major props for bringing the world to life. But he has no visual style or artistic expression. His films pale in comparison to what Cuaron and Yates brought to the series.

    • George

      John Williams score for Prisoner of Azkaban topped it

  • SC

    1. Prisoner of Azkaban
    2. Deathly Hallows Part 1
    3. Order of the Phoenix
    4. Half-Blood Prince
    5. Deathly Hallows Part 2
    6. Goblet of Fire
    7. Philosopher’s Stone
    8. Chamber of Secrets

  • CeCe

    I haven’t seen DH2 yet, alas, but Goblet of Fire is the one I’ve enjoyed the most (which surprised me, since it’s my second least favorite book of the series). For me it captured the magic (literal and figurative) of the series so well. I also loved PoA. I know there’s a lot of people who don’t like it, but it was the first in the series where I really saw the Hogwarts I was picturing (plus that one’s my favorite HP book).

  • Jacquelyn

    1. Deathly Hallows Part 1
    2. Half-Blood Prince
    3. Deathly Hallows Part 2
    4. Goblet of Fire
    5. Philosopher’s Stone
    6. Order of the Phoenix
    7. Prisoner of Azkaban
    8. Chamber of Secrets

  • Kate

    POA, OOTP, and DHP1 are all fantastic – but at this point I have to give it to DHP2, understanding that its awesomeness is in large part due to all that which came before. POA nailed the tone (darker, yet still witty and magical), OOTP ramped up the epic nature of the series (the duel, the Ministry, the acting), and DPH1 was a perfect adaptation of the first 2/3 of the 7th novel, IMO. But none of them made me cry like DPH2…

    • Danny

      agree with you, Kate. OOTP is often underrated. But the climax in the ministry is perhaps even now the strongest single coda in the series. Add to that Staunton’s brilliant performance (shoulda been nominated!), and OOTP deserves to be ranked right up there (if after) POA and DH1&2

      • jared

        Couldn’t agree more. The standoff between Voldemort and Dumbledore in the ministry might just be the single best scene in the entire franchise!!!

      • Chip

        Agreed, OOTP is very underrated in terms of Harry Potter films. It has the lowest rating of them all on Rotten Tomatoes, and many fans think it’s the worst. I cannot understand why. I think Deathly Hallows (1 and 2), Prisoner of Azkaban, and Order of the Phoenix are the best Harry Potter movies.

  • Rory

    Goblet of Fire was my favorite because it was an interesting bridge between Harry’s adventurous youth and him realizing how important his role is. That being said, all of their are quite well done.

  • Danny

    Torn between POA and DH2. leaning towards DH2 now, but it’s too soon after the opening of the last film to try to compare objectively and equally. Certainly was most emotionally engaged by DH2 in the movie theater compared to all the others. But POA probably has the edge in thrilling cinematic brilliance, and I think DH1&2 are plenty brilliant, cinematicly.
    My hunch is that long term in my view POA will get the single film #1, but if DH1&2 can be judged as one single movie, it would get the edge. But then, I haven’t yet had the chance to watch DH1&2 in one spell either at the cinema or at home, so again, a fair comparison is hard to make.
    Last week I watched the first 7 films in order, and POA was the clear standout, with DH1 a close second, held back by being “incomplete”.

  • tracy bluth

    It’s hard for me to choose, but I really think Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite. First of all, it has a lot of Gary Oldman, which is always awesome.

    • Jennifer

      Tracy Bluth, you are my new best friend :)

    • abadstroller

      Gary Oldman as Sirius just tore up the screen. The Shrieking Shack scene with the kids, Sirius, Snape, Lupin, and Scabbers/Wormtail was so much fun to watch.

    • Swarles Barkley

      I think I agree. I loved POA with the exception of that stupid shrunken head. I thought it was brilliantly done and one of the only movies that portrayed Harry as just a boy instead of a hero. The series at it’s heart was about who he was as a person not who he was as The Chosen One and POA did the best portrayal of that.

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