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Unless you have been living under a rock, then you must have seen one Harry Potter movie or the other. This presumption is not misplaced seeing as the franchise, is not just one of the most popular movie franchises in the world, but also one of the highest-grossing of all times. However, if you somehow missed out on the sheer wizardry brilliance of Harry Potter, and would love to rectify that anomaly, then we have got a list of the best and worst Harry Potter movies right here.

7 Harry Potter Movies Ranked From Best To Worst

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first film in the Harry Potter Franchise. In this installment, Potter is an orphaned young boy who endures a miserable existence with an unkind aunt. His fortunes, however, change on his 11th birthday as he discovers that he is not just the son of two powerful wizards, but also possesses unique magical powers of his own. Potter thereafter joins Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone grossed $975.1 million at the cinemas, making it the 2nd highest-grossing film of all time as at that period. The movie scored several Oscar nominations and was praised for its faithfulness to the sourcebook.

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2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the 2nd Harry Potter movie. In this particular feature, Potter and his pals at wizardry school encounter several challenges including flying cars, talking spiders and bloody threats. All these turn out to be the handiwork of the heir of Salazer Slytherin, who has opened up the chamber of secrets. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the highest-grossing film of 2002, making a total of $879.2 million at the box office. The movie also received positive reviews with one critic calling it ‘phenomenal’.

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

This is the third movie in the Harry Potter series and sees Potter go head to head with Sirius, a deranged killer who happens to be Voldemort’s former right-hand man. Potter and his pals also have to contend with the soul-sucking guards of Azkaban who are supposed to protect their school. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban grossed $796.9 million at the cinemas, making it the 2nd highest-grossing film of 2004. It also received praise for its darker and more complex tone and has a score of 90% on rotten tomatoes.

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire follows Potter’s eventful fourth year at Hogwarts. The young wizard is selected to participate in the dangerous Tri-Wizard tournament; an event which his arch enemy, Lord Voldemort, is also preparing for. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the highest-grossing film of 2005 with the sum of $897.1 million. The film has a score of 88% on rotten tomatoes and also received the 2006 Teen Choice Award for best movie drama.

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5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the 6th installment in the Harry Potter movie franchise. The plotline sees Potter fall in love as he attempts to retrieve a memory which can help him defeat Lord Voldemort. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince earned $934.5 million at the box office, making it the 2nd highest-grossing film of 2009. It also featured amazing special effects, as well as masterful performances by its leading stars, which is guaranteed to blow your mind.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the final adventure in the Harry Potter movie franchise. The final saga witnesses the ultimate battle between the forces of good and evil as Potter faces the possibility of making the ultimate sacrifice. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 grossed $1.324 billion at the box office, making it the highest-grossing film in the franchise. It also holds the record as the 12th highest-grossing film of all time. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has a score of 96% on rotten tomatoes. It also received glowing reviews with critics calling it “visually dazzling”, “monumental cinema” and “thrilling and powerful acted”.

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7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is the lowest rated movie in the Harry Potter franchise, according to Rotten Tomatoes. The first part of the series finale sees Potter and his faithful pals, Ron and Hermione, embark on a mission to destroy the source of Lord Voldemort’s immortality. These three pals, however, have to guard against the dark forces which threaten to come in between them. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 earned $960.4 million at the box office. It received mostly positive reviews and has a score of 77% on rotten tomatoes. Some critics, however, described it as a soulless cash machine without much magic.

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