Harry Potter Movies In Order

The Harry Potter movie series is one of the most successful movie sagas ever. All eight films have grossed a worldwide total of over 8 billion dollars, exceeding even the wildest expectations. Starting in 2001 with “Philosopher’s Stone”, this series has gone on to set numerous records including highest weekend box office earnings. Originally adapted from the book series, this franchise has went on to become ingrained in popular culture. It’s almost impossible to not have heard about Harry Potter! And for good reason too, each release of this series has lived up to the hype, coming under heavy critical review, and each movie consistently coming out on top.

This epic series was concluded by “Deathly Hallows – Part 2” in 2011, which sealed this movie’s fate in history. The final film in the saga achieved a higher rating than any of the movies before it, earning an incredible 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s also the fourth highest grossing movie in the world. However, that’s not to downplay the other movie’s ratings, which were all around the board very high. Many ratings tend to dip as a series progresses, but not Harry Potter which held out strong until the end.

The only way to enjoy this massively popular journey is to start at the beginning.   Watching the Harry Potter movies in order allows for a more complete experience rather than picking and choosing which ones to watch. In order to fully understand what’s going on in the story line, watching every one of the movies is necessary.  Typically you can pick and choose which movie in a trilogy you watch and still have a positive experience.  With Harry Potter, each story builds on top of the other to form a bigger picture.  While it may be possible to skip a couple and still understand what’s going on, watching them all is definitely preferred. Additionally, each movie follows a chronological timeline.


Another reason to watch them in the proper order is to watch how the characters grow and evolve.  Each movie you learn something new about a character and apply it how you wish.  For every Harry Potter story released, the characters grow up another year, both in real life and the films.  It’s enjoyable to watch the actors literally grow up over the years, and watch how their acting style changes. Each release is a new school year at Hogwarts School of Magic and a new year in their lives.  Sometimes a character goes from good to evil in a single movie, so it’s extremely important to not miss a single one and follow along closely.


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Like many quality films, Harry Potter was first adapted from a seven part book series. The last book, “Deathly Hallows” was split into two different parts for the movie adaption. The first book in the series was written by JK Rowling and released in the UK in 1997 and the U.S in 1998. Even the first book release was extremely successful with the book topping the New York Times bestselling fiction books in 1999, where it would remain until the following year.

Subsequent years would prove that Harry Potter was something truly special. The overall opinion of the books was favorable, and the fan base was steadily growing. The series eventually became so popular that new book releases were actually guarded by armed guards under lock and key. This was to prevent thieves from releasing the stories’ secrets to the public ahead of release.
Harry Potter Actors
Both the movie series, as well as the books have set numerous records for their popularity. The book series ranks number one in the world for most popular series. Combined there have been a total of 450 million books sold with the next highest series being “Goosebumps” at a mere 300 million. Not so shockingly, it’s also the highest grossing film series of all time as well. The entire series has earned its makers the #1 spot where it will remain next to Marvel Cinematic Universe, James Bond, and Star Wars. Clearly Harry Potter has earned a spot in movie history and will share a spot next to other legends for years to come.

If you haven’t been following Harry Potter from the beginning, it’s not too late to start paying attention now. Sure, you missed the initial hype surrounding this story, but starting at the beginning and following the series in order is something you can still do. Because of its huge success, you’ll be one of many people to embark on this amazing story for years to come. Remember, it’s not the most popular book and movie series in the world for nothing, it’s a fun, exciting, and truly awesome story to follow.

 

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16 Comments

  1. Corina December 29, 2016
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    I started reading the first book to my son as a bedtime story when they first came out, one chapter a night. I was hooked, read the entire book the first night. Told him he was going to LOVE it. He read the rest of the books by himself. Am re-watching the movies and I’m now 63!!!

  2. Christopher Jensen October 21, 2015
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    I just can’t stop watching the Harry Potter series i am addicted to it.

    • DominickVenafra October 17, 2016
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      Just started watching now I’m hooked, never watched when first came out but now I’m a potter fan.

  3. Dylan October 14, 2015
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    Philosophers stone is what they called it in London and other parts of the U.K.

  4. Jonna Grace Aligado August 31, 2015
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    I like the entire story of the Harry Potter movies and I understand what was the story talking about
    I LOVE IT!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  5. Beth August 22, 2015
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    Love the series, but you have the first one named incorrectly. It’s not the Philosopher’s Stone, it’s the Sorcerer’s Stone. 🙂

    • Courtney September 14, 2015
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      Your from america lol in the uk that book is called the philosphers stone and that was the way it was called by the author herself. they changed it to make it more readable in america

    • Coemgen Mclaughlin October 9, 2015
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      In the UK it was released as the Philosopher’s stone, as JK Rowling lives here in my home town Edinburgh Scotland she also studied philosophy and some of the themes in the books are very Philosophical ie Death Grief afterlife etc. Also many of the scenes and architecture in the books are inspired by Edinburgh building dating from te 16th century eg Diagon alley is similar to the closes from the Royal Mile here in Edinburgh.

    • Denzidrine October 18, 2015
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      The original title is the Philosopher’s Stone; it was changed into the Sorcerer’s Stone, for use in the U.S. allegedly for marketing reasons.

      • admin October 27, 2015
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        You wouldn’t believe how many comments I get saying my post is inaccurate.

    • Helen Victoria Bond November 22, 2015
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      It is the Sorcerer’s stone in USA but it is the Phillosophers stone in the UK and other parts of the world.

  6. Andrea Green August 18, 2015
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    So sad the movies are over! Ahh our family re-watch them every summer. They are as classic as Star Wars,& Indiana Jones. We plan to take our kids to the theme park,oh and the adult kids,me & my husband. It was such a wonderful dream that should be enjoyed by all ages for years to come.

  7. Ngataaria Te Rito August 14, 2015
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    Man Harry Potter is the best series ever made. I highly recommend you to watch the whole series. And if you do you must start from the very first movie or you won’t understand it fully.

  8. Valerie June 14, 2015
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    I loved Harry Potter books and movies!

  9. John Ostendorf May 3, 2015
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    I’m a 66 year old male with grandchildren, and I love the entire series.
    I never get sick of watching them.

  10. Sarah Moore February 22, 2015
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    It’s one of my favorite movies series in the history of movies series it has my 3 favorite categories in it romance, comedy, and action I would highly recommend this movie to others.( P.S. Daniel Radcliffe is HhOTt!!!!!!!) And if you haven’t watched it from the beginning you wouldn’t understand it as well i had to watch the series twice to fully understand everything but once you understand it will leave you begging for more.

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