Even if you are not a true blue ‘potter head,’ you are sure to come across some Harry Potter references once in a while. J.K. Rowling introduced us to the beautiful world of magic spells in 1997 when the first book in the Harry Potter series was released. The movie adaptation helped reach out to a wider audience and created a cult-like fandom known as the ‘Potter Heads.’
We need no occasion for a Harry Potter movie marathon. But if you are new to this world of magic spells and wizards, it can be a bit overwhelming to even get started. We have listed the Harry Potter movies in order so you can get an easy entry to the prestigious ‘Potter Head’ club.
How to Enjoy the Harry Potter Movies in Order?
You can enjoy the Harry Potter series in two orders: by release date or by the timeline of the story. The first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in 2001 and introduced Harry, Hermoine, and Ron, but other characters like Dumbledore, Grindelwald, and Scamander existed before this timeline. Their story was introduced to the audience much later in the Fantastic Beast movie series.
Sure, the movies are fun, and we can never get enough of the magical world but have you ever thought about how it would feel to be a part of it? Warner Bros launched Hogwarts Legacy, an open-world immersive game that lets you dive into the world of witchcraft and wizards. The game is developed by Avalanche Software and provides users with the option of personalization for their characters; from looks to voice to gender, you get to choose everything.
Just like in the movie, the player has to clear levels to access magic spells and upgrade their abilities. The game is currently available for PS5, PS4, Windows, X XS/S, and Xbox One. The game will be available for Nintendo Switch users from 14 November this year.
If the game and the movies have got you excited, get ready to experience euphoria as we introduce you to the world of Broadway musicals. Ok, you might know what Broadway Musical is, but did you know about Harry Potter & the Cursed Child? The play is written by Jack Thorne and is set in the future, where Harry’s son Albus befriends Malfoy’s son. The magic created on stage is nothing like what you have seen on screen. It will take your breath away (in a good way) and will have you wondering for days as it tears down the wall between fantasy and reality.
So How Many Harry Potter Movies Are There?
There are a total of 11 films that have been released, and all are based on J.K. Rowling’s novels. Out of 11 movies, 3 are prequels from the series Fantastic Beast that shed light on the characters of Hogwarts even before Harry was born. The Fantastic Beast series was released later, but as per the timeline chronology, ranks before the Harry Potter series.
Here we are looking at the movies in the chronology of the timeline to avoid any sort of confusion and for maximum enjoyment.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
The film was released in 2016 and was the first in the Fantastic Beast series and is set in 1926, many years before Harry even set foot in Hogwarts. The movie focuses on the story of Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, as he navigates his way to New York City with a mysterious leather suitcase. The suitcase hides many magical creatures, but after a series of unfortunate events, it goes missing and has to be kept safe from evil hands.
The film starred Eddie Redmayne as Newt, Katherine Waterstone as Tina, Alison Sudol as Queenie, and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski. Fantastic Beast movies are so amazing that these movies are also listed in the top Dan Fogler movies and tv shows. The audience had high expectations from the movie and this was the first in the Fantastic Beast series that shed light on the lives of the adults of the wizarding world.
|IMDb Rating: 7.2/10||Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 74%|
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
Johnny Depp can be seen donning the full-fledged villainous role of Gellert Grindelwald. Though the movie was the last of Harry Potter movies to star Depp, it is considered one of Johnny Depp’s best movies. In an attempt to raise pure-blooded wizards to rule all the non-magical beings, Grindelwald to ready to go to extreme extents.
The movie also has the younger version of Dumbledore, played by Jude Law, who sends one of his students, Newt Scamander, to stop Grindelwald’s evil plans. But what follows is a series of unexpected and magical life-threatening dangers.
|IMDb Rating: 6.5/10||Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 36%|
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer:
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)
The movie is set in the 1930s and sees a time-lapse of five years. Grindelwald is in the run to take over the wizarding world, and Professor Dumbledore seems to be failing to stop him.
Dumbledore decides to team up with magizoologist Newt Scamander and a few others who he can trust to take down Grindelwald. But can the team face the unseen dangers ahead with old and new beasts challenging their every step? The movie also sheds light on some light on never seen sides of Dumbledore.
|IMDb Rating: 6.2/10||Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 46%|
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
This is where it all started! This is the first in Harry Potter movies in order. Can you believe it’s been more than two decades already? The movie starred Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and one of the most beautiful Hollywood actresses Emma Watson, as cute little kids.
In the first installment, Harry learns the truth about his family and that he is a wizard. The iconic line “You’re a wizard, Harry” hits with nostalgia and still gives goosebumps. He boards his train from platform Nine and Three Quarters to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
|IMDb Rating: 7.6/10||Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%|
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
After spending his vacations with some muggle friends, Harry decides to go back to Hogwarts. The movie introduced us to a new character, Dobby, the house elf, who warns Harry of the dangers that lie ahead if he returns back. But Harry decides to ignore the warning and is taken aback when Elf’s prophecy seems to be coming true.
|IMDb Rating: 7.4/10||Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%|
Here is the trailer for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
The 2004 release was the fourth installment of the Harry Potter movies. The young and motivated trio of Harry, Hermoine, and Ron set out to investigate the mysterious and dangerous prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black.
Harry struggles to keep himself safe as Sirius tries to kill him for the sake of the Dark Lord. His situation gets worse when the school appoints Dementors, the soul-sucking wardens, for safety.
|IMDb Rating: 7.9/10||Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%|
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
The movie follows Harry and his friends’ fourth year at Hogwarts and is also the fourth released Harry Potter movie. The movie is a thrilling experience as it takes events to another level with the upcoming Triwizard Tournament and the Yule Ball.
The magical goblet of fire spews out three names to take part in the tournament that involves some dangerous tasks for the participants. But when the goblet of fire spews out four names on the night of the tournament everyone gets confused. The fourth name happens to be that of Harry, who never signed up for the competition but now will have to take part.
|IMDb Rating: 7.7/10||Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%|
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
The eighth in our line of Harry Potter movies in order is the 2007 release Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Harry has one of the toughest years in Hogwarts as Voldemort is said to be back, and Harry has to deal with his budding feelings for the beautiful Cho Chang.
|IMDb Rating: 7.5/10||Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78%|
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
After Harry has discovered an old book marked as ‘the property of the half-blood prince’, his life is about to be in some real danger. In the movie, we get to know in detail the characters of Severus Snape and Draco Malfoy.
The movie is no more about some kids as they all have grown up and have to face the dangers of the adult world. With Harry’s existence being continuously threatened by the immortal Voldemort. He will have to get to the source of Voldemort’s powers to get rid of him for good.
|IMDb Rating: 7.6/10||Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84%|
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)
This 2010 film is based on the last book of the Harry Potter series by J K Rowling, but unlike the book, the movie marks the second last film in our series Harry Potter in order. Since there is a lot going on in the story, we can see it was a wise decision to split the movie into two parts.
The movie gives you a breath of fresh air as it takes place in the real world outside of Hogwarts. Harry, Hermoine, and Ron are determined to destroy Horcruxes. The film can be considered the gloomiest of all the Harry Potter movies until now, as the trio is no more within the safe walls of Hogwarts.
|IMDb Rating: 7.7/10||Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77%|
Trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
The final in the lineup of Harry Potter movies is Part 2 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The film picks up right from where Part 1 left, and the trio can be seen struggling to complete their quest of destroying the Horcruxus. This also marked the most successful Harry Potter movies as the fight between good and evil concludes.
Potter Heads had high expectations of the final fight between Harry and Voldemort. As the trio will face some life-altering changes, will it be for their good, or are they in for a hell ride?
|IMDb Rating: 8.1/10||Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 96%|
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Harry Potter Movies in Order of Release Date
If you like to go with the option of watching the Harry Potter movies in order of release date, we have listed it in chronological order here:
|Harry Potter Movies||Platforms|
|Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)||STREAM IT HERE|
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)||STREAM IT HERE|
|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)||STREAM IT HERE|
|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)||STREAM IT HERE|
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)||STREAM IT HERE|
|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)||STREAM IT HERE|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)||STREAM IT HERE|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)||STREAM IT HERE|
|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)||STREAM IT HERE|
|Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)||STREAM IT HERE|
|Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)||STREAM IT HERE|
Now that the list of Harry Potter movies is over and you seem to be excited about starting your binge-watch journey as a Potter Head, we proudly welcome you to our club and hereby officially announce you as a Potter Head!