Ranking the ‘Harry Potter’ Films 1-8

Recently I wrote a post in which I ranked all the seasons of Game of Thrones – and you, my readers, seemed to enjoy it. To be honest, so did I – I love rankings: both writing them and reading them. I wanted to do another one and what would be better than to rank my all time childhood series: Harry Potter.

Now, in this post I will be ranking the films, not the books. (I might do that one in the future and trust me, the list would look completely different.) I have been a Potterhead for as long as I can remember and I’ve seen all the films so many times I lost count. I love some of them and I am not that fond of some. Well, you can see that for yourselves in my ranking.

8) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


This is, by far, my least favourite film of them all. I don’t think there is a great logic behind it but there are just some things about this film that I simply don’t enjoy much. I think my main problem with the film is the whole Harry-Ginny relationship. (More like the lack thereof.) There are some hints and moments where it is clear that Harry fancies her. I’m just a little bit disappointed that they only share one little kiss and then pretend like it never happened. In the books, they actually start dating. I prefered that much more.

Also, don’t get me started on the scene in which Ginny comes late to Slughorn’s club and Harry stands up. It’s just so cringy. I can’t watch that scene. It makes me want to cry and hide because it’s just so painfully awkward I can’t deal with it.

Rating: 3/5

Favourite moment: Harry being high on Felix Felicis

7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1


As much as I loved the last book, this film wasn’t really my cup of tea. I felt like not much really happened and that maybe it was too dark (not story-wise, more visually). The division of the book in two films was maybe a better decision than dividing Mockingjay but still not a great one anyway.

Rating: 3.5/5

Favourite moment: Harry and Hermione’s awkward dance in the tent

6) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2


As I said before, I didn’t really like what they did with Deathly Hallows. Even though I actually really enjoy watching this film, there are so many things that bother me (what wand is Harry using now???) that I can’t put this one any higher.

Neverthelesss, ten points for that Neville speech! Loved it.

Rating: 3.5/5

Favourite moment: Not my daughter, you bitch.

5) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


I like this film, I do. The reason I don’t rank it any higher is that even though I grew to love the fifth book/film, I wasn’t really that into it when I was younger. I don’t know why but I’m just less emotionally attached to the story. Plus, you know, Sirius dies (still not over that).

Rating: 4/5

Favourite moment: “Well, how was it?” – “Wet.”

4) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


I think this film deserves much more love than it gets. I know it’s universally the least favourite story of all the Harry Potter films/books and in a way, I get it – but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. I actually really love this film: I mean, there’s Dobby and Harry gets all sassy on Lucius Malfoy. In addition, I believe it’s the only film in which Harry actually has green eyes.

Ranking: 4/5

Favourite moment: Harry giving Dobby his sock

3) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


I don’t know how I feel about this film. I know I love it and it feels more like a whole, consise story than the other films (which feel more like a part of a story that a stand-alone thing). However, it’s the one with the most changes from the book. I too was sorry that there was no Winky or Ludo. I mean, Winky was great in the books!

However, whenever I watch this film I really enjoy it and it is one of my all time favourites. I love the Yule Ball scenes, the soundtrack, David Tennant as Barty Crouch Jr. Plus Rupert Grint is hilarious in this one!

Ranking: 4/5

Favourite moments: Babbling, bumbling band of baboons.

2) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


It’s a classic and I will be damned if I don’t cry every time Harry leaves Hogwarts. There is nothing to be said about it, this film is just perfect and will forever be THE film of my childhood.

Rating: 5/5

Favourite moments: Harry getting Hedwig

1) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Even though Philosopher’s Stone is my childhood favourite, this one is my all time favourite by far. I consider it the best film out of all of them for many reasons: the story, the acting, the direction, the effects, … I mean, what’s not to like about this film? From the very first scene to the last one, it’s just perfect. It makes you cry, it makes you laugh, it makes you scream. There’s nothing this film doesn’t have.

Rating: 5/5

Favourite moment: Sirius offering Harry to come live with him (before everything goes wrong :()


Do you agree with my ranking or do you have the exact opposite opinion? Let me know in the comments!

Veronika x

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