All the Harry Potter Movies, Ranked (2023)

Blame ABC Family for playing Sorcerer’s Stone on repeat throughout the 2000s, but for many Millennials (and now, their children) a chill in the air demands curling up on the couch for a Harry Potter rewatch.

While millions of viewers used to take comfort in visits to Hogwarts, these days, engaging with the series can be complicated. Harry Potter taught so many about the importance of fighting against prejudice, which makes creator J.K. Rowling’s controversial comments on gender identity all the more disappointing. Even some of her most ardent fans accused her of transphobia, at which point Rowling doubled down on her exclusionary brand of feminism. Now, many fans strive to find a way to derive value from the material while rejecting its creator’s views.

Even Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who spoke out against Rowling’s anti-trans tweets, has wrestled with whether the story is irredeemably tarnished. In an open letter for the Trevor Project, he wrote, “If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe … if they taught you that strength is found in diversity, and that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, nonbinary, or gender fluid, or that they are gay or bisexual … then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred. And in my opinion nobody can touch that.” For many, the annual rewatch remains a tradition, albeit a fraught one.

And so, we find ourselves reassessing these adaptations, all eight of which are streaming on both Peacock and HBO Max as of Oct. 15. Typically, fans agree on favorites in a film series. Most Star Wars diehards will tell you Empire Strikes Back is great, and Phantom Menace sucks; Indiana Jones fans will assure you that none of the sequels lived up to Raiders of the Lost Ark; and anyone who argues Dark Knight isn’t the best of the Batman movies is just trying to be contrarian. Rational minds can certainly disagree. But for the most part, every franchise has good movies and bad movies, and it’s easy to divide films into those two buckets.

The Harry Potter films prove more difficult to rank. True, the awful new Fantastic Beasts movies will easily land at the bottom of any Potter fan’s list (spoiler alert). But the older films are surprisingly solid. Look up fan polls and critics’ rankings, and you’ll find there’s no consensus view on how the original eight films compare. Some fans prefer the glee of those first movies, while others trend towards the darker entries later in the franchise. Movie fans may love the cinematography of Half-Blood Prince, while book loyalists take umbrage with director David Yates’ adaptation choices. Some critics preferred the quiet, contemplative moments spent in the forest during Deathly Hallows, Part 1, while others favor the action-packed battles of Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

Many fans’ views have also evolved with the passage of time. It’s easier to assess the series as a whole now that the movies have become a true cultural touchstone. And Rowling’s commentary, political views and additions to the canon will no doubt influence any critic’s perception of the films, for better or worse. Here is how we rank the Harry Potter films—at least for now.

10. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Zoë Kravitz and Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald embodies everything wrong with the continued expansion of the Harry Potter universe. The Harry Potter prequel could have explored a whole new corner of the wondrous world Rowling once built. Instead Grindelwald plays like a cash grab. Rowling’s script tries to connect just about every new character it introduces in some forced, hackneyed and occasionally racist way to the characters we know and love from the original Harry Potter films. But the revelation that one character will eventually become a snake or that another is a long-lost relative of Albus Dumbledore only muddles the canon.

Meanwhile, the one person the audience does recognize and care about—young Dumbledore, played enchantingly by Jude Law—gets the short shrift. Despite insisting in interviews that Dumbledore and the Hitler-esque wizard Gellert Grindelwald were romantically involved as teens, Rowling has never actually written that romance into any of her books or screenplays. Crimes of Grindelwald centers on a proxy battle between Dumbledore and Grindelwald but only vaguely references that the two might have had a romantic relationship. Rowling’s refusal to acknowledge that these two men are queer and have a complicated history is maddening. It zaps the film of any real tension between its main hero and villain. Meanwhile, offscreen, Rowling’s insistence that Grindelwald actor Johnny Depp remain with the franchise after his ex-wife Amber Heard accused Depp of assault, was off-putting to say the least. Since then, a high court judge found that Johnny Depp was guilty of assaulting Heard, and Warner Bros. finally parted ways with the actor. Still, the ill-fated series will soldier on.

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9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was Rowling’s first screenplay, and it shows. If you squint, there’s a good movie within Fantastic Beasts about the rise of fascism in the Wizarding World in the 1920s. Unfortunately, studios have to sell stuffed animals. So Fantastic Beasts wraps its dark Grindelwald origin story inside a movie about a dorky magical creature enthusiast (Eddie Redmayne) scurrying across 1920s New York City trying to round up adorable critters. The platypus-esque Nifflers are, undeniably, cute, and the other CGI creatures are quite impressive. But the bipolar movie never quite ties the two plots together.

There’s hope that Rowling could rectify this issue in future films. One of Rowling’s best talents is actually intricate plotting—the early Harry Potter books and their adaptations would often weave plots together to make a more cohesive whole. The author would patiently plant the seeds of a plot point in an early novel that would then bloom in the later books to stunning effect. Perhaps it’s unfair to judge Fantastic Beasts on just the first two entries (the studio intends to produce five films). But so far the franchise has failed to cast a spell over its audience.

8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Let me be clear: There is a giant chasm between Chamber of Secrets and the Fantastic Beast films. While Chamber may rank low on this list, it’s still a delightful time at Hogwarts. Hermione turns into a cat person! Harry and Ron fly in a car! Kenneth Branagh pokes fun at his own public persona as a narcissist! Sure, child actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint haven’t quite yet mastered their acting skills. But they’re pretty cute.

And yet, the movie clocks in at 160 minutes, far too long for one of the shorter and, let’s be honest, lesser Harry Potter books. The pace of the film is, at times, agonizingly slow. Like Sorcerer’s Stone, Chris Columbus’ Chamber is slavishly dedicated to the book—except for the bizarre moment when Lucius Malfoy attempts to use the killing curse “avada kedavra” on Harry in the middle of a Hogwarts hallway. (Apparently Lucius Malfoy actor Jason Isaacs improvised the line and had forgotten the actual meaning of the curse.) In transcribing the work rather than adapting it, Columbus undercuts a sense of discovery that is essential to the Potter stories.

7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

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Though it’s probably the truest book-to-movie adaptation, the Sorcerer’s Stone, with its Matilda-esque tone, doesn’t live up to the power of the rest of the series. In retrospect, the CGI is clunky, and the one-liners are too cute by half. Still, Christopher Columbus was also able to capture, well, the magic of that first introduction into Hogwarts. As soon as those owls begin to invade the Dursley’s neighborhood, the Wizarding World suddenly seemed more accessible than it ever did on the page.

At the time of its premiere, Sorcerer’s success was no guarantee. Throughout the 2000s, fantasy adaptations like The Golden Compass and Eragon flopped at the box office. But Columbus’ movies managed to do right by the books: Hogwarts awed; quidditch looked exactly as fans had imagined it; and the school uniforms became instantly iconic. Columbus’ team also made some fantastic casting decisions that would pay off years later, like recruiting Alan Rickman to play Severus Snape and Maggie Smith to tackle Minerva McGonagall. And they found a trio of child actors who would, over the next decade, hold their own in scenes with some of England’s most talented thespians.

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6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

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Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, 2010.

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Ah, Deathly Hallows, Part 1: perhaps the most divisive movie in the franchise. How do you feel about watching three teenagers bicker in the forest for a few hours? What if two of those characters take a dance break seemingly designed to enrage or tantalize fans, depending on which characters you ship?

There are things to adore in this movie, like the breathtaking animation of the “Tale of the Three Brothers.” And director David Yates does beautifully capture the frustrations of Harry’s Horcrux mission. The scenes in which Harry, Ron and Hermione aimlessly walk through empty fields and abandoned parking lots, a fuzzy voice on the radio rattling off the names of the dead as they wander capture the book perfectly.

But Part 1 spends very little time during those quiet conversations exploring who Dumbledore was and his connection to the Deathly Hallows, three magical tools that are crucial to the final fight in the following film. That may seem like nerdy nitpicking. But good genre fiction distinguishes itself from bad genre fiction by imbuing its McGuffins with actual meaning. If Harry doesn’t have a personal connection to the Elderwand through Dumbledore, then he’s just chasing some meaningless shiny object. Such scenes also could have given the audience more time with Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort, who shines in Part 2 as one of the greatest onscreen villains of all time.

5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Book fans tend to criticize the Half-Blood Prince adaptation because it leaves out crucial details about Tom Riddle (a.k.a. Voldemort) and why he decides to create the Horcruxes. As a result, the burden falls upon the already plot-heavy sequels to communicate the importance of these magical objects. It’s frustrating to watch Harry hunt down and destroy parts of Tom Riddle’s soul like he’s stumbling across random Bosses in a video game when Rowling gave each Horcrux a meaningful backstory in the books that rendered Voldemort a more complex character.

More than any other movie, Half-Blood Prince seems to miss the point of the books. Take the pivotal scene in which Snape kills Dumbledore. Although Harry’s single defining trait as a character is his willingness to rush rashly and headlong into danger for his loved ones, the movie-version of Harry stands by and does nothing while Dumbledore is murdered. In the book, Dumbledore has put Harry under a spell that prevents him from moving to interfere with Snape—a detail skipped over in the movie. Exacerbating matters is Michael Gambon’s performance as Dumbledore, which comes across as cold and commanding rather than gentle and eccentric.

Still, the cinematography in Half-Blood Prince is fantastic. Yates signals the transition to a grimmer story by rendering Hogwarts as darker and more empty than in previous films. It’s arguably the most aesthetically beautiful of all the movies. And many critics have praised the slower pace of the film, which spends less time on Quidditch and magical battles and more time on character relationships than its predecessors.

4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

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Alan Rickman in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

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Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is all action. As soon as the movie begins, Harry, Ron and Hermione are breaking into Gringotts, riding on the back of a dragon and, finally, battling Voldemort. That’s not always a good thing: The audience is barely given a moment to breathe and consider the consequences of this final battle. Book readers will certainly miss some of the quieter moments of reflection, particularly between Harry and Dumbledore at King’s Cross Station after Harry dies.

But the film is able to pull off several crucial moments of character development amid the chaos, including Neville’s evolution into a bold hero, Ron and Hermione’s first kiss and Molly Weasley’s epic defeat of Bellatrix LeStrange. To that end, the film plays like a somber but satisfying reunion. Deathly Hallows Part 1, and even to some extent Half-Blood Prince, are films about loneliness and isolation. Some of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter series are missing entirely from those movies. When Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts, we get to enjoy Rowling’s wide array of Dickensian characters once again.

And the movie more than makes up for any elided conversations with the emotional punch of Alan Rickman’s performance as Snape. The series’ finale hinges on Rickman’s ability to sell the audience on the idea that his love for Harry’s mother Lily was so strong that he took on the impossible job of playing double agent. And while the books are told almost entirely from Harry’s perspective, Yates wisely chooses to offer his audience Snape’s point of view: He begins the film with shot of Snape gazing over Hogwarts and pauses to linger on Snape’s face as he dies weeping in Harry’s arms. In those two moments, elevates the story from a battle between good and evil to one of a complicated man’s struggle to cling to the power of love in the face of hatred.

3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire"

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It’s unfortunate the movie version of Goblet of Fire doesn’t fall at the top of the heap when the book version ranks #1 or #2 for many Potter fans. But director Mike Newell made some irksome choices that diverge wildly from the original text, including, notoriously, Dumbledore screaming at Harry, “Did you put your name in the goblet of fire?!?” a line that Dumbledore uttered “calmly” in the book. Worse still, Goblet is at its heart a mystery novel, but the adaptation undercuts the whodunnit at the center of the story—who did put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire?—by showing the culprit in the very first scene.

That said, it’s pretty hard to screw up Rowling’s best story. Goblet breaks from the formula of the last three books, centering the action around the Triwizard Tournament instead of the normal events school year. The three terrifying tasks are a joy to behold, and the angst-producing Yule Ball plays host to some of the most fraught—and delicious—teen drama in the series.

The movie also successfully balances the fun of the tournament with the gravity of Cedric’s death, a major turning point in the franchise. A young Robert Pattinson proves his star power in the small but consequential role. And as Cedric’s father mourns over his body, even non-readers realize the story is about to transform from a boarding school romp into a deadly battle between tolerance and prejudice. Plus, Ralph Fiennes’ inaugural performance as He Who Must Not Be Named is appropriately terrifying and wonderful.

2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

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The book Order of the Phoenix often gets knocked for its preoccupation with hormonal teenagers’ mood swings. But that’s the brilliance of the story. Our heroes are hormonal teenagers who make bad decisions based on impulse. The book does force readers to spend a lot of time inside Harry’s head when he’s at his most angry. The movie actually spares the audience this unpleasantness. Because of medium, we only see Harry’s external reactions, and Radcliffe smartly chooses to play Harry as defeated and depressed, a decision that engenders sympathy rather than alienating the audience. Harry only shares his darkest fears about something evil burgeoning inside him in intimate scenes with his godfather Sirius, which makes Sirius’ sudden and surprising death at the end of the film all the more painful.

Other things that recommend Order of the Phoenix: Quieter conversations that plumb the characters’ emotional depths; nightmare-inducing performances by two of the series’ best late-game villains, Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix and Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge; and no quidditch, a game that was getting deadly boring by the second film. But the best part of this movie is the epic final showdown in the Department of Mysteries between Dumbledore and Voldemort. That battle—the only one we get to see between the two greatest wizards in history—takes plenty of license but does so in the best way possible. The clash of fire and water and transformation of glass into sand encapsulate the power of film adapation.

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, and Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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It’s no surprise that Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón directed the best of the Harry Potter flicks. Some might call Prisoner of Azkaban more “adult” than the first two movies. And while we’re of the philosophy that anyone can enjoy and appreciate Harry Potter, it’s certainly fair to say that Cuarón made a more atmospheric movie. He clearly has a talent for working with child actors: The director allowed them to style their school uniforms however they liked, adding a realistic and lived-in feeling to the film. His eye for detail also brings Hogwarts truly to life for the first time, from the candles that look like spinal columns floating in Professor Lupin’s classroom to the reimagined Whomping Willow, which marks the passage of time by huffily shaking off its leaves in autumn.

There are a few choices to quibble with: Deciding not to film a flashback scene featuring Harry’s father and his friends prowling the Hogwarts grounds as Animagi (wizards who can transform into animals) was a missed opportunity. And Cuarón may have unwittingly given away Snape’s allegiance when he directed Alan Rickman to throw his arms across Harry and his friends to protect them from a werewolf, an impulsive act of selflessness that seemed uncharacteristic for the snarling professor. And the Time Turners introduce thousands of questions and plot holes. But all those choices serve a final time traveling sequence that, with the giant clock ticking away in the background, is pitch perfect.

Correction, Nov. 3

The original version of this story misstated when the movies The Golden Compass and Eragon premiered. They debuted after The Sorcerer’s Stone film was released, not before.

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What is the best Harry Potter movie of all time? ›

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The importance of Prisoner of Azkaban to the Harry Potter film series cannot be overstated. This is the movie that established the creative direction and formula for the films that followed, as the series faced a crucial issue post-Chamber of Secrets.

What is the scariest Harry Potter movie? ›

Whether you view it through the horror paradigm or not, you cannot doubt that The Chamber of Secrets is one of the most affecting films in the Harry Potter franchise, with it making a bold claim to be the most terrifying from our childhood.

What was the least successful Harry Potter movie? ›

8 Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

The third movie in the series and the only one not to feature Voldemort, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is (undeservedly) the lowest-earning movie out of the series.

Which Harry Potter movie is least like the book? ›

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth movie in the franchise, and it's the least similar to its source material. While the film contains the same plot points, those moments reflect differently on screen.

What is the funniest Harry Potter movie? ›

1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

The comedy culminates in a scene where the professor and overconfident Harry under the effect of Felix Felicis join Hagrid at the funeral for Aragog. Ron and his love adventures should also get a shout-out for bringing in some good laughs in Half-Blood Prince.

What is the most popular Harry Potter house? ›

The good news is that the nature of that early game achievement lets us see which House is the most popular among Hogwarts Legacy players. Surprisingly, it's the House of Malfoys everywhere: Slytherin.

What is the saddest Harry Potter? ›

One of the most shocking moments of the Harry Potter series is the death of Albus Dumbledore in 'The Half-Blood Prince'. It actually brings more shock than sadness to some, but it is a moment that combines both emotions.

What age is appropriate for watching Harry Potter? ›

Age 7–9. A great age to begin (for younger kids, consider reading aloud together).

What does Harry Potter fear the most? ›

To Be Confronted By A Dementor

The confrontation with a Dementor on the Hogwarts Express made Harry realize that this creature was his deepest fear in a corporeal form. The Dementors made his inner feelings of hurt and abandonment come to life, along with bringing back his worst memories.

Who is the richest Harry Potter cast? ›

Harry Potter: The Highest Paid Actors (And How Much They're Worth...
  1. 1 Daniel Radcliffe Tops Us Off With $110 Million.
  2. 2 Robert Pattinson Has A $100 Million Net Worth. ...
  3. 3 Emma Watson Is Worth $85 Million. ...
  4. 4 Helena Bonham Carter Has A $60 Million Net Worth. ...
  5. 5 Rupert Grint Has A Net Worth Of $50 Million. ...
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How many times has Harry Potter been rejected? ›

The novel was rejected by 12 different publishing houses before Bloomsbury accepted it.

Is JK Rowling a billionaire? ›

Billionaire author JK Rowling has lived a true rags-to-riches story. The writer of the famous Harry Potter stories about a young wizard and his friends always wanted to be an author, but had little success until she was in her 30s.

What should I watch if I miss Harry Potter? ›

15 Movies Like 'Harry Potter' to Watch For a Magical Adventure
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  • Seventh Son (2014) Image via Universal Pictures. ...
  • The Percy Jackson Movies. ...
  • Doctor Strange (2016) ...
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) ...
  • Upside-Down Magic (2020) ...
  • Mr. ...
  • Abigail (2019)
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Which movie is Draco Malfoy in the least? ›

Draco appears on screen for 8 minutes during Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, which is his longest appearance out of the eight movies. He is only in Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix for one min ute and fifteen seconds, which is the movie he is the least in our of the franchise.

What Harry Potter books are rare? ›

Prisoner of Azkaban is especially rare and is usually priced between $1,500 and $2,000. There were only 7,000 copies printed. There were 12,000 copies of the 1/1 Philosopher's Stone and 17,000 of the 1/1 Chamber of Secrets printed.

What is everyone's favorite Harry Potter movie? ›

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The lowest-grossing Harry Potter film, and the third in the series, is also widely regarded as the best by fans and critics.

How old is Dumbledore? ›

Rowling said in an interview that Dumbledore was about 150 years old. However, on her website, she states that Dumbledore was born in 1881, making him either 115 or 116 at the time of his death.

What is Harry Potter 1 rated? ›

The MPAA rated Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone PG for some scary moments and mild language.

What is the 2nd best Harry Potter house? ›

2. Ravenclaw – Smart and clever.

What is J.K. Rowling's Favourite Harry Potter house? ›

In the past, J.K. Rowling has said, 'In many, many ways, Hufflepuff is my favourite house. '

What is the most underrated Hogwarts House? ›

Hufflepuff gets a lot of recognition for, ironically, being the most unrecognized House. Cedric Diggory and Newt Scamander both bring popularity to Hufflepuff. And as much as I love Cho Chang and Luna Lovegood, they aren't quite as popular.

What is the most hurtful spell in Harry Potter? ›

The Killing Curse ('Avada Kedavra')

Obviously there's no coming back from this spell, and according to the Ministry of Magic's classifications (and, again, fake-Moody) this is the worst Unforgivable Curse.

What is the hardest Harry Potter death? ›

The 10 Most Tragic Deaths In Harry Potter, Ranked Least to Most Traumatizing
  • 8 Remus Lupin & Nymphadora Tonks.
  • 7 Hedwig.
  • 6 Cedric Diggory.
  • 5 Severus Snape.
  • 4 Fred Weasley.
  • 3 Sirius Black.
  • 2 Albus Dumbledore.
  • 1 Dobby.
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Does Ron make Hermione cry? ›

That other time he made Hermione cry

Before the Yule Ball: The first was Ron realising that he didn't have a date for the Yule Ball, the school dance that celebrates the Triwizard Tournament.

Do the Harry Potter movies get darker? ›

Like the books, the movies do get darker and more intense as the series progresses, so make sure your little Harry, Ron, and Hermione fans are ready for each new chapter before moving on.

What are the scary parts in Harry Potter 1? ›

The movie features scary characters including goblins, a three-headed dog, a green scaly troll and a centaur. There is a flashback image of Voldemort murdering Harry's parents. Transparent images of ghosts float through the air and through walls at Hogwarts. One ghost almost pulls his own head off.

Why is the Half Blood Prince so GREY? ›

The Half-Blood Prince movie was essentially black and white because of the ongoing reflection of the world's situation. The world was essentially in turmoil with mysterious acts of terrorism happening, especially in England. Death Eaters across the globe were destroying society for Muggles and Muggle-borns.

What was Voldemort's fear? ›

In 2006, Rowling told an interviewer that Voldemort at his core has a human fear: the fear of death. She said: "Voldemort's fear is death, ignominious death. I mean, he regards death itself as ignominious. He thinks that it's a shameful human weakness, as you know.

What was Hermione's fear? ›

Her greatest fear was probably failure

' Ron was joking (as he often does) but he was actually very close to the truth. Part of the reason Hermione worked so hard was that she was terrified of getting things wrong and letting people down – a common trait among high achievers.

What is Draco Malfoy's phobia? ›

Draco's fear of Voldemort likely comes from different reasons than others have. Most fear Voldemort taking over the world. Draco fears Voldemort intimidating and manipulating the Malfoy family.

How much did Draco Malfoy make from Harry Potter? ›

The actor played Slytherin schoolboy Draco Malfoy in the hit fantasy series. Tom Felton was paid a staggering £14 million for the Harry Potter movies, despite only appearing on screen for 31 minutes during the entire film series.

Who was the most successful Harry Potter actor? ›

Daniel Radcliffe, 32, became the face of the internationally successful book franchise when he was cast as the titular Harry Potter in the movies, the first of which released in 2001. Only 10 years old at the time, Radcliffe went on to become one of the wealthiest children in the United Kingdom.

How is Harry Potter so rich? ›

Fleamont Potter died of dragon pox and his fortune was left to his son, James Potter. From there, the family fortune was bequeathed to Harry, after James and Lily Potter were killed. Looks like Harry Potter's kids, Albus Severus and James Sirius, could stand to inherit quite a bit of money from their dad.

Why was J.K. Rowling not invited to Harry Potter? ›

There have been rumors that Rowling was not invited. According to Rowling, she was invited to attend the reunion. “No one said 'don't come,” said Rowling. “I was asked to do it and I decided not to.”

Who rejected J.K. Rowling? ›

Rowling, who has more than seven million Twitter followers, posted them in response to a fan's request for a picture of a rejection letter. She explained: "The Potter ones are now in a box in my attic, but I could show you Robert Galbraith's?"

Why did J.K. Rowling not return to Hogwarts? ›

J.K. Rowling has explained her conspicuous absence from “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts,” stating that she declined an invitation to be included in the special.

Who is the 1st billionaire writer? ›

According to Forbes, Rowling has grossed over $1 billion (£627 million) for her novels and from related earnings. Comments below may relate to previous holders of this record.

Who is the richest writer in the world? ›

The Ten Richest Authors in the World
  • Nigel Blackwell – $292.5 Million.
  • Barbara Taylor Bradford – $300 Million.
  • Danielle Steel – $310 Million.
  • Nora Roberts – $390 Million.
  • Stephen King – $400 Million.
  • James Patterson – $560 Million.
  • J.K. Rowling – $1 Billion.
  • Elisabeth Badinter – 1.3 Billion.
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Who was the first billionaire? ›

The American business magazine Forbes produces a global list of known U.S. dollar billionaires every year and updates an Internet version of this list in real-time. The American oil magnate John D. Rockefeller became the world's first confirmed U.S. dollar billionaire in 1916.

Which series is better than Harry Potter? ›

Fans could say that The Lord Of The Rings franchise and the world of Harry Potter are dissimilar. Even if The Lord Of The Rings feels like a completely different realm from Harry Potter, both franchises are an undeniable work of art.

What is the opposite of Harry Potter? ›

In J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, a Muggle (/ˈmʌɡəl/) is a person who lacks any sort of magical ability and was not born in a magical family. Muggles can also be described as people who do not have any magical blood inside them.

What movie inspired Harry Potter? ›

1 The Lord of the Rings (2001)

It is clear that The Lord of the Rings, a comparable fantasy series, provided inspiration for both the Harry Potter books and their later cinematic adaptations.

How long is Draco Malfoy's PP? ›

"Draco Malfoy has main character energy," said one fan. "He lives in mine and Harry Potter's head rent free the whole series." "Truly wild that Draco Malfoy only had 31 minutes of physical screen time yet had the entire series run time of the golden trio just THINKING about him," said another Twitter user.

Who got the least screentime in Harry Potter? ›

Fans have loved almost every major character of the franchise, but they might not know how long these characters were shown on the screen. Harry Potter had the most screen time with a whopping 539 minutes, while Draco Malfoy only had around 32 minutes.

What movie does Voldemort hug Draco? ›

Voldemort and Draco Malfoy awkwardly hugging in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." Warner Bros. "Harry Potter" star Tom Felton spoke about filming a scene with Ralph Fiennes in the last film. In his memoir, Felton said that Fiennes improvised Voldemort awkwardly hugging Draco Malfoy.

What is the rarest Harry Potter? ›

'Particularly scarce'

Book expert Jim Spencer, of Staffordshire-based auctioneers Hansons, said: "The rarest and most valuable Potter book to own is generally regarded as being one of the original 500 hardback copies of Philosopher's Stone from the first-ever print run in 1997.

How much is a 1997 Harry Potter book worth? ›

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (book 1 - UK)

Only 500 were published and 300 went to libraries. The main characteristics of a 1997 first edition first printing are a print line that reads "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" and the crediting of "Joanne Rowling" not J.K. Prices on AbeBooks vary from $40,000 to $55,000.

What is the best sold book ever? ›

According to Guinness World Records as of 1995, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed. Sales estimates for other printed religious texts include at least 800 million copies for the Qur'an and 190 million copies for the Book of Mormon.

What the Harry Potter movies did better than the books? ›

Harry Potter: 10 Scenes The Movies Did Better Than The Books, According To Reddit
  • Harry and Dumbledore Apparating. ...
  • Bellatrix LeShattered. ...
  • The Price of Being Ron. ...
  • Harry Encouraging Dumbledore's Army. ...
  • Not-So-Humble Harry. ...
  • Francis the Fish. ...
  • Freeing Dobby. ...
  • Harry and Hermione's Dance.
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Why is Harry Potter 3 so good? ›

The third film of the Harry Potter series known as Prisoner of Azkaban is important to fans for a number of reasons. It is the first film that shifted the series towards a darker tone with the characters now in their teens and the 'villain' of the story, Sirius Black, on the loose.

Why is Harry Potter 4 rated M? ›

MPAA explanation: sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.

Is Harry Potter ok for 6 year olds? ›

The Harry Potter Series: Ages and Stages

The first three Harry Potter books are great to read aloud to kids aged from about six or seven up. Certainly most children - both boys and girls - will love them from the age of eight.

Is Harry Potter for 9 year olds? ›

The Harry Potter book series is Middle Grade, not YA (Young Adult). This means it is generally written for children ages 8-12 and grade levels 3-7.

Who was the most powerful character in Harry Potter? ›

Formerly known as Tom Marvolo Riddle, Lord Voldemort was the most formidable evil wizard in the entire universe. Until Harry Potter, Voldemort's magical prowess was practically unmatched, and no one could stand a chance against him.

Is Harry Potter a pure Blood? ›

Harry James Potter holds half-blood status in Rowling's imagined wizarding world because his mother is Muggle-born and his father is pure-blood. There are three main blood statuses; pure-blood, half-blood, and Muggle-born, which are all methods of determining a witch or wizard's magical lineage.

What quality is Slytherin? ›

The traits that get you placed into Slytherin are ambition, resourcefulness, determination, and cleverness. An association with villainous characters and elitism has given Slytherin the reputation of being an evil house.

What is the saddest part of Harry Potter? ›

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Severus Snape's death is a particularly sad moment in the Harry Potter franchise. Harry spies on Snape, who is speaking secretly with Voldemort, and learns that Snape is not quite the traitor that Harry initially thought him to be.

Which Harry Potter movie is the most successful and why? ›

As of June 2022, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" (2011) was the highest-grossing movie of the Harry Potter film series.

Why is Harry better in Slytherin? ›

Harry Potter came very close to being sorted into Slytherin before he persuaded the Hat to sort him into Gryffindor. Yet the spectre of Slytherin haunted him for some time afterwards, becoming particularly potent in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when he was rumoured to be the heir of Slytherin.

What age is Harry Potter good for? ›

But there are a few age-related guidelines to take into consideration: From a technical standpoint, Harry Potter is categorized as a middle-grade read, which typically encompasses 9–to–12-year-olds.

Why is Harry Potter the strongest? ›

First, there is his native power. Harry is incredibly, natively powerful. He can perform advanced magic at an early age at greater levels than we see done by any other wizard (for example when he blasts the dementors away with his Patroness in the third book).


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