No matter how long passes since the end of the Harry Potter movie franchise, the enthusiasm of the faithful fans will remain strong. Now that JK Rowling's new series centered on Newt Scamander in flapper-age New York City has been extended to a massive FIVE movies and since we've had ample opportunity to reflect, it seems like the perfect time to analyse the Harry Potter films and declare once and for all which of the movies was the best.
It's no mean feat, when you think about it. J.K. Rowling created an expansive universe with the most beloved book series of our time, and rather than being another disappointing cash-grab, the movies can stand on their own as great entertainment. Are the movies as richly detailed and complete as the books? No, but that doesn't mean that they aren't worthwhile.
With a staggering $7.7 billion in ticket sales, the Harry Potter film series is the highest grossing franchise ever. As the basis of the films, which books were the best is obviously going to play a role in the outcome of this list, but this is absolutely not about which books are the best... It's not the same thing AT ALL. So no counting erroneous missing details like Peeves or SPEW against the films.
While never quite achieving the critical and award success of the Lord of the Rings and Dark Knight franchises, every movie is "Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes (and the fact that Alan Rickman wasn't even nominated for an Oscar for Snape pains my soul). In other words, no matter what the order, they're all still fundamentally good.
So let's get back to witches and wizards and magical beasts, to goblins and ghosts and to magical feasts, and touch on each of the totally awesome Harry Potter movies....