20 Worst Moments In Wizarding World Movies

More painful than the Cruciatus Curse...

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The Wizarding World franchise - consisting of the eight Harry Potter films and the two Fantastic Beasts spin-offs, with a third one on the way - is mostly very strong. The ten films are absolutely full of great acting, brilliant world-building, beautiful visuals, thrilling set-pieces and powerful drama.

Of course, there are issues as well - most prominently iffy adaptational decisions and frequently terrible editing - but for the most part this is a good series and terrible scenes are in fairly short supply. That being said, there are always exceptions.

Across the ten films, there are various badly-judged scenes that really do stick out like a sore thumb and often have quite a cringe-worthy vibe to them. As you'd expect, quite a few of them are from the franchise's two worst films - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - but the other movies are far from exempt.

So, from unfunny jokes to badly-written subplots, from poor bits of writing to hit-or-miss child actors, here are the twenty worst movie moments in this otherwise strong franchise. Hopefully the upcoming third Fantastic Beasts film can avoid stooping to these lows...

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Film Studies graduate, aspiring screenwriter and all-around nerd who, despite being a pretentious cinephile who loves art-house movies, also loves modern blockbusters and would rather watch superhero movies than classic Hollywood films. Once met Tommy Wiseau.