Harry Potter is a cinematic saga adapting the seven novels of the same name by JK Rowling. From 2001 to 2011, a total of eight films recounted the adventures of the young wizard with glasses, who achieved the feat as a child of defeating the dreaded wizard Lord Voldemort. He then began his magical studies at Hogwarts school. At the cast, the film saga revealed Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) to the general public. Find below all the films of the Harry Potter saga.
Who could have missed it? From The Philosopher’s Stone to Deathly Hallows through the Prisoner of Azkaban and the Goblet of Fire, the Harry Potter saga has been an unavoidable phenomenon, which has grossed more than $ 7.7 billion at the box office, in eight films and ten years. Led by Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, with a beautiful background cast (Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes or Michael Gambon), and very different filmmakers behind the camera (Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, David Yates), the franchise adapted from JK Rowling’s books continues to haunt movie theaters with another saga: Fantastic Beasts. The magic therefore continues to operate, and is not about to stop.
Harry Potter movies
In 1997, the world discovered the first volume of Harry Potter. Quickly, success was at the rendezvous, readers being immediately caught up in the hectic adventures of the sorcerer’s apprentice who is nicknamed the Survivor. And for good reason, this one has just escaped death after his parents were assassinated by Lord Voldemort, a formidable wizard adept of black magic.
For the record, the killing curse that the mage had cast on Harry strangely turned against his sender whose body suddenly disappeared. Harry inherited only a scar on his forehead. All the plot that will then develop in the movies will focus on the confrontation between Harry and Voldemort, the young wizard being the only one who can overcome it, according to the prophecy.
Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone
In 2001, the adaptation of Harry Potter to the cinema is an event: Steven Spielberg very nearly directed it, but it will be ultimately his colleague Chris Columbus (who wrote the scenario of Gremlins, produced by Spielberg), who will charge. The director of Madame Doubtfire and Maman, I missed the plane takes the audience into the world of Hogwarts, and presents them the rules and heroes of this future magical saga. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is far from the fan favorite episode, but it remains one of the most important movie. Surely you have to watch the second movie of the saga, for it’s one of the best movie of all time.
Warner Bros. purchased the rights for the adaptation in 1999 for £ 1million ($ 1.65million). Production began in the UK in 2000, with Chris Columbus being chosen to direct the film from a shortlist of directors including Steven Spielberg and Rob Reiner. Rowling insisted the cast be British, and the three lead cast were chosen in August 2000 following open castings. The film was shot at Leavesden Film Studios and in select historic buildings across the UK, between September 2000 and March 2001.
Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets
The whole team is back for this second episode, in the direct lineage of Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone. Harry, Ron, and Hermione once again face Voldemort’s inevitable return and explore the mysteries of Hogwarts, in an adventure that is considered one of the weakest in the saga. Blame it on an overly stretched plot (2h30) and a feeling of repetition after the first film. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets plays a central role in the saga and the fight against Voldemort, but remains one of the less memorable games.
While Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and his cousin Dudley receive important dinner guests, Harry Potter is forced to spend the evening in his room. Dobby, an elf, then appears. He announces to her that terrible dangers threaten the Hogwarts school and that he must not return there in September. Harry refuses to believe it. But as soon as the new school year is over, the latter begins to hear a macabre voice. In addition, a message painted in blood red on one of the castle walls announces that the dreaded and legendary Chamber of Secrets is once again open, allowing the Slytherin heir to wreak havoc at Hogwarts. The victims, found petrified by a mysterious force, follow one another in the halls of the school, without the teachers – not even the popular Gilderoy Lockhart – managing to contain the threat. Helped by Ron and Hermione, Harry must act quickly to save Hogwarts.
Harry Potter and the prisoner of azkaban
Often considered one of the best episodes, if not the best, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban marks a first turning point in the saga. Childhood Gone: Harry, Hermione and Ron enter adolescence and its troubles, and with them, the franchise evolves. The adventure becomes darker, more serious, and the mood slides into something more disturbing. The color scheme changes to blue and black, and Harry Potter 3 remains one of the most visually accomplished episodes. The leg of Alfonso Cuaron, Oscar winner since for Gravity, is not for nothing.
The film begins at the Dursleys ‘house, from where Harry runs away after having ballooned Aunt Marge, Uncle Vernon’s sister, to punish her for insulting her parents’ memory. Going to Diagon Alley, he is informed by the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, of the escape from Azkaban prison of a mysterious character: Sirius Black, the man who allegedly handed over Harry’s parents to Voldemort and killed Peter Pettigrew. At Hogwarts, Harry discovers his new teacher from Defense Against the Dark Arts, Professor Remus Lupine. This one proves his skills and kindness by giving Neville Longbottom, a likeable but very clumsy student, a chance. Professor Lupine is particularly protective of Harry and a bond is forged between the two of them. The professor even teaches him how to produce a Patronus so that he is able to fend off Dementors if it will be needed. (Origin of Dementors)
Harry Potter and the goblet of fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire marks another turning point in the saga: Voldemort is indeed back, and not here to laugh. The sudden death of a character signals that the franchise is definitely on the way to something darker. Directed by Mike Newell (Donnie Brasco, Four Weddings and a Funeral), Goblet of Fire also explores the teen movie aspect more head-on, following the thwarted loves of Harry, Hermione and Ron. The result is not always very harmonious, but the fourth episode remains among the strangest and most remarkable, and even today is considered the greatest series of all time.
Fourteen-year-old Harry is tormented by nightmares in which he connects with Voldemort’s mind, seeing everything Voldemort does. Among other things, he witnesses the murder of an old Muggle by the dark mage. While on vacation with the Weasleys, he attends the Quidditch World Cup, during which Voldemort’s followers ( Death Eaters ) march in terror and panic in the encampment where Harry and the Weasleys are.
Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix
From Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the saga is directed by David Yates, until its grand finale – and the filmmaker continues to lead the universe to Fantastic Beasts. A choice which ensures a certain coherence, and creates a great movement with these last four opus. More spectacular and Hollywood, The Order of the Phoenix is undoubtedly one of the most effective and solid episodes. Dolores Ombrage (excellent Imelda Staunton) will remain as one of the franchise’s most striking antagonists, and the disappearance of Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) due to the incredible Bellatrix (Helena Bonham Carter) still strikes the fans a big blow.
During the summer with the Dursleys, Harry Potter, still traumatized by the death of Cedric Diggory and by the return of Voldemort at the end of the Triwizard Tournament, has recurring nightmares. One day, approached by his hateful cousin Dudley, he loses patience and threatens him with his magic wand. They are then attacked by two Dementors from Azkaban prison. Harry pushes them back by creating a Patronus, but the confrontation traumatizes Dudley, who almost loses his mind, much to Uncle Vernon’s dismay.
Harry Potter and the half-blood prince
The world begins to take on the dark colors of Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Harry prepares his battle against his nemesis, with the help of Dumbledore. The mystery of Voldemort is revealed little by little, and then takes shape the infernal mission of Harry, Ron and Hermione. The sixth episode of the adapted saga of JK Rowling marks another stage in the adventure, with the disappearance of one of the most important characters. And if love continues to torment the hearts of heroes, it is the final confrontation against Voldemort that is brewing.
After the battle at the Department of Mysteries that took place a few weeks earlier, the Ministry of Magic made Voldemort’s return public. The Dark Mage and his followers now wield power over the entire world. Wizards like Muggles are now in danger. The Death Eaters appear in London and cause the collapse of the Millennium Bridge, while kidnapping in passing the wand maker, Ollivander.
Harry Potter and the deathly hallows – part 1
The home stretch for Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione and Ron. As Voldemort’s power grows and the world becomes a battleground, the trio set off in search of the last Horcruxes, essential to any hope of slaying the Shadow Lord. A hellish pursuit for the heroes, now alone in the world, with no other option but to believe in them to move forward. If the film suffers from a somewhat problematic pace, since JK Rowling’s final tome was cut into two parts, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 kicks off the ultimate countdown to the great end.
Following the departure of the Dursleys, Harry’s friends and part of the Order of the Phoenix proceed to 4 Privet Drive to take Harry to the Burrow , to safety. For this, they explain a plan to Harry in which there would be seven Harry Potters using Polyjuice Potion, which will preserve the real Harry in the event of an attack, imminent according to Mad Eye Moody. During the battle, Hedwig (Harry’s owl) is hit by a spell and dies while protecting his master, which reveals to the Death Eaterswho is the real Harry.
Harry Potter and the deathly hallows – part 2
The end is finally here. At the end of eight films, Harry Potter finally confronts Voldemort in his ultimate adventure. Difficult to live up to such success, such expectations, but David Yates achieved it by offering a spectacular conclusion. For Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, it’s the last lap in Harry, Hermione and Ron. And as the books, which are the best- selling books in history, the movies raised the expectations.
Harry, Ron and Hermione continue their quest consisting find the Horcruxes of Voldemort, but are interested in parallel with Deathly Hallows. This is how they successively question Gripsec (concerning the means of entering Gringotts) and Ollivander (on the existence of the Elder Wand). They suspect that a horcrux is hidden in Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault in Gringotts. Gripsec promises them his help in accessing it on the condition that they then give him the Sword of Godric Gryffindor, which the goblins consider their rightful property.