The Harry Potter series movies hasn’t ended with 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. J K Rowling has returned to her Wizarding World’s past, scripting the ’20s-set Fantastic Beasts spin-off prequel consisting of 5 films, which introduce an early version of Albus Dumbledore and his former friend/arch-rival Gellert Grindelwald.
This means there are 10 movies to sink-in, spread across 7 decades of magical history. But how do these movies link to each other? And is there a way or a sequence in which these can be enjoyed better? Well this piece might just try and show you the light. A summary of all the fantastic Harry Potter movies. Binge watch Harry Potter in the comfort of your home and Enjoy!
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them released in 2016 is set in 1926. It was nominated for two Academy Awards and won for Best Costume Design, becoming the first Wizarding World film to win an Academy Award.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald released in 2018 is set in 1927
An untitled third film is scheduled for release on 12 November 2021.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone/ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone released in 2001 is set in 1991-92 and is based on the 1997 novel by the same name.
Harry Potter is an orphaned boy brought up by his unkind Muggle (non-magical) aunt and uncle. At the age of eleven, half-giant Rubeus Hagrid informs him that he is actually a wizard and that his parents were murdered by an evil wizard named Lord Voldemort. Voldemort also attempted to kill one-year-old Harry on the same night, but his killing curse mysteriously rebounded and reduced him to a weak and helpless form. Harry became extremely famous in the Wizarding World as a result. Harry begins his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and learns about magic. During the year, Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger become entangled in the mystery of the Philosopher’s Stone which is being kept within the school.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets released in 2002 is set in 1992-93 and is based on the 1998 novel by the same name.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione return to Hogwarts for their second year, which proves to be more challenging than the last. The Chamber of Secrets has been opened, leaving students and ghosts petrified by an unleashed monster. Harry must face up to claims that he is the heir of Salazar Slytherin (founder of the Chamber), learn that he can speak Parseltongue, and also discover the properties of a mysterious diary, only to find himself trapped within the Chamber of Secrets itself.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban released in 2004 is set in 1992-94 and is based on the 1999 novel by the same name.
Harry Potter’s third year sees the boy wizard, along with his friends, attending Hogwarts School once again. Professor R. J. Lupin joins the staff as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, while convicted murderer Sirius Black escapes from Azkaban Prison. The Ministry of Magic entrusts the Dementors of Azkaban to guard Hogwarts from Black. Harry learns more about his past and his connection with the escaped prisoner.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire released in 2005 is set in 1994-95 and is based on the 2000 novel by the same name.
During Harry’s fourth year, Hogwarts plays host to a legendary event: the Triwizard Tournament. Three European schools participate in the tournament, with three ‘champions’ representing each school in the deadly tasks. The Goblet of Fire chooses Fleur Delacour, Viktor Krum, and Cedric Diggory to compete against each other. However, curiously, Harry’s name is also produced from the Goblet thus making him a fourth champion, which results in a terrifying encounter with a reborn Lord Voldemort.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix released in 2007 is set in 1995-96 and is based on the 2003 novel by the same name.
Harry’s fifth year begins with him being attacked by Dementors in Little Whinging. Later, he finds out that the Ministry of Magic is in denial of Lord Voldemort’s return. Harry is also beset by disturbing and realistic nightmares, while Professor Umbridge, a representative of Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge, is the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. Harry becomes aware that Voldemort is after a prophecy which reveals: “neither can live while the other survives”. The rebellion involving the students of Hogwarts, secret organization Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry of Magic, and the Death Eaters begins.
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince released in 2009 is set in 1996-97 and is based on the 2005 novel by the same name.
In Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts, Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters are increasing their terror upon the Wizarding and Muggle worlds. Headmaster Albus Dumbledore persuades his old friend Horace Slughorn to return to Hogwarts as a professor as there is a vacancy to fill. There is a more important reason, however, for Slughorn’s return. While in a Potions lesson, Harry takes possession of a strangely annotated school textbook, inscribed ‘This is the property of the Half-Blood Prince’. Draco Malfoy struggles to carry out a deed presented to him by Voldemort. Meanwhile, Dumbledore and Harry secretly work together to discover the method on how to destroy the Dark Lord once and for all.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 released in 2010 is set in 1997-98 and is based on the 2007 novel by the same name.
After unexpected events at the end of the previous year, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are entrusted with a quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s secret to immortality – the Horcruxes. It is supposed to be their final year at Hogwarts, but the collapse of the Ministry of Magic and Voldemort’s rise to power prevents them from attending. The trio undergo a long journey with many obstacles in their path including Death Eaters, Snatchers, the mysterious Deathly Hallows, and Harry’s connection with the Dark Lord’s mind becoming ever stronger.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 released in 2011 is also set in 1997-98 and is based on the same 2007 novel.
After destroying one Horcrux and discovering the significance of the three Deathly Hallows, Harry, Ron and Hermione continue to seek the other Horcruxes in an attempt to destroy Voldemort, who has now obtained the powerful Elder Wand. The Dark Lord discovers Harry’s hunt for Horcruxes and launches an attack on Hogwarts School, where the trio return for one last stand against the dark forces that threaten the Wizarding and Muggle worlds.
Of the earlier 8 Harry Potter films released 6 have received the Academy Award nomination in various categories viz:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for Best Art Direction
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for Best Cinematography
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 for Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 for Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, Best Visual Effects