Harry Potter: What is the best film in the saga before Fantastic Beasts 3?

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Hogwarts Legacy: Hogwarts’ legacy finally showed itself during a fully dedicated State of Play. We were able to see the main gameplay mechanics and explore this universe set in the 19th century. While waiting for the release of the game, but also of the film Fantastic Beasts 3, the editorial staff of JV offers you a ranking, based on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes ratings, of all the films in the saga.

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Summary

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Fantastic Beasts
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second installment of the new cinematographic saga, released in 2018 in our cinemas. The project is signed Warner Bros and directed by David Yates, a regular in the Harry Potter universe. The year is 1927. Gellert Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp) is wanted by the Wizards of the United States Magical Congress. Indeed, the latter foments a war between the wizarding world and the non-magical world. Dumbledore, a former friend of Grindelwald, is the only one capable of stopping him. The film was not very well received by the public, but also by the press (52% on Metacritic and 36% on Rotten Tomatoes). Indeed, specialized journalists criticize the production for not having taken enough risks. The stakes in the film are not high enough to take the events that take place in it seriously. In addition, the presence of Johnny Depp as the main antagonist has not been sufficiently exploited, which is a shame for such a talented actor.


Fantastic Beasts

The saga Fantastic Beasts struggles to convince with his first film released in 2016 and still directed by David Yates. In 1926, in New York, we discover Norbert Dargonneau, a scientist who aims to list the greatest number of fantastic animals. As he has just landed in the North American city, Norbert unwittingly releases several creatures. However, such an act represents a violation of the International Code of Magical Secrecy. Our zoologist finds himself pursued by magical institutions, and will come across many other problems along the way. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them received a 66% rating on Metacritic and 74% on Rotten Tomatoes. The press criticizes the film for not being open to an audience uninitiated in the Harry Potter universe. The magic universe takes paths already well beaten by the main saga. Despite the desire to show us other parts of the lore of Harry Potter, the attempt remains, according to the press, too timid.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is the adaptation of the 7th book by JK Rowling. The film was released in 2010, still with David Yates in charge, and Warner Bros in production. The last novel in the saga being quite substantial, the production has decided that this adaptation will be divided into two distinct parts. Following the events of the 6th installment, Harry, Hermione and Ron embark on a hunt for Horcruxes, the artifacts allowing them to kill Voldemort. With a Metacritic score of 65% and Rotten Tomatoes of 77%, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 misses the mark. The film seems much more like a prequel to the events of the last opus leaving the spectators on their hunger.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

It was in December 2002 that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets arrives in our cinemas. This time, Chris Columbus (The Color of Feelings) is in charge of directing the feature film. The second part of the saga begins with a dinner at Harry Potter’s adoptive family. The young wizard is then consigned to his room, and meets Dobby, an elf who has entered the house. He tells Harry that Hogwarts is in great danger. The Chamber of Secrets has been opened, and an heir to Slytherin House has the power to take full control of the school. Harry and his friends must act quickly to thwart You-Know-Who’s plans. With a Metacritic score of 63% and Rotten Tomatoes of 82%, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is known to be one of the most faithful adaptations of JK Rowling’s saga. The major criticism that journalists find in the production is the stretching of certain scenes in the book.


Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone marks the arrival of the cult universe in cinema. Released in 2001 in our dark rooms, the film is supported by Chris Columbus. We discover the character of Harry Potter, a young orphan, reluctantly taken in by his uncle and aunt. Indeed, the adoptive parents of the young man make him suffer all kinds of abuse. At the age of 11, Harry Potter receives a mysterious letter and learns that he is actually a wizard. He then embarks on a journey to the greatest school of magic: Hogwarts. The adaptation was fairly well received by critics (65% on Metacritic and 81% on Rotten Tomatoes). The production was applauded for its almost perfect adaptation of the universe described in the novel. However, the characters created in the film do not quite match those of the first novel. A first conclusive test for a saga which has marked an entire generation.

Harry Potter: What is the best film in the saga before Fantastic Beasts 3?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the 5th part of the saga, released in 2007 at the cinema, and directed by David Yates. Harry is starting his fifth year at Hogwarts. When he notices that the wizarding community refuses to believe in Voldemort’s imminent return, the school welcomes a new teacher, Dolores Umbridge who aims to silence Dumbledore. Indeed, the master of Hogwarts is aware of the return of the evil wizard. The Ministry of Magic wishes to prevent a wave of panic from shaking the wizarding world. Harry and his friends then encounter a hitherto secret group, the Order of the Phoenix, who are trying to stop Voldemort from carrying out his plan. This part accompanies the generation that grew up with the saga by trying to make the film darker, more mature and more violent than the previous ones. With a Metacritic rating of 71% and Rotten Tomatoes of 77%, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix hits hard and with conviction.

Harry Potter: What is the best film in the saga before Fantastic Beasts 3?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Directed again and again by David Yates, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince arrives in 2009 at the cinema. Voldemort is becoming more and more established in the magical world as the Ministry of Magic has finally made public the return of the fearsome wizard. Dumbledore decides to guide and train Harry hard to face the dark lord. Between love stories and trials, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince leads the story to a climax of the saga. The film received ratings of 78% on Metacritic and 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the press praising David Yates’ expertise in this adaptation faithful to the original work.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Go back in time with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire released in 2005. For this fourth part, the production is entrusted to Mike Newell (Donnie Brasco). The fourth year marks the arrival of the Triwizard Tournament! Despite the fact that Harry is underage to participate, the Goblet of Fire decides otherwise. Accused of cheating by the other students, he has an encounter that will change his life forever. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is considered one of the best adaptations of the saga, scoring 81% on Metacritic and 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics highlight the perfect transposition of the tournament scenes to the big screen. It therefore joins the top 3 of the most popular Harry Potter films.

Harry Potter: What is the best film in the saga before Fantastic Beasts 3?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Released in 2004, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third part of the series and was directed this time by Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity). Criminal wizard Sirius Black has escaped from the prison of Azkaban with one goal in mind…to find Harry Potter. Accused of having delivered the parents of the young wizard to Voldemort, Sirius Black tries to prove his innocence by looking for the real culprit. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban received an excellent critical reception (82% on Metacritic and 90% on Rotten Tomatoes), and reveals a little more the universe of the saga, with new characters who will become cults and revelations which change the meaning of the story.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

We end on a high note with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 released on July 11, 2011. David Yates garners a Metacritic score of 85% and Rotten Tomatoes of 96% for the long-awaited conclusion to the saga. After reuniting the Horcruxes, the only means of reaching Voldemort, Harry and his companions prepare to participate in the battle that will decide the fate of the magical world. Will Harry’s intensive training alongside Dumbledore be enough to counter the dark mage? The conclusion of the saga in the cinema was very well received, both by the press and by the fans.

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