Does the 'Harry Potter' series really need any sort of introduction at this point? Surely just about every human being with access to a library and a multiplex has heard of the boy wizard, his years of education at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and his ongoing battle with the evil dark wizard Voldemort. Chances are pretty strong you've read the books and seen the movies. Or read one of the books and saw a movie or two. Or burnt the books and gritted your teeth through a theatrical trailer, but that's besides the point. You've heard of Harry Potter. This introduction is moot.

With the penultimate film, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,' opening today, I decided it was time to revisit the series, to examine it as one epic adventure instead of a single film every year or two. Whether you're a Potter fan or not, you cannot deny that there are more than a handful of remarkable things going on in this series, things that deserve analysis within the context of the larger story, a story that may feature the same characters and cast but is driven by four different directors with four distinct visions.

It was time for me to watch all of the 'Harry Potter' films in one sitting.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Based on 35 critics

The young wizard and his best friends investigate a dark force that is terrorizing Hogwarts. Read More

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Based on 40 critics

The young wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) confronts the fugitive Sirius Black. Read More

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Based on 38 critics

Harry's friends help him prepare for a tournament with Europe's best student wizards. Read More

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Based on 37 critics

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) teaches a group of students to defend Hogwarts from Voldemort's minions. Read More

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Based on 36 critics

Harry and the gang confront the terrifying truth that Voldemort is back and Hogwarts is in danger. Read More

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Based on 36 critics

An orphan (Daniel Radcliffe) attends a school of witchcraft and wizardry. Read More

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