Introduction


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 Sorcerer's Stone Movie Poster
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
PG2001
Based on 36 critics

Adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling's popular children's novels about Harry Potter, a boy who learns... Read More

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Movie Poster
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
PG2002
Based on 35 critics

The follow-up to "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" finds young wizard Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe)... Read More

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Poster
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
PG2004
Based on 40 critics

Harry Potter's (Daniel Radcliffe) third year at Hogwarts starts off badly when he learns deranged killer... Read More

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Movie Poster
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
PG-132005
Based on 38 critics

The fourth movie in the Harry Potter franchise sees Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) returning for his fourth... Read More

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Movie Poster
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
PG-132007
Based on 37 critics

Now in his fifth year at Hogwarts, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) learns that many in the wizarding community... Read More

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
PG2009
Based on 36 critics

As Death Eaters wreak havoc in both Muggle and Wizard worlds, Hogwarts is no longer a safe haven for... Read More

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