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How To Watch The Harry Potter Movies In Order

If you find yourself with some time on your hands, why not watch the Harry Potter film series in order, from beginning to end.

Since we were first introduced to the wizarding world with J.K. Rowling’s books in 1997, fans of all ages all over the world have been captivated by the magic, spells, characters and locations from the stories.

The adventures of a boy wizard named Harry Potter, who takes on the evil Lord Voldemort, have stolen the hearts of generations, and the young wizard has become an icon of pop-culture.

Harry Potter is considered to be one of the greatest series in literary history, and the film series only matched the novels in success and popularity.

Harry Potter Film Series In Order

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Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint as Harry, Hermione and Ron respectively, the films have an all-star cast that all stuck around for the entire series. It’s brilliant to see so many British actors in the series, such as Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes, Julie Walters, Warwick Davis, Imelda Staunton, and more.

There are eight Harry Potter films in total, whilst there only being seven books. Clocking in at 1,178 minutes (approximately 20 hours), the Harry Potter film series is the perfect one to choose for a movie marathon. And if you want to go one step further and make your movie night as magical as possible, you can include the spin-off film series, Fantastic Beasts.

That’s a total of ten films to get your teeth stuck into, and with an age rating certificate of either PG or 12A, it’s a film night that the whole family can enjoy together.

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So here is our guide on watching the Harry Potter films in order, which will hopefully keep you entertained!

Escape to the Great Hall of Hogwarts or the charming shops of Diagon Alley, discover magical beasts and intriguing objects – this film series truly has it all.

P.S. Although we’ve tried to keep these to a minimum, there are potential spoilers ahead for those who are new to the wizarding world.

1. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
2. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002)
3. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)
4. Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire (2005)
5. Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (2007)
6. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (2009)
7. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
8. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

Check out the trailer for the epic finale below…

If you’ve seen the films before and are looking for the latest Harry Potter merchandise, why not check out these magical products below.

  1. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone (2001)
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    Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone (2001)

    The story begins with a young Harry, an average 11-year-old boy who has lived with his nasty and spiteful Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and cousin Dudley ever since he was an infant. On his eleventh birthday, he is shocked to discover that his parents were wizards and were killed by the evil wizard Voldemort, that he himself is a wizard, and that he has been accepted as a student at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! As Harry journeys into the wizarding world for the first time, he discovers that all is not as it may seem. With his new friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, he soon learns that something very valuable is hidden somewhere inside the school and Voldemort is keen to get his hands on it. 

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  2. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002)
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    Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002)

    The second instalment sees Harry anxious to return to Hogwarts after a long summer holiday. But a mysterious elf explains to Harry that Hogwarts is no longer safe for him and that he should not return. Nothing can prepare Harry for the trouble ahead, with trees that fight back, flying cars, giant talking spiders and deadly warnings written in blood on the walls of the school. Harry and his friends must discover the cause of these strange goings-on and save their beloved school. 

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  3. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)
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    Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)

    Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts gets off to a bad start when he learns that notorious serial killer, Sirius Black, has escaped from Azkaban prison and is out to murder him. Hogwarts calls in Dementors to help protect the school against Black, but their presence only causes more trouble for Harry. A mysterious new teacher at Hogwarts helps Harry learn how to defend himself against these dark forces, but nothing adds up. What is the truth behind these strange occurrences? Watch and find out! 

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  4. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (2005)
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    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (2005)

    Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts starts with a thrilling trip to the Quidditch World Cup Final with his friends. Howeverthe match ends in disaster when Lord Voldemort’s followers, the Death Eaters cause chaos, starting fireand casting Voldemort’s symbol, the Dark Mark, in the skyAside from the panic in the magical community, Hogwarts is hosting a tournament between three well-known schools of magic named The Triwizard Tournament. The three schools; Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang, select one champion to compete in various challenging magical tasks. When Harry’s name is chosen by a magical object called The Goblet Of Fire as a fourth competitor, Harry is forced to compete in this dangerous tournament. With unusual things going on around him, can Harry get through it all?  

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  5. Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (2007)
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    In his fifth year at Hogwarts, Harry is finding it difficult to fit in. With the rising tide of evil in the wizarding world and a new Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher who doesn’t want to teach any spells of defence, Harry decides to teach defensive spells to a group of students in order to protect Hogwarts from the dark forces that wish to corrupt and destroy it. A difficult year for Harry, he must balance his friendships with his growing sense of duty, as he realises that he is destined for a dangerous future battling the dark forces of Voldemort. 

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  6. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (2009)
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    Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (2009)

    As Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters wreak havoc in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds, Hogwarts is no longer safe for students. Harry suspects that evil is lurking within the walls of Hogwarts, and that somehow his nemesis, Draco Malfoy is behind the bizarre and unpleasant goings-on. Professor Dumbledore recruits Harry to help him uncover the truth behind Voldemort’s powers, but this dangerous quest can only spell disaster. 

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  7. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)
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    Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

    With Voldemort’s power only growing stronger, Harry and his friends must venture out of the safety of Hogwarts and finish what Professor Dumbledore started. With dark forces trying to capture Harry at every turn, he and his friends must work quickly to find the source of Voldemort’s powers before it is too late.  This penultimate instalment of the Harry Potter series is darker and more action-packed than ever, and leaves you dying to know what happens next.  

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  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2(2011)
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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2(2011)

    The series comes to its epic conclusion with this final instalment. Everything has been leading up to this point. The battle between good and evil comes to a head and Harry, Ron, Hermione and their friends must fight the dark forces of Lord Voldemort for one last time. Harry and Voldemort meet at Hogwarts Castle for an epic showdown. Can Harry finally defeat Lord Voldemort 

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Tara Cox

Tara Cox

Contributing Writer

Tara is a Modern Languages Graduate with a love for all things Harry Potter, Disney, and Marvel. Tara loves to travel and enjoys watching foreign-language films, especially ones by Jean Luc Godard.