The May Movie Review: Harry Potter Series

Erin Miller, Reporter

Gophers! It’s almost summer break. A lot of us are going to have a lot of time on our hands. What better way to spend it than watching some amazing movies? The first film in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, released on November 14, 2001 and all the Harry Potter fans were very excited to see if the soon to be iconic movie lived up to the book. Today, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is ranked number six in the series by Rotten Tomatoes. So, this is how the films are ordered according to the review aggregator:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

All the Harry Potter movies are fantastic: bottom line. But what’s the greatest Harry Potter movie according to me? I’d have to go with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. What I love about these movies is that they’re non-biological family oriented and are a great family or friend movie night. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is also one of my all-time favorites because this is very much centered around family life and Sirius is more present in this movie as Harry’s family than in the others since he was introduced to the Harry Potter universe.

In the third movie, Prisoner of Azkaban, it starts out with Harry having a bad time with his maternal uncle’s sister. Things escalate quickly and Harry finds himself out with his truck late at night and with the sense of being followed. Harry doesn’t know that there’s a murderer who’s escaped from Azkaban as he’s had almost no news from his friends. Once he finds out, Harry must be as safe as possible considering the man who escaped is after him. Watch to find out what happens!

I’d say if you love a mystery where they’re solving magical problems with a little bit of a love story mixed into the cauldron, I’d recommend these movies to watch especially with family or a good group of friends. All the movies put together take about two and a half days to watch, but it’s worth it if you love the book series.

The add on series Fantastic Beasts is also high up there on many Harry Potter fans’ list. The Fantastic Beasts is a sort of prequel to Harry Potter and focuses on the different creatures in the magical world. I’d suggest all these movies as a fun family movie weekend and/or night.