How To Watch Harry Potter Movies in Order | A Complete Guide

Harry Potter Movies In Order

Want to know how to watch Harry Potter movies in order? From Harry Potter-Part I to Fantastic Beasts upcoming sequel, let’s explore the gist of the Wizarding world in this article.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the first Harry Potter movie hit our screens, giving life to  JK Rowling’s magical characters & stories . Not unexpectedly, Gen Z had spent most of its time raving about the new characters and magic tricks that every new sequel had brought to them.

Witnessing Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s adventures through their successive years at Hogwarts fighting against the evils of dark magic is always a treat to watch .

However, if you’re assuming that the Harry Potter legacy has reached its cinematic end with the release of  “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows-Part 2”,  let us inform you that it’s not true.

Warner Bros. has extended the franchise into Wizarding World shared Universe, which contains the 8 blockbuster Harry Potter movies and the Fantastic Beast movies related to the Harry Potter Saga.

And off-course, many magical actions & tricks are coming your way from the  Wizarding World.

Fantastic Beast 3 is delayed, and it will probably hit the cinema in early 2022.  Until then, you have plenty of time to rewatch the magical actions from this sprawling fantasy series and untangle any knots that you may have to enjoy the new sequels to the fullest.


What Is The Right Order To Watch Harry Potter Movies?

So how should you watch the Harry Potter movies so that you don’t miss any event happening in the series? Well, we are just in time to explain this to you. Just a quick reminder, that the whole Harry Potter series consists of 7 books: one for each consecutive year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There are two different ways to stream Harry Potter movies; you can watch these movies either in chronological order or release date order

List of Harry Potter Movies in Chronological and Release Date Order:

Here is a simple chart to help you understand both orders:

Chronological Order Release Order
Movie Name Set in Movie Name Release Year
Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them 1926 Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone 2001
Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald 1927 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002
Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone 1991-1992 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 1992-93 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 1993-94 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 1994-95 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 1995-96 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 1996-97 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 1997-98 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2016
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 1997-98 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 2018

Let’s get started with the Harry Potter movies and the events happening in release date order.

Harry Potter Movies Explained in Release Date Order

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001):

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Writer: JK Rowling

Director: Chris Columbus

Cast: Emma Watson, Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

This is the first movie adaptation of JK Rowling’s famous kid’s novel about Harry Potter. The movie is based on a young boy who finds out about his past when he turns eleven years old. He gets to know that he is an orphaned son of two strong wizards and has his unique magical powers. He is treated as an unwanted child and sent to Hogwarts, a boarding school for magic and witchcraft. There he discovers the truth about his parents’ mysterious death with the help of his new friends and allies from Hogwarts.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002):

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Writer: JK Rowling

Director: Chris Columbus

Cast: Emma Watson, Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

This movie explains Harry’s second year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An elf warns Harry of the upcoming happenings that are approaching him. Unluckily, the elf’s information is right. Harry experiences many strange occurrences like fighting trees, talking spiders, flying cars, and whatnot. He also witnesses deadly warnings that are written on school walls with blood. This year is certainly more difficult and happening than the last one.


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004):

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

 

Writer: JK Rowling

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Cast: Emma Watson, Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman

This is Harry’s third year in Hogwarts school. Unfortunately, just like the past two years, this year also begins terribly. First, he gets to know that the frantic killer Sirius Black is out of the Azkaban prison and is dead set on killing him. Next, Hermione’s cat attacks Ron’s weak and sickly rat, causing a misunderstanding among the trio. Meanwhile, a group of evil dementors is sent to protect the school from Sirius Black. Harry gets help from a new teacher and learns how to defend himself. However, Harry also works on unfolding the secret of his tie with Sirius Black.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005):

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005):

 

Writer: JK Rowling

Director: Mike Newell

Cast: Emma Watson, Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Robert Pattinson

The fourth movie is about Harry’s fourth year at the school of Hogwarts. The storyline revolves around an upcoming tournament that is going to happen among three major magic schools. Goblet of fire will select one candidate from each school. Unluckily Harry’s name is also put on the list, although he is not eligible and is a fourth player. But, he can not back off now; he must compete in the dangerous tournament.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007):

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

 

Writer: JK Rowling

Director: Nicholas Hooper

Cast: Emma Watson, Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

This is Harry’s & his friend’s fifth year in the Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Lord Voldemort is back and most of the wizarding community is unaware of his battle with Lord Voldemort.  Ministry of magic appoints Dolores Umbridge as a defense against the dark arts teacher. Harry, Hermione, and Ron know better and creates Dumbledore’s army, which is a group of students who come together to train themselves for the upcoming battles.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009):

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Writer: JK Rowling

Director: David Yates

Cast: Emma Watson, Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

In his sixth year at Hogwarts, Harry has to face another battle. Death Eaters, Voldemort’s followers, have attacked the world and wreak havoc. Hogwarts is no longer a safe place for wizards. Harry also suspects some other dangers lurking within the castle walls. Dumbledore is bent on preparing Harry for his final battle with Voldemort.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010):

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

Writer: JK Rowling

Director: David Yates

Cast: Emma Watson, Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

Harry and his friends prepare to destroy Horcruxes, the source of Voldemort’s immortality. But, unfortunately, they have started this mission without the guidance of their professors. Meanwhile, they face dangers from dark forces who threaten to tear them apart. On the other hand, death eaters have seized the magic ministry and Hogwarts while searching for Harry, who is busy preparing for the final battle.


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

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

 

Writer: JK Rowling

Director: David Yates

Cast: Emma Watson, Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

The story is about the final battle between Voldemort and Harry, who has grown into a steely lad. Meanwhile, the friend must find the Horcruxes that are the sources of Voldemort’s immortality. Watch the epic showdown between Voldemort & Harry Potter to know if harry would be successful in his mission to rid the world of evil?


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016):

Fantastic Beast 1

Writer: JK Rowling

Director : David Yates

Cast : Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterstone, Ezra Miller

It’s mid-1920 when Newt Scamander, a British wizard, arrives in the New York city, holding a strange leather suitcase that contains diverse magical creatures that exist among us. Unfortunately, Newt’s precious suitcase is missed, and many creatures manage to escape the suitcase. This escape could cause trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018):

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

 

Writer: JK Rowling

Director : David Yates

Cast : Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterstone, Johnny Depp

Albus Dumbledore recruits his former student Newt Scamander to thwart Grindelwald’s plan of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over non-magical beings. In an increasingly divided wizarding world, love and loyalty are tested.

 


FAQS

Fantastic Beast movies better blend the magic world with muggle reality as compared to the Harry Potter movies, which don’t have meaningful grounds in reality until the fifth movie.

All Harry Potter movies are based on 7 books written by JK Rowlings. The Harry Potter saga was successful but had to stop because Harry’s story came to an end in the novel.

Fourteen actors appeared in all 8 Harry Potter movies including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and  Rupert Grint.


Wrapping Up:

Hopefully, our extensive research will be of some use to you. You can now reduce wasting time hovering on the titles and utilize it to watch the Harry Potter movies in order. You can opt for different streaming services to watch them all.

Lily Bart

Lily is like a wild flower who is sweet yet always on top of her game. She dreams of someday living somewhere warm and writing a novel. She is a passionate binge-watcher and has watched countless movies and shows. She has won all of our in-house movie trivia.

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