The adventures of a wizard boy named Harry Potter have captured the attention of millions of fantasy fans in the late 90’s. And even to this day, Harry remains one of the most well-known characters among both children and adults.
The story about a young wizard has not only been entertaining people around the world but had also brought its author, Joanne Rowling, world recognition.
This talented Englishwoman was waiting for a train to London when suddenly the characters and the famous fantasy world have come to her mind. After 5 long years, she released the first ever printed book about Harry Potter. And even though there were only a thousand copies, it was a start of Harry winning the hearts of many people.
In 1999 Joanne Rowling sold the screen rights to Harry Potter books to Warner Bros. However, Joanne still wanted to take part in the creation of the series and did not allow making any major changes to the original plot. She also requested the filming to take place in England and with the participation of British actors only.
It did not take long for Harry Potter movies to receive great reviews and an overall success. Immediately after the world premiere, the first movie of the series became one of the highest rated films in the world.
The series of 8 Harry Potter movies repeat the chronology of events described in the original books. No doubt, that the story about the adventures of Harry Potter has become a true phenomenon and these movies are just another proof of that.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
The first film of the series acquaints viewers with a little boy Harry Potter whose parents were killed by one of the evilest wizards of all time Lord Voldemort. Ever since, Harry lives with his aunt and her family, who do not treat him well. Moreover, the Dursley’s hide the fact that Harry has inherited magical abilities from his parents.
Very soon Harry finds himself to be able to understand animals and make objects disappear. One week before his eleventh birthday, an owl brings Harry a letter telling that he is accepted to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
On the way to school, Harry meets other Hogwarts students, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger and they instantly become friends. At this point, all three of them are starting the great adventure that lies ahead.
Philosopher’s stone is the very first mystery that Harry, Ron and Hermione will have to solve together. They will have to find out who brought the Philosopher’s stone to Hogwarts and why is it so carefully guarded.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
The summer break is over and Harry is getting ready to go back to Hogwarts for his second year of school. But right before the departure, a house-elf Dobby tries to convince the boy that it is too dangerous to come back to school this year. However, Harry ignores the elf and returns to Hogwarts.
Upon arrival, Harry witnesses strange and terrible things happen. Some of the school residents are turning into stone statues under the influence of an evil spirit. At the same time, Harry starts to hear the voice that seems to be coming from the walls and soon learns the story about the Chamber of Secrets.
A young wizard and his faithful friends can’t wait to find this mysterious Chamber of Secrets. This adventure turns into yet another battle for their lives.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
As always, during the summer break, Harry Potter is forced to live with the Dursley’s, who still don’t really like the boy. At the end of the summer, Harry has another fight with the family, packs his belonging and runs away.
Harry is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But on the way to school, he learns about a dangerous criminal named Sirius Black. Not long ago, Sirius was able to escape the fortress of Azkaban after 12 years of imprisonment.
Sirius Black is considered a dark wizard and a follower of Lord Voldemort. Many years ago, Sirius was friends with Harry Potter’s parents. But after their tragic death, he was called a traitor and sent to the wizard prison.
The sudden escape of Sirius Black made everyone fear for Harry’s life. This time, Harry Potter will have to find out and reveal the secret of the prisoner of Azkaban.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
The screen version of the fourth book about Harry Potter is almost entirely devoted to the Triwizard Tournament. This year, the contest between the largest wizard schools of Europe is hosted by Hogwarts. The competition is known to be very dangerous and therefore wizards of at least 17 years of age can apply to the Champion.
The three students have been chosen to represent their schools at the Triwizard Tournament. But the 14-year old Harry unexpectedly becomes the fourth one. And once again Harry is facing a dangerous challenge that will test his strength. Fortunately, his old friends along with eccentric professor Moody are there to help him.
Meanwhile, the supporters of Lord Voldemort illuminate the sky with the Dark Mark during the Quidditch World Cup Final. This ominous sign marks the return of Voldemort’s power.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
The adventures of a young wizard boy continue in the fifth film of the series. During the summer break, Harry uses magic to save himself and his cousin Dudley. Harry might get expelled from Hogwarts for using magic outside of school. Luckily, Albus Dumbledore does not let it happen.
At Hogwarts, Harry finds out that no one believes in the Lord Voldemort’s return. Professor Dumbledore who has always protected Harry is no longer a Headmaster. Instead, his place is now taken by Dolores Umbridge. She clearly hates Harry and does not even want to hear about the Dark Lord.
Hermione and Ron convince Harry to take the initiative. They gather a secret group of students, calling themselves “Dumbledore’s Army”. Harry teaches everyone defensive spells, preparing wizards for a fight involving the Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry of Magic, and the Death Eaters.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
It is now Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts. Everyone from wizards to Muggles feel the increasing power of Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters.
Hogwarts is no longer the safest place. Harry suspects that there is some kind of a danger hidden in the castle. However, Dumbledore is more focused on preparing Harry for the final battle, which he expects to happen very soon. Together they try to unravel the secret of Lord Voldemort’s immortality.
At the same time, the wizard Draco Malfoy enters the group of Death Eaters. His first task is to kill Albus Dumbledore. Draco receives help from a professor Severus Snape, whom Harry already suspected of helping the Dark Lord.
The world of magic is constantly changing and those who once supported Harry are now serving to the dark side. There are a lot of traitors, but Harry’s true friends keep supporting him.
This part of the series is almost an exact copy of the book. The film has also attracted many teenagers due to the love storyline. Harry begins to realize that he might have feelings for Ginny. At the same time, Hermione feels jealous towards Ron but tries to hide her feelings.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
The producers of the series have decided to divide the screen version of the last book into two parts. The main reason was to make the movie as close to the original plot as possible. And since there are so many events happening in the book, it was almost impossible to fit all of them in just a couple of hours.
It is now supposed to be the final year at Hogwarts for Harry and his friends. However, after the Dumbledore’s death and the rise of Lord Voldemort’s power, friends no longer feel safe at school. Especially Harry Potter, whose death is the main goal of the Dark Lord.
Unfortunately, Harry has no time to think about his safety. He continues the search for the Horcruxes, small objects in which parts of Voldemort’s soul is hidden. Only by destroying them all, Harry, Ron and Hermione will have a chance to win this war.
Harry does not yet know that the mysterious Deathly Hallows are helping the dark side. Meanwhile, Death Eaters have already gained control over the Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic. The real darkness has hung over the magical world and Harry is the only one who can do something.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
The last film about the adventures of a young wizard and his friends has become the most spectacular and the highest grossing in the series.
Harry continues collection all the Horcruxes that contain parts of the Lord Voldemort’s soul. This brings friends back to Hogwarts, which is now guarded by dementors. Moreover, Lord Voldemort is aware of Harry’s plans, since can read the boy’s mind.
The new Hogwarts Headmaster Severus Snape hunts Harry. But most students and teachers protect the boy and Snape runs away. After studying Snape’s memories, Harry discovers a terrible secret about the last Horcrux.
Finally, Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort meet in the final battle which completes the series and the story about the wizard boy.