This post breaks down the Harry Potter Movies In Watch Order. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, the kind of person that bought every single Harry Potter Book on release day. I wish I had kept them rather than pass them on! There’s something wonderful about jumping into a Wizzarding World with Wizarding Schools and magical beasts.
What You Will Find Here
Is There An Order To The Harry Potter Movies?
I love all the movies in the Harry Potter Franchise; It’s like comfort food in movie form. So it never occurred to me that people searched for this until today. Harry Potter Movies are the best films to watch as a family. Especially on the build-up to Halloween, it sets the season up.
Thus I have created a little Harry Potter movies printable watch order download to keep and track the movie order for anyone who isn’t as Harry Potter obsessed as me because you don’t need to be a fan or have read the books to enjoy this epic series of movies.
Harry Potter And Fantastic Beast Movies Watch Order
Before you read on you may ask why there are two options for the first Harry Potter movie after Fantastic Beasts. That is because it had a different name in the United States to the UK. Also, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow was one book, however, it was so big it was split into two movies.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (set in 1926)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (set in 1927)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (set in the 1930s)
- Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone ( Sorcerer’s Stone (US)(set in 1991-92)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (set in 1992-93)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (set in 1992-94)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (set in 1994-95)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (set in 1995-96)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (set in 1996-97)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (set in 1997-98)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (set in 1997-98)
A Little About The Harry Potter Films In Chronological Order
Of course, the movies were released in a different order, with Fantastic Beasts coming after but being set before as prequels. Thus, here are the Harry Potter Movies in order of release date.
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001).
The story begins with Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) discovering he’s a wizard and attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He befriends Ron Weasley ( Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), uncovers the mystery of the Philosopher’s Stone, and faces Lord Voldemort for the first time.
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry’s second year at Hogwarts brings a series of mysterious attacks, and he uncovers the secret of the Chamber of Secrets. He encounters the malevolent creature known as the Basilisk and discovers more about his own past. This movie sees the introduction of the much-loved house elf Dobby.
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
In Harry’s third year at Hogwarts, he learns about Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), a dangerous escaped prisoner believed to be after him. Harry discovers the truth about his parents’ betrayal and encounters the Dementors.
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Hogwarts hosts the Triwizard Tournament, and against his will, Harry is chosen as a competitor alongside fellow Hogwarts student Cedric Digory (Robert Pattinson) and other international school-aged Wizards. Facing dangerous tasks and encountering Lord Voldemort’s return. The movie turns darker as the series matures, and the death eaters’ rise becomes apparent.
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
In Harry’s fifth year, he forms a secret society called Dumbledore’s Army to resist Voldemort’s influence, as the Ministry of Magic refuses to acknowledge the Dark Lord’s return. Harry also faces a connection between his mind and Voldemort’s.
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
As Harry enters his sixth year, he delves into the past of Voldemort through memories guided by Dumbledore. He uncovers secrets about Voldemort’s Horcruxes and experiences loss as the wizarding world plunges further into darkness. While discovering the true impact dark arts teacher Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) had on his life.
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
The first part of the final book is split into two movies. Harry, Ron, and Hermione go on a quest to destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes, which takes them away from Hogwarts. The trio faces challenges and must rely on one another.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
The epic conclusion to the series sees the final battle between Voldemort and the forces of good. Harry must make the ultimate sacrifice and face his destiny as he seeks to destroy the remaining Horcruxes.
9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Set in the 1920s, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a British wizard and magizoologist, arrives in New York City with a case full of magical creatures. When some creatures escape, Newt becomes entangled in a conflict involving dark magic and an Obscurus, a powerful force wreaking havoc.
10. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
The story continues as Newt joins forces with a young Albus Dumbledore to thwart the plans of the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Grindelwald seeks to raise an army of pure-blood wizards to dominate non-magical beings, setting the stage for a wizarding war.
11. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)
Set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore follows Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), who enlists Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his team of wizards on a mission to stop Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) from taking over the wizarding world.
If You Were Wondering What The Release Date Of The Harry Potter Books Were?
- Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (UK,1997)/ Sorcerer’s Stone (US, 1999)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK 1998, US 1999
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, (2007)
If you are looking for box sets, you can find them on Amazon Prime, and they have also been released on Netflix in 2023. However, as wonderful as the movies are, it’s always better the read the book first, right?