The ‘Harry Potter’ Films Ranked From Worst To Best

8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


The weakest film in the franchise is the second. Too long and repetitive, it still doesn’t manage to fit in the events of the book, missing a favorite of mine in Nearly-Headless Nick’s Deathday Party. At the same time, being so slavish to the book actually causes plot holes and character leaps that make no sense (why do they follow the spiders into the woods?). It’s saggy and a bit of a rehash, no doubt owing to the year turnaround on the sequel. The ending sequence with the Basilisk in the plus column for me, which is one part of the YA horror-thriller aspect of the film that makes it distinct, however blearily.

Sam Flynn

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  • Ben Kabak

    Wasn’t this site designed for scoops? Getting the good info. Now we get clickbait nonsense lists. A huge disappointment.

    • Fenix

      Well with Umberto doing scoops for the Wrap there’s no other scoopers working here.

  • Sallazar

    I agree with the ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ be the best … But the ‘Half Blood Prince’ is the least good…

  • bingeit 45

    there is nothing worse about any HP film, all were pretty enjoyable

  • aswary

    OotP is the worst for me, by far. Can’t believe it’s at #2 here. Cheap looking, rushed, with a crappy score. It really is the Syfy channel movie version of HP.

    But I do agree that PoA is the best.

    My ranking: 3, 4, 7, 1, 8, 6, 2, 5

  • UnBoxingJon

    In my opinion, Order of the Phoenix is the most self-contained of the HP movies as well. Best fight. Best performances. The child actors were just olde enough to actually emote, but the grownups were still involved enough that they lifted the heavy dramatic loads. Also, Umbridge, Voldemort, and the minister of Magic as a great antagonist trio.

  • Origami Rose

    Azkaban is the best and had the best director

  • Fenix

    If you’re going to call deathly hallows pt 2 third act the movie then goblet of fire is “Harry Potter and the 3 set pieces”.

  • Joseph Chaisson

    I only saw one Harry Potter movie and it was horrible… After seeing it I had 0 interest in anything Potter. Yes that movie was Chamber of Secrets.