Kiwis Rank All the Harry Potter Films from Worst to Best

We’ve partnered up with Hoyts Cinemas to poll cinema-loving Kiwis on the big questions that define our country’s tastes in movies. Last month’s poll was: What is the best Harry Potter movie ever?

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The resulting Top 8 is as follows, along with quotes from fellow Flicksters about why they voted for that film.


8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

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The seventh film in the series. Part one of the climactic finale of the Harry Potter series that split JK Rowling’s last book, The Deathy Hallows, into two movies.

“It explores entirely adult like themes and for the first time, Harry and his mates are not on the winning side.” -Jason S.


7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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The second film in the series. Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him.

“It was an improvement on the first movie. More dramatic and action-packed.” -Pritty K.


6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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The fifth film in the series. Harry and Dumbledore warn that the evil Lord Voldemort is set to return, but the news is met with disdain by the authorities.

“Dolores Umbridge is one of the greatest movie villains and Harry finally gets written like he was in the books.” -Sean L.


5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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The sixth film in the series. Harry discovers an old book of potions at the academy library that used to belong to the half-blood prince, teaching him new spells both useful and dangerous.

“It’s a lot darker than the previous five movies, especially the scene where Dumbledore and Harry go to the cave to retrieve the (fake) horcrux.” -Andrew W.


4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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The final film in the series. Part two of the climactic finale that made many twentysomethings cry in unison.

“As much as I love the other movies (and I really do), nothing beats the final battle at Hogwarts.” -Jacqueline D.


3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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The first film in the series where Harry first learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend Hogwarts.

“This is the movie that started it all and is the reason my childhood was so great!” -Kael M.


2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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The fourth film in the series. Harry finds himself selected as an underaged competitor in a dangerous multi-wizardary school competition – the Tri-Wizard tournament.

“Epic effects, Daniel’s almost sussed how to act in this, and I love the story.” -Alexis J.


1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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The third film in the series, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity). Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards’ Prison Azkaban and is coming after Harry.

“This was the one where everything changed. Cinematography, art direction, costumes, even the castle and the grounds. It’s such a beautifully designed film.” -Bradley P.