I don’t watch the Harry Potter movies often. In fact, I might see a Harry Potter movie every three to six months, and I usually only ever watch either Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban or Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. So, this time when I got the urge to watch a Harry Potter movie I decided to binge-watch the series starting with the Prisoner of Azkaban over the course of two days and I had a blast. I had so much fun in fact that I wanted to share with you all my experience watching each film and I hope you enjoy. 🙂
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
If you’ve read my post talking about my three favorite Harry Potter films you will know that this installment in the eight movie franchise is my favorite of them all. Whenever I get the chance to watch a Harry Potter movie this is the film I always run to because it’s so good. I mean, it starts with Harry Potter turning his terrible aunt into a human balloon! Lol. As Ron would say, “Brilliant.” 🙂
I also love that this movie introduced werewolves because that’s something you don’t normally see in fantasy films. It always used to creep me out when you could hear the werewolves in the Forbidden Forest but to see Professor Lupin become a werewolf is always one part terrifying/one part extraordinary.
And the ending with Harry zipping away on his new broomstick (undoubtedly given to him by his godfather, Sirius Black) is just magical every time I watch it. (*chill bumps*)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
I may not love this film as much as I love the Prisoner of Azkaban but it’s still ridiculously good on so many levels. I love the mysteriousness of it all; Harry Potter’s recurring dream and his name entering the Triwizard Tournament. I love the challenges because they’re so terribly difficult to pass but because Harry is awesome he manages to find ways to surpass those obstacles. And then the ending is just 100% terrifying as Voldemort comes back to life. *shudder* This is a great film as well.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
I’ve only seen Order of the Phoenix twice, and barely at that. I never understood exactly what was going on until this recent viewing of the movie and it was kind of fascinating. Between Harry helping the students potentially defend themselves against the Dark Lord and Voldemort tormenting Harry in his sleep the film was utterly riveting and I had a great time watching it.
Sirius’s death is a harsh blow at the end of the movie, for he was easily one of my favorite characters, and that duel between Voldemort and Dumbledore is beyond EPIC! 🙂 While this movie doesn’t possess the same magic, per say, as the first three Harry Potter movies it still is incredibly enjoyable from beginning to end.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince should be a dark and satisfying movie but instead it is, by far, my least favorite installment in the franchise because it is SO boring. Every year something exciting or fun happens at Hogwarts but in the sixth installment nothing is really going on. There’s teenage romantic drama, Harry trying to learn a dark secret from his Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and Malfoy doing something wicked in a cabinet. #snoozefest The end is the only good part of the movie but by the time I got to the end I was completely disinterested.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
I’ve only seen this movie once and that was years ago so I completely forgot nearly the entire film and I have to say, I was riveted. The movie’s dark tone remains throughout the entire movie and it felt nice for the story to revolve simply around Harry, Hermione, and Ron again. Together they were tasked with the mission to find and destroy the five remaining Horcruxes that held Voldemort’s soul. Only with those Horcruxes destroyed would Voldemort be able to be defeated.
I loved this Harry Potter movie and it has easily become my fourth favorite installment just behind the Goblet of Fire because of its simplistic awesomeness. And yeah, I got teary when Dobby died. Who knew I cared about that little house elf so much? *sniffle*
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
This Harry Potter finale is quite the doozy. Oh my goodness. The movie, overall, isn’t the most epic finale ever created but the revelations in this film are spot on shocking. I mean, to find out that SNAPE! was really Harry’s guardian angel and that Dumbledore was just secretly using him to one day defeat Voldemort by being killed by Voldemort was just too much. Now whenever I watch the older Harry Potter movies I’ll never see them in the same way.
I mean…Dumbledore, how could he look Harry in the eye and pretend to care about him but really he was raising him to be a weapon against his worst enemy?! Like Dumbledore’s brother told Harry, he’s a heartless man who will sacrifice anything for more power. I believe him now.
Now Snape on the other hand. To find out Snape was the good guy all along was just magnificent. Snape used to always scare me as a child because I didn’t know exactly where his allegiances lied. He seemed to be loyal to Dumbledore but he was always picking on Harry and treating Malfoy with clear favoritism. To find out that it was all a front and that Snape actually loved Harry’s mother and cared about Harry himself like a godfather is absolutely amazing and one of the best twists I’ve seen in any movie. I knew I liked Snape. 🙂
I definitely shed a few tears at the happy ending (it was mainly the music that tugged at my heartstrings) and with my binge session over I felt proud to have finally fully understood and watched every single Harry Potter film. It was so much fun!
I thank you for reading about my experience binge-watching the Harry Potter movies and I hope you have a magical day.