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The Harry Potter franchise is a massively popular one and most people have at least heard about it. There is a number of movies but most people who aren’t overly familiar with the franchise won’t know how many exactly. The number of books being different from the number of movies confuses people as well. So how many are there exactly?
Despite there being seven books there are actually eight movies that depict the events taking place in the books.
If you want to know the breakdown of each movie and how it corresponds with the books keep reading this article to find out.
How many Harry Potter movies are there?
The Harry Potter book series was adapted into eight movies. Each movie depicts the events described in one book, except for the last one. The last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was depicted throughout two movies.
Besides the original book series, there is the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which was written as a drama, and the Fantastic Beasts franchise, which depicts the events leading up to the legendary duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald. Currently, there are only two movies with the third one on the way, but the original contract was signed for five movies.
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first movie in the Harry Potter Franchise. It introduces the audience to the wizarding world through the eyes of the protagonist, Harry Potter.
The movie follows Harry, who gets informed that he has been enrolled into Hogwarts, a famous wizarding school. Harry meets new friends as well as few enemies as he goes through the school year and discovers more about himself and his parents.
As Harry discovers something secretive is going on at the school, he tries to uncover what it is and alongside his friends meets the person who killed his parents and is now back and after him too.
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second movie and it starts with Harry getting ready to go back to Hogwarts to continue his education.
Besides his aunt and uncle who are trying to stop him from coming back, there seems to be something else determined on not letting Harry return. Despite all of that Harry manages to get back, but as soon as he returns strange things begin to happen.
As Harry learns more about himself he reveals an ability that leads other students to believe he is the heir of Salazar Slytherin who was destined to reopen the Chamber of Secrets.
When Harry finally opens the Chamber he realizes he was led to do so by an enemy and it is not actually him who is the heir. After the realization, Harry has to defeat the Basilisks that were causing trouble in school.
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The third movie starts with Harry being accidentally inflating his aunt and running away in fear that he will be expelled from Hogwarts. After arriving at the Leaky Cauldron he gets visited by the Minister of Magic who informs him that he will not be expelled and warns him about the Azkaban prisoner on the loose.
While on his way to Hogwarts Harry gets attacked by Dementors, scary creatures who were set to keep the school ground sage in the light of recent events. The plot follows Harry as he learns more about the mysterious Sirius Black and the way he is connected to his past.
The movie ends with Harry and his friends learning the truth about the main antagonist of the movie and them saving two innocent lives.
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The fourth movie follows the fourth year at Hogwarts. The school is hosting the Triwizard tournament, a magical set of challenges presented to a tribute of the three schools participating in it.
Then things start getting weird after Harry gets selected for the tournament despite not putting his name in the Goblet of Fire. Harry gets abandoned by his friends since Ron believes Harry didn’t tell him about participating in the tournament.
Harry goes through the challenges as he is helped by the new DADA teacher, ex Auror Mad eye Moody. As he makes it to the last challenge he gets transported to a lone graveyard where he is faced by Peter who resurrects Lord Voldemort.
Harry manages to escape but his friend gets killed by Voldemort and once he has returned to the school grounds no one believes him when he says Voldemort has returned.
5. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
We start the movie with Harry and his cousin Dudley encountering Dementors and after Harry has to use magic to save Dudley he is suspended from Hogwarts. After that Harry is forced to stay with the Order until his hearing in the Ministry.
Dumbledore manages to save Harry from getting expelled and he continuous to Hogwarts, where Harry and his friends are met with the new DADA teacher Dolores Umbridge. She was sent by the Ministry to stop the rumors of Voldemort’s return from spreading in school.
To protest the Ministry’s smear campaign against Albus Dumbledore and to spite professor Umbridge for not teaching the students anything useful they band together forming a group called Dumbledore’s Army.
The group of students starts learning magic on their own in the Room of Requirement and is later discovered by Umbridge after she used the Veritaserum o a student.
The students lead Umbridge to the Forbidden Forest and make their way to the Ministry where Harry’s visions are taking place. After escaping the death eaters they found there Harry discusses his prophecy and how it affects him and Voldemort with Dumbledore.
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The sixth movie follows Harry amidst his sixth year while most of the public is torn between believing that Voldemort is back and following the Ministry promoted opinion which disproves that.
Harry works with Dumbledore over the course of the year to find Voldemort’s weakness and exploit it in the wake of the final battle. Dumbledore brought back his old friend Horace Slughorn as the DADA teacher as he believed Slughorn has crucial information important to defeat Voldemort.
The movie ends with a group of Deatheaters broke into Hogwarts using Draco’s help to do so and killing Dumbledore. This act also reveals a person who was tough to be on the side of our protagonists as a Deatheater.
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 1
Deathly Hallows pt. 1 is the first movie adapting the last book in the series. It starts with the new Minister of magic finally admitting that Lord Voldemort has come back and that he presents a great threat to the wizarding community.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione are on a hunt for Horcruxes only this time without any help from their teachers and friends. We follow them as their personal fears and differences drive a wrench between them in these trying times.
On their search for clues, the group stumbles upon a story that leads them to learn the way to destroy Voldemort once and for all.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2
The last movie adapts the other half of the last book. It deals with the end of the story, while the protagonists have everything figured out but the stakes are higher than ever.
The last stand takes place at Hogwarts grounds and involves a few characters switching sides at the last moment and one revealing their true allegiance was to the protagonist all along.
Harry realizes what the last Horcruxs is and now has the possibility to destroy Voldemort forever but at what cost.
Will there be a Harry Potter 9 Movie?
As of the time this article is written, there is no talk about a continuation of the Harry Potter franchise in the movie format.
J.K.Rowling has published a drama called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which takes place in the future with the main characters being children of the original franchise’s main characters, namely Harry’s and Draco’s sons.
However, another movie covering the original book series most likely won’t happen since the original cast has spoken up on a few occasions that despite their love for the franchise they cannot deny that it has affected their career and made it difficult to break out of the Harry Potter roles.