Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts: all the movies and the order in which to watch them

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If you are wondering how to see all the Harry Potter films and its spin-offs entitled Fantastic Beasts you are in the right place. 

It's been over 20 years since a boy named Daniel Radcliffe became an international superstar, embodying a wizard named Harry Potter in the first film of a fantasy saga destined to change the history of blockbusters. In 2001 it was released in Italian cinemas Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

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The first film was followed by 7 films, a TV special, a theatrical show and three prequel spin-off films, i.e. set before the events of the Harry Potter saga and well before the wizard was born.

All the main saga and Harry Potter films are based on the books of the writer JK Rowling. 

In this guide you will find the list of all the films dedicated to the so-called Wizarding World of Harry Potter (including stage adaptation) and two alternative viewing orders. Are you ready to venture into the Wizarding World? 

Here are all the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films with their plot and also the viewing recommendations.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

Original title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Directed by: Chris Columbus

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Harry Potter has lived with his uncles and little cousin from an early age following the death of his parents. His relatives do not love him at all. Harry is now ... Open tab  

Harry Potter is an orphaned boy. Raised in the home of his uncles who never treated him kindly, his life changes forever on his eleventh birthday.

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In fact, Harry discovers that he has all the potential to become a true wizard after receiving the letter of admission to the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry of Hogwarts

The boy learns about his past: his parents were wizards too and they didn't die in a car accident, as he was told, but they were killed by the darkest and most evil wizard of all time aka Lord Voldemort.

Guiding Harry Potter through the wizarding world is Hagrid, who is the keeper of the keys to Hogwarts.

Hagrid takes Harry to Diagon Alley to buy his wand and everything he needs for the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

On the express train to Hogwarts, Harry knows colors who become his two best friends: Ron and Hermione.

In fact, during his first school year Harry finds himself facing He Who Must Not Be Named (i.e. Voldemort). The dark wizard is trying to take back his powers and to do so he must steal the philosopher's stone kept at Hogwarts.

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Whoever possesses the philosopher's stone becomes immortal. Harry, Ron and Hermione must overcome various challenges to stop Voldemort's plans.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Original title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Directed by: Chris Columbus

Harry Potter e la camera dei segreti Harry Potter e la camera dei segreti Harry Potter is spending boring summer holidays with his uncles, plus without having received a single message from friends Ron and Hermione. It's the fault of Dobby, the house elf who intercepted ... Open tab  

In his second year at the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter is faced with a terrifying new threat. Despite the warnings and attempts of theDobby house elf to sabotage the young wizard's return to Hogwarts, Harry manages to get to the school with Ron in a flying machine with which then, at the end of their journey, they end up against the Whomping Willow. This is a giant Hogwarts tree that can move.

Once they arrive at Hogwarts, Harry and his friends discover that the chamber of secrets has been reopened and a scary creature is putting many students' lives in grave danger.

Harry Potter, along with his trusted friends Ron and Hermione, must be able to stop this menace.

Meanwhile Lord Voldemort, the number one villain of all Harry Potter films, uses his magical diary in order to manipulate and kidnap Ginny, Ron's younger sister.

Voldemort takes little Ginny to the chamber of secrets. To save her, Harry must face the huge and terrible basilisk, whose serpent gaze is capable of killing or petrifying if crossed indirectly.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Original title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Harry Potter e il prigioniero di Azkaban Harry Potter e il prigioniero di Azkaban Harry Potter is thirteen years old and has to spend his summer vacation once again with his terrible uncles Dursley, his only relatives, who have a truly medieval attitude towards ... Open tab  

Harry Potter is now thirteen years old and is forced to spend his summer holidays once again with his wicked uncles, who are his only relatives.

Everything seems to flow smoothly until the arrival of Aunt Marge, Uncle Vernon's overbearing sister, who starts bullying and insulting Harry. The young wizard, exasperated by her, inflates her like a balloon and Marge begins to rise in the air until she disappears into the sky.

Frightened and afraid of receiving punishment from his uncles and the ministry of magic (students are forbidden from casting spells in the muggle world), Harry packs his bags and runs off in the middle of the night and goes up to Nottetempo, a magic bus that helps all wizards in need. Meanwhile the infamous and multi-assassin Sirius Black escaped from the famous Azkaban maximum security prison and seems to have set out on the trail of Harry Potter.

The chronicles in fact indicate Black as one of the main followers of Voldermort.

Harry Potter reaches the Leaky Cauldron where he meets Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge. This tells him that he will not be punished. for what he did at his uncles' house, since there seem to be far more serious problems.

Together with his inseparable friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry gets on the train to Hogwarts (the Hogwarts Express) where he appreciates starting the third year of school.

Due to Sirius Black escaping though, Fudge decides to put the school under the surveillance of the terrifying Dementors, the guards of Azkaban. These Dementors are essentially soulless beings, once human, capable of sucking all happy memories from their victim.

The past of the multiple assassin Sirius Black seems to be linked to that of Harry's parents and everything suggests that the man escaped from prison with the intention of killing the young wizard. However things are not quite as they seem ed Harry manages to find out what Sirius' real plans are.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Original title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Directed by: Mike newell

Harry Potter Harry Potter This year the Hogwarts school hosts the Triwizard Tournament, a famous competition in which three students, belonging to three different schools of magic, will have to compete in dangerous trials. The Goblet of ... Open tab  

Harry Potter's fourth year at Hogwarts is animated by famous Triwizard Tournament, Namely a legendary competition in which three students from the three most important schools of Magic and Witchcraft in the world must challenge each other to overcome very dangerous tests.

The names of those who will be representing their school in the Triwizard tournament they are extracted from the Goblet of Fire.

To defend the colors of Hogwarts there Cedric diggory of the house of Hufflepuff, and Victor Krum (known seeker of the Bulgarian Quiddic national team) is the champion Durmestrang e fleur delacour of Beauxbatons.

This year, however, for the first time in the history of the competition, the Goblet of Fire also surprisingly announces a fourth name: that of Harry Potter, despite being too young to compete.

Potter finds himself, in spite of himself, taking part in the tournament and arguing with Ron, who is convinced that it was Harry himself who put his name in the Goblet by deception.

The four wizards face tough trials including the spectacular one with dragons where there is no shortage of risks. However, no one knows that the shadow of the evil dark wizard Lord Voldemort and his followers called Death Eaters looms over the Triwizard Tournament.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Original title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Directed by: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Voldemort is back but no one at the Ministry of Magic seems to believe it. Harry, who survived the Dementors attack with his cousin Dudley, is expelled from Hogwarts for misusing the magic in front ... Open tab  

Voldemort has returned, but no one in the Ministry of Magic seems to believe Harry Potter's words that (during the story of the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) he witnessed the return to the dark wizard and the death of poor Cedric Diggory.

Once back at his uncles' house, Harry and his cousin Dudley are attacked by some Dementors and the young wizard is forced to practice a Patronus. This is a spell capable of driving away Dementors.

Due to the use of magic in front of a muggle, Harry is summoned by the Ministry of Magic, but thanks to Dumbledore and his neighbor, Arabella Figg (a Squib or a person without powers who has a wizard parent), he is acquitted.

For the rest of the summer, Harry moves into his godfather Sirius Black's house where he usually is reunite the Order of the Phoenix. This is an association of wizards created to fight Voldemort and the Death Eaters.

Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts where, however, no one believes that the dark wizard has really returned, as the Ministry of Magic is doing everything to discredit Potter using the Daily Prophet (i.e. a very popular journal among wizards).

Minister Fudge then decides to send to Hogwarts Dolores Umbridge giving her the Defense Against the Dark Arts professorship. The woman turns out to be very cruel and seems to target Harry and his friends. After Dumbledore's dismissal from school, Umbridge becomes headmaster of Hogwarts.

The young Harry Potter, also deprived of the support of Albus Dumbledore, decides to recruit other students to train the so-called Dumbledore's Army.

The group of boys gathers in the Room of Requirement (an invisible secret room with a magical entrance) to train and learn defense against the dark arts spells from Harry so they can be ready for the upcoming battle against Voldemort and the Death Eaters.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009)

Original title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Directed by: David Yates

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Harry Potter and the halfblood Prince Harry Potter and the halfblood Prince Dark times threaten the wizarding and muggle worlds. After the return of Voldemort and the tragic death of Sirius Black, Harry finds comfort, guidance and consolation in ... Open tab  

For Harry, Ron and Hermione it is starting their sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are several new things waiting for them. Professor Severus Snape gets the place of Defense of the Dark Arts teacher (always wanted to)while the chair of Potions is entrusted to an old friend of Dumbledore, who goes by the name Horace Slughorn.

One day Harry comes into possession of a mysterious book of text belonging to a student, who signs "Half-Blood Prince". Several spells are noted in the volume. Thanks to the notes in this volume, Potter manages to obtain excellent results in Potions thus entering the good graces of Professor Slughorn.

During the year Harry often has private lessons with Dumbledore, who shows him some memories concerning the past life of Tom Riddle (this is the name of the wizard before he became Voldemort).

Headmaster Dumbledore asks Harry Potter to obtain a precious keepsake, which belongs to Slughorn, which contains important information on how to defeat the evil dark wizard.

Harry manages to get hold of it and discovers that Voldemort split his soul into different parts. These soul parts have been hidden in magical or living objects known as Horcruxes

Meanwhile Draco Malfoy, manipulated by Death Eaters, is developing a terrible plan: the young Slytherin manages to let Death Eaters into Hogwarts. In addition, a painful death will upset the lives of Harry, Ron and Hermione.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

Original title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
Directed by: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 After the tragic end of the final school year, the pupils of Hogwarts are preparing to return to school. But this isn't going to be a year like any other for Harry, Ron and ... Open tab  

After Dumbledore's death at the hands of Snape, Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic are now under the full control of Voldemort and the Death Eaters. Harry Potter is on the run instead and, with the help of Ron and Hermione, he is determined to complete the task entrusted to him by Dumbledore before he dies: find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, containing the other parts of Voldemort's soul. 

In the course of their research, however, Harry learns of an ancient fairy tale that tells the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if this story turns out to be true, Voldemort may soon succeed in gaining absolute power.

However, what Harry still doesn't know is that his future was already written the day he became "the child who survived". But now he is no longer a boy, he has grown up and is ready for the battle for which he has been preparing all these years: the final confrontation with his archenemy: Lord Voldemort.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

Original title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Directed by: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Occupying Hogwarts and the world of magic, Voldemort and the Death Eaters now have only one goal: to disperse Dumbledore's army and kill Harry Potter, in search of the last Horcruxes. Identified ... Open tab  

After taking over Hogwarts and the wizarding world, Voldemort and his followers have only one task to accomplish: destroy Dumbledore's Army and kill Harry Potter. In the meantime, the latter, helped by Ron and Hermione, organizes a hit at Gringotts, the well-known wizard bank, to steal another Horcrux.

Once the object is recovered, the three manage to escape riding a huge dragon and head to the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where the last two Horcruxes are located.

The dark wizard gathers his entire army of Death Eaters at Hogwarts and the awaited final battle thus begins.

During the battle, Harry finally discovers how to destroy Voldemort and decides to go to the Forbidden Forest where the dark wizard is waiting for him.

Once he arrives, the golden snitch that Dumbledore bequeathed him opens showing the Resurrection Stone. Harry gives himself up to Voldemort who kills him but the boy, instead of dying, finds himself in limbo where he finds Albus Dumbledore. The latter encourages him to come back to life and defeat Voldemort once and for all.

Harry Potter and the Curse of the Heir - The Play (2016)

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Harry Potter and the Curse of the Heir

In addition to the literary saga and films, in 2016 it was also made a play titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The Jack Thorne Show, written by JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Thorne himself, is set twenty years after the novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The plot revolves around Albus Severus Potter, second son of Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley, whose name is a tribute to the Hogwarts headmaster and Potions teacher who both disappeared.

The young wizard is preparing to face his first year in the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry together with Rose Granger-Weasley, the daughter of Ron and Hermione. On board the Express for Hogwarts Albus befriends Scorpius Malfoy, which it is the son of Draco.

Soon Harry Potter's young son finds himself struggling with the full weight of the family legacy.

The play premiered at Palace Theater, London 7th June 2016 and achieved great success with critics and audiences, also winning nine Laurence Olivier Awards, including the one for best play in 2017. In 2018, however, the show made its official Broadway debut, where he won the Tony Award. 

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts (2021) 

Original title: Harry Potter 20th Anniversary - Return to Hogwarts
Directed by: Casey Patterson

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary - Return to Hogwarts Harry Potter 20th Anniversary - Return to Hogwarts Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, accompanied by director Chris Columbus and other esteemed cast members who have participated in the eight films of the Harry Potter saga, return ... Open tab  

It is not part of the official canon, but in fact it is a delicious extra for all Harry Potter fans to absolutely recover after seeing the complete Harry Potter film saga.

In fact, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter film, Warner Bros and HBO have created a special documentary lasting almost 2 hours, bringing together all the cast of the films and letting the protagonists tell memories, anecdotes and curiosities from the film set. 

The protagonists of the special Harry Potter 20th anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts are obviously Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, who retrace their extraordinary childhood on the set of the film saga. In presenting all the Harry Potter films one by one, the three actors meet old colleagues and big stars such as Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter, all to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the saga. 

You can read the summary of the documentary on the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, with all the information relating to the main curiosities and secrets revealed in the special. 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Original title: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Directed by: David Yates

Fantastic animals and where to find them Fantastic animals and where to find them The young magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York from England with a suitcase full of the fantastic creatures he has collected and saved over many years of travel and research. Without ... Open tab  

Magizoologist Newt Scamander lives by avoiding society and the company of other people, helping them fantastic beasts in distress. If necessary them puts in his magical suitcase, which always carries with it. Inside there is a boundless world, made up of various ecosystems, where the magical creatures he has saved can live in peace.

While Newt takes care of his animals, the magical world in New York is in turmoil for the attack of an Obscuriale. While chasing a creature called a niffler, Newt unintentionally swaps his suitcase with that of a no-mag (American equivalent of muggle) aka a pastry chef named Jacob Kowalski.

The suitcase swap leads Jacob to unwittingly release some magical animals for the city.

Newt is arrested by MACUSA (the Magical Congress of the United States of America) with accused of conspiring with Gellert Grindelwald, a famous dark wizard from the world of Harry Potter, whose return is feared.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Original title: Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindelwald
Directed by: David Yates

Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindelwald Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindelwald New York, 1927. A few months have passed since MACUSA's capture of the perfidious and powerful Grindelwald and, as a threat, the Dark Wizard soon escapes detention, in ... Open tab  

Gellert Grindelwald is back. He was captured by MACUSA with Newt's help, but his imprisonment is short: manages to escape from prison.

Grindelwald begins to gather all his followers, without revealing his plans for the future. In fact, the magician initially maintains reserve about his true purpose: that of wage a war with the world of No-Majs and take control of it, subduing human beings without magical powers.

Gellert knows he has an extraordinary opponent: Albus silente, president of Hogwarts and his great friend of youth.

Aware of his former friend's plans, Dumbledore decides to take the field to try to stop him and save the magical world and the no-Maj world. He therefore decides to contact his former student, Newt Scamander.

Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets (2022)

Original title: Fantastic Beasts - The Secrets of Dumbledore
Directed by: David Yates

Fantastic Beasts - Dumbledore's Secrets Fantastic Beasts - Dumbledore's Secrets Professor Albus Dumbledore knows that the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is intent on taking over the wizarding world. Not being able to stop him alone, Dumbledore ... Open tab  

Newt managed to recover the blood pact between Dumbledore and Grindelwald: until the vial containing their blood is destroyed, the two will not even be able to try to duel.

Dumbledore reveals to Newt and his brother that he is tied to Gellert it was a feeling of love. Even today, between the two there seems to be no intention of hurting each other. 

But Grindelwald is determined to take control of the wizarding world and wage a war against the no-Mags. To do so he decides, still fugitive, to try to rig the election of the supreme leader of the wizarding world, which will be held shortly in Bhutan. For this reason Grindelwald has a kidnapped very rare example of qilin, an animal with a pure heart that in ancient times was used to choose the head of the magical world. However, Newt discovers that two qilin puppies were born and rescues the survivor. 

By killing the qilin and using its blood, Grindelwald gains additional powers of divination, allowing him to predict Dumbledore's moves. For this, the headmaster of Hogwarts draws up a complicated plan that aims to keep the qilin safe in Newt's suitcase and stop Grindelwald. 

In the meantime, however, Grindelwald asked Splashback (a half-blood wizard) to try and kill Dumbledore, his brother. The boy is close to death and consumed by doubts about the figure of Dumbledore. The truth about his family is one of the secrets Dumbledore has been keeping for a long time.

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Fantastic Beasts - Newt shows Dumbledore the blood pact

In what order to watch Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movies

To be able to watch the entire film saga dedicated to the magical universe of Harry Potter, there are two ways: the first, of course, is that chronological based on theatrical release, which is the following:

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)
  9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
  10. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
  11. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets (2022)

The other way is to follow instead the chronological order of the events of history and, as the Fantastic Beasts prequel saga is set several decades before Harry Potter, the viewing order is as follows:

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
  2. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
  3. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets (2022)
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
  9. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009)
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)
  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)
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