Let’s just ignore the fact that J.K. Rowling seems hell-bent on ruining the wonderful legacy she created by being terribly transphobic and focus on how great the Harry Potter franchise is as a whole. The movies kinda exist as a whole separate entity to the books and while I love them all, I take serious umbrage with the fact that Prisoner of Azkaban was recently voted the best Harry Potter movie. This is so obviously the wrong choice, people!
Look, I’m not saying Prisoner of Azkaban is bad. It’s not! There are some seriously important plotlines that happen in it and it serves as a real turning point for the series as a whole, as things get a whole lot darker and the reality of Harry’s situation comes into view. We get to see Hermione punch Draco in the face and we’re introduced to Sirius. It’s good stuff! However, it’s simply not the best movie in the franchise.
The whole list is all wrong, if you ask me. The voting results were published by Ranker, which put POA in first place followed by Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in second place, Chamber of Secrets in third place, and Half-Blood Prince in fourth. Philosopher’s Stone came in fifth, followed by Goblet of Fire in sixth, Order of the Phoenix in seventh, and Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in last. So many things wrong with this list!
Order of the Phoenix is clearly the number one Harry Potter movie. Just hear me out on this one. Order of the Phoenix marks the real start of the proper battle between Harry and Voldemort, for one. It has evil Delores Umbridge! Fred and George raise hell in Hogwarts! Most of all, and the most important of all, is the battle scene at the Ministry of Magic with Dumbledore and Harry against Voldemort. That scene gives me CHILLS. The CGI/graphics on that scene are stellar, plus when Dumbledore is talking to Harry and tells him, “It’s not how you’re alike, it’s how you’re different.” SIGH! It’s so good! Literally the best scene in the entire franchise.
The list did get some things right. For instance, the fact that Goblet of Fire needs to be way down the bottom. That movie was pretty terrible, and not even Robert Pattinson could make it less so. To be honest, it should have been in very last place because even Deathly Hallows: Part 1 wasn’t that bad.
I suppose all art is subjective… obviously the fans voted the way they did for a reason and I have to respect that, but it doesn’t mean I have to agree with it!