A timeline of the Harry Potter movies, from Philosopher’s Stone to Deathly Hallows Part 2, including release dates, cast changes, and key events in the wizarding world.
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Pre-production for the Harry Potter movies began in 2000 with the hiring of screenwriter Steven Kloves. He would go on to write all eight of the Harry Potter films, adapted from J.K. Rowling’s book series.
In 2001, David Heyman’s production company Heyday Films secured the film rights to the Harry Potter books. Heyman recruited Chris Columbus to direct the first two films, and they began working on adapting the first book, “Philosopher’s Stone,” into a screenplay.
During this time, the team also secured locations for filming, including Leavesden Studios outside of London, which would be used for all eight movies. Pre-production ended in early 2002 and principal photography began that April.
The Harry Potter film series is one of the most popular and successful franchises in history. spanning 10 years and 8 films, the series tells the story of young wizard Harry Potter as he navigates his way through life at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, battles the evil Lord Voldemort, and tries to uncover the truth about his family.
The films were adapted from J.K. Rowling’s bestselling Harry Potter book series, and over the years, an all-star cast was assembled to bring the iconic characters to life on the big screen. Here’s a look at the cast of the Harry Potter movies, from the main characters to the supporting players.
1. Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter: The Boy Who Lived, Harry is the main protagonist of the series. He is an orphan who discovers his magical powers when he is 11 years old and is drafted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He quickly befriends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, and together they form the Golden Trio which takes on Voldemort throughout the series.
2. Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley: Ron is Harry’s best friend since their first year at Hogwarts. A pure-blood wizard from a wealthy family, Ron sometimes struggles with feelings of inadequacy next to his more accomplished friends but always comes through in a crisis. He eventually marries Hermione Granger and they have two children together.
3. Emma Watson as Hermione Granger: A Muggle-born witch, Hermione is one of the smartest students at Hogwarts. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and has a knack for getting them out of trouble (and into it). She eventually marries Ron Weasley and they have two children together.
4. Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy: A Slytherin student who comes from a wealthy wizarding family, Draco initially persecuting Harry and his friends but eventually comes to respect them (albeit grudgingly). In later years, he plays a pivotal role in defeating Voldemort alongside Harry and company.
5.. Alan Rickman as Severus Snape: The Potions Master at Hogwarts (and later Headmaster), Snape is a complicated figure who harbors a deep love for Lily Evans (Harry’s mother) but also resents James Potter (Harry’s father). His complicated relationship with Harry plays out over the course of several films until Snape makes the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect Dumbledore’s Army during the Battle of Hogwarts.
4 October 2000 – 11 June 2001
After the success of the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie, which was released in November 2005, post-production for the fifth movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, began. The film’s release date was pushed back from November 2006 to July 2007 in order to give the filmmakers more time. In March 2007, it was announced that David Yates, who had previously worked on Goblet of Fire, would be helming Order of the Phoenix as well.
Yates brought on his regular crew from Goblet of Fire, including producer David Heyman, screenwriter Steve Kloves (who also wroteOrder of the Phoenix), cinematographer Slawomir Idziak (taking over for Alfonso Cuarón), production designer Stuart Craig, editor Mark Day (who had edited all four previous films) and composer Nicholas Hooper (replacing John Williams).
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released on November 16, 2001.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was released on November 15, 2002.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released on June 4, 2004.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released on November 18, 2005.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released on July 11, 2007.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was released on July 15, 2009.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was released on November 19, 2010.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released on July 15, 2011.
The Harry Potter movies have been extremely well-received by both critics and audiences alike. The first movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was released in 2001 to critical acclaim. The following movies in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, were all also met with positive reviews.
The fifth movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, was released in 2007 to mixed reviews. Some critics praised the film for its dark tone and mature themes, while others felt that it was too dark and depressing for younger viewers. Despite this divided critical reception, the movie was a box office success.
The sixth movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was released in 2009 to generally positive reviews. Critics praised the acting performances, particularly those of Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman, as well as the film’s visual effects.
The seventh and final movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, was released in 2010 to positive reviews. Critics praised the film’s visuals and acting performances, though some felt that it was slow-paced.
The eighth and final movie in the series, Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows – Part 2, was released in 2011 to universal acclaim. Critics praised it as a fitting conclusion to the series and praised its acting performances, visual effects, direction, and emotional weight.
Awards and nominations
The Harry Potter film series was incredibly well-received by both audiences and critics, setting records for box office receipts and winning multiple awards. Here is a comprehensive timeline of the Harry Potter movies, from first release to most recent.
2001: “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” is released in the UK and US to critical acclaim. The movie sets box office records and wins multiple awards, including Best Fantasy Film at the BAFTAs.
2002: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” is released in the UK and US to continued critical acclaim. The movie sets more box office records and wins multiple awards, including Best Production Design at the BAFTAs.
2003: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” is released in the UK and US to even more critical acclaim. The movie again sets box office records and wins multiple awards, including Best Cinematography at the BAFTAs.
2004: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” is released in the UK and US to rapturous reviews. The movie becomes the highest-grossing film of the year and wins multiple awards, including Best Visual Effects at the BAFTAs.
2005: “Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix” is released in the UK and US to positive reviews. The movie again becomes the highest-grossing film of the year and wins multiple awards, including Best Art Direction at the BAFTAS.
2007: “Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 1” is released in the UK and US to great reviews. The movie again sets box office records, becoming both the highest-grossing film of 2007 as well asthe highest-grossing Harry Potter film ever. It also wins multiple awards, including Best Makeup & Hair atthe BAFTAs. 2008: “Harry Potter And Deathly Hallows Part 2″ is released in both countries to huge anticipationand does not disappoint – going on \to become one of Warner Brothers’ most successful films ever. It also collectsan unprecedented eight Oscars from its 11 nominations – making it one of only two films in history (along with“The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King”) to win every major award for which it was nominated.”
The Harry Potter movies have been a box office juggernaut, grossing over $7.7 billion dollars worldwide. Here is a comprehensive timeline of the series’ box office performance:
-2001: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone grosses $317 million domestically and $974 million worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing film of the year behind The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
-2002: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets grosses $261 million domestically and $879 million worldwide, becoming the fifth highest-grossing film of the year.
-2004: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban grosses $249 million domestically and $796 million worldwide, becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of the year.
-2005: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire grosses $290 million domestically and $896 million worldwide, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of the year.
-2007: Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix grosses $292 million domestically and $940 million worldwide, becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of the year.
-2009: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince grosses $294 million domestically and $934 million worldwide, becoming the eighth highest-grossing film of the year.
-2010: Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 1 grosses $295 million domestically and $1.02 billion dollars worldwide, becoming the third highest-grossing film of the year behind Toy Story 3 and Alice in Wonderland.
Deathly Hallows Part 2 then goes on to gross an additional $381 million domestically and $1.34 billion dollars worldwide, making it not only the highest-grossing film in the series but alsothe fourth highest-grossing film of all time behind Avatar, Titanic,and The Avengers.
The Harry Potter franchise consists of eight fantasy films, beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States) and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. A spin-off prequel series set before the events of the main series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, began in 2016 with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. All eight films have been nominated for or won British and American Academy Awards. The series has grossed over $8 billion worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing film series of all time.
The Harry Potter franchise has left a legacy that few other movie series can hope to match. The movies are based on the books by J.K. Rowling, which were originally published between 1997 and 2007. The first movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was released in 2001, and the last movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, was released in 2011.
In between these two dates, there were six more Harry Potter movies released, one for each of the remaining books in the series. The movies were extremely popular, and collectively they grossed more than $7 billion at the box office worldwide. They also made household names of the young actors who played Harry, Ron and Hermione – Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.
The success of the Harry Potter movies led to a number of spin-offs and related projects. These include a stage play (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), a number of theme park attractions (including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) and several spin-off movies (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). The Harry Potter franchise is now worth an estimated $25 billion, making it one of the most valuable entertainment franchises of all time.