Shaping a generation. J.K. Rowling‘s books about a wizard named Harry Potter was just the beginning for what would go on to become a cultural phenomenon.
According to the author’s website, the idea for the series came to her in 1990 while she was sitting on a delayed train in London. It took five years for Rowling to figure out the entire journey — which she broke down on pieces of scrap paper.
Several years later, Rowling revisited her manuscript and sent it out to literary agents in her area. After publishing the first novel in 1997, the series received critical acclaim from kids and adults alike.
From there, the Harry Potter franchise was born and it wasn’t long before Warner Bros expanded the world on screen. The characters from the beloved book series were brought to life by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman and more.
Rowling, for her part, continued to grow the magical world with a spinoff prequel titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In the new film series, Eddie Redmayne plays the role of Newt Scamander on a quest to save the muggle and Wizarding World.
Radcliffe later reflected on the impact that the Harry Potter series has had on its readers.
“The time in most people’s lives when they discovered it meant that it has an incredibly important place in a lot of people’s childhoods, and they still feel very protective over it,” he explained during a 2016 documentary appearance. “One of my favorite fates that we could never have ever imagined for the Harry Potter films, but that I have been told by several friends, is that they are fantastic when people are hungover and feeling really crappy about themselves.”
The actor added: “They will just watch a few movies back to back and it just takes them to a place of warmth and comfort. That is so lovely to me. That is the real-world effect that a film can have on someone’s life. I think that is great.”
Scroll on for a guide on how to watch the Harry Potter movies in chronological order — or not:
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) (2001)
The first film quickly introduces the audience to Harry Potter and his ordinary life on Privet Drive. With the help of Albus Dumbledore (played by Richard Harris and later Michael Gambon) and Professor Minerva McGonagall (played by Maggie Smith), the young boy discovers his true identity as a wizard.
Harry goes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers a secret world full of magic and hope. He starts to form friendships with Ron Weasley (Grint) and Hermione Granger (Watson) as the movie follows their adventures at school.
Viewers are also introduced to the series’ main antagonist Lord Voldemort (played by Fiennes) for the first time.
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
After a long summer away from Hogwarts, a house elf named Dobby (Toby Jones) appears to warn Harry that he shouldn’t return to school. After breaking out of the Dursley home, Harry spends the rest of the summer with Ron’s family, the Weasleys.
As the school year progresses, Ron’s sister, Ginny (Wright), goes missing, and the second movie’s plot comes to a head.
This movie delves much deeper into the darkness that surrounds the magical world, and Draco Malfoy (Felton) grows even more antagonistic toward Harry and his friends.
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Alfonso Cuarón takes the director’s chair for the third installment of this magical franchise.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban contains more drama that unfolds at the Dursley home as Harry accidentally uses magic to inflate his Aunt Marge. He is subsequently captured by the Ministry of Magic for using magic outside of Hogwarts.
The film also introduces Sirius Black (Oldman), our titular prisoner of Azkaban.
In Harry’s third year, another evil force is introduced: the dementors. These soul eaters are an obstacle Harry will face for years to come. Throughout the film, Harry slowly discovers secrets from his past that help shape his memory of his parents.
There is more talk of Voldemort in this movie as plot pieces begin falling into place, and the tension between Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) and Harry continues to grow.
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts is a fan favorite book and movie. It’s a turning point not only for our hero but the wizarding world at large.
It begins with the Weasleys inviting the Boy Who Lived to the Quidditch World Cup, which ends tragically as cultists of Voldemort — the Death Eaters — come to destroy the game.
When Harry, Ron, and Hermione return to school, they learn that the Triwizard Tournament is being hosted at Hogwarts this year.
Two other magic schools come to join in the games, events and competitions between the school’s best students. Harry is too young to participate, so everyone is shocked when the titular Goblet of Fire chooses him as a tournament contestant. Harry is forced to participate and struggles through each contest.
Most notably, Voldemort is seen alive and well for the first time since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
When Harry is forced to use magic to drive off a couple of dementors to save his cousin Dudley (Harry Melling), he receives another summons from the Ministry of Magic.
Luckily, Harry once again narrowly escapes expulsion and returns to the school, only to find out that a new professor has arrived: the deeply unpleasant Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton).
Harry matures this year more than any other, especially in direct contrast to Umbridge’s rise to power at Hogwarts. Audiences are also introduced to the secretive Order of the Phoenix, a group dedicated to the defeat of Voldemort.
Finally, Harry learns more about his fate: either he or Voldemort must die at the hand of the other.
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
The sixth year of Harry Potter’s schooling is amongst the most dramatic of the series. Harry is set on defeating Voldemort, no matter what it takes.
Dumbledore brings Harry with him on an excursion, and Harry learns that Voldemort never actually died. He hid his soul in Horcruxes to chase immortality.
Snape becomes the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and Harry begins taking private lessons with Dumbledore to aid in his final battle with Voldemort.
A book owned by someone who called themselves “the Half-Blood Prince” comes into Harry’s possession. Much to Hermione’s dismay and everyone else’s confusion, Harry turns into a brilliant potion master thanks to the prince’s helpful hints.
Death Eaters infiltrate the school at Malfoy’s behest and things take a turn. There are casualties of significance, and Harry decides to leave the school for good to destroy all of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Ron and Hermione, the faithful soon-to-be couple, follow him.
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Harry is of age now and is finally able to practice magic outside of school.
The entire wizarding world is searching for him, Hermione and Ron. The trio suffers a difficult winter, and after an argument, Ron ditches the two of them before returning later to save their lives.
The friends destroy a Horcrux, lifting their spirits. Voldemort nearly takes over Hogwarts, and Bellatrix Lestrange (Carter) almost kills our heroes.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Harry hears a story that describes three magical items known as the Deathly Hallows that are said to make the wielder stronger than death itself. In Deathly Hallows Part 2, the group seeks these mythical tools to defeat Voldemort. Harry also realizes that he may need to sacrifice himself to defeat the Dark Lord.
There is a final battle at Hogwarts, in which Voldemort now has possession of the elder wand. Harry takes this chance to face Voldemort alone.
9. The Fantastic Beasts Movies
This series includes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
The first movie introduces viewers to protagonist Newt Scamander (Redmayne) and antagonist Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen), exploring the wizarding world in America. A young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) is also shown.
While chronologically, these movies take place before Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, if this is your first time watching through, watch them last.
David Yates, who directed the last four films, directs these as well, so they are at least worth one watch-through.
If you to know what happens at the end of each movie and the series at large, go read the books! They are available at every major bookstore and on Amazon.
If you really don’t have time for reading, it’s time for a movie marathon. Take a break from Marvel and Star Wars — these are worth every second. As of 2022, the movie franchise is available on HBO Max and Peacock.
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Southern Charm’s Leva: Finale Drama ‘Drastically Changed’ Cast Friendships
Getting real! Leva Bonaparte isn’t on the best terms with all of her Southern Charm costars following the explosive season 8 finale.
“[That evening] drastically changed our friendship,” Leva, 43, exclusively told Us Weekly about her blowout fight with Craig Conover, which aired on Thursday, September 29. “It drastically changed my friendship with Craig and with many of the cast members, immediately.”
During the Thursday finale of the Bravo series, Leva hit her breaking point with Craig — and several other castmates — while attending the Sewing Down South holiday party.
The Republic co-owner showed her frustration toward Craig, 33, after she learned that he banished his ex-girlfriend Naomie Olindo to a non-cast table for his event. “I literally cannot [do this] anymore,” Leva told Naomie, 30, at the dinner.
“I don’t even know why I’m friends with some people,” she added, seemingly referring to Craig and his crew. “So f—king toxic.” Leva previously voiced her issues with the Delaware native after he called Naomie his “crazy ex-girlfriend” at their Friendsgiving.
“Throughout the season, [you could see] that Craig has sort of been speaking in a really, like, aggressive manner, like, [there’s] just a lot of emotion. He’s sort of unable to navigate it himself,” she explained to Us this month. “I’m obviously innately protective of Naomie. She’s like a little sister [to me] and he’s like a little brother, you know?”
Leva noted that Craig has “big feelings,” but she confessed that he needs to have better “boundaries” when he speaks to others, especially her and Naomie.
“I also don’t like getting yelled at and I don’t think Naomie likes that either,” the Southern Charm: Leva Land star continued. “I don’t let my husband speak to me that way, [and I’m] as sure as hell I’m not gonna let Craig talk to me that way.”
Things escalated during the finale when Craig overheard Leva chatting with some of his Sewing Down South coworkers, many of whom she’s known for years. The Pillow Talk author crossed a boundary in Leva’s eyes when he yelled at her and eventually tried to kick her out of the event.
“I was really just going over there to have my own conversation and be like, ‘You know, I love you guys dearly. I don’t know what’s happening tonight … what’s [going on] between me and Craig is not — don’t take that personally,’” she recalled to Us about the incident. “I don’t know how that spiraled into something else, but it did.”
When the two did go head-to-head, Leva explained that Craig’s response was “not OK” with her. Amid the fight, the restauranteur recalled seeing some of her costars adding fuel to the fire, which is why she unfollowed many castmates on social media in December 2021.
“I’ve lost respect for some of the people who piled on, particularly the women. I’m not one to yell at women, like, I just don’t do it. So the ones that supported him and, like, clapped and stuff, I unfollowed those girls,” Leva told Us. “And then Austen [Kroll] did not clap, but I was just disappointed because I feel like Austen could have wrangled him in and he didn’t. He was quiet.”
The Bourbon N’ Bubbles co-owner revealed that not all of her friendships were affected by the party drama, pointing to Naomie, Olivia Flowers, Taylor Ann Green and Shep Rose as being among her allies. “I think they all have my back,” she said.
When it comes to Craig, specifically, the India native told Us that the finale “really changed the nature of the friendship.” Leva teased that fans will have to watch the season 8 reunion next month to see just how broken the dynamic between her and Craig has become.
She added that while she “rooted for Craig when he didn’t root for himself” and she does “really love that kid,” she felt disrespected at the holiday bash. Leva concluded that the “reunion’s very, very raw” and has “a lot of crying.”
Southern Charm’s two-part season 8 reunion airs on Bravo Thursday, October 6, at 9 p.m. ET and Thursday, October 13, at 9 p.m. ET.
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Kylie Jenner Slays In Red & Nude See-Through Dress While Out In Paris: Photos
Another night, another sexy outfit for Kylie Jenner! The 25-year-old reality star looked every bit of glamorous as she stepped out of her Paris hotel on Sept. 29 to celebrate Paris Fashion Week. She donned a skin-tight, floor-length gown composed of a nude mesh shell with patches of red silk material underneath that partially covered her cleavage and below her toned tummy. The dress featured a high neck with a drastic keyhole opening at the center of her chest that came back together with tiny clasps below and a high slit on her left leg.
Kylie paired the curve-hugging gown with a red handbag and nude heels that nearly blended in with her manicured feet. She wore a long, black wig with sweeping sidebangs and played up the drama with deep beige makeup on her eyelids and lips, giving her ensemble a moody look. Kylie also gave a glimpse of the back of the barely-there dress, which showed off her voluptuous curves even more.
Kylie has been serving incredible looks all week long in Paris. Earlier on Thursday, she stepped out in a form-fitting, royal blue Schiaparelli gown composed of velvet for the French fashion house’s show. The beautiful dress featured a plunging neckline that reached her belly button. The Kylie Cosmetics founder made a bold statement with a large, black pendant that appeared to be shaped like a human heart that hung from a thick, velvet choker necklace. Her hair was elegantly swept up in a curly bun and was parted down the middle.
The evening of Sept. 28 was no different for Kylie, as she slayed in a barely-there white crocheted mini dress for the Balmain show. The chest design accentuated her cleavage and she wore nothing but nude underwear underneath. The mom of two’s BFF Anastasia Karanikolaou, also 25, joined her for the event and wore a taupe-colored crochet dress that had a bit more coverage.
Earlier that day, Kylie turned heads in a skintight white dress that featured a high neckline and wide, flowing sleeves that elegantly draped around her arms and met a cape that hung from her shoulders. Contrasting the rather angelic look were her earrings, which were thick black hoops with white spikes rising from them. The jaw-dropping gown was by Acne Studios and she wore it to their show.
Kylie’s several radiant looks came just days after her older sister, Kim Kardashian, walked the runway at Milan Fashion Week following the debut of her line she designed with Dolce & Gabbana, called ‘Ciao, Kim’. It’s certainly an exciting week of fashion for the KarJenners!
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