Harry Potter: the right order to watch the films, and where they are available

 (Warner Bros)
(Warner Bros)

It’s the time of the year when Harry Potter films are back on the agenda. Well, wait, let’s correct that - they’re always on the agenda. But now that it’s getting cold and summer is officially over, there’s something particularly enticing about the blockbuster franchise.

So if you’ve been craving Hogwarts, flying cars, giant chess pieces, and bad old Voldemort, here’s a handy reminder of the order that the eight films come in, and where you can find them.

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001, PG)

The first film in the franchise sees Harry find out he’s a wizard and go on a magical adventure where he meets new friends and comes face to face with his parent’s killer, Voldemort.

The cheapest option for watching the film is on Amazon Prime, YouTube and Google Play, where you can rent it for £2.49, or buy it for £7.99.

On Apple TV the film is available to rent for £3.49 and buy for £7.99 in Ultra HD (aka 4K).

The film is also available as part of a NOW premium subscription.

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002, PG)

In the second film, a malevolent force has been unleashed at Hogwarts. The Chamber of Secrets has been opened and people are being petrified. Years ago it happened too, and the last time a student was even killed. Harry, Ron and Hermione set out to discover what is going on, all the while trying to navigate school life.

The film is available on YouTube, Apple TV and Google Play to rent for £3.49, in UHD. It’s also available to buy in HD for £7.99, or UHD for £9.99. On Amazon Prime, the film is available for the same price in HD.

Or, you can watch the film on NOW as part of the premium subscription.

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2003, PG)

In the third instalment of the franchise, the dangerous prisoner Sirius Black has broken out of the wizard prison Azkaban, and it looks like he’s going after kill Harry. At the same time, at Hogwarts, the students are contending with new classes, soul-sucking dementors, and time travel.

The film is available to rent in UHD on YouTube, Apple TV and Google Play for £3.49 and on the same platforms you can also buy the film in UHD for £7.99.

On Amazon Prime, the film is available for the same prices in HD.

Or you can watch Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on Now or on Sky Cinema as part of the premium subscription

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005, 12)

In the fourth Harry Potter film there’s a Triwizard Tournament where three of the largest wizarding schools compete by nominating a single student to represent them in increasingly dangerous competitions. Obviously, Harry gets involved. Dark forces are gaining power and Voldemort is back in the picture.

The film is available to rent in UHD on YouTube, Apple TV and Google Play for £3.49, and on the same platforms you can also buy the film in UHD for £7.99. On Amazon Prime the film is available for the same prices in HD.

The film is also available on NOW as part of the premium subscription.

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007, 12)

There’s a shift in the Order of the Phoenix - everything suddenly gets very dark. Voldemort is officially back, there’s a nefarious new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and Harry starts a clandestine magic club, all while battling his own demons.

The film is available to rent in UHD on YouTube, Apple TV and Google Play for £3.49. You can also buy the film on the same platform in UHD for £7.99. On Amazon Prime, the film is available for the same prices in HD.

Then, the film is also available to watch as part of the NOW premium subscription.

6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2008, 12)

If you thought matters were already quite dark, the sixth film just gets darker. Hogwarts is no longer safe, Dumbledore starts preparing Harry for battling Voldemort, Harry has a theory that Drayco Malfoy is up to no good, and a terrible tragedy occurs.

The film is available to rent in UHD on YouTube, Apple TV and Google Play for £3.49. On the same platforms you can also buy the film in UHD for £7.99. On Amazon Prime the film is available for the same prices in HD.

As with the other films, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is included in NOW’s premium subscription.

7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010, 12)

There is just so much going on in the seventh and final book that the last film was split into two. When Part One picks up ,things are looking pretty grim. Death Eaters are running rampage in both the muggle and wizarding worlds, and Harry, Ron and Hermione set off to try and destroy Horcruxes in order to weaken Voldemort.

The film is available to rent in UHD on YouTube, Apple TV and Google Play for £3.49. You can also it in UHD on the same platforms for £7.99. On Amazon Prime the film is available for the same prices in HD.

It is also available on NOW as part of the premium subscription.

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011, 12)

In the final film, Harry, Ron and Hermione continue to track down and destroy Horcruxes, while Voldemort is on a mission to find the elder wand - an extra powerful wand that would make him essentially unbeatable. Then, everything culminates in a huge battle at the school.

The film is available to rent in UHD on YouTube, Apple TV and Google Play for £3.49 and to buy in UHD for £7.99. On Amazon Prime, it is available for the same prices in HD.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 can also be watched on NOW as part of the premium subscription.