The end of last week into this week I marathon watched the Harry Potter films, having no knowledge of the books and never having seen a single one before.
38. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Thought of by many as the turning point in the Harry Potter series, there is a definite quality upswing here that begins with development of characters with deeper dramatic emphasis. It took 3 movies to arrive at actual stakes… drink 3 beers to commemorate this.
39. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
In retrospect this is my favorite of the series; it tells a self-contained story that builds on the mythos of the past films but also sets the stage for future developments beautifully. I cast a 2 beer spell on my liver! Beeronomous Liversulous!
40. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Another solid entry among the Harry Potter films, it moves along at a blistering pace even though it is no shorter than the rest of the series. Featuring some of the strongest performances yet from the young cast, bonus points go to some biting satire of bureaucracy gone too far. 2 Beers for Beeraucracy!
41. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Less consistent than the previous 2 entries, but still quite entertaining. Three Beers for each plot twist that has been inevitable since day one of the series. Minus the one that was spoiled for everyone by the magic of internet trolling.
42. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)
Two and a half hours of pre-gaming for the next film. While there are some interesting character moments here and there, I needed Three Beers to make it through the camping trip.
43. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
As long-winded as the previous film was, this sure feels like a rush to the finish. Uneven though it might be though, it still ended the series on a satisfying note that tied loose ends up neatly. Three Beers to spite the trend of splitting a book into multiple films.
44. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them (2016)
As an extension of the Harry Potter universe, this handles the job nicely, with plenty of humor and magical hijinks to satisfy fans, but without relying on the increasingly used up “chosen one” narrative. 3 beers for Eddie’s Red Mayne.