What went before in Potterworld
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
Hogwarts opens its doors for its first year, as pre-teens Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint embark on their first adventure. Rigidly close to J.K. Rowling's blueprint, director Chris Columbus wisely kept the very British idiosyncrasies intact. A magical introduction for muggles to Rowling's wondrous world.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry's second year proved just how keen Brit thesps were to get involved. With Kenneth Branagh in glorious form as the vain Gilderoy Lockhart, Jason Isaacs began his long association with the series as the villainous Lucius Malfoy. Also featuring the last appearance of Richard Harris as Hogwarts head Dumbledore; Michael Gambon took over following Harris' death.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Until Deathly Hallows, the darkest of the series - and the one where adults started to get interested. With David Thewlis, Timothy Spall and Gary Oldman joining the cast, you'd think Mike Leigh had directed it. Instead, it was Alfonso Cuar?n, who drew a suitably shadowy veil over Hogwarts as Oldman's escaped criminal, Sirius Black, comes after Harry.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
The Triwizard Tournament dominates the story - with a pre-Twilight Robert Pattinson causing swoons as Cedric Diggory. But this Mike Newell-directed episode will always be remembered for one thing: the first appearance of Ralph Fiennes' nasally challenged Lord Voldemort. Terrifying enough to give you nightmares.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
The first of David Yates' four films, the director of Sex Traffic stamped his authority on the series immediately. Helena Bonham Carter was inspired casting as the mad witch Bellatrix Lestrange. A hormonal Harry also enjoys his first kiss, with fellow pupil Cho Chang.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Ralph Fiennes' nephew, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, plays Tom Riddle, Voldemort's boyhood embodiment. If those scenes lend the sixth film a sombre sheen, the finale when Alan Rickman's Snape kills mentor Dumbledore is as jaw-dropping as Darth Vader slaughtering Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
With Rowling's final book split, this first part sees Harry, Hermione and Ron on the run, as the trio go in search of magical Horcruxes to defeat Voldemort. Memorable for Radcliffe's Being John Malkovich moment, where he portrays seven different Harrys on screen at once while parents of youngsters had a lot of reassuring to do after the death of Dobby, the house-elf.