HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE (2001)
Budget: $125 million
Earnings: $ 974.7 million (worldwide)
An 11-year-old Harry Potter discovers he is a wizard and enters Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Here with the help of his friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry gets a taste of his destiny as they fight Professor Quirrell and a dark Lord.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (2002)
Budget: $100 million
Earnings: $879 million (worldwide)
It is Harry’s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during which a series of messages on the walls on the school’s corridors warn that the “Chamber of Secrets” has been opened and that the “heir of Slytherin” will kill all pupils who do not come from all-magical families. Harry, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger investigate the attacks and Harry is confronted by Lord Voldemort, who is attempting to regain full power.
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (2004)
Budget: $130 million
Earnings: $795.6 million (worldwide)
Harry and friends find security has been tightened because of Sirius Black’s escape. The grounds are now guarded by Dementors, dark, sinister beings that drain the happiness of anyone nearby and guard Azkaban prison. Also Harry meets Professor Remus Lupin, the school’s new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher who agrees to teach Harry the Patronus Charm, a shield against the Dementors.
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (2005)
Budget: $150 million
Earnings: $896 million (worldwide)
Harry finds himself selected as an underaged competitor in a dangerous multi-wizardry school competition. He wins but witnesses his friend Cedric Diggory’s death by his nemesis, who has risen from the dead.
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (2007)
Budget: $150 million
Earnings: $938.5 million (worldwide)
As the Ministry of Magic refuses to believe the return of the Dark Lord Voldemort, the members appoint bureaucrat Dolores Umbridge as a teacher at the magical school. Harry infiltrates the Ministry only to witness a prophecy and his godfather’s death.
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE (2009)
Budget: $250 million
Earnings: $933 million (worldwide)
Harry learns the truth about Lord Voldemort who is tightening his grip on both the wizarding and Muggle worlds, and has chosen Draco Malfoy for a mission. As Draco plans to overtake Hogwarts, the true identity of ‘prince’ is revealed, Severus Snape. And Harry faces the death of the only father figure he ever knew.
SPELLS THAT MESMERISED US
» Avada Kedavra (ah-VAH-dah keh-DAV-rah )
Causes instant death to the victim.
» Accio (AK-see-o)
This charm summons an object to the caster, potentially over a significant distance.
» Expecto Patronum (ecks-PEK-toh pah-TRO-num )
A defensive spell used to conjure an incarnation of the Witch’s or Wizard’s innermost positive emotions to act as a protector.
» Sectumsempra (sec-tum-SEMP-rah)
A dark spell that creates large, blood-oozing gashes on the subject as if "slashed by a sword". Invented by Severus Snape.
» Crucio (KROO-shea-oh, KROO-see-oh )
Inflicts intense pain on the recipient of the curse. This curse is affected by the caster's emotions.
» Expelliarmus (ex-pel-ee-AR-mus)
Used to disarm another wizard, typically by causing the victim's wand to fly out of reach. It can also throw the target backwards when enough power is put into it.
» Confundo (con-FUN-doh)
Causes the victim to become confused and befuddled.
» Wingardium Leviosa (win-GAR-dee-um lev-ee-OH-sa)
» Stupefy (STOO-puh-fye)
Stuns victim. If used too forcefully, it will put the victim in an unconscious state.
» Reducto (re-DUK-toh)
Blasts object out of the casters path. If used strongly it can destroy or disintegrate the object.