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Comparison of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Films

This is the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Comparison. Fantastic Beasts is not certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, unlike the Harry Potter films. Here are the rankings for every film, including The Secrets of Dumbledore.

The Wizarding World is back with its newest film, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, which is the latest follow-up to the eight original Harry Potter movies that were released between 2001 and 2011 – the following is a list of how they all rank on Rotten Tomatoes.

The first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was released in 1997, and it wasn’t long before a film adaptation of the book was produced, with each film receiving overwhelmingly favorable reviews.

However, the films based on Fantastic Beasts haven’t done nearly as well at the box office as their predecessors. The Harry Potter film series consistently received positive reviews, which resulted in Rotten Tomatoes scores that remained above 75% throughout the entirety of the series ranking. The Fantastic Beasts movies, with the exception of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, have not had nearly as much success.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has earned a respectable score from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes; however, the critics were not as kind to the film. Despite this, it was still able to achieve results that were slightly better than those of The Crimes of Grindelwald.

When compared to other films, Harry Potter received overwhelmingly positive reviews and ratings across the board. The Fantastic Beasts films are based, at least in part, on a guidebook that was written by Eddie Redmayne’s character, Newt Scamander. The book was written in the style of an in-universe textbook (with J.K. Rowling actually writing the real-world version).

In the series, Newt, No-Maj Jacob (played by Dan Fogler), and a young version of Dumbledore (played by Jude Law) work together to defeat the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp and Mads Mikkelsen, respectively). In contrast to the Harry Potter series, the Fantastic Beasts series does not have a literary basis, with the exception of a brief Hogwarts “textbook.”

It’s possible that this is why the Fantastic Beasts movies haven’t been as successful as their predecessors. In addition to deviating from the established storyline, J.K. Rowling includes a large amount of non-essential information in the Harry Potter prequel books.

Even though there was a lot of mythology to work with in Harry Potter, the movies were able to include everything that was significant while still retaining a level of digestibility for viewers who weren’t familiar with the book series.

Rotten Tomatoes’ Overall Ratings for Each and Every Harry Potter Film

Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Comparison
Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Comparison

The following list is what you get when you put the nine Harry Potter movies, including Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, in order from lowest to the highest score on Rotten Tomatoes:

1- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – 96%

2- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – 90%

3- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – 90% of the total score

4- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – 84%

5- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – 82%

6- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – 81%

7- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (78%)

8- Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – 77%

9 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – 74% of the vote

10 – Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – 51% of the vote.

11- The Crimes of Grindelwald – 36%

What Fantastic Beasts 3 Got Right That Fantastic Beasts 2 Didn’t

Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Comparison
Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Comparison

The decision to cast Mads Mikkelsen as Grindelwald instead of Johnny Depp was one of the most successful decisions made for Fantastic Beasts 3. Critics are in agreement that Mikkelsen should have been cast in the role right from the beginning due to the fact that he drops Depp’s cartoonish facade for a more subtle antagonist.

It’s a good fit for the character, who does most of his dirty work in the realm of manipulation, so it works well for him.

Character-wise, Fantastic Beasts 3 stands head and shoulders above its predecessor. This is another way in which it outperforms its predecessor.

It is to the film’s advantage that it does not introduce a large number of new characters, with the exception of Professor Lally Hicks.

When Fantastic Beasts 2 came out, audiences were already familiar with Newt, Jacob, Tina, and Queenie. However, the plot of the movie became more complicated when Leta Lestrange and Yusuf Kama’s strange subplots were introduced.

At long last, Steve Kloves, the original screenwriter for the Harry Potter films, was recruited to assist with the script for the third film. Due to the fact that J.K. hasn’t proven to be the best screenwriter, this unquestionably helped in recapturing some of the magic that was present in the first installments.

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What the Next Fantastic Beasts Film Needs to Accomplish in Order to Save the Franchise

Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Comparison
Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Comparison

The primary flaw of the Fantastic Beasts series is that it does not have a clear focus, and The Secrets of Dumbledore is susceptible to the same type of criticism.

Both Fantastic Beasts 2 and Fantastic Beasts 3 have received negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes due to the fact that they contain an excessive amount of backstory that inevitably results in mayhem.

The relationships that developed between Harry and the other characters in the Harry Potter series were one of the series’ most compelling aspects. The FB franchise is more concerned with expanding J.K.’s universe and features fewer of these touching moments than the others.

Fantastic Beasts was made possible by Harry Potter, and it would be in the prequel series’ best interest to avoid breaking canon and remain faithful to the elements that contributed to the success of the original franchise.

Instead of cramming too much information into the already dense exposition, future FaceBook movies ought to put more of an emphasis on the relationships that exist between the various characters.

It’s a shame that the Fantastic Beasts series hasn’t been receiving positive reviews from critics. The entirety of the Fantastic Beasts franchise has received poor reviews from critics, with the most recent installment, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, receiving a score of only 53%.

The Harry Potter film franchise as a whole received an average score of 79%, with the first eight films in the series receiving an average score of 85%. Although there is a significant gap between the highest- and lowest-rated entries in the series, the majority of the films in the series were able to achieve very high ratings.

It’s interesting to note that out of all the Harry Potter films, only three of them actually scored better than the norm. When taking into account the Fantastic Beasts movies, the distribution of films’ scores is more even, with five films scoring lower than average and the other six films scoring higher than average.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them does not score all that much lower than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, despite the fact that the Fantastic Beasts movies have received negative reviews and that all three of them are ranked at the very bottom of the overall ranking.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which only garnered a 36 percent approval rating, is the biggest bomb of the bunch. At the very least, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore ranked higher than the previous movie, and the audience score was also significantly higher (54% compared to 83%, respectively).

The average score for Rotten Tomatoes’ “Top Critics” is a little lower than the score for the Tomatometer’s “All Critics,” just like it is for the vast majority of franchises. On the other hand, in a surprising turn of events, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2 not only has a higher Top Critic score than its predecessor but also achieved a perfect score of one hundred percent.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore was released in April 2022, and two more Fantastic Beasts movies are scheduled to be released after it (provided that Warner Bros. decides to fund them after the franchise’s weakest opening weekend in its history).

Despite this, there is ongoing speculation about a revival of Harry, Ron, and Hermione as adults in some form or another, such as an adaptation of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. As a result, it appears that the live-action universe of Harry Potter won’t be disappearing anytime soon.

It is my sincere hope that subsequent installments in the Fantastic Beasts film series will be able to draw inspiration from their parent franchise and place a greater emphasis on creating characters whose interactions with one another are compelling.

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