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Summary of the Harry Potter Movies

Updated on October 14, 2013
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It’s been a 10 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone made its way to theaters. Harry Potter has been through a lot with his two best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. There has been adventure, heartbreak, and even death, all the elements that have shaped Harry into the man he needs to be to face the dark and evil wizard Lord Volemort. Now with the final installment of the Harry Potter movie franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, coming to theaters on July 15, maybe some people need a little refresher of the events that have lead Harry Potter to this epic and final battle. We all know the classic battle of book vs movie, of which one is better and how the books have more details, but although I’ve read the books religiously since they came out, I will stick to the movie franchise. I will give a brief summary of the events that transpire in each of the movies so that those that will go see the last installment won’t be lost and can fully enjoy the incredible epicness that is the Harry Potter series. WARNING: It contains SPOILERS!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry discovers he is a wizard on the eve of his 11th birthday when a giant named Hagrid comes to take him to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry learns that when he was a baby, the dark and evil wizard Lord Voldemort came into his home and murdered his parents, but was destroyed when trying to kill Harry because the spell he used backfired. Once at Hogwarts, Harry goes on to be sorted into Gryffindor house, becomes best friends with Ron Weasley, the red-headed youngest boy in a house of seven children, and Hermione Granger, the bushy-haired know-it-all, learns a bit of magic, joins the Gryffindor Quidditch team, gets to know his professors, and surprisingly enough makes a few enemies (aka Draco Malfoy and his gang). Harry and his friends suspect that Professor Snape wants to steal the Sorcerer’s Stone, which has the power to turn the drinker immortal. They try to stop him, to later find out that in fact it was Professor Quirrell and that he was trying to resurrect Lord Voldemort, which was disturbingly incognito under his turban in the back of his head. Harry defeats Quirrell with his “love” touch, granted by his mother’s protection when she sacrificed herself to save him.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry is back at Hogwarts, even though Dobby the house elf tried to stop him from going because he knew he was in danger. Once there, students, including Hermione, are turning up petrified by a mysterious monster. Everyone believes that Harry is the culprit and is accused of being the Heir of Slytherin and opening the Chamber of Secrets. Salazar Slytherin, one of the founding fathers of Hogwarts, shortly before being sacked from the school, created a secret chamber in which he stored a horrendous monster and he vowed that one day his heir would return to open the chamber and release the creature inside. When Ron’s sister Ginny is taken into the Chamber, Harry and Ron go with the “help” of Professor Lockhart (who turns out to be a fraud) to rescue her. Harry finds an unconscious Ginny in the Chamber with a boy in his teens. This boy turns out to be the memory preserved in a diary of Tom Marvolo Riddle, that when unscrambled spell out: I AM LORD VOLDEMORT. Harry defeats the basilisk, the creepy giant snake monster in the chamber, with the help of Dumbledore’s pet phoenix Fawkes and stabs the diary with one of the fangs of the snake destroying Tom and saving Ginny.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner Azkaban

Harry leaves his uncle’s house in rage because he blew up Aunt Marge, but he is not expelled from school because the Ministry of Magic is scared for his safety since Sirius Black, a fugitive of the wizardly prison Azkaban, is out to get him. The school is being watched by Dementors, life sucking cloaked grim reaper like creatures that survey Azkaban. Harry draws in these creatures and decides to learn how to defend himself from them with the help of the newest teacher, Professor Lupin. Later, Harry learns that Sirius Black is actually his godfather (GASP!) and that the crime that got him imprisoned was that he gave Voldemort information about the whereabouts of the Potters, killed about a dozen muggles and a wizard by the name of Peter Pettigrew. It turns out that Harry’s father, James, had a group of mischievous friends that called themselves the Marauders and they had created the Marauder’s Map, a magical map that had the layout of the entire castle and told the whereabouts of everyone in the castle. The Marauders, that were made up of James Potter, Harry’s father, Remus Lupin, the new professor, Sirius Black, Harry’s godfather, and Peter Pettigrew, the man that Sirius supposedly killed, were Animagus, they could turn themselves into animals, except for Lupin which was already a werewolf. Later on, Ron is taken captive by Sirius in his animagus form (a dog, woof!) not to harm him, but his rat Scabbers, who was actually Pettigrew in his animagus form. Ultimately, Harry lets Sirius go when it is explained that it was in fact Pettigrew who committed the crimes and was under Voldemort’s orders. In the end, Sirius’ name is not cleared since Pettigrew escapes.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry is back at Hogwarts, where this year the Triwizard Tournament will be taking place. The Triwizard Tournament is a magical competition with two other schools, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, which consist of 3 very dangerous challenges. The Goblet of Fire selects a champion for each of the schools, Viktor Krum for Durmstrang, Fleur Delacour for Beauxbatons, Cedric Diggory for Hogwarts, and to everybody’s surprise, Harry Potter. No one knows how Harry was selected but he has to participate since he is bound by a magical contract. The challenges are difficult and Harry receives help from Hagrid, Dobby and even the new teacher, Professor Moody. At the last challenge when head-to-head with Cedric, they make a pact that they will win together, but when they touch the Triwizard Cup to seal the victory, they are transported to a graveyard. There, they find Peter Pettigrew, who kills Cedric (the spare) and resurrects Lord Voldemort with Harry’s blood. Voldemort summons his followers, the Death Eaters, which include Lucius Malfoy, the father of Harry’s enemy Draco. Voldemort challenges Harry to a duel, where he is able to escape because his wand and Vodemort’s are twins and can’t fight against each other. He returns to school where he finds out that Moody is in fact a Death Eater that used magic to take the real Moody’s appearance and was making sure that Harry won the Tournament to get him in Voldemort’s hands.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry is accused of using magic in front of a muggle and this time he is taken to trial where gratefully he is found not guilty, because of Dumbledore’s interference. He returns to Hogwarts, where he spends the school year wallowing after witnessing the death of Cedric Diggory, and because no one in the Order of the Phoenix seems to be paying him any attention, aww. The Order, which is a secret group of wizards that are fighting against Voldemort, includes Dumbledore, Sirius Black, the Weasley family and various others, including Snape, which Harry’ loathes. Meanwhile in school, Harry forms a secret organization of his own named Dumbledore’s Army ( how original -.-), where he acts as a teacher to other students that think that they are not learning much under the new teacher Professor Umbridge. In the Army, he even starts dating one of his students, Cho Chang (it doesn’t last long) and secures loyalty from some of his friends, including Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood. When Harry finds out that Lord Voldemort has captured his godfather Sirius, he embarks on a mission for his rescue to the Department of Mysteries, located in the Ministry of Magic, with his loyal friends Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville and Luna. It turns out to be a trap that cost Sirius’ life when the Order had to go rescue them. Dumbledore consoles a distraught Harry and informs him of a prophecy that concerns him that was made before his birth. The prophecy says that a boy will be born on July 31 (which is Harry’s and Neville’s birthday) and that that boy will be marked (which Harry was) and that none can live while the other survives (you deduce your own theory on this one!).

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The muggle world is suffering the consequences of the battle in the wizarding world. Dumbledore arrives at the Dursley’s home to ask Harry to help him recruit Horace Slughorn to become the new Potions teacher and, to everyone’s surprise, Snape would be taking the cursed Defense Against the Darks Arts position. Once at Hogwarts, Harry and the gang face their biggest challenge yet, hormones. Ron likes Hermione, Hermione likes Ron, Ron dates Lavender Brown, Hermione gets mad, starts dating Cormac MaClaggen, Ron’s rival, Harry runs interference between Hermione and Ron while harvesting a crush on Ron’s sister Ginny, Ginny dates Dean Thomas, and Harry wants to crush his head. While all of this is going on, Harry is having meetings with Dumbledore where he is showing him memories about Voldemort so that Harry can get to know his enemy, since he will ultimately have to face him. They also confirm Dumbledore’s conclusion that Voldemort created seven Horcruxes, or pieces of his soul that he inserted into different objects that have great meaning to him. They have already destroyed 2 Horcruxes, the diary in Harry’s second year, and Slytherin’s ring, that Dumbledore found and destroyed. Almost at the end of the school year, Dumbledore asks Harry to accompany him on a dangerous journey into a cave to find a Horcrux. They beat the obstacles that Voldemort placed to protect it and leave the cave with the Horcrux, which was Slytherin’s locket, and a weakened Dumbledore. When they get back, they realize that Hogwarts has been infiltrated by Death Eaters that were let in the school by Draco Malfoy, who Harry suspected all along of being a Death Eater even though everyone thought it unlikely. Malfoy was instructed by Voldemort of killing Dumbledore, but when it came to it, he couldn’t commit the act. Instead, Dumbledore’s trusted professor, Snape, murders him and escapes with the Death Eaters, including Malfoy. Harry later realizes that the locket that they found in the cave was not really a Horcrux, but that someone had gotten to it first and had taken the real Slytherin’s locket and left a fake with a note signed R.A.B.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Harry is taken away for once last time from the home he spent his childhood to the Weasley household, by a selected group of the Order of the Phoenix that disguise themselves as Harry duplicates to confuse the Death Eaters just in case there is an attack. Surprise, surprise there is an attack and there are indeed casualties, which include Harry’s pet owl Hedwig, the real Mad-Eye Moody and George’s ear. Once at the Weasley’s home, the new Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour gives the gang some artifacts left for them by Dumbledore in his will. Hermione receives The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which is a book of children stories, Ron receives Dumbledore’s Deluminator, which puts out any light, and Harry receives the Golden Snitch that he caught in his mouth on his first game of Quidditch. Later the Weasleys are having the wedding of their oldest child Bill, who came out of nowhere, and Fleur Delacour, Harry’s competition in the Triwizard Tournament. During the wedding, there is a commotion and Harry, Ron and Hermione are forced to leave everyone behind to embark on their own mission, to find and destroy the remaining of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. The gang spends many days camping and trying to figure out what to do next and during these days they figure out Vodemort’s plan to find the Deathly Hallows. These are three magical artifacts that if together make the bearer immortal. They consist of the Elder Wand, which is the most powerful wand in the world, the Resurrection Stone, which resurrects in ghost form people who have died, and the Invisibility Cloak, which we suspect is the Invisibility Cloak that Harry was given on his first year at Hogwarts. After many lost and lonely days, fights and Ron’s departure, eventually the gang together is able to find and destroy the locket, the missing Horcrux, before being captured and taken to the Death Eater’s headquarters in Malfoy Manor. Eventually, there is a struggle in which Harry, Ron and Hermione, aided by Dobby the house-elf, escape with the other captives, Dean Thomas, Luna Lovegood, Griphook the goblin, and Ollivander the wand maker. While fleeing, Dobby is hurt and after getting the party to safety, he dies. The movie ends with Voldemort opening Dumbledore’s grave and taking his wand, who he believes is the Elder Wand.

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    • Deborah Minter profile image

      Deborah Minter 

      6 months ago from U.S, California

      Good summary!

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      Avril 

      2 years ago

      Now the addition of DH 2?

    • YadiraE profile imageAUTHOR

      YadiraE 

      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you!! I haven't seen it yet and im dying to see it!!!!

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      MiAmore15 

      7 years ago

      Great Hub! I just saw HP DH:2 in a double feature party event, and it was just amazing. Thanks for this hub! :) Keep it up

    • YadiraE profile imageAUTHOR

      YadiraE 

      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Sorry for the incomplete hub! I didn't notice!!! All complete now!! ENJOY!

    • YadiraE profile imageAUTHOR

      YadiraE 

      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      OMG!!! I didn't notice that i didn't post it!!!! Ill update as soon as possible... Thank you kind stranger!!!!

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      guest 

      7 years ago

      Where's the Half-blood Prince summary?

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      RishiKS 

      7 years ago from India

      Thank god you are. Else you wouldn't have written this great hub. Keep it up :)

    • YadiraE profile imageAUTHOR

      YadiraE 

      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Yes. I guess I am a bit of a Harry Potter nerd. :S

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      RishiKS 

      7 years ago from India

      Great Hub Yadira!!

      I must confess, you are a bigger HP fan than me :)

    • YadiraE profile imageAUTHOR

      YadiraE 

      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Happy to help!!!

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      Cristina 

      7 years ago

      Awesome summaries!! This is getting me really excited for the next movie!!

    • YadiraE profile imageAUTHOR

      YadiraE 

      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Oh Wow!! You're my first comment!! How exciting!!! Thank you!!!! The movie is indeed going to be epic!!

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      Bud Gallant 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Very cool hub.

      I'm extremely excited about the new movie.

      The trailer looks amazing!

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