Harry Potter became a global phenomenon after the first movie came out in 2001, and for years to come Warner Bros continued seeing major success with the magical story of The Boy Who Lived and his many adventures. There are few franchises that come close to the Harry Potter movies, which catapulted many young actors to fame and grossed millions and millions at the box office.
Of course, once the movie series concluded in 2011, it was a no-brainer for the studio to start looking at other stories in The Wizarding World to adapt. And while Harry Potter and the Cursed Child went to Broadway, director David Yates was tapped to helm a new set of movies based on the Fantastic Beasts books. Having a ton of experience in the world of Harry Potter already after having directed Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Yates certainly seemed like a good choice for the job. But how well did the movies turn out? Eh.
It was no doubt a difficult task to continue The Wizarding World with a new batch of characters, locations, and storylines, and unfortunately, the Fantastic Beasts movies struggle to find that spark that the original Harry Potter movies did. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t good moments throughout the trilogy.
We’re here to rank each of the Fantastic Beasts movies from worst to best, starting with the installment that really disappointed both critics and Potterheads.