As Thanksgiving is here, it is time for us to get the holiday in order. With Black Friday looming (actually, it looms the whole month!) one cannot let this time get away from them. And what better way to get the most out of your turkey day than to mix it with Harry Potter?
Considering all the carb centric goodness that we are going to be stuffing in our gullets, having a list of Harry Potter films seems almost essential. Now, it might be counterintuitive to eat all that tryptophan laden food and then plop in front of the TV for hours of Potter filled content. However, if done right these films will accentuate what a wonderful holiday Thanksgiving really is.
First of all, one shouldn't simply stuff themselves and then watch the movies on this list, which we compiled with the help of the official franchise website Pottermore. They need to form a plan for how to get these films streaming. The best bet seems to be, start with the first film on this list as you are beginning your Thursday Thanksgiving work. Then as you take breaks, as family arrives, you sit down and revel in the communal fun that is Harry Potter by moving through the films on this list.
Now, you might be saying, "Hey, I have many thoughts of Thanksgiving and they ain't about Harry Potter!" This is fine. However, chances are somebody you are having over does care about Hogwarts and there's no denying that the set designs of these films evoke a holiday feel. The best part is that Harry Potter is interchangeable. It makes for great watching during Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas... you name it! Harry Potter has something for everyone.
So sit back and enjoy the 6 Best Harry Potter Movies to Watch This Thanksgiving. This list has been meticulously crafted. It is meant as a guide to get you through your day. So, throw the turkey in the oven, the potatoes on the pot and get ready to celebrate your Thanksgiving the Harry Potter way!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
With Thanksgiving preparations, like life, you've gotta start somewhere, so why not start with the film that started it all. This tale of a young Harry realizing his destiny and the power he wields, going to Hogwarts and then having the adventure of a lifetime, is the perfect allegory for Thanksgiving. There is always apprehension when starting a new endeavor. In many ways, as we have company come for the holiday (or if we are on our own trying to navigate where we are going to celebrate), we are like young Harry. We don't know the power we have until we turn on the oven and put the turkey inside or say "yes" to whatever invites we have. Hopefully, like Harry Potter, we come away from Thanksgiving feeling more emboldened.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
There's bound to be some rough moments every Thanksgiving. You get all those people together and somebody's going to rub someone the wrong way. In many ways, Alfonso Cuaron did just that with Prisoner of Azkaban. This tale of Harry Potter dealing with the wrath of Sirius Black (among other things), was seen as the first "dark" Harry Potter film. Like the Thanksgiving meal, some people saw this film as a misstep while others regarded Prisoner of Azkaban as a revelation. Whatever the case, hopefully the dark tone of this Harry Potter film, will give anybody watching pause and make them appreciate their loved ones more at this special time.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
I might be alienating some people when I say this but we, like Harry Potter, all have our personal Lord Voldemort to deal with at Thanksgiving. It might come in the form of food. A turkey that just won't cook the way we want it to. Stuffing that doesn't taste the way it should. Heck, it might come in the form of a brother or sister that, as time has worn on, we just never got along with. In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry finds a book that really gives him an idea of why Lord Voldemort is such an evil person. This film should dovetail nicely into us hopefully gaining a better understanding of why we have a problem with a specific Thanksgiving person or thing. A lofty goal to be sure, but isn't lofty what Harry Potter and Thanksgiving are all about?
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Thanksgiving always sees people trying to "help". Sometimes this comes in the form of a houseguest bringing a certain Thanksgiving dish. Other times, it could be someone who insists they know how best to cook and cut up the turkey. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix speaks to this in every frame of it's filmic glory. This film is all about Voldemort's return (read: a guest we don't want to invite or talk to but we HAVE to) and how Harry Potter and Dumbledore deal with it. Also, in the background, is a power struggle at Hogwarts. This no doubt parallels the conversations outside the kitchen where everybody questions what is going on it! With this movie streaming you should be able to keep your Thanksgiving in check.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2
You gotta have an ending so why not have it be this one? The battle is raging at Hogwarts and Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione are doing everything they can to rid the world of Voldemort. By this point in your Harry Potter-like Thanksgiving, everyone should be relaxing watching this story unfold. Some people might be grazing the leftovers, but overall, after much back and forth the true meaning of Thanksgiving has been achieved. Family is able to talk without any yelling or gritting teeth. Excitable kids are calm as they let their food digest. Any ill feelings are gone as, like in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, it all ends. Until...
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
And then, provided everybody is still on speaking terms (and they should be if both Harry Potter and Thanksgiving have had their intended effect), why not get everyone together and head to the theater to watch the "next" Harry Potter film? This tale of Newt Scamander and his adventures in New York is the perfect way to say "goodbye" to the holiday. The crux of this film is Newt trying to retrieve some of his fantastic beasts who have escaped from his possession. He doesn't have a lot of time because the wizarding and non-wizarding worlds are about to collide! Worlds colliding? Thanksgiving guests? Could there be a more perfect film for the Holiday season?
What'd you think? Did we change your Thanksgiving plans? Have we given you a roadmap to have a Harry Potter holiday and a great Thanksgiving all at once? What would your 5 Harry Potter films be?