Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban
Years: 2001, 2003, 2004
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
J.K. Rowling's beloved tomes are splendidly brought to life on film, whether you fancy the enchanting Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the serpentine twists of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, or the darkly dramatic Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Her tales of an orphan coming into his own powers is a magical respite in an ordinary, drab, Muggle-filled world.
What Parents Like: Thanks to the most powerful magic there is -- a mother's love -- Harry is the boy who lived.
What Kids Like: The technical wizardry and special effects are spectacular, but the films never lose sight of true magic: friendship.