Counting Down the Pottermeter

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It's taken a decade of our lives -- and more than $6 billion from our worldwide pockets -- but now, after seven films, a supernova of merchandising, and gainful employment for the entire British acting profession, "It All Ends" for the Harry Potter series; as those pithy poster taglines very succinctly declare. Since 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone took on the massive task of adapting the still-running, phenomenally successful book series, we've watched Harry, Ron and Hermione literally grow up on screen before our eyes, from wide-eyed young performers to seasoned franchise veterans. The films, too, have grown in storytelling polish and emotional sophistication throughout the series -- though the highest-rated (but curiously lowest-grossing) entry remains 2004's Prisoner of Azkaban, each of the seven Potter films to date have earned themselves the distinction of being Certified Fresh at RT -- a rare feat for any franchise, let along one with so many installments. So, as the final chapter prepares to close on the adventures of the boy wizard, how will Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II compare with its predecessors? Take a look through our rundown below of the films so far, and weigh in with your thoughts.Back to Article