Director: Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, and David Yates
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter
Lesson Learned: Not all magic sticks need to be zipped up.

With all of its seamless CGI, magical wizardry, convincing gravitas, and jibberish terms (Dumbledore, anyone?), Harry Potter, the most successful Hollywood franchise of all time, is many things to a great many people. But one thing the eight film s' worth of J.K. Rowling adaptations isn't largely recognized as is, that's right, a series of school movies.

Think about it, though; What's Harry Potter without the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Just a nerdy, four-eyed kid with useless wizard powers, that's what. Hogwarts isn't like any school us Pot heads have ever seen in real life, of course; our extracurricular activities included kickball games, not broom-riding competitions. Furthermore, our school experiences wouldn't make for some of the best blockbuster movies ever made, either. Maybe a less funny American Pie, though.