With over 500 million copies sold worldwide, the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling had a great impact on our generation. Giving way to fantastic books for children, teenagers and adults from all over the world, Harry Potter boasts of being the OG of them all. With their growing popularity and excellent reviews, these books have also inspired otherwise stubborn children to pick up a book and give it a try. And as for addicted readers, they have acquired a common topic of discussion with people who do not usually find the same interests.
With surprising friendships, unforgettable characters, and spells you might want to try one day, JK Rowlingbuilds an inclusive universe. A small caveat: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child does not count as it was not written by Rowling and is a play rather than a novel.
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (1998)
After a difficult summer at the Dursleys, Harry is eager to return to Hogwarts until he receives a warning from a strange, mischievous creature that his return to Hogwarts will spell disaster. After an already horrible second year, it is discovered that someone is turning Hogwarts students to stone.
Despite its importance and contribution to one of the series’ biggest twists, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has an average rating of 4.43 on Goodreads. The plot leaves something to be desired and doesn’t quite match the rest of the series.
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (1997)
If there’s anything more complex than rounding off a series, it’s starting a series with such gusto that the reader hangs on to it, and Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone does it exceptionally well. Abandoning all the horrors he experienced at the Dursleys, Harry enters a world of magic he never knew existed. And he did, holding hands with the tallest man he had ever seen. His first year at Hogwarts is eventful, for lack of a better word. But when he discovers a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, he makes it his duty to protect everyone.
Also known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stonethe series debut sports an average Goodreads rating of 4.48.
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2003)
As a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and Ordinary Sorcery level exams terrorize the students, Harry discovers a greater threat to Hogwarts. With the wizarding world turning its back on him, Harry must uncover the truth behind He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has an average rating of 4.50 on Goodreads. The book is the first in the series to adopt a more mature tone, as the protagonist is well on his way to becoming an adult. A lot of people couldn’t relate to the book, but it was a change in formula for the rest of the series.
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2005)
The war against Voldemort is not going well. With the help of the mysterious Half-Blood Prince, Harry and Dumbledore embark on adventures inside Voldemort’s mind to research the full story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort. As Harry finally embraces his feelings for Ginny, the impending confrontation with Voldemort diminishes the heartwarming impact of their romance.
The penultimate book in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, received relatively mixed reviews, standing firmly in the middle of the series. While he prepares us to enjoy The Deathly Hallows in all its glory, the book suffers from penultimate syndrome. The book received an average Goodreads rating of 4.57, the same as Goblet of Firebut less in the number of comments.
“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2000)
Halfway through his wizarding training, Harry Potter, now fourteen, wants to live a normal life, spending time with friends and daydreaming about his crush. Unfortunately for him, he’s not normal, even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.
Ranked fourth with an average score of 4.57, the book beats Half-Blood Prince per 200,000 notes. One of the most compelling books in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Firedeals directly with the concepts of death and evil, setting a considerably darker tone for the series.
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (1999)
One of the most important books in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabanoffers a more mature take on the story and significant improvement after Chamber of Secrets. After two difficult years at Hogwarts, Harry wonders if this year will be calm. But he would be wrong to think so. Harry’s fears and thoughts resurface when he has to confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for the death of his parents.
Harry’s longing for his parents is felt through the pages, and Sirius Black and Remus Lupin’s introductions to the series mark significant events. Ranked second of all books, it received an average rating of 4.58 by Goodreads.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” (2007)
After Dumbledore’s tragic death, Harry is no longer safe at Hogwarts, so he and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, are on the run. As they try to decipher Dumbledore’s clues to defeating Voldemort, they must also pass tests of friendship, courage, and morality. Above all, the book involves the message at the heart of the Harry Potter series: that choice matters more than fate, and that love will always triumph over death.
The last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, offers readers closure after a terrific ride. With an average rating of 4.62 on Goodreads, the book is ahead of its predecessors, unequivocally the best book in the series.
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