As an ardent Harry Potter fan, it is very difficult to be a critic and rank the top Harry Potter books from best to worst. Choosing the best Harry Potter books is like asking to choose a favorite child of yours. There are a total of 7 Harry Potter books written by the great J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter is the best-selling book series of all time. From children to adults, everyone loves Harry Potter. Except for the controversial remarks given by J.K. Rowling’s ignorance of the transgender community, I adore that woman.
Every one of us has fond memories in these novels centering on the wizard of Harry Potter and his friends. Harry Potter books are more astounding in the movie franchise. In this article, let us dive into each Harry Potter book and learn the reason why this sequel is the best of all time. So what are we waiting for? Let us get into Hogwarts School!
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Released in 1998 this book became a children’s fantasy. This first book did not chart the best-selling books in the series yet it was the foundation stone for the Harry Potter character. Critics find the writing in this book a bit boring compared to the other books in the sequel.
This book manages to enter Harry’s world by giving us an idea of his roots where his miserable aunt and uncle do not want Harry to know he is a wizard. Everything changes when he receives a letter from a wizard’s school. The book is 309 pages, the shortest of all books in the series.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone has a fantastic re-read value. Rowling sowed the seeds from the first chapter in the idea of developing the story in the upcoming books. It is heavily criticized for having a short story as it did not cover the central theme of the series. Nevertheless, this is a top-rated book and a must-read. If you want to start your journey with the Harry Potter series, this book will be the perfect stepping stone.
The cost of the paperback of this book is just 7 dollars.
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Released right after the grand success of the first book, this version was particularly narrated for kids which were criticized as it diverted the narrative from the plot of the series. A large section of the book is not covered with Hermione, the favorite character from the book which puts this book somewhat mediocre in the sequel of this book.
Rowling in her interviews confessed how she found it difficult to write this book and this book went through a lot of changes in the editing process which kind of diverted from the main plot. This book was released exactly 2 years after the first book was released in 1998.
Nevertheless, this volume is an amazing treat for eyes-closed fantasy. In his second year in Hogwarts, Harry takes us through the flying cars, floo powder, Knockturn Alley, the burrow, wizard celebrities, mud blood, and squibs. Moreover, the plot also takes us back to the history of Hogwart’s founders. The book is a must-read to go through the life of Harry Potter after the first sequel. The book is available on Amazon at 7 dollars which is very economical.
3. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
The heir apparent of the dark lord Voldemort, Sirius Black has been convicted for killing 12 people with his single curse. He is held at the Azkaban. Precipitously, Sirius escapes the prison seeking revenge against Harry potter. Will he escape from the dreadful evil? Because on top of all, there is a traitor at the Hogwarts school.
This book is rated as the top book in the Harry Potter series. It is remarkably written. Harry Potter and his friends are maturing and the plot is taken out exquisitely. The prisoner’s character is magically written. The book is filled with tremendous climax and has a lot of emotional factors in the book. The cost of the book is just $6 for the paperback.
Critics say they wish they could forget the plot so that they can read it again to replenish the magical moments from the book. Harry comes as a three-dimensional character who is liked by all audiences be it children or adults or even critics, this book is a jack of all. Released in 2001, October this book was instantly famous. It has a print length of 448 pages which is longer than the first books.
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
This hardback is the start of the masterpiece of the plot. From the beginning of the series, we were led to believe that Hogwarts School is only about a simple Triwizard Tournament. But this book dug the deepest theme of the crux of the series. It is like the book took a huge turn when all the innocent faces in the Hogwarts school turned against Harry. From being in the maze with Harry and Cedric to the next being in the graveyard where Harry must fight for his life against impossible odds, this book keeps us on the edge of our seats.
Goblet of fire is considered to be the top book as it is filled with more action and thrill factors. But critics say this book had a lot of repetitive plot which was already covered in the prequels. Nonetheless, this book changed the whole course of the Harry Potter stratagem. It was no more a book that belongs to only kids since the ending of this plot is considered to be the darkest of all. The book is available for $6.92 on Amazon
The second war against Voldemort starts from this book which constantly has a fast-paced narrative. This volume gives us arguably the biggest expansion of the Wizarding world of any of the books. This book has a whopping 752 pages which do not even seem like a long book considering the adventure aspect this book offers. It was released in 2002 September approximately after a year since the prequel.
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
In his fifth year in Hogwarts, Harry faces tremendous challenges after the rise of Ron Weasley as the keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch Team. It is a great book that has more coverage on the personality of Harry potter. This is a very lengthy book with a print length of nearly 900 pages.
There was a lot of wait for this book since it was released two years after the 4th book in 2002. This book is also considered to be one of the darkest books which took a big turn from what it was called the children’s book. The book primarily focuses on the gradual maturity of the characters and how they evolve themselves as a teen.
The book talked of the town, well even now for the duel scene of Dumbledore and Voldemort. It is considered to be a classic scene out of all the sequels. The book drifted from the children’s literature title and yes, this book showcases the tremendous growth of Harry. With the help of Hermione, he takes up the mantle of the leader of the D.A. It is a polarizing book yet a crucial book to understand the characters’ evolution.
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Order of the phoenix has suffered vital losses already, the war against Voldemort is not working and Dumbledore has been away from Hogwarts for a long time. The whole situation is in tragedy yet the sixth-year students of Hogwarts learn to apparate.
The book focuses on the half-blood prince which later became one of the secret vulnerabilities of Voldemort. Moreover, this book covers the teens being teens; flirting, and fighting. It was released in 2006 after the movie adaptations became a massive hit among adults as well as children. This sequel shows the side of Harry Potter, the antihero side.
The cost of the book is 7 dollars and it has a print length of 652 pages. This book gives a lot of new information about the wizarding world which we were not expecting. It is a fascinating read but some critics feel that the need for prolonging the plot on wizard world secrets is just an unwanted drag. Nonetheless, the book is an enormous sensation since it is different from the previous two books which were so dark. This book is light with many funny and delightful moments.
Anyway, the book ends with a tragic incident where Dumbledore loses his life. This plot put Potter fans into tears yet the incident is required to keep the party going.
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
No one, not even a single fan could have expected a faint of heart ending- where there were a lot of betrayals in Hogwarts that make the ending of the series more worthy. Well, this book is written for the loyal readers of Harry Potter fans who expected a light and happy ending. Well, Rowling had other plans. The series ends with more increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong.
Harry Potter gets into a lot more trouble than any of the incidents before. But it seemed necessary for showcasing the personality of Harry who is turning from a boy to a man. The print length of the book is just 784pages.
This book gave the best ending for the potter heads as well as fans of this book. It is highly recommended to complete the journey in Hogwarts School with this remarkable book. It takes a greater emotional toll than any of the other books. One explanation is simply because there are more deaths of significant characters in this installment than any other. It is a must-read.