Best Harry Potter Books


The Top Ten

1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Captivating and a really brilliant piece of literature. An end to the greatest book series ever.

This is the only piece of fiction that has ever brought me to tears (the reason which I will not spoil, but those who read it should know). Truly amazing. - imataco123

It made me laugh. It made me cry. It is the best book I have ever read and it will probably remain my favorite for the rest of my life. It's a simply brilliant piece of literature. All loose ends are tied up, some not how we would want, and there are just so many amazing elements about this story. Furthermore, it is much different than the rest of the books. It's a fight for survival. I will ALWAYS love this book. (See what I did there? )

I love this. Shows Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville, Luna, Ginny, McGonagall, and the Dursleys's true selves.

too bad so many people DIE.

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2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I've just finished this book. So far I've only read the 3, but this one surpasses the other two by a substantial amount. It gives background knowledge that the other two lacked. It gives lots of plot twists keeping you at the edge of your seat. It gives shocking secrets and moments where you can't help but gasp at. And it also manages to give us an ending that leaves us both mystified and eager to read the next book. So well done how the twisty plot all comes together in the end. Just brilliant.

Just wait til you read order of the Phoenix and deathly hallows - Sambazing

It is still that book that makes you feel all nostalgic when you read it again after finishing the next few books (or whole series). It still has an era of mystery and lots of plot in it, and it also reveals lots of secrets for the future. Cleverly written. They are still young, but no starters like in the first book. Great.

Really good. This one had plot twists a lot more than the first 2. Hermione has a secret, Lupin has a weird schedule, everyone telling Harry that he ought to get revenge on Sirius Black. WARNING SPOILER ALERTS: and then you find out the most unexpected of these odd things: Hermione has a time turner, Lupin is a werewolf, and Sirius is Harry's godfather.

I LOVE this one! It is a book with twists, turns, definitely my favorite Harry Potter book. It also introduces Lupin, the best defense against the dark arts teacher they have ever had! It is a fun and interesting book with character growth. This is my favorite, and always will be.

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3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This one is where it really starts to come together. The detail and revelations from this book exceed any in the rest of the series, and the final duel definitely grabs the reader's attention, something I can't really say for the "Deathly Hallows," which was basically a repeat of this, except shorter and not as believable for some reason. It doesn't drop you in a random scene in the lead. - AlGalaxy

It's got a good storyline. The only problem with it is that it doesn't make good use of its length. When I read the previous book. I loved it very much. When I saw that this one was super long, I had high expectations, I was disappointed. There was just very little happening throughout most of the book. Because of this, I would take really long breaks from it. Anyways, its story was great, though, if it was shortened by a few hundred pages, it would have been a much better read. I haven't read Order of the Phoenix yet. I hope it makes better use of its legnth.

This is the book where everything changes. It is also the first of the darker and much more complex books. The whole plot is very interesting and all the new characters are great. Plus, the graveyard scene where Voldemort returns to full power is emotional and foreshadows what is to come for Harry and his friends.

I love harry potter and the goblet of fire becuase it's so captivating and is just so good

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4 Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

If I listed my favorite Harry Potter books worst to best, it would go from shortest to longest. Although this may take the longest to read, it becomes the most interactive to read. I remember reading the book for the first time and feeling the tensity of the court case, the relief in going back to Hogwarts, the hatred for Snape, Malloy, and especially Umbridge, and the mourning over a certain characters demise. The first one may have been the original. The second may have been a darker and better version of the first. The third may have been the crowd-pleaser. The fourth May have been one that set the tone for the rest of the series. The sixth may have showcase the best sense of dread. The seventh may have made me want to read the series over again, but in my opinion, the best Harry Potter book is without a doubt The Order of the Phoenix.

This is my favorite book because, for one, Harry meets Luna. Meeting a crazy, weird, dreamy girl made me laugh harder. She took Hermione's place. Also, Hermione founds Dumbledore's Army, which I like hearing about in the books. I am pleased to find that Ginny comes up with the name, and comes to the Department of Mysteries. She has a good role, but in the past books, she is barely shown except in Chamber of Secrets. It made me sad when Sirius died, but this was, for sure, my favorite movie. I loved to be able to see what crazy, but beautiful Bellatrix Lestrange. I liked hearing all of it. Umbridge infuriated me, I hate her even more than Voldemort, but I liked hearing her scenes because her and Luna make the books more interesting. Hermione and Ron, not so much.

The first time I read it, I hated it, the second time, I loved it. It is a complete change from the previous books.
The lighthearted, childlike feel is gone and is replaced with very dark concepts of terrorism, prejudice and insanity. Some may not like the "new" Harry, but the whole change in tone adds to the intensity. When you reread it, you actually sympathize with Harry to the full extent because you actually know why he is acting with such absurd behavior. It is another way to show character growth because as you read on, the characters are growing up and moving on from childhood. You see Harry in a new light when he is not the hero anymore with controversy over the death of Cedric, no one believing him about Voldemort, and the Ministry putting him in a bad light when they use to be on his side.

1 the order of the phoenix
2 half blood prince
3 deathly hallows
4 the sorcers stone
5 chaber of scertes
6 Priner of askbam / Goblet of fire

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5 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Until the sixth book came out, we had Lord Voldemort, a villain with no depth what so ever. We had a glimpse of his motivations in one of the final chapters of Order of the Phoenix, (which is, in my opinion the best chapter of the whole saga, where Harry destroys the office of Dumbledore because Sirius died) but that's it. We have no idea of how Tom Riddle became evil, nor how he resurrected. After Half-Blood Prince, a lot of things change. We learn about the Gaunts, on how soulless Tom is to kill is father and grandparents and blame it on Morfin, his uncle. We learn that Tom was a very proud person, who clung to everything that made him special, and threw away everything that made him normal. We learn about the Horcruxes, not that Dumbledore didn't know about them already, but we learn that there are six (later we find out that there are 7). About Snape: it's true that Snape has it's biggest twist in Deathly Hallows, but we can't ignore that it wasn't his first one; in fact, in ...more

Though dark and sad, the sixth book in the Harry Potter series is both action packed and informative. As Harry learns about Voldemort's past with Dumbledore, it becomes clear why the Dark Lord was so feared during his first years in power. The book focuses on finding Voldemort's weaknesses via memories and old friends, and eventually, using them against him. Relationships form between the characters and political, psychological and emotional traits come into focus, Riddled with suspense, love and hatred, the Half Blood Prince is one of J.K Rowling's best novels, having plenty of mystery, action and quality literature.

Definitely, all that. Draco's showing fear. Hermione realizing her love for ron, Lavander such a whore, Harry with his moments, and of course, the Ginny and Harry kiss! Best scene ever.
and we can't forget about Dumbledore's death and Riddle's past

Probably my favourite, I love all of them, but this one is different, darker, sadder. It is informative and interesting and we learn more than we have in any of the other books. We learn about voldemorts past and about his horcuxes. It has more depth and has the perish of Dumbledore, Hogwarts pricipal and the one who helps harry through his adsolence. It is fantastic and a must read

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6 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

This is the only book in the series I've read so far and I LOVED IT SO MUCH! I would never want to read anything but I couldn't put this book down! I got hooked in reading because of this book! I thought it was honestly going to be a peice of nerdy wizzarding garb but it's definitely not. It's for anyone that wants a book that will keep them on the edge of their seat and just will not be able to put it down. Because of this book I will read the whole rest of the series! Awesome book I am sure to read again!

Where the magic all begins: humour, being introduced to the characters and an appropriate conclusion. Although I confess I prefer the name 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone'.

I'd say this is the best book in the series. It's where Harry's adventure starts as a wizard. To be quite honest, I think book one is the best in all series.

NO! I like the Philosopher's Stone! - MaxAurelius

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7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I've read the whole series (including cursed child) 57 times, and this has been my favourite (other than deathly hallows). I really liked this. I just recently finished this for the 58th time and I have realised that this was a really good book. I can't really decide, but since the chamber of secrets is really interesting, I chose this one to vote for.

I love this one so much! The mystery is so much more entertaining than all the other ones, especially the last one. I love the feeling of the first four so much more than the last three.

I really liked the mystery for this one, and where it was going with all of the 'seemingly repetitive places' J.K. wanted you to notice something so you could predict the solution.

I'v read the book and it's really good Harry killing the basalik learning about salthazr slytherin the chamber of secrets and this whole pure-blood stuff got started Lucius Malfoy's debut Tom Riddle Moaning Myrtle Ginny weasley and so much more

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8 Quidditch Through the Ages

Man, this book was great. And this is coming from an American person who isn't into sports- I know, does that even exist? Of course, the Harry 'Potter books surpasses all others in tenderness and just wholesome story-telling, I want to see this one higher. So there. ; P

The other Harry Potter books are a lot better than this one. I just feel bad how so little people voted for it. I voted for it. Deal with it :P

I loved it

love it!

9 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

They are making 3 films about this book/story - mneilan

Hate it so much it ruins the series

I really need to get this-my friend showed it to me

I love this book

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10 The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Dumbledore's comentary is superb

Very good and interesting. makes me go to sleep very fast

love it!

It's got Dęãth in it!,Uhhh

The Contenders

11 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

They took the alliteration out of the name! What the heck! Good story though.

The perfect beginning to a truly magical series


12 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production

You just need to get it ok. The problem was that no one actually knew anything about the children of the Trio and Draco, we just had an epilogue at the end of the Deathly Hallows. Bellatrix said in the sixth book if she had sons she would allow them to follow the Dark Lord yeah she had a daughter but a small clue about her child and she had feelings for Voldemort, maybe she used a love potion and is Voldemort's most loyal follower so he wouldn't suspect. We had true time turners only two existed and used for full time and but still had the meddle with time is dangerous you know evil Cedric, Voldemort Day.

Ok, I guess.

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