Best Harry Potter Books

The Top Ten

1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Product Image

SPOILER ALERT:
Mad-Eye Moody dies
George loses an ear
Dolby dies
Hermione is tortured
Ron is tortured by an horcrux
Harry does but comes back
Fred Weasley,Lavender,Colin,Lupin and Tonks die
Voldemort dies(obliviously)
Bellatrix dies
Harry and Ginny are married with three children
Ron and Hermione are married with two children
Draco has a child with a unknown character
I loved this book the most:
The darkest of all the books
It shows how our heroes mature till the end
Harry knows he must face death
Ron overcomes his insecurities and shows maturing
Hermione learns to control her uprightness
I LOVED THE EPILOGUE TOO

I love the battle of Hogwarts, especially when Voldemort dies I found it amusing. But it wasted my tears because I was crying for the dead people there. Still, it was my favourite book. I hated Snape at first until I realised about his love for Lily and I understood the relationship between Ron and the twins because I thought it was the most tragic death. It would be better if Umbridge died instead of Fred. Anyways the part where they are in a mission to destroy horcruxes is really exciting!

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? )

UM...DUH! This is the best book ever, in the Harry Potter series and in the world. It's emotional and captivating. Geez, anyone who hates this is crazy. I almost cried of happiness and sadness at the same time, and I am not an emotional person when it comes to books and movies (I NEVER CRY in movies, except for in the Passion of the Christ, I mean, I was four or five). It's impeccable. Everyone should love it. It's funny, sad, exhilarating, happy--every emotion that a book should have. The Battle of Hogwarts was incredible, especially the part where Voldemort died/s. He's like, "Oh, Harry Potter, you're just a relying baby." Harry: "Oh, sorry, you're dead by 'Expelliarmus'. Nothing complicated." And I love Peeves' little song. Dodos. I LOVE YOU, JK ROWLING! I regret thinking that the series was gonna be boring before I even read it.
Love,
Hannah :P

2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Product Image

How can I describe an amazing ride of a book the Prisoner of Azkaban is? The first two books were already pretty great and exciting stories, but the third entry raised the bars even higher, and while it did get rid on some of the stuff that made the first two great, other better stuff came in its place! I mean sure, the first half is pretty boring and there's barely any relevant plot, but once it does get good, it's way too freakin' great to even describe. The twists are everywhere by that point, and I was even overwhelmed by how complex it was. I can't wait for the next installments.

I really like this one because it is... just great!
This is also where my favourite character Sirius is. This book is just wonderful.

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

This is my favorite for these reasons.
First, the twisty secrets. Hermione has a secret, Lupin has a secret, Sirius is not who he really is. All these secrets are so interesting, for the characters with them act like nothing is happening. And you have no idea until they reveal it. Hermione punching Draco. I hate Draco and I loved it when Hermione punched him. And Sirius was introduced, and I really like Sirius. go Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!

3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Product Image

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 start of a harry potter era. The other 3 were the warm up act for this one, this is where Voldemort comes back, this is where somebody dies for the first time, this is where Harry faces off with full strength voldemort. This book no doubt laid the foundation for the next 3, and the climax was unpredictable and had me hanging on every word (to be fair though, all the hp books do that) HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE FOR THE WIN!

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.

This is a amazing book and the worst book because Cedric Diggory comes in put then he dies Witch I cried when that happened a lot !

RIP Cedric Diggory
I love you 😍

4 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Product Image

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.

The book, although a little bit less action packed, made up for that by bringing in more romance, no more mentions of S.P.E.W, cool flashbacks on Voldemort's past that made you feel like you were reading the third book because of how it felt similarly like time travel, and most of all it blended the darkness of the series and the light together perfectly to create a book that isn't to depressing or too lighthearted, which some of the early books and late novels, lack terribly. Definitely worth your time to read.

Until the sixth book came out, we had Lord Voldemort, a villain with no depth whatsoever. 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

If someone ever asks me why The Half Blood Prince is my favorite, I'm just sending them to this comment

This is by far one of my favorites (I'm tied with Half-Blood and Deathly Hallows). Even if I knew that Dumbledore died, it was still sad to read/watch him die. It is interesting to read so much of Voldemort's past and how he came to be who he was. I loved the mystery in this book the most. Just finding out what Slughorn was hiding to what horcruxes where. What really was confusing was what side Snape was on! This Harry Potter book will always be one of my favorites and I hope its yours too!

5 Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix Product Image

My Favorite Harry Potter book by far. I love all the new characters, and Umbridge is a great villain. The battle at the ministry is so entertaining. Luna is one of the best characters ever!

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.

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.

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.

6 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Product Image

It's great but I found Philosophers Stone to be better. This one feels a bit too much like a rehash on said book, and the attempts to be different comes off as forced at times (like Harry getting locked up and the train not letting the duo in), especially in the beginning. But it gets better overall as it goes by, with new mysteries and characters (like Myrtle). However, any day of the week I'm rather more interested about people trying to steal a stone that grants immortality, than people getting turned into stone one by one

First book in the series that I read and still my favourite. The mystery is well constructed and, in my opinion, makes the most enjoyable plot. There is interesting developement of the Wizarding World - more details and new concepts are revealed, but they seem logical rather than forced (compared to further books, in which JKR introduced whatever she needed at the moment out of convenience) Many important and cool characters are introduced, like Arthur Weasley, Lucius Malfoy, Dobby, Moaning Myrtle, Lockhart.
Also, it's the last book in the series that makes sense on its own and can be read as a standalone novel, which is good if you want to enjoy single story. While "PoA" is also a good one (probably my second favourite), it leaves an open ending, and I think the series went downhill starting from "GoF", so when I re-read the books, I mostly stick to the first two.

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.

This book is totally the best because they trio are going on a mystery and Ginny gets introduced and Harry Potter learned more about Voldemort so he could defeat him

7 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Product Image

It's amazing! I mean the first few chapters aren't the best, but they're doing a good job for setting up the story. Once we get to Chapter 6 with the train, it all becomes one of the best experiences ever, with Harry and the gang meeting each other, solving mysteries in Hogwarts, and of course, the twist villain! Professor Quirrell is one of the most underrated villians ever! I love Snape too!

So called fans miss the point of the house cup. Gryffindor was near winning before they even saved the stone but Professor McGonagall was outraged that three Gryffindors were out of bed at night and she took 50 points from them, then Harry, Ron and Hermione save the stone and Neville shows his early bravery and Dumbledore gives them back the points that they lost. Slytherin also won for 7 years before Harry knew his real life. Also Dumbledore was not humiliating Slytherin, Professor McGonagall was also at the feast and she was the one who ruined it.

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!

Sorcerer's Stone is a stupid title why?
Nicholas Flamel was a real person who tried to make a Philosopher's Stone and in real life he would've been killed or tortured to death if he had called it The Sorcerer's Stone. It was around the time in history of killing "witches".

8 Quidditch Through the Ages Quidditch Through the Ages Product Image

After Fantastic Beasts movies finish I hope they make Quidditch Through the Ages.
or even Beedle the Bard stories. Oh people hate Beedle the Bard because it's a fairytale book, well its different the witches and wizards are good.

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

This was good, but sometimes it was boring.

9 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Product Image

This is an amazing book because I love animals and I love the Wizarding World and put them together and you get magical creatures and I love magical creatures and then they made a book about them . Yay 😀

I like this one. Except then I had dreams about being eaten by Lethifolds.

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

They are making 3 films about this book/story

10 The Tales of Beedle the Bard The Tales of Beedle the Bard Product Image

This one is the WORST of the ones I've read.

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

Dumbledore's comentary is superb

Buuut I do like the comentary.

The Contenders

11 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Product Image

It's got the American illustration on the cover.
It should be Harry in front of the Hogwarts Express.

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

The perfect beginning to a truly magical series

This website is too American.

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

I just need people to get that THIS IS NOT A BOOK! Cursed Child is a phenomenal PLAY. It is absolutely amazing when it is experienced the way it is intended to be. I understand that not everyone can afford it, but that still doesn't give you the right to judge it without really seeing it. Having seen it on stage, I can assure all of you that it is FANTASTIC. I would see it infinitely if I had the money. Everyone just needs to stop treating it like it's a book when it really isn't.

I really enjoyed it! I know it’s a play not a book but still! The events of the story were mind blowing and I never expected anything like that to happen! It was honestly unbelievable! It was great to read about Harry, Ron and Hermione all adults, and Draco was kind of good now. Albus Severus Potter, he was a bit of a brat when he just threw Harry’s mother’s blanket! That was really unthoughtful and I got really mad at him.
Scorpius was my favourite character in that book, he was so hilarious and witty, his personality was sweet and I felt sorry for him when I found out about his mother. Scorpius is a great friend and he stood by Albus even when their plan risked their lives! I love this play and I totally recommend you to read it.
I would see the theatre play if I could, not that I don’t have the money because I definitely do, just that I wouldn’t have time or be able to.
Just read it!

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.

I didn't really get it, and being that it is a literal play script I didn't really enjoy reading it. Even if this was performed (which I think it probably was or still is, I don't know) it would still be just sort of eh. After reading all the HP books besides the extras like quidditch through the ages this is just unnecessary. It's not bad, I just didn't necessarily enjoy it

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