Top 10 Best Harry Potter Books

The Top Ten
1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

An incredible ending to an incredible book series. The battle of Hogwarts was amazing, Snape's memories were top-notch, and it was all just a really emotional and climactic book. The epilogue was pretty satisfying as well. Unfortunately, the rest of the book is just ok. I just didn't like how we didn't get to see how Hogwarts was during the Death Eaters' rule, and instead had to go camping to a bunch of different places looking for Horcruxes. If we could maybe see the book from Neville's perspective in Hogwarts, that would've been great. Other than that, it's still great though.

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.
Hannah :P

2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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'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.

the best harry potter book in my opinion. I have fond memories with this book and it is a really heartwarming book and I just can't find the right words to describe this book. This book has the most important thing I need - a good story, I know that all harry potter books have a good story line but the exception is that Prisoner of Azkaban has everything done in the right amount like the action , the twists and amazing new characters like Lupin and Sirius Black. The plot twist at the end was the best. I also liked the scene when Harry and Hermoine go back in time to save Sirius and Buckbeak (when they were riding Buckbeak it was one of the most memorable scenes in the whole Harry Potter series) . It's writing was much more better that past two books and it was more darker than Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets in my opinion . I have only read the books and not seen the movies but I will definitely watch them.

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

I've read the first four books of this series and have found it hard to distinguish what the best best one is, since all of them are masterclasses. However, there is something about this book that the film doesn't deliver - happiness, excitement and an air of mystery. And I hate to say it but the film just didn't succeed in doing so. The book showcases the Quidditch World Cup, the mystery of Barty Crouch junior, the maze with all the interesting obstacles and a lot more that I can't of the top of my head. This book just beats out the first three and I'm looking forward to reading the last three.

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 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 when the franchise turned darker, and while it could've been slightly better, it was absolutely amazing for what it had in store! It expanded a lot on the wizarding world with the tri-wizard tournament between three different wizarding schools, and the new characters are all interesting. Barty Crouch Jr. is probably my favourite villain as well, mostly thanks to how likeable he surprisingly is as Moody's imposter. Now there are some plot-holes, like how the spectators would view the second and third tasks, but I loved it nevertheless!

4 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Every Harry Potter book to my opinion have it's own speciality, the 1st is probably the best introduction a book series can have though to be plotless. The 2nd is special with it's direct plot. And so on. The 6th boom the Half-Blood Prince, is special on Rowling creativity. It's just screams it in every word that Rowling was packed with extremely great ideas and she just didn't know what to do with all of them, so she just wrote as it came to it's mind.
Like the 3rd book who had many sub-plots, this one has too, and though that in the end it used it's primary plot as prequel to the 7h book, much like the 3rd, it's holds special place in my heart as Harry have his own journey in this bak only with Dumbeldore.
A worthy note of itself is the fact that Rowling were able to write about Voldemort with only appearing in memories and not himself in person.

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.

This book is the most overlooked and least talked of in the series..., when it's everything you want in a Harry Potter book: it's mysterious, it's green, it's gloomy, it's well-condenced, it's interesting, and it's long enough to be complex (unlike the first two books) but short enough to not make you yawn (looking at you Order of the Phoenix). There is so much covered here, from Voldemort's backstory, Horcruxes, inferius, Snape's and Draco's development..., there's not a boring moment. Not to mention this book has by far my favourite climax and battle of the entire series. It gets you all pumped up..., and even as someone who had Dumbledore's death spoiled, it still shocked me and gave me chills, just the way it was all written. By far, the best book of the entire series.

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

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 the worst of the series due to two things: WAY too long and the introduction of Dolores "The Toad" Umbridge. Both of these two things makes the entire book somewhat painful to read, and Umbridge is seriously the worst character ever in any fictional media. There isn't really as much interesting plot either as in say the Goblet of Fire, which was FILLED with story in every corner. Half of the time, we're just suffering in school with Umbridge. It gets even worse once she fires Dumbledore. It's really annoying..., however I still like the book. There were still a lot of great scenes, such as Dumbledore's Army. That was a really nice sub-plot, which added character development to so many characters. The climax was also really well-done, when the two trios explore the Department of Mysteries. It's one of the most well-done climaxes in the series. So, while this is my least favourite, it's still decent.

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.

6 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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.

Lord Voldemort enters Harry's house with the help of Sirius Black and kills the Potter. Harry is sent to his aunt and uncle, the Dursley by Dumbledore and Hagrid. Ten whole years passed and one day, Harry received dozens of letters from NOBODY. Harry's uncle, Vernon decided to move to a hotel to avoid the letters being sent to them and then he moved them to a wooden shack. EXACTLY on the second of Harry's eleventh birthday, a giant man named Hagrid (You should have known that) bursted in the door and brings Harry away. He brings Harry to Gringotts to get money and bought him school stuff ( the letters were the letters telling Harry that he has a place in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy). He boards the train at Platform nine and three quarters and meets Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. He arrives at school and had the Sorting Hat ceremony. He got picked into Gryffindor and his house was looked after by Professor McGonagall. Draco Malfoy, a student who hates Harry, challenges ...more

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!

When I read it first, I loved it. When I read I read it second it was meh, don't get me wrong, I love Harry Potter, but it was the worst written out of all, and it's understandable because it was the first. Joanne's writing improved dramatically over the years and you can truly see a difference in the way she writes in each book. Stoty wise it's very good, writing wise it was weak.

7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

One of the best books Harry Potter have to offer.
After great introduction book, the Chamber of Secrets offer great deal as it not only presents similar but new villain as the 1st book, but doesn't have non-plot chapters, but all of them are connecting to one climax. There's no really dull moments.
This book maybe still childish, as the 1st and the 3rd one, but it have much more effect on the overall story of the series, and still somehow to be standalone novel.

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.

8 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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

I love this book

9 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

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.

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.

10 The Tales of Beedle the Bard

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

The Contenders
11 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.

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!

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 have read the script over and over again. I have practically memorized it. It is beautifully written and is probably one of the best plays in the world. I even performed it once (modifications were made) for a school project with some friends. I would say that this is a amazing "book" and play.

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