Harry Potter is celebrating his 21st Anniversary this week (20th US!), and Weird Zeal is hosting a week-long event! I’m a die-hard Potterhead, and I’m having a great time with these short but fun posts about my favorite series. If you’re a Potter fan make sure to check out the event!
Today we are ranking the books, favorite to least. Or the movies, but I don’t care about those. So books it is! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while anyway, so here we go!
Ranking Harry Potter
1. The Prisoner of Azkaban
There are so many reasons this is my favorite Harry Potter book. I think primarily I love the time travel aspect. I remember as a young person I hadn’t ever really thought of time travel this way before, of how our future can be in our past and it all wrapped up together. It really affected the way I’ve approached every other time travel book/movie/TV show/whatever since then. I also loved Hogsmeade. I feel like Hogsmeade, along with the Quidditch cup, really made this the last of the light-hearted early books for kids, which is what I originally loved about Harry Potter. Finally, I was so excited to learn more about Harry’s mysterious father and his friends. I’ve always loved Sirius, don’t know why.
2. The Half-Blood Prince
After the very dark books 4 & 5, The Half-Blood Prince was a major return to the more light-hearted feel of the early books. I don’t know, the tone is just so much more fun and airy. I also fell in love with the Harry/Ginny ship as soon as it happened, which is a big part of why I loved this book so much. I also loved delving more into James’s life. (Can you see a lot of connections between why I loved books 3 and 6? lol) And out of all of the deaths in the series, Dumbledore’s was the most meaningful and emotional. This is a fantastic book.
3. The Sorcerer’s Stone
“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of Number 4 Privet Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
Has there ever been a better beginning in all of children’s literature? When my teacher read this to my class in 5th grade I can say without fail that my life changed. It’s fun, touching, and means something. This is the book that started it all, and it will always have a special place in my heart.
4. The Deathly Hallows
I feel like I have to justify this being so low down? Like, it’s a BRILLIANT ending, and everything really came together in a way I absolutely never expected. I just like the other three better, lol. I won’t bother writing anything else about how this is the best end of a series ever, I’ve already done that. If you care, read more here.
5. The Chamber of Secrets
What a sequel! I remember as a kid loving this book just as much as I loved the original. These days it doesn’t have quite the nostalgia factor of the first, probably because I read it so quickly.
6. The Goblet of Fire
If you had asked me to do this ranking the year Goblet of Fire came out, it would hands down have been at the top of the list. It was the longest book I’d ever read, and I loved every second of it. But, I don’t know, somehow over time this has become the book I’m least likely to come back to.
7. The Order of the Phoenix
I want to assure you, even though this book is at the bottom of the list, I still love it. I still cry like a baby every time I read it, and I still laugh out loud. And I still get SO. STINKING. ANGRY. at Snape and Kreacher and Bellatrix Lestrange. Like, shaking with fury mad. But there’s a darkness to this book that has always made it my least favorite, even the year it came out. I just prefer a happier tone to my books, especially middle-grade books.