What's The Best Harry Potter Book and Why?

 The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling has sold half a billion copies since its debut in 1997, making it some of the bestselling novels ever written. Harry Potter societies have been formed at various universities in which students have created their own Harry Potter societies, such as the One For All Society at Harvard University, the Hellfire Club at the University of California at Berkeley, and the Ravenclaw Club at the Bath University. Britain has many universities. Katie Savva is the captain of Warwick University's Quidditch team and member of the Harry Potter and Quidditch Society. She explains how to play Quidditch without a flying broomstick.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone

The way the reader gets introduced to magic through the youthful eyes of a young boy is so pure in Sorcerer's Stone. With a fish out of water narrative, you get a sense of the richness of Hogwarts, witches, wizards, spells, and creatures while remaining in a relatively small universe.

The culmination of everything culminates in a big celebration that elicits pure elation for the protagonists. The Gryffindors win. There was a victory over evil. Ron, Hermione, and Harry dominated.

The fact that this one has been ranked so low is absolutely brutal. It's really great.

First, let's talk about what makes it great.

The book accomplishes a lot with a little. It's a short book, but it gives us an interesting backstory, a fascinating world, and a captivating mystery with an unexpected twist.

In an iconic and heartbreaking way, we introduce Harry to the world. We feel sympathy for him immediately when we read the story of the Dursleys' treatment of him.

In fact, J.K. Rowling does an incredible job of laying the groundwork for the book's main plot point (Harry finding out who he really is). This book stands out from most others in its presentation dumps, which are typically boring and leading to readers losing interest. It is Uncle Vernon who continually interferes with Harry's effort to secure a letter, making Rowling hold us in suspense until the exposition is revealed. It is practically begging for the exposition dump by the time Hagrid comes along.

As well as those wonderful moments, this book is filled with others. This chapter, Halloween, is particularly wonderful. Hermione demonstrates Ron how to use charms in this chapter by correctly performing the levitating charm Wingardium Leviosa. She overhears Ron insulting her afterward and is upset. They go to Hermione's aid when they realize the troll is running loose in the castle and she doesn't know anything about it. As is Harry's characteristic response to danger, he takes his wand and shoves it up the troll's nose. Using the very spell Hermione just taught Ron, Ron then uses Wingardium Leviosa to defeat the troll.

2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

best harry potter book

When I look back at Prisoner of Azkaban, I cannot believe it was the last of the "short" Harry Potter books. In the book, fans see all the things they love about Harry Potter for the first time, including the Marauders, Harry's relationship with Sirius, Hogsmeade, Dementors, and Crookshanks! In the later books, the plot took approximately twice as long to develop, but it wouldn't have made sense without the groundwork laid by J.K. The third Harry Potter book begins with Harry's adventure to avoid Voldemort. 

In this book, Harry, Ron, and Hermione grew up in real time, and its readers grew up alongside them as well. The first two books told the story of plucky children barging their way through adventures, but PoA ends with them taking a small victory for Buckbeak and learning that truth doesn’t always mean much in an unjust world. In Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter transcended the world of Hogwarts and became an examination of fantasy that went beyond the story of one boy wizard. Lastly, Remus Lupin. I'll mention him only once. That's it. 

The most unique climax I’ve ever seen

Trelawny's trance during Harry's divination test and prophecies Voldemort's return is one of the more ominous moments in the book (or series overall).

Then, a series of bizarre events unfold immediately after this spine-tingling scene. Buckbeak loses his appeal in a letter from Hagrid. Scabbers is found by the trio when they go to see him. The execution of Buckbeak seems to have taken place. The black dog Harry has been seeing takes Scabbers and Ron through the passage under the Whomping Willow. Harry and Hermione follow Sirius Black into the shrieking shack to meet Sirius Black face to face.

3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

best harry potter book

To put it simply, Order of the Phoenix is where shit gets real. Harry finally succumbs to a lifetime of trauma that manifests itself in his sarcastic new attitude. As a result of the Ministry's support for Dolores Umbridge and its refusal to act against Voldemort, the full extent of the Ministry's corruption is revealed. In Dumbledore's Army they rise to the occasion (which we, unfortunately, can relate to.) Harry and his friends rise to the challenge.

There are some iconic moments in this book, along with its rich character and thematic development. My two favorite examples are very different in terms of the emotional impact they have.

First, we encounter Neville during his visit to his parents at St. Mungo's. It must be one of the most devastatingly sad things I've ever read that Neville pocketed the bubble gum wrapper his mom gave him. I am already choked up just thinking about it.

Fred and George's legendary escape from Hogwarts is the second (and significantly more triumphant). It was desperately needed that Umbridge was brought down a notch in this book. As a spectator, you are eager to cheer throughout this scene because it achieves both goals.

4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

best harry potter book

Half-Blood Prince bests all previous books in the series, and Rowling's storytelling shines through as well. An intense epic battle between good and evil is presented in a perfect balance between light and dark, humor and heaviness, romance, and all those elements. Hermione says Harry is "never more fanciful" now that he has finished his underground resistance year and has begun to deal with his grief. The former Quidditch captain and Ginny Weasley's boyfriend is a three-sport star at school, flourishing in Potions with the help of the Prince.

We prepare for the monumental fight to which Harry has been leading his life for weeks in between these marvelous portrayals of high school life at its best. In Book 6, the deepening relationship between Dumbledore and Harry is a revelation he and we always yearned for, but had never seen before. It is chilling to see Voldemort's past in flashbacks, pieced together in a way that makes him seem simultaneously more human and less human. During the final chapters of the book, you are struck with a sense of dread, followed by the reality of loss and then the clarity of loss. A shocking end is at hand, and it is the beginning of the end.

Love that lasts

Actually, Harry and Ginny end their relationship near the end of this There is a rough patch for Ron and Hermione in Hallows.Hallows. However, when these characters finally get together, it's clear they aren't just having a fling.

Additionally, the relationships seem to be fun and humorous. The scene in which Hermione goes out with McLaggin to get back at Ron for dating Lavender and getting back at him is one of the high points of the movie. An absolute gem.

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

best harry potter book

For many people, Goblet marks the beginning of the series. In this book, the struggle for power against Voldemort begins, which has been the central conflict throughout the entire series.

Changing pace at the start of the book is intriguing. As Harry's perspective has dominated the last three books, we finally get to see something taking place elsewhere. Frank Bryce, a Muggle, offers a chapter from his point of view. We learn more about Voldemort's past, get a glimpse into his plans, meet his snake Nagini, and are surprised to learn that he has resurrected in some capacity. It's a foreboding start to a novel with an unpleasant conclusion.

This volume, more than any other, extends the Wizarding universe to its fullest extent. The Quidditch World Cup, leprechauns, leprechaun gold, veelas, the triwizard tournament, Beaubatons and Durmstrang, the triwizard tournament, Beaubatons and Durmstrang, the triwizard tournament, Beaubatons and Durmstrang, the triwizard tournament, Beaubatons and Durmstrang, the triwizard tournament, Beaubaton
However, as refreshing as the new material is from the monotony of Hogwarts life, the mystery in this book is the best of the series.

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