Harry Potter Books In Order: Complete List & Reviews

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What is Harry Potter?

Harry is a young boy who finds out that he is a wizard. He goes to a school for wizards called Hogwarts. Wizards are people with special powers that can be used for good or evil. Harry is one of the few who become good.

Harry learns how to do magic, meet many new friends, and fight a dark wizard named "Voldemort" who killed his parents. Harry has to learn how to be brave and stay good when his life is in danger.

The story starts in a small town called "Little Whinging", in England, where Harry lives with his horrible relatives, the Dursleys. Harry learns from his owl Hedwig that he has special powers. He is surprised that he is a wizard.

The Dursleys lock him in a cupboard in his room and won’t let him defend himself against the threatening letters he gets from the dark wizard, Voldemort. Voldemort wants Harry to return to Hogwarts, the school of magic. So he can kill him and become more powerful.

Harry is worried, so he runs away to London. He catches the Knight Bus, the magical vehicle that takes him to Diagon Alley, a hidden place in London. He wants to buy his supplies at Ollivanders, a wands shop. He meets Ron and Hermione, a brother and sister with a pet rat named Scabbers who ends up becoming a traitor.

How many Harry Potter books are there and where do you start?

The Harry Potter series has become a staple in popular culture and among the young and old alike.

The seven books in the series have been a hot topic among book clubs and fans around the world.

The story is so compelling that many people start reading them in middle school or even earlier. Before you know it, you’ve skipped out on school to finish the book. Then you start reading book two, and pretty soon you’ve taken a vacation day to have time to read the third book. You get the drift. That’s why it’s so important to read them in order to fully appreciate the story.

Many fans grew up with the books and were along for the journey, eagerly looking forward to their release. If you’re an adult and started reading the books after the release of the first movie, you may be wondering where to start. Where’s the first book in the series? How many are out now? The questions are endless. One thing’s for sure, the longer it takes you to finish the series, the longer the next movie will be in production!

Summary of Harry Potter Books In Order

Harry Potter is a series of fantasy fiction novels written by English author J.K Rowling. The series has gained immense popularity and has sold 450 million copies worldwide since its release. It has been translated in 70 languages and is often made into films as well.

The story revolves around 12-year-old Harry Potter who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is a wizard and is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The story progresses as Harry makes new friends at Hogwarts and his coming to terms with his fate as the wizard who must defeat Lord Voldemort, the most powerful evil wizard.

The Harry Potter series consists of seven books. They are:

  • Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
  • Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
  • Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
  • Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

We would recommend reading them in their recommended reading order below, just because it’s the best to build up the character relationships and the story, but that’s entirely up to your personal preference.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

(This Book is Not Part of a Series)

This book is just perfect for a nine year-old child. Harry goes to Hogwarts and learns how to perform magic. The lessons, spells, and magic of Harry Potter, add a new dimension to your child’s future.

This book by J.K Rowling first saw the light in the year 1997. Being her first novel, the book and the series soared to fame and the first edition of 1 million copies was soon sold out.

Even though the book is simple and suitable for younger children, it contains no illustrations or pictures of any kind. This helps to keep the interest of the child in reading the book and not be distracted with other things.

As the book deals with magic and wizardry, it should be purchased and read in consultation with your child’s teacher to ensure that your child is comfortable with the idea or wizardry.

Unlike the other books in the series, the first book has no illustrations and no color. This gives us a good idea of how J.K Rowling was inclined to details as she developed and wrote the rest of the books in the series.

Also, it is interesting to note that she didn’t start the series with the summer holidays, but with Harry’s birthday on 31st October.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Written in 1998 by J.K. Rowling, the second book in the series revolves around the mystery surrounding the character of Tom Riddle that Harry meets in a diary.

The story revolves more around Harry and his friends’ investigation of the Chamber of Secrets and the mystery surrounding it.

The Chamber of Secrets is a kind of secret passageway that can only be opened by a Parseltongue which is a language that is understood by snakes and some other creatures.

The Chamber contains a snake created from the Horcrux of Salazar Slytherin.

Except this time, the story is more focused on all the characters in the book as well as the development of Harry from being a young child to being a teen.

This book focuses on a lot of the mysteries surrounding the character of Tom Riddle and how he creates this chamber as a teenager and the consequences of his actions.

There’s a lot of time in this story spent on Neville, who is one of the protagonists of the book.

He’s regarded as this kind of bumbling character who nobody thinks is very strong but reveals a lot of strength in this story.

This book was not as popular as the first book of the series, but I think it deserves the same amount of praise for its captivating storyline as the first one.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Age Level: 9 and up

When the innocent–but unbearably arrogant–Sirius Black escapes from the Azkaban prison, he sets out to kill Harry Potter (the boy that had his criminal sentence shortened) but he flees after learning that Harry is protected by a powerful and magical creature known as a Patronus. Harry Potter becomes even famous during his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry when the evil wizard Voldemort’s soul comes back to him, and his servant Lucius Malfoy starts a campaign to make the students forget about the only person who has been able to defeat his master.

The main strengths of the novel are in its superior characterization (Crookshanks the cat is one of the most lovable creatures after Hedwig), its psychological depth and the new insights it provides into the backgrounds of the series’ main characters.

Finally, there is the incredible scene in which Harry, Ron and Hermione’s attempt to use a magical flying car to save Sirius is hilarious. A battle is also raging between shrewd and menacing Dementors (soul-sucking guards of Azkaban) and us. Dementors are forced to let go of Sirius when Harry, Ron and Hermione successfully cast a dazzling spell that assaults them with beams of pure white light and happiness from their wands.

Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire

Harry is now 14 years old. It’s his fourth year at Hogwarts. Unfortunately, this year he and his friends will not get to enjoy their summer holidays because they have to attend the Hogwarts’s traditional event – the Triwizard Tournament.

A group of students from all over Europe are selected to participate in this rather dangerous event. One problem though – no Hogwarts student has been selected. The selected students have no choice but to attend this event, as the tournament is a highly regarded tradition that ensures a scholarship at the professional school of the winner.

Among the rules of the competition, there is one that says that no underage wizard can compete in the tournament. But, there is a more serious predicament. If someone under the age of 17 is killed during the competition, Hogwarts will lose its status as a school of magic. So, our meddling hero decides to help his friends make the best of this disgusting situation. Will he succeed saving the day while ending this nightmare tournament?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth installment of the popular Harry Potter series. Thank god that most school children have already read this book so I don’t have to hear them say: “I’m on page 123!”. This is because this book contains a considerable amount of detail relevant to the plot.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth book in the Harry Potter series, and the book that made a lot of fans cry when Hedwig died. Despite that, it is also a brilliant follow-up to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Therefore, Half-Blood Prince is a great book to start reading the Harry Potter series. It’s also an ideal starting point for anyone who hasn’t read a Harry Potter book before. It’s the best of the series because it uncovers so much about Voldemort’s background while still managing to fill in the blanks left by previous books. Half-Blood Prince is also a fantastic introduction to this series for young adults who haven’t read the Harry Potter books before.

The sixth book follows Harry returning to Hogwarts and struggling with the trauma of having narrowly escaped the house of his parents’ murderer. The main focus of the book is Harry’s battles with feelings of love, friendship, and the struggle between choosing good and evil. In the end, the main characters suffer great losses, as usual. The book will leave you wondering if it was necessary to have such a prominent character die.

Half-Blood Prince is a great book for those who are looking for some light reading to do at the beach or bedside.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Order of the Phoenix, the fifth Harry Potter book, picks up with Harry 16-years old. He’s a fifth-year student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The worst danger to him is probably the normal adolescent angst you’d expect.

However, since Voldemort killed Harry’s parents, Harry has been constantly targeted by some of the most dangerous wizards alive. Threats are becoming more real, because Harry, who can see into Voldemort’s mind, has to be kept out of sight by the Dursley’s who have been hiding him in their home all these years.

This book is often considered to be the best in the Harry Potter series. The writing is more mature, darker, and the themes are more complex.

The book goes on to explore a number of more mature themes, including the lure of power and the cost of blind faith. However, it also expands upon the themes explored in previous novels. Friendship, loyalty, and love are all explored more deeply.

The Order of the Phoenix is a gripping magical adventure. Great for young adults. It can also be read by children around 9 and can be understood by anyone over the age of 6.

If you’re in the mood for some fun, this is a must-read.

7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Deathly Hallows is the final novel of the Harry Potter series. It is also the longest of the three books.

When Snape killed Dumbledore, he caused a big fight between the two rival schools.

Harry and his friends know that the missed miss to find the Horcruxes and destroy the Dark Lord.

They have to find the Deathly Hallows to destroy him.

The Deathly Hallows include the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Cloak of Invisibility.

There is a prophecy and a Horcrux that Harry must have to win.

The school is in danger as Hogwarts Castle and other schools are attacked by Death Eaters.

Three people in the book are the Hallows. Find out what happens as the wizarding world climaxes in a devastating battle.