The Definitive Ranking of the Harry Potter Books (According To Me, Anyway)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Harry Potter's birthday is this week, and since I freaking love Harry Potter, I thought I'd celebrate with some Harry Potter posts!

This is my ranking of the seven Harry Potter books from worst to best. I'm sure many people will disagree with some of my choices, but these are just my opinions cultivated from many read-throughs.

And as you might imagine...

#7 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

It's not that I thought Chamber was bad; I just didn't think it was as good as the others. Plus we got the introduction of Ginny Weasley as an actual character, and not just a random little girl at the train station. And anyone who knows anything about my Potter obsession knows that I am NOT a fan of Ginny Weasley. Also, WAY too many spiders. I'm like Ron -- why did it have to be spiders?

#6 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I actually find this book more enjoyable than I find another higher on this list, but I think that it's not as well-written as many of the others. Plus there was no quidditch. WHAT KIND OF WORLD IS A WORLD WITHOUT QUIDDITCH?!?!

#5 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The one that started it all :) I was introduced to Harry Potter in sixth grade, when my teacher read Stone aloud to us in class. I was immediately mesmerized. More than that, though I had read hundreds of books spanning dozens of genres by that time, never had I encountered a character I related to as much as I related to Hermione Granger. This book changed my life in ways I'm not sure I'll ever be able to adequately describe. 

#4 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Admittedly, this might actually be my least-favorite Harry Potter book. That probably has something to do with the abundance of Ginny Weasley (seriously, I have a problem). Plus the ending is heart-wrenching. That said, there is a lot of interesting stuff in this book (Snape's backstory, for one), and the part where Ron ingests Amortentia is hilarious.

#3 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

This is actually my second favorite of the books (a very close second), but I do think that overall, DH is the better between the two. Prisoner opened up so much more of the wizarding world to the reader than the previous books -- the Knight Bus, S.P.E.W., the introduction of Sirius Black, a more in-depth look at the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, the teaching styles of Rubeus Hagrid, REMUS FREAKING LUPIN. So much awesome, so little time. 

#2 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The epilogue was crap (and I don't think I will ever feel differently, no matter how many of my friends try to convince me otherwise), but other than that, Hallows was the perfect ending to a series I had invested so much of myself in. It was intense (as was the body count); I can't tell you how many times I cried reading it. Molly Weasley uttered what might be the best line of the entire series. I liked the growth the main trio showed in this book, and I was delighted that my beloved Neville got to play an important role in helping good finally triumph over evil.

#1 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

This is my favorite Harry Potter book, but I also think it's the best (as you can tell from my list, "favorite" and "best" don't mean the same thing to me). Maybe it's because it appealed to my inner emokid, but this book has always been the one that I feel the most emotionally connected to. Puberty happens in a big way, but I think the changes it brought were important to helping propel the series forward. We got to know more about some of the adults in the series and realize just how important the resistance movement is. Harry and Sirius finally get to spend some adequate time together before Sirius was ripped away from him (his death may have been the hardest on me -- I cried for half an hour the first time I read it). I really hate that they cut the St. Mungo's scene from the movies, because I think it was really important for Neville's character. We were introduced to one of my black cat's namesakes, the fantastic Luna Lovegood. I know a lot of people thought it was too angsty, but I think it needed to be; it was an appropriate feel for how Harry felt at the time. There was a lot going on in his life, and a lot of pressure put on him, all the while being 15 -- that's a lot to deal with. I think if the book hadn't been so dark it wouldn't have been genuine.

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  1. It has been a long time since I've read the HP books but my favorite along the way was Goblet of Fire. It was the one that signaled the turn for the worse. That shit was about to get real. Also, the moment when Harry grabs the goblet. The world would never be the same.



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