A "crowd list" is a list where we all chime in on a common topic/question/survey/poll.
  1. Suggest your answer below! ⬇️
  2. Prisoner of Azkaban
    This was the first one I read, so that might have some sway on my opinion but I love this book! You start to see what's ahead for Harry, but it's still one of the lighter books. Hermione is a badass with her time turner and punching Malfoy. And Professor Lupin teaches us that the best thing to do when you're distressed is eat some chocolate. This book is 💯
    Suggested by @estone
  3. The Order of the Phoenix
    All HP series major themes were touched upon in this book (good v evil, love, loss, friendship)The resistance began, the DA, the Order, meeting Luna and Bellatrix. Petunia! The moment that changed Dudley. In hindsight a major Snape novel too. Umbridge: important in understanding everyday evil. The real reason - it's Sirius centric and he's one of my all time favorite characters. When he died, I folded my arms over the book and sobbed. Couldn't finish until 3 days later.
    Suggested by @LiterateNStylsh
  4. Prisoner of Azkaban
    Time travel. Convergent plotlines. Lupin. Knight Bus. Time travel.
    Suggested by @TheSteve
  5. Deathly Hallows for sure!
    This book had everything, really couldn't have asked for a better ending (except the weird names of Harry's children).
    Suggested by @jaliasc
  6. Deathly Hallows
    There's a lot of grief in this book but it's also a book about triumph. I experienced a true roller coaster of emotions while reading it, and I think the character development is what truly makes it so great - particularly the way Ron's character evolved, as well as the backstory revealed about Dumbledore. I also love how every detail finally comes together in this book. It's a heart-wrenching read and while parts of it are painful, I think that it's worthy of being called the best.
    Suggested by @alishakurji
  7. Goblet of Fire
    It's the first lengthy book and therefore has the time to develop on many plot points and characters. I love the houselves like Winky that the movies left out and how Dobby works at Hogwarts. The triwizard tournament gets the full development and captures the magical essence. And it's not too dark yet, the end serves as the tipping point/opens the can of worms for the tone of the rest of the series. I love this book and was sad the movie sucked. Just my opinion😋
    Suggested by @ErinFlaherty
  8. Prisoner of Azkaban
    Just to reiterate what everyone else has said... The last one to really feel light-hearted and the stakes aren't too high yet but still has a killer plot. Sirius Black (😍) and Remus Lupin, Hogsmeade, I Solemly Swear I'm Up To No Good, great conflict/ending, Hermione kicks ass 24/7... Just all around perfect. Probably not the BEST but definitely my favorite and possibly the most enjoyable.
    Suggested by @jessnobs
  9. Prisoner of Azkaban
    Because it was the moment in this great series when we first glimpsed he larger story, because Lupin was a breath of fresh air in Harry's life, because Rowling's conception of time travel was believable, and because the final chapters were some of the most surprising, exciting, and engaging of the series.
    Suggested by @gwcoffey
  10. Nobody thinks it's Chamber of Secrets, right?
    Suggested by @avecsarah
  11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone
    While I totally agree with all of the choices already suggested, I have to recommend the first book! The picture JK Rowling paints of this underground, magical world is what captured the minds and hearts of our generation. Would there even be the rest of the series without it?
    Suggested by @LeahG
  12. Goblet of fire
    From the tents in the beginning that are massive luxury cabins to the fabulous winter balls this book let's your imagination soar in every single chapter.
    Suggested by @christine
  13. Tie between Prisoner of Azkaban and Half Blood Prince.
    Interestingly enough, these are the only two in the series where Harry does not have to face Voldemort at the end. I think I like them because they both have high stakes, but those stakes are less epic in scope and more personal to Harry.
    Suggested by @jetspins24