HARRY POTTER BOOKS (RANKED)
I know I'm going to make enemies over this. I'm okay with it.
- 1.Half-Blood PrinceThis book was everything to me. It was such an exciting storyline - having bits and pieces of Voldemort's history being fed to us slowly. Harry was kind of chilling out and focusing his rage on the task at hand. People were finally recognizing that Voldy was back and were DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Slug-club was endlessly entertaining and those dynamics were hilarious. Luna was a total badass. And lest we forget about Won-Won!
- 2.Prisoner of AzkabanPoA was my favorite book growing up. I must have re-read it at least 6 times a year. I loved getting the glimpse into the Marauders and feeling closer to James. Lupin is my favorite DATDA teacher and the kindness he showed Harry and Neville was so iimportant to me. Hermione showed everyone just what a boss she is - even though the ministry is freakin weird to issue her a time turner at 13. Sirius offering to have Harry move in with him still makes me cry when I read this book.
- 3.Goblet of FireTHIS BOOK CHANGED EVERYTHING. Seriously, we went from a bunch of stories for children to a full-on YA series in the first 5 chapters of this book. The Tasks were spectacular and the dynamics between the Golden Trio were ever-changing. I'm so sad that S.P.E.W. didn't make it to the film. I remember the "oh shit oh shit oh shit" when Cedric was murdered and Voldemort got his body back. This book was straight up cray.
- 4.Deathly HallowsObviously, the final book is one of the best written. The first time I read it, I remember feeling very annoyed with the first half of the book as it felt like a hopeless camping trip that would never end. But once things picked up, it was insanely awesome. Finding out Dumbledore's true nature and motives was intense and I think most people felt as betrayed as Harry did. Harry talking to his parents, Sirius, & Lupin makes me bawl my eyes out each time. A fitting end to the series.
- 5.Sorcerer's StoneThe book that started it all! I was 10 when I first read this book and it blew my cute lil brain. I read the whole thing in one day (a feat that I was proud of at the time) and it fed my insatiable need for Fantasy books. Despite the obvious flaws, this book is very dear to my heart. I loved learning about this new world. The tasks leading up to AND the final showdown with Voldemort were some real page-turners and I begged my grandma to buy me the second book the next day.
- 6.Tales of Beedle the BardI will definitely read these fairytales to my sisters' kids or grand-dogs. Charming and somewhat dark, these stories are exactly what one would hope for from the Wizarding World. I certainly enjoy Dumbledore's comments.
- 7.Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find ThemThis one really ties with Quidditch Through the Ages, but I like reading it a little more because of the notes from Harry and Ron scattered throughout!
- 8.Quidditch Through the AgesI love more history on the magical community. I find the information within to be extremely interesting. These supplemental books kept me sane as a preteen waiting for the next book to come out.
- 9.Order of the PhoenixUhmm Umbridge's reign, angsty-horcrux-Harry, AND Sirius dying? NO, THANK YOU! I must not tell lies, I DO NOT LIKE THIS BOOK. Yes, there are some cool elements (DA springs to mind), but I am of the camp who hates Umbridge more than Voldemort. And her lil squad of dickbags stunning McGonagall?! UNACCEPTABLE ON EVERY LEVEL. Ugh.
- 10.Chamber of SecretsI enjoy reading this book the least. A few of the elements are important to the overarching plot line, but the overall tone just doesn't sit right with me. My favorite part is Sir Nick's Deathday Party and I love learning more about Hogwart's founders. Lockhart is both amusing and infuriating. Outside of that, this book is very meh to me. But hey, at least it's short and you can power through it in a few hours during re-reads of the entire series.