THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS

Fight me.
  1. Order of the Phoenix
    I enjoy the shift towards a darker tone and political themes. Umbridge is easily the most hateable character in the series and her eventual defeat is the most satisfying. This is also the first time we get to see Harry make a huge misjudgment with real consequences.
  2. Goblet of Fire
    We get to see international wizards, which is a good break from just the bubble of Hogwarts. The "whodunit" aspect of the book is fun to puzzle out, and it's probably the most exciting edge of your seat book in the series.
  3. Prisoner of Azkaban
    So many good plot twists in this one. The time turner was a bit contrived, but not so much it ruined the plot. A good solid all-around installment.
  4. Chamber of Secrets
    Another "whodunit" type where we get to see the first overt signs of a connection between Harry and Voldemort.
  5. Deathly Hallows
    The Three Brothers mythos is great, as is the development of characters like Draco and Snape. More great political themes and an excellent wrap-up to the series. Does suffer a bit from feeling like an extended camping trip at parts.
  6. Sorcerer's Stone
    So much nostalgia with this one. The beginning of my childhood.
  7. Half-Blood Prince
    Just because it's last doesn't mean I don't love it too. Draco Malfoy's arc in this one is compelling, as is the backstory of Tom Riddle. Definitely the slowest-paced book out of the series.