A Definitive Ranking of All the Harry Potter Books

by: Divya Bhardwaj

Harry Potter is a beloved book series for millions of people around the world. That being said, some of the books are definitely better than others..Here’s a definitive ranking of all the Harry Potter books. 

7. The Order of the Phoenix

This one is long and depressing. Umbridge is the worst character in the entire series. The only good part is when Fred and George make their great escape. 

6. The Chamber of Secrets

The flying car scenes at the beginning are truly fantastic, but, sadly, it’s all downhill from there. The whole basilisk storyline is creepy and the giant spiders are nightmare fuel. 

5. The Deathly Hallows

The majority of this book is..camping in the woods. It has a very different feel compared to the rest of the books. Obviously everyone reads it to find out what happened to the characters, but it has no re-reading potential. 

4. The Prisoner of Azkaban

I know this is a favorite for many people, but I don’t get why. It’s so boring. There’s no Voldemort. I can’t even think of anything to write because it’s so forgettable. Buckbeak is iconic, though. 

3. The Goblet of Fire

The Triwizard Tournament gave us so many great moments, like the Yule Ball. And it was cool to see what other magical schools look like. But parts of it were just disturbing…like the mermaids. 

2. The Sorcerer’s Stone

I love the first book because it has the detailed descriptions of Hogwarts and captures the wonder of the wizarding world before the whole Voldemort thing really starts up. 

1.The Half-Blood Prince

This one is so underrated, honestly. Harry’s emotional outbursts are iconic. I like how it balances their normal lives with the war against Voldemort.  

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  1. Okay it’s time for Rachael’s hot take:

    8. Cursed Child: adding this one because it’s just as the title implies– absolutely cursed. Don’t bother.

    7. The Chamber of Secrets: possibly the most annoying one only because half of the plot hinges on Harry not telling an adult that he’s hearing snakes in the walls.

    6. The Order of the Phoenix: fully agree with you on this one. I enjoy the movie a lot more than the book, which is saying something.

    5. The Sorcerer’s Stone: only because the ending gimmick was difficult to suspend belief for. If a bunch of 11 year olds can break through your security system maybe it’s time to put a little more work into it.

    4. The Deathly Hallows: I kind of enjoy the camping scenes actually, but the final fight is kind of a let down. And lets not talk about that atrocious epilogue (see #8)

    3. The Goblet of Fire: a fantastic whodunnit story line that only lacks in the complete inability to figure it out yourself, because the twist is completely out of left field (but in a good way)

    2. The Prisoner of Azkaban: I love learning about the Mauraders and Sirius Black. And Lupin is such a G

    1. The Half-Blood Prince: again, I fully agree with you on this one. I love Dumbledore’s character development through this and seeing Harry actually prove himself to be worthy of being The Boy Who Lived.

  2. There is no reason that The Chamber of Secrets should be that low on either of your lists. The creepiness! the mystery! the plot twist! the history of Hogwarts! all make it so good! The characters are stellar: the repulsive Lockhart, a bunch of cynical ghosts, Fawkes, the magical clock in the Burrow, the car… Plus Mrs. Norris is incapacitated for the majority of it and is thus unable to fulfill her duty of being an annoying cat

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