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What Is The Best Harry Potter Book In The Series?

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Fans of the wizarding world, it’s time to raise your wands and cast your votes for the best book in J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter series. Relive the magic and adventure of Harry’s years at Hogwarts, and let us know which book resonated with you the most.

The Harry Potter series follows the young wizard, Harry Potter, as he embarks on a journey filled with magical adventure, friendship, and self-discovery. From his first steps into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to his final showdown with the dark wizard Voldemort, each book unveils a year in Harry’s life, revealing new spells, secrets, and challenges. Ok, but you already know all of that. Let’s vote on which one is best.

Note that the vote below is only for the seven canonical Harry Potter books. J.K. Rowling will have two separate polls for her primary literary career. If you need a refresher about the plots of each of the books in the series, scroll down to below the poll before voting (spoilers included!).

Book Publication Year Opening Vote %
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 1997 12%
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 1998 10%
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 1999 18%
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2000 17%
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2003 14%
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2005 15%
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2007 14%

What Is The Best Harry Potter Book?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

J.K. Rowling’s debut novel introduces us to Harry Potter, an orphaned boy who discovers on his eleventh birthday that he is a wizard. He attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he learns about magic, makes new friends, and uncovers the truth about his parents’ deaths. The novel culminates in Harry’s confrontation with Lord Voldemort, who killed his parents.
  • Publication Year: 1997

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

In the second book of the series, Harry returns to Hogwarts and finds the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks. He hears strange whispers echoing through the corridors and uncovers the hidden Chamber of Secrets. With his friends, he faces a monstrous basilisk to save the school and unravel the mystery behind Tom Riddle’s diary.
  • Publication Year: 1998

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The third installment follows Harry as he learns that Sirius Black, a dangerous prisoner and supporter of Voldemort, has escaped from Azkaban. As Harry delves into his father’s past, he discovers Sirius is actually his godfather and was framed for a crime he didn’t commit. The novel also introduces the concept of time travel and the Dementors.
  • Publication Year: 1999

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The fourth book marks a darker tone as Harry is unexpectedly entered into the dangerous Triwizard Tournament. Along with the regular challenges, he also unravels a conspiracy that leads to the return of Lord Voldemort. The novel ends with the tragic death of a fellow student, Cedric Diggory, signaling the start of dark times.
  • Publication Year: 2000

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

In the fifth book, Harry battles the Ministry of Magic, which refuses to believe in Voldemort’s return. He forms “Dumbledore’s Army” to teach his fellow students how to defend themselves. The novel concludes with a battle at the Ministry, where Sirius Black is killed, and Harry learns about a prophecy linking him to Voldemort.
  • Publication Year: 2003

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The sixth installment follows Harry’s discovery of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Dumbledore teaches Harry about Voldemort’s past, and together they retrieve one of the Horcruxes. The novel takes a tragic turn when Dumbledore is killed by Severus Snape, known to Harry as the “Half-Blood Prince.”
  • Publication Year: 2005

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The final book of the series sees Harry, Ron, and Hermione on a mission to destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes. They uncover the tale of the Deathly Hallows, three magical objects that make one the master of death. A climactic battle ensues at Hogwarts, leading to Voldemort’s defeat. The epilogue glimpses into the characters’ futures, offering a satisfying closure.
  • Publication Year: 2007