Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The Reason … HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!
Published: June 26th 1997
Rating: Should Read It
The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone, or something, starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects: Harry Potter himself?
Published: July 2nd 1998
Rating: Must Read It
Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?
Published: July 8th 1999
Rating: Must Read It
Harry Potter is midway through both his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for hundreds of years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards.
And in his case, different can be deadly.
Published: July 8th 2000
Rating: Must Read It
Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…
Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down
Published: 21st June 2003
Rating: Should Read It (I could imagine people falling off before this point)
Finally to Half-Blood Prince
It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can’t quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys’ of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks’ time? Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine.
Published: 16th September 2006
Genre: Fantasy, Magical School
Rating: Must Read (Especially if you got this far)
Read from 23rd October to 9th September (I kept picking it up and down)
Oh the pain, sadness, and feelings I’m having are all getting too much now. The deaths have arrived and they’re still as sad as the first time around; I’m not sure if they’re worse since you know that they’re going to happen and you’re stuck thinking about them and the build-up.
This was the book that I remembered least about, but this is such a good and is possibly the most important one in terms of the overarching story and Voldemort. This is such a stark difference between this and the previous one.
You can feel all throughout this book that big things are happening and I especially love when authors give you the full and in depth back story about characters and in this case she focussed on Tom Riddle aka. Voldemort. I think it was done in a really good and interesting way. It dropped enough hints about where the story was going and plenty of foreshadowing that just made it one of the best books in terms of construction I’ve read in this series. I don’t think it’s my favourite book – I think that goes to Goblet of Fire – but I think this was the best in terms of how it was built and the focus on our main enemy that has been built up for five/six books now.
I do think that it is a bit of a pain when you constantly have to get to know a brand new teacher but it does drive the story and offer something new but it always feels a bit fruitless because you’re now just imagining how they’re going to leave or be killed off or scared away.
I’m really looking to Deathly Hallows because that was the only one I read when it was released as I wanted to before I went to see the film. So I do have a good idea of the book and I am really excited to get to it. This series has grown so much over the books and it is really hard to think about it as a seven book series because it really doesn’t feel like it. It’s just much easier to get through than some other series.
So much goes on in this book that it makes it hard to even imagine the characters at the beginning and all their pathetic fighting because now it just doesn’t matter; there’s more pressing issues at hand. I really did like the pacing of this book more than some of the others and especially compared to the Order of the Phoenix because it feels like a normal HP book until 75% through and then it just scales and goes off the rocker.
I think the most important thing about the Harry Potter series is that Rowling will hurt her characters; main or side, and will kill off beloved characters. It just makes it a much more important connection because for people going into the last book I think it proved that no one was safe and that was a really powerful message to send out for the finale.
That’s all from me for now, and keep reading folks!