I’m not sure if it has been made clear in any of my previous posts, but I live and breathe Harry Potter. I have read the books and watched the movies countless times. I am an avid reader of fanfiction for the series as well, enjoying being immersed back into the magical world through different writers’ stories.
As the title references (thanks Ginny!), I’m embarking on something new here, something that I hope will inspire me to come back to my blog on a regular basis, rather than sporadic postings.
So what is this new idea?
I am going to do something with my never-ending joy of reading. I want to share some of the amazing works that I have read. I want to spread the word about authors from my local area. And by local, I really mean Saskatchewan and the bordering areas of Alberta and Manitoba.
However, I thought I would start with my favourite series: Harry Potter.
I doubt that anyone needs much of a review of the books if you have found this post, so this is actually going to be my official ranking of the Harry Potter novels. Something easy to start me off. While not all the easy if you consider that I am going to have trouble picking out my favourite from the series, but something to ease me into the world of book blogging.
So here we go:
7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
It’s probably the biggest book, so why is it last on the list? It is when I started to lose faith in Dumbledore. He ignores Harry out of some misguided attempt to keep Voldy out of his head. Then he pairs Harry with Snape to learn Occlumency, as if that would ever work. And then of course, the conclusion of the novel, resulting in the terrible death of Sirius Black. All around, it was a hard one to get through emotionally.
6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
I definitely enjoyed this book as we get to meet witches and wizards from other schools. Plus there are dragons and pretty cool stunts throughout which would not have fit anywhere else. Cedric Diggory is murdered though by a previous Marauder and so, spot six it is for this book.
5. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
So how did the book where Dumbledore dies end up higher on the list than Cedric and Sirius? For a lot of reasons. This book introduces the Horcruxes, a plot point that has been hiding in wait since book 2. It is a skillful introduction into this dark magic that leads perfectly into the final book.
4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Part of what I love about this book is that it sets up the rest of the series with the Riddle diary. The magic used isn’t really clear and you think that the diary is done after this book. This book used to be my least favourite. It didn’t really seem to fit with the rest of the series, but now I realize how important it truly was. The added bonus is that we meet Dobby for the first time and in the end, Dobby gets a bit of revenge on Lucius Malfoy.
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The final book slides into spot three. This book was hard for me to place. The loss of characters like Fred Weasley (I threw the book across the room after reading this scene), Remus, Tonks, Colin Creevey, etc., is almost too much to bear. However, it is a beautiful ending to a well-crafted series. It wraps up loose ends that you didn’t even realize need it. Not to mention, it includes the final death of Tom Marvolo Riddle.
“Tom Riddle hit the floor with a mundane finality” (596).
It is the perfect demise for a man who destroyed himself in the quest to become immortal.
2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
It is where everything begins. We meet the Golden Trio and watch as they become friends. We learn that there is more to this magical world than meets the eye. It is the start of everything, so it lands itself in the second spot.
1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Why this book over all the others? Let’s be honest: Hermione slaps Draco. That scene by itself is enough to warrant first place. However, on top of that, we get the Marauder’s Map with “I solemnly swear I am up to no good” and “Mischief Managed,” the latter I have a tattoo of on my collarbone. Plus, we meet Remus Lupin and Sirius Black, who helped create the map. These two are actually my current obsession. I blame The Boy Who Lived, who created an amazing story called “The Snowball Effect.” It is a Wolfstar fanfic and incredible. So there is a bit of hype.
There you have it: my official ranking of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
“What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.” – Hagrid, The Goblet of Fire
Until Next Time!