This post contains spoilers relating to the Harry Potter series so if you haven’t read them I would advise you to a) stop reading this post and b) get yourself a copy of the books STAT and drop everything else in your life until you’ve read them.
You can thank me later xxx
It’s no secret that I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I re-read the books often and truly never get sick of them. I have always been a big reader but I think the Harry Potter books are what made me fall in love with reading. Escaping to a whole new, completely magical world. Honestly, the people in my life probably get sick of how much I love Harry Potter. Although, so many people have been tagging me in this on Facebook since it started circulating, they’re really just making it worse for themselves!
I saw this post on Sophie’s blog where she ordered the books from least favourite to favourite, and thought I definitely had to take a crack at putting mine in order of preference. I think I may have done Harry Potter tags in the past, but I loved this post of Sophie’s and wanted to have my own go at it! And just like Sophie said, this is 100% about the books, as the movies are VASTLY different and my order of preference for the movies would be so, so, so different. Purely because my favourite books just did not translate well to film due to length. Also, I’ve decided to throw in a favourite quote or two from each book.
So, from least favourite to favourite, here we go!
The Order of the Phoenix
I have always, very blatantly, considered this to be my least favourite of the books. Could it be that it’s so long? Maybe. Is it Umbridge? Quite possibly. Or, is it the fact that Harry is a whiny, ungrateful brat for the majority of the book? Ding ding ding! Okay, I know that Harry has been through TONS of shit. But. He is SO WHINY and self-obsessed in the 5th book. People are risking their lives and giving up so much in the lead up to the Second Wizarding War, and all he can think about it is how people aren’t dropping EVERYTHING to cater to exactly what he wants. Rant over. But yes, I think this probably has a lot to do with it. Also. Sirius dies. WHY. WHY. WHY.
Despite this being my least favourite book, it has some quality quotes, so many, in fact, that I couldn’t just pick one to include:
“Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.”
“Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?”
“You called her a liar?”
“You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?”
“Have a biscuit, Potter.”
The Philosopher’s Stone
This will probably earn me some haters but whatever. I know it’s the original. Our introduction to everything that is magical and wonderful. But that’s what it is. An introduction. It’s short and sweet. And SO MUCH OF IT is spent establishing everything. Introducing Harry to the wizarding world. I know it also introduces us to the wizarding world which is wonderful, and I do like it. But I think I’ve read it too many times, and it takes so long for Harry to even get to Hogwarts. He doesn’t arrive there until chapter 7! I mean, I love all the books. But this one just didn’t make it higher up the list.
“So light a fire!” Harry choked. “Yes…of course…but there’s no wood!” …
“HAVE YOU GONE MAD!” Ron bellowed. “ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT!”
The Chamber of Secrets
I do actually really like this one and often say it’s one of my favourites, but when I was putting the books in order, somehow this got bumped down the list in favour of others, when I really sat down and thought about it. But. In thinking about it, the first two books are still quite young and I love when the series turns darker. Lows of the book? Riddle is hella annoying. I’m not a fan of the early chapters, it gets good when Harry arrives at the Burrow. Lockhart is super annoying. Hermione is the one that gets petrified not Ron. WHY. Hermione would be a WAY better second in command than Ron. Highs of the book? DOBBY. The Burrow! The brilliant detective/mystery style realisation Harry has when he finds the piece of paper in the petrified Hermione’s hand (BUT COME ON SHE SPOON-FED HIM EVERYTHING, HE WOULD BE LOST WITHOUT HER). And again, DOBBY. Dobby is a highlight of the whole series, what a gem. Also, Moaning Myrtle is so fabulous:
“Oh well… I’d just been thinking, if you had died, you’d have been welcome to share my toilet.”
The Half-Blood Prince
In the past I’ve had really mixed feelings about this book. I think my distaste for the movie adaption had too much of an impact, because I really dislike the movie version. But, the book has some EXCELLENT strong points. There’s all the stuff with Phlegm/Fleur at the beginning which is fab. More page-time for members of the order (Lupin and Tonks, hooray!). The angsty teenaged love drama taking place is pure gold. The Harry-Ginny-Dean love triangle, the Hermione-Ron-Lavender triangle, it’s all brilliant. I love that this book is quite dark. And, I bloody love sassy Harry, who’s back with a vengeance. So many gems of sass:
“Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?”
“Yes,” said Harry stiffly.
“There’s no need to call me “sir” Professor.”
The words had escaped him before he knew what he was saying.”
Overall, I quite like this book, however I’m not a huge fan of the memory/horcrux stuff with Dumbledore. Actually I think my general dislike of Dumbledore begins in the Order of the Phoenix and just grows and grows. His death doesn’t even stop it, because he pops up in some flashbacks and whatnot in the Deathly Hallows and is as annoying as he was in books 5 & 6. But, overall, a good book with some mega high points. Oh, I completely forgot about Malfoy’s various attempts on Dumbledore’s life, those are all really well done. So yes. Good book.
The Prisoner of Azkaban
I love the Prisoner of Azkaban! We get introduced to the Marauders which is just brilliant, because the Marauders are wonderful (except Wormtail). I love that Fred and George are in it more. I love love love the whole time turner bit at the end, it’s always been a favourite part. I love Harry sneaking to Hogsmeade using the cloak and map. And, I love Lupin. Omg this book is such a favourite, it’s got so many wonderful parts to it. Also, an excellent scene from Fred and George, everyone’s favourite twin pranksters:
“Harry!” said Fred, elbowing Percy out of the way and bowing deeply.
“Simply splendid to see you, old boy-“
“Marvelous,” said George, pushing Fred aside and seizing Harry’s hand in turn.
“That’s enough, now,” said Mrs. Weasley.
“Mum!” said Fred as though he’d only just spotted her and seizing her hand too.
“How really corking to see you-”
The Deathly Hallows
I LOVE the Deathly Hallows, and I’m so happy it was split into two films, there’s so much important stuff that would probably be missed if it hadn’t been split. I find Part 1 incredibly slow and a bit boring but Part 2 is the bees knees. The Deathly Hallows has so much fabulous stuff, it’s the culmination of the whole series, it’s dark and moody and intense. And there’s Ron and Hermione getting together and there’s 19 years later and there’s some quality Harry and Hermione time when Ron buggers off. But. There are too many deaths of good people which is total shit. But, overall, a great book!
“What are you doing with all those books anyway?” Ron asked.
Just trying to decide which ones to take with us,” said Hermione. When we’re looking for the Horcruxes.”
Oh, of course,” said Ron, clapping a hand to his forehead. “I forgot we’ll be hunting down Voldemort in a mobile library.”
The Goblet of Fire
Oh how I love this book! It’s always been my favourite, hands down. The beginning is great, Harry’s time with the Weasleys and the Quidditch World Cup are all really brilliant parts of the book. Hermione becomes even more badass, Harry gets his sass-pants, the Tri-Wizard Tournament is great, and the underlying mystery of who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire is brilliant. I can still remember reading this for the first time and the whole last section of the book when it turns out that Moody is actually Barty Crouch Jr was so mind-blowing. Also, more page-time for house elves, Hermione starts SPEW and there’s the Yule Ball. Oh, and the whole scene in the graveyard is fab. AHHHH I love this book SO MUCH.
“Twitchy little ferret, aren’t you, Malfoy?”
– Hermione Granger
That was so much harder than I expected it to be! I know my favourites, but putting the rest of them in order was so hard!
Are you a Harry Potter fan? What’s your Order of Preference?