Harry Potter Books In Order: A Magical Tale
It’s been 20 years since the first of the Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, was first published in the UK, which would go on to be published in the US under the title, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, the following year. To many’s surprise, it was an instant success and won several awards. That was only the beginning of what would become a global phenomenon for adults and children alike.
Although many critics deemed the author’s writing as workman-like, J.K.Rowling’s imagination had created a world that blended the fantasy of wizards, witches and magic with mystery and intrigue. The stories are charmingly led by a hero, Harry Potter, that showed it’s actually cool to be school. A humble hero and a tragic one at that, who must constantly learn his surroundings with us the readers, never knowing more than ourselves. It’s for this reason, us as readers, are drawn to Harry and his story, whether we are an adult or child and has been key to the stellar success of J.K.Rowling’s books.
Evidently, the success of the Harry Potter books shows no sign of stopping. The Harry Potter fandom are a powerful audience that loved, and continue to love, the Harry Potter books to this day. Today, there are many avenues that the series has influenced and become part of a wider cultural outreach. The sport in the books, Quidditch, is played in some colleges around the US and UK, with many youtubers and musicians online also sharing their love of the books through videos and songs.
This is why, 20 years on from its first publication, we still love Harry Potter. It’s not because the books have made a fortune or popular amongst the majority, but thy are loved by many because they have allowed us to explore a rich and magical world that we all wish to be a part of, to live out our own fantasy as a wizard or witch and be the Harry Potter of our world.
Here are the books in order, in case you feel inspired to dive back in to the magical world of Harry Potter some time soon.
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!
Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be just as eventful as the last..
Harry Potter is a very unusual boy. He can’t wait to get back to school after the Summer holidays! But that’s not the only unusual thing about Harry – Harry’s school is Hogwarts School of witchcraft and wizardry, and Harry is a wizard! But when Harry, along with his best friends Ron and Hermione, go back for their third year at Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There’s an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school…
The Summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and wizardry, and there are spells to be learnt, potions to be brewed, and Divination lessons (sigh) to be attended. Harry is expecting these: however, other quite unexpected events are already on the march…
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 to find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…
The war against Voldemort is not going well. Hermione scans the pages of the Daily prophet, reading out terrible news. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and yet…
As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth year students learn to Apparate – and lose a few eyebrows in the process. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are tough, though Harry receives help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.
And all the while Harry searches for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort – hoping to find what may be his only vulnerability
Harry has been burdened with a dark, dangerous and seemingly impossible task: that of locating and destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes. Never has Harry felt so alone, or faced a future so full of shadows. But Harry must somehow find within himself the strength to complete the task he has been given. He must leave the warmth, safety and companionship of The Burrow and follow without fear or hesitation the inexorable path laid out for him…
I hope you enjoyed reading these books as much as I have and this has inspired you to drop back in to the world of Harry Potter! Let me know in the comments below, Which one is your favourite?
Bye for now,