The launch of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, in 1997, marked a revolution for world culture. At that time, the story of the young wizard had introduced a new generation of children to the world of reading, something that was reinforced when, in 2001, the film adaptation was released.
The Harry Potter books are considered part of the recent popular culture. / Photo: Pexels
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The popularity of the boy who lived is such that, according to ABC, this first installment of the written novels occupies the fourth position of the best-selling books in history to date, with an approximate of 120 million units sold throughout the planet.
One might think that the Potter phenomenon is almost extinct, since it has been a long time since the books and movies came out. However, this is not the case, since recently the Elle website commented that this year the world's largest wizard shop will open in New York , with three floors and almost 2,000 square meters.
Therefore, we decided to review all the Harry Potter books, to analyze which are the best and worst. It should be noted that we will not talk about the eighth installment, the Cursed Legacy, since it has the disadvantage of having a theatrical format.
What are the best and worst Harry Potter books?
7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003)
The fifth book marks a fundamental step in the saga, in the sense that Voldemort is completely alive and is a threat in the magical world , since his return is a fact. We see him exercise his power over Harry's mind, so he looks for ways to defend himself, with the help of Snape and Dumbledore.
Although it has enormous importance in the story, the book becomes really heavy, with political plots that make its almost 800 pages do not feel as important as they were at the end of the saga, when putting everything in context.
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)
The second book in the series, which shows Harry's return to Hogwarts, also has the same problem as the previous one. Sometimes, fragments and passages of the text that seem completely expendable are shown, although later, a few books later, we would realize that they were essential.
Despite these errors, we note that the aura of mystery and enigma envelops its pages , because we all want to know what the Chamber of Secrets hides, revealing the past of an increasingly bleak Hogwarts.
5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
This is the first book where Voldemort is no longer the main antagonist, but a new mysterious figure appears: Sirius Black, the godfather of Harry Potter. In the same way, we notice the appearance of famous and controversial revelations, which allow new changes in the course of the story.
There are essential episodes in the story, especially when talking about the past of some of the most important characters in the saga. In addition, it serves perfectly to decompress the two previous stories, because the threat is another ... and not everything seems so catastrophic.
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4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)
The beginning of magic, in this case, not only Harry is amazed at the world that is presented at Hogwarts, but the readers themselves, who recreate fantastic mental images, hoping that they too, when they turn 11, can have their letter of invitation for Hogwarts.
This work must be measured for what it is: history of literature. Therefore, the fact that its author, JK Rowling, has developed such charismatic characters and such a captivating story, makes it a beautiful introduction to a world where even the impossible can be real.
3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
In this case, Hogwarts is presented as the host school of the dangerous Three Wizards Tournament. Through different challenges, excellently posed throughout the pages, we note that our protagonist is no longer safe. On the contrary: it is the breaking point towards a darker story.
The fact that Voldemort returned to his "human" form makes the threat transform into something real. Of course, this book also has the appearance of one of the most tragic deaths of the saga, where Harry returns with the winner's trophy, but also with the body of his friend, Cedric Diggory.
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)
Although many people believe that it is only the prelude to the last part, it is a fantastic book to understand the motivations of Voldemort. We learn the different ways in which he thinks, which are also reflected in Harry.
Throughout all its pages, we notice how our protagonist can go crazy looking for answers, at the same time in which we have one of the saddest deaths of the whole saga. We speak, of course, about director Albus Dumbledore.
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)
The last part is an extremely satisfactory conclusion for the entire conflict between Harry Potter and Voldemort. In addition to solving many of the enigmas that were raised throughout all entries, we have many momentous events, described perfectly.
The battle of Hogwarts perfectly embodies the spirit of all the books, with some characters that died, in addition to some spectacular revelations, such as the true story of Snape or Albus Dumbledore's plans.