This July, I reread Harry Potter for the first time since I was younger. I loved Harry Potter when I first read it, but I don’t think I ever actually reread them (at least not the later three books) after they first came out. I’ve watched the movies plenty of times, but for some reason I never got around to rereading the entire series.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read seven 5 (goodreads) star books in a row. I forgot quite how much I love the Harry Potter universe, and I was so nice to go back to part of my childhood and find new reasons to love the books. I (obviously) really enjoyed all of them, but some definitely stood out as firm favourites over others. So, here is my (completely non-definitive) ranking of the Harry Potter books:
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – 5 stars. This has always been my favourite, and it will always be my favourite. It’s such a lovely mix between the lighter first two books and the darker later books, and it has my fave (Sirius, obvs). It’s just great.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – 5 stars. Apparently this is a controversial decision, but I stand by it. I actually really like the camping scenes (and that it’s a bit of a break from the school setting), and I just really love it. I dunno, fight me I guess.
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – 5 stars. This book is just great. If it weren’t for my dislike of Ron (not sorry), this would probably be in second place.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – 4.75 stars. This was always my least favourite book as a child, but I really enjoyed the book reading it as a adult. It’s really dark, but not in the all-consuming way the later books are. Also, Ron and Harry are too young to be moody teenagers, so that’s a plus.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – 4.5 stars. I really love this book as well. There’s only one problem: Harry. J.K. Rowling does an amazing job of portraying the realities of teenage angst, but that doesn’t make Harry an enjoyable character to read. Tbh I just found him a little bit irritating.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – 4.5 stars. Again, I never used to like Goblet of Fire, but I gained a new appreciation rereading it. Definitely not my fave (Ron), but still great.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – 4.5 stars. Philosopher’s Stone has always ranked low on the list of Harry Potter books, and unfortunately that didn’t change. I obviously still thought it was great, but compared to the other books it just didn’t have enough oomph to stack up (yes, I know that’s the point and the earlier books are more like children’s books but that doesn’t change my ranking).
So there we go. Now, I have to fight off the post-HP reading slump, whilst also sticking to my TBR (I’m now kind of tempted to reread The Casual Vacancy and maybe even try out Fantastic Beasts).