Thursday, 22 September 2016

What's Your Favourite Harry Potter Book?

I reread the Harry Potter series this summer and that along with the release of The Cursed Child got me thinking about which Harry Potter book is actually my favourite. I love all the books a lot and I'm so glad that I grew up reading them. I've always had a definite favourite - which hasn't changed over the years. But what about the rest? So I thought it would be interesting to write a post about which order I'd  put them in if I had to. I've also recently acquired a copy of the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone which is absolutely beautiful. And for the record I've not included The Cursed Child here as I consider it to be more of an add on than the 'eighth book'. This was really hard to do but I'm pretty firm in my ranking but it would be really interesting to find out what everyone else thinks. 

*May contain spoilers - proceed with caution*



7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
This is my least favourite and I think it's actually quite a few people I know's least favourite as well. And there are a few reasons why. But I just want to start off by saying that a lot of plot building happens in this book so I can appreciate it's value. However, there's just a really dark feeling in this that I don't particularly enjoy. It lacks a lot of the light hearted friendly moments that I find make Harry Potter what it is. I also really, really hate Umbridge and I just get mad whilst reading it. And Harry is a moody pain in the butt during this one too and we all know it.
Favourite quote: "You sort of  start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve."

6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban.
I don't dislike this one there's just nothing about it that really stands out about this one compared to the others. I think it's really nice for Harry to discover that he still has some family and I think that that's really nice but generally this book just isn't my favourite. Although lets face it - the scene where Hermione punches Malfoy is probably the best thing ever.
Favourite quote: "We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we chose to act on. That's who we really are."

5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
I actually really enjoyed Chamber of Secrets and I feel a little guilty that I'm marking it 5th but I guess when I reach this one it's the beginning of all the ones I really love. This book is actually I think one of the darkest and I love all the mystery. Plus Ginny is just a great character so I love having her in the book. Also lets face it. If Dobby isn't one of your favourite Harry Potter characters then you're a bigger monster than the basilisk.
Favourite quote: "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."

4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Starting Harry Potter is just a wonderful feeling. This is such a high scorer for me as I love getting to discover the magic of Hogwarts alongside Harry and all the other first years. My favourite parts of the Harry Potter books are actually just the every day scenes and this book in particular is full of them. My favourite part is Christmas! Especially Harry's excitement/shock at actually receiving presents. Get me a Weasley jumper and a seat at the Hogwart's Christmas table ASAP.
Favourite quote: "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies but just as much to stand up to our friends."

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Reading this book is just such an emotional experience for me. I remember going to buy this on the day it was released and doing nothing but read this until I'd finished it. I do really love this but the reason it's not first is this: I love the Harry Potter moment when they're doing everyday things like reading in the common room or eating in the great hall and this book really lacks those moments. This is packed full of adventure and a perfect end to the series but it just doesn't have that homey Harry Potter feel to it.
Favourite quote: "Perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it."

2. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
This is almost my favourite book in the series and one of the best movies too in my opinion. A lot of really important plot development happens here - I mean - it's where we're first introduced to the idea of a horcrux which is really, really important. Slughorn is also a really interesting character and I love reading about his potions lessons. And this book is the book in which Ginny and Harry finally get together. Book Ginny is just such an amazing character compared to the movie character it's a real shame.
Favourite quote: "There's no need to call me sir, Professor."

1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
This may seem like an odd choice but honestly I just love the Triwizard Tournament. I think it's awesome that we get to learn about the wizarding world in other countries/cultures and I just love all the new characters - and drama - it brings in alongside it. The tasks just make such thrilling moments and I remember being totally gripped when I went to see the movie as well. The scenes with the dragons just had me hooked! The ending of this book is also arguably the biggest pivotal moment of the whole series as well. Which is why for me, this will always be the winner.
Favourite quote: "Differences of habit and language are nothing at at all if our aims are identical and our hearts open."

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  1. Order of the Phoenix and the Prisoner of Azkhaban are actually my two favourites, which just goes to show each to their own! I think it's mainly because I always really liked Sirius as a character, plus I liked how so many of the characters came together at the start at the Order of the Phoenix Headquarters. Goblet of Fire is definitely up there too though, as I loved the Triwizard Tournament, plus it was the first really long one! :)
    Great post! :)

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