Harry Potter: In 2021, the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone film completed 20 years of existence, marking the anniversary of one of the biggest film franchises in the world. The wizard’s eight feature films are inspired by the seven-book saga, which was written by J. K. Rowling, and is a huge success among children, youth and adults.
Begun in 1997, the story of Harry Potter and the release of books continued until 2008, a period in which it had sold around 300 million copies worldwide. In the year 2018, book sales reached half a billion copies.
To celebrate the film’s anniversary and the success of the book saga, check out our ranking of works by J. K. Rowling, ranked from “worst” to best!
7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The position of Chamber of Secrets is a consequence of a few factors. The second book in the saga lacks the luster of being the first about the magical world and the story of Harry Potter. The story about the basilisk, the introduction of the term “mudblood” and the presence of Dobby are the strong points of the story.
Even being the first contact with the Horcrux universe and having a plot twist that adds a lot of literary value, the importance for the development of the saga’s story ends up being a little less than the five following books.
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Prisoner of Azkaban is an important book for the Harry Potter saga, featuring Sirius Black, the Marauders — a strong point for the work — and a little more about Potter’s family history.
Placing the book in 6th position can be painful, considering the importance it has for Harry’s life, but it turns out that it ends up serving more to prepare readers for the joys, transformations, pains and emotions of the following books.
5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Like Prisoner of Azkaban, Half-Blood Prince ends up with a role to prepare the reader and set the scene for the last book in the saga. In this situation, it was surprising how Harry’s love and personal life turns out to be a highlight during the narrative.
The book is ahead of Prisoner of Azkaban and Chamber of Secrets for taking place at the most climax of the story. Another aspect in favor of the work is the fact that it introduces the Horcruxes and deepens the connection between Harry and Dumbledore, who dies at the end of the book, being another important event for Harry.
4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The fifth book in the saga is known for some factors, including being the longest work among the seven, which ended up affecting a little of the story that ended up in theaters. The book marks a change of reality for Harry, with the return of Voldemort and the signs of a war between wizards increasingly evident.
In the work, Harry learns a little more about the connection between himself and the Dark Lord, as he begins to prepare for a dark future. The book shares light and student moments with a dark reality and a war within Harry.
3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
One thing is indisputable: Philosopher’s Stone is the most important book in the saga. He was responsible for launching the universe and introducing the world of magic to fans around the world. If it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t have the book sequels or the Harry Potter movies.
In Philosopher’s Stone, we meet Platform 9 3/4, Diagon Alley, the school of Hogwarts and the beginning of friendship between Ron, Hermione, Harry, Dumbledore and the other characters in the saga.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The last book in the saga is second on our list. The book is the conclusion of the story of Harry and his friends, being the culmination of the wizard war. The narrative is dense, full of tension and doubts for Harry, Ron and Hermione, who need to leave Hogwarts and go after Voldemort’s Horcruxes.
The conclusion of Potter’s trajectory is full of emotions and adventures, with remarkable deaths, beautiful stories and a lot of magic. Deathly Hallows is a golden-key conclusion to the story built during the previous six works.
1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The first place on the list is Goblet of Fire! The fourth book in the saga is a clear watershed, being a crucial work for the dynamic between Harry and Voldemort. Furthermore, it is the transition from a magical and childlike world to a younger and darker reality.
Some factors that add to the book are, without a doubt, the Triwizard Tournament and the return of the Dark Lord and Death Eaters. Another important aspect to the story is Harry’s personal and teenage life, with love interests and a coming of age as a wizard. All of this expanding the universe of witchcraft beyond Hogwarts.
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