#LongLiveExpelliarmas my friends.
After spending the first part of 2015 rereading the most spell-binding series known to muggles, I believe I’ve solidified my ranking of books 1 to 7, from least to most magical!
7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Is this really a surprise? I’m willing to bet that Chamber of Secrets takes last place in almost 100% of HP fan’s lists. It’s hard to put my finger on why it fails so hard, but it just isn’t my cup of tea.
6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: I want to love Order of the Phoenix, I really do. But there are too many character issues that keep me from ranking it any higher. First off, um Sirius dies. NOT OK. Second, Harry is a little baby brat for the whole book. Pull that stick out of your ass and grow up… my thoughts through all 800 or so pages.
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The only reason this guy scores so low on the list is because it’s so short. I think it’s also a true testament to Rowling’s skills that her later books continued to only get better, because so many series fizzle out and let book one outshine the rest!
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: What a way to wrap up the series. It was emotional, exciting and placed the perfect cherry on top. It really is like splitting hairs when it comes to my top four favorites, and Deathly Hallows only shows up here because it gets a little slow in the middle.
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: I am a sucker for character development & back-story, and Half-Blood Prince covers that base pretty thoroughly. On top of that, I’ll admit that I love when books have the ability to make me cry, and boy did I cry during this book!
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Let’s just list out the events of this book: Quidditch World Cup, Triwizard Tournament, dragons, Voldemort’s return, Cedric’s death. Hi, my name is MOST EXCITING BOOK EVER, nice to meet you!
1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Here it is friends. The best of the best, Prisoner of Azkaban! This little book packs a real punch when it comes to twists. Scabbers? Crazy. Lupin? Awesome. Sirius? The coolest. Lupin and Sirius are two of my all-time favorite characters (and both happen to end up dead… funny how that works out). Over the years and multiple rereads, Prisoner of Azkaban has stood the test of time and held its spot up top. Its magic is completely undeniable!
How do you rank the HP books? Happy Reading!