The best Harry Potter books are those favorite books from J.K. Rowling that chronicle the story of the young wizard Harry Potter and his crew of friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s hard to pick a favorite among the seven books in the best-selling book series in history but that won’t stop us from ranking all the best Harry Potter books below.
Starting with the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Sorcerer's Stone, in the U.S.) released in 1997, the Harry Potter franchise has become more than a household name. It quickly became one of the most profitable empires in history. Between the hundreds of millions of books sold to the immensely popular film series and all of the tie-in merchandise and even a theme park that followed, Harry Potter is quite the big deal international phenomenon.
So how do we rank the best to worst Harry Potter books? That’s a really good question. Some may adore the final book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, while others might be more in favor of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which sold nine million copies in the first 24 hours of its release.However you rank the top Harry Potter fantasy novels, whether you’re a fan of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets or Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, or all of the above, rank them all right here!
First Published: July 8, 1999
#50 on The Best Novels Ever Written
First Published: July 8, 2000
#40 on The Best Novels Ever Written
First Published: July 21, 2007
#51 on Books That Changed My Life
First Published: July 16, 2005
#68 on Books That Changed My Life