The Best Opening Sentences in the Harry Potter Books, Ranked  

Amy Boal
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Each of the seven Harry Potter books is special in its own way, but every one is magical and has a unique opening sentence that kicks off the adventure. You probably remember where you were when you first opened a Harry Potter book. I was in my elementary school library, perusing the Scholastic Book Fair. A friend said, "There's a girl's name in that you won't be able to pronounce," and I love a challenge. Hermione and I took off on a literary quest that didn't end until I went on a date with a boy who had a Deathly Hallows tattoo. It turns out that doesn't always equal true love. Live and learn! But Harry Potter opening sentences. They are great. They are full of mystery. One is succinct. Too many are about the Dursleys, but what can you do?

J.K. Rowling wrote all these opening sentences from Harry Potter books, and she deserves a real big thank you for the world of Potter and Hogwarts and "accio." Maybe you like the first line of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is full of Tom Riddle lore. Maybe you like the one about the muggle Prime Minister (barf). Maybe you have a Harry Potter fan theory that has to do with the books' opening sentences and have been dying to share. Whatever the case, cast your votes for the best first sentences from Harry Potter below, and then enjoy the rest of your day.
list ordered by
Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
It was nearing midnight and the Prime Minister was sitting alone in his office, reading a long memo that was slipping through his brain without leaving the slightest trace of meaning behind.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The villagers of Little Hangleton still called it “the Riddle House,” even though it had been many years since the Riddle family had lived there.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix