Ever since Harry Potter first stepped aboard the Hogwarts Express in 1997, the young wizard has been a mainstay of popular culture and a huge favourite in the magical world of books. Written by J.K. Rowling, the seven stories follow Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger as they start studying spells under the tutelage of the great Albus Dumbledore and learn of Harry’s destiny which will find him facing the fight of his life against the evil Lord Voldemort… If you’re new to the Wizarding World, you may be wondering where you should start on this enchanting journey. The Book People is here to help! Below are the Harry Potter books in order...
After living rather unhappily (and sleeping in a cupboard under the stairs) with his aunt and uncle and bullying cousin Dudley, Harry Potter receives an admissions letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and embarks on the most magical journey of his life…
While spending summer with the Dursleys, Harry is surprised to receive a visit from house-elf, Dobby – who warns him not to return to Hogwarts for the new school year. When Harry ignores this warning, Dobby causes chaos in the kitchen and it’s only through Ron and his flying Ford Anglia that Harry returns to the castle. Once there, Harry and friends face all kinds of new challenges and learn about Hogwarts’ darkest secrets.
This is widely considered the book where the Harry Potter series took on a darker tone. A deranged killer called Sirius Black has managed to flee the wizard prison Azkaban (think Alcatraz but more brutal and desolate) and rumours abound that he is after Harry. Meanwhile, Ron’s rat and Hermione’s cat are constantly at loggerheads and a new teacher called Remus Lupin is helping Harry learn how to defend himself…
This book starts with Harry, Ron and Hermione enjoying a match at the Quidditch World Cup with the rest of the Weasley clan. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is spoiled by the appearance of Lord Voldemort’s Dark Mark and his Death Eaters, who attack the site… Back at Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore announces that the school will be hosting the Triwizard Tournament and the Goblet of Fire picks Fleur Delacour (Beauxbatons Academy), Viktor Krum (Durmstrang Institute), Cedric Diggory (Hogwarts) AND Harry to compete…
The longest book in the series at 816 pages finds Harry angry, confused and upset that he’s been sent to Surrey to spend the summer with the Dursleys despite the return of Lord Voldemort. He’s even more annoyed when he finds out that many in the wizarding community do not know the truth behind his recent encounter... Back at Hogwarts and the minister of magic, Cornelius Fudge, has employed the unbearably cruel Dolores Umbridge as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. The Order of the Phoenix – a secret society of wizards dedicated to fighting Lord Voldemort and his followers – start ramping up preparations for the fight of their lives…
The wizarding society is split with many starting to follow Lord Voldemort and his messages of hatred and division while others are living in fear. Harry is surprised to hear that Professor Dumbledore plans to visit him in the middle of the summer – especially as he was in a fierce battle with Voldemort the last time he saw him… Hogwarts is no longer as safe as it once was and Dumbledore is determined to help Harry – ‘The Boy Who Lived’ – fulfil his destiny. Despite all this danger and prospect of death, teenage hormones are also starting to come to the fore.
The final book in the record-breaking series lived up to expectations with the much-anticipated Battle of Hogwarts leaving scarcely a dry eye amongst its millions of fans. Many readers grew up with these stories and found it hard to say goodbye to Harry and co as they faced their final fight... Harry, Ron and Hermione have to destroy the Horcruxes – the source of Voldemort’s immortality – all on their own without succumbing to dark forces… And then the whole of Hogwarts comes face-to-face with the Dark Lord.
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of books has inspired generations of readers, eight popular films (and two Fantastic Beasts spin-offs) and even theme parks dedicated to the Wizarding World. The studio tour is hugely successful and so many witches and wizards all over the world devour treats like Butterbeer and chocolate frogs. Buy the Harry Potter Collection (in a keepsake slipcase featuring artwork by Jonny Duddle) here.
Harry Potter books in order
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows