Today I’ll be reviewing the seven books from the famous series by the greatly-loved author, J.K. Rowling. So, I’d better get started!
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The first book of the series certainly sets the bar very high for the others, with its action packed storyline and intriguing characters. In the beginning chapters, Harry is just a regular boy, living with his uncle, aunt and cousin, due to the fact that his parents were killed in a car accident shortly after he was born.
But very soon things start getting strange for this household. Owls start delivering letters to the house for example, all addressed to him. When his uncle confiscates and ignores them, more and more come. Not long later, Harry and his uncle’s family are visited by a large man who would change Harry’s life forever. This giant man is called Hagrid, and he is the keeper of the grounds at Hogwarts, where Harry is to be sent to learn wizardry.
Hagrid reveals the truths that were kept from him at his uncle’s, and is shortly whisked away to a new life at Hogwarts, where he meets new friends and enemies, and begins his thrilling journey to defeat Lord Voldemort.
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
As discovered in the first book, Harry’s uncle despised anything magical, so tried to ban his nephew from attending Hogwarts. Harry is distraught, but his friend Ron Weasley comes to the rescue in a flying car, and frees Harry, allowing him to attend another year at the wizarding school.
However, as he’s soon to discover, Harry’s second year at Hogwarts will prove to be just as eventful as the last, with secrets and danger around every corner, and Harry and his friends will have their work cut out for them before it’s too late: for their beloved school and all of its pupils.
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Even before the new year at Hogwarts, Harry experiences a number of weird and wonderful events, as well as a eerie black dog that will follow him around for the rest of the year. Harry quickly discovers his greatest fear; not Lord Voldemort, but dementors, who suck all of the happiness out of you. These dementors now guard Hogwarts instead of the prison of Azkaban due to the escaped prisoner, Sirius Black. When Harry discovers that Sirius was his parents secret-keeper, he believes that he is helping Voldemort to kill him. But, when Harry finally uncovers the truth, what will he do?
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
I personally REALLY enjoyed this one, and it’s probably my second favourite of the series. Within the first few chapters, Harry watches the Quidditch World Cup, and exciting event indeed. But, despite all the festivities, dark magic is getting stronger.
Once at Hogwarts, Harry is launched into a dangerous competition against his will, and must compete against the other houses to win. But all is not as it seems. Harry does well throughout the challenges, but Lord Voldemort has other plans for Harry…
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Still in the summer holidays, magic surrounds Harry. Before the term begins, he and his cousin is attacked by a dementor, forcing Harry to do magic to get rid of it. The Ministry of Magic are quick to charge Harry with underage magic, and he must clear his name.
Later in the book, a Ministry if Magic employee is sent to Hogwarts to teach defence of the dark arts, and to spy on Harry, as the Ministry does not believe Harry’s claim that Lord Voldemort is back. However, the new teacher does little to help them fight off dark magic.
Harry and his friends set up a a defence against the dark arts club in secret, but they are caught. In an effort to save his pupils, Dumbledore, the headmaster at Hogwarts, takes full blame for the club, but must consequently flee the school to escape the Ministry. Now alone, Harry must uncover Lord Voldemort’s plan, while trying to prove that he exists to the Ministry.
6. Harry Potter and the half-blood prince.
This book is extremely sinister and eerie, and danger is everywhere. Daily, Lord Voldemort’s army is getting stronger, and no where is safe. Despite this, love is in the air for the main trio, and their friendships are tested.
Harry discovers a book belonging to an old Hogwarts student, ‘the half-blood prince’, which holds potion recipes that allow Harry to excel in his potions class for once. Furthermore, Harry is now the head of the quidditch team, and everyone expects him to bring his house to victory. With responsibilities mounting on Harry’s shoulders, will he be able to cope? And of course there is always the matter of Lord Voldemort’s next plot to destroy Harry, which he must evade.
7. Harry Potter and the deathly hallows.
This is my definite favourite out of the whole series, it’s absolutely amazing, believe me. The famous trio must go into hiding, and find the missing horcruxes (objects that Voldemort has locked his soul inside, so that he can never die), and destroy them. I’m not going to say much more about this book, as it’s the finale of the series, and I wouldn’t want to rejoin it for anyone! All I’m going to say is, please read these books! It’s well worth it, trust me.
That pretty much wraps it all up. I really recommend this series, it’s very entertaining and hooks you in within an instant. So, get out there and start reading! Please let me know your favourite books, and I might review them another time! Xoxo