My Three Favorite Harry Potter Novels

J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series features excellent books individually, but it's even better as a whole. Every one of these novels has great qualities and characteristics. Every fan of these books will have their own favorites and good reasons for choosing them as such. I chose each of my three favorite Harry Potter novels for very different reasons. Compiled here is a list of those three novels and why I chose them.

Spoilers ahead.

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone"


This novel is the reader’s first glimpse into J.K. Rowling’s world of muggles, magic and, of course, Hogwarts. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" is the very beginning of what was to become a long tale of love, loss, sorrow, betrayal and even war. This novel is not as dramatic and detailed as the later books, but it does hold a certain appeal for having been the first.

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" is possibly one of the only books in the series that is geared solely toward children. That is not to say that adults cannot enjoy it. Even us “grownups” can appreciate a good children’s book, but it is often overlooked as one of the best in the series because of its simplicity and innocence.

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is second to the last in the Harry Potter series and is the novel where Harry begins his battle with Lord Voldemort in earnest. In this book, Harry is nearing the time when he comes of age as a wizard. His Professor Dumbledore has decided to begin training Harry to kill Lord Voldemort.

Harry has once again begun to suspect his potions professor, Severus Snape, of being in league with Voldemort, but this time Harry thinks he has an accomplice . . . Draco Malfoy. Dumbledore continues to attest to his trust in Snape despite Harry’s misgivings and refuses to investigate Harry’s suspicions. Harry is upset by this but continues to work with Dumbledore.

I chose the Half-Blood Prince as one of my favorites because of the ending. It is possibly the most surprising and saddest endings I have ever experienced in a fantasy novel.

In the end of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," you realize that Harry was right about Draco working for Voldemort. Draco was sent by the Dark Lord to murder Dumbledore. The twist is that Snape is the man who does the deed and murders Harry's professor.

In the end, Harry decides not to return to Hogwarts the following year. Instead, he is going to attempt to defeat Lord Voldemort.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is the final book of the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter is of age and determined to beat Lord Voldemort. He and his best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, are spending the year seeking out and destroying the Horcruxes, which are the key to Voldemort’s unnatural ability to return from the dead.

In the end, the differences between the sides of good and evil culminate in an all-out battle at Hogwarts Castle. Harry’s allies and friends fight heroically to defend the castle while Harry seeks out the final Horcruxes.

What makes this novel one of my favorites in the series is the fact that all of the questions from the first six books have finally been answered. I am a greedy reader in the way that I cannot rest until everything is explained. J.K. Rowling did an excellent job of keeping readers wanting more and then delivering with the last novel. Although, I confess, I still want more.

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Shelly Barclay

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