Let me premise this by making something very clear.
Aaand as with everything else creative, what is ‘the best’ is completely subjective.
That said, I firmly believe I have deduced the definitive Harry Potter book order. Having read these literary works of art several times over each, I feel I'm qualified to comment on such important subject matter.
While discussing my findings on FaceTime with my partner, it occurred to me that maybe - just maybe - not everyone will agree with me. Nevertheless, I shall persevere.
Here is my best Harry Potter book order from least best, to the best.
7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
There's a number of reasons why J.K Rowling's third book in the Harry Potter series is the one I find hardest to pick up.
To be honest, I'm not much of a time travelling fan - that is just far too stressful for my tastes.
The unusual amount of pages dedicated to Buckbeak also gripes me, as I'm more of a fan of human/muggle related drama.
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6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
In the Order of the Phoenix (book five), things get just a bit too real.
Coming straight off its predecessor's abruptly dark ending, the fifth book in the series takes a more sinister turn, which can be jarring after dealing with Harry's comparatively lighter issues in the first four novels.