All of the Harry Potter Books in Order

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by CJ McDaniel // April 14  

Harry Potter books is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. It revolves around the life of Harry Potter, a young wizard, and his friend Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. They all attend a wizarding school called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Harry Potter is also one of the most successful movie franchises in film history, grossing over $9 billion in the worldwide box office.

Who Is J.K. Rowling?

J.K. Rowling was born in Yate, England, on July 31, 1965. After graduating from the University of Exeter, she traveled to Portugal in 1990 to teach English. While working, she met Portuguese journalist Jorge Arantes and got married later on. 

Rowling’s daughter, Jessica, was born in 1993. Her marriage turned sour and eventually ended in divorce, that’s when she decided to go back to England in Edinburgh with her daughter to live close to her sister, Di. 

After getting rejected dozens of times, Rowling found a literary agent, Bloombury, to publish her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for $4,000. Her book hit the shelves in June 1997, which quickly became a best-seller. 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone became the start of a seven-book series about the life of wizard Harry Potter and all his adventures with his friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Harry Potter Book Series Rundown

Harry Potter is a young orphan who, upon discovering that he came from a very famous wizard family when he turned 11 years old, joins the wizarding world and enrolls himself in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

There he met his two best friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. Because of his family’s past and unique scar, Harry is hunted by You-Know-Who.

In the years that follow, Harry must train to be an exceptional wizard, finish his school years, and learn everything about witchcraft and wizardry in order to defeat Lord Voldemort and his cohorts finally.

Harry Potter Series Complete Book List & Summary

Here are all the Harry Potter books in chronological order for anyone who wants to get started on the book series:

1) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – 1997 (First in the Series of Harry Potter Books)

  • Harry Potter books 1Book Summary: Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.
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2) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – 1998 (Second in the Series of Harry Potter Books)

  • Harry Potter books 2Book Summary: The Dursleys were so mean that hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects…Harry Potter himself?
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3) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – 1999 (Third in the Series of Harry Potter Books)

  • Harry Potter books 3Book Summary: For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And the Azkban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts…he’s at Hogwarts.”Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.
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4) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – 2000 (Fourth in the Series of Harry Potter Books)

  • Harry Potter books 4Book Summary: The paperback edition of the legendary, record-breaking, best-selling fourth Harry Potter novel.Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.
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5) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – 2003 (Fifth in the Series of Harry Potter Books)

  • harry-potter-5Book Summary: In his fifth year at Hogwart’s, Harry faces challenges at every turn, from the dark threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and the unreliability of the government of the magical world to the rise of Ron Weasley as the keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch Team. Along the way he learns about the strength of his friends, the fierceness of his enemies, and the meaning of sacrifice.
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6) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – 2005 (Sixth in the Series of Harry Potter Books)

  • harry-potter-6Book Summary: The war against Voldemort is not going well; even the Muggles have been affected. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.And yet . . . as with all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Harry receives some extraordinary help in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. And with Dumbledore’s guidance, he seeks out the full, complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thus finds what may be his only vulnerability.
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7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – 2007 (Seventh in the Series of Harry Potter Books)

  • harry-potter-7Book Summary: Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart–such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review–to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling’s fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final adventure with Harry–bring plenty of tissues.The heart of Book 7 is a hero’s mission–not just in Harry’s quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man–and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore’s warning about making the choice between “what is right and what is easy,” and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling’s skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise.A spectacular finish to a phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bittersweet read for fans. The journey is hard, filled with events both tragic and triumphant, the battlefield littered with the bodies of the dearest and despised, but the final chapter is as brilliant and blinding as a phoenix’s flame, and fans and skeptics alike will emerge from the confines of the story with full but heavy hearts, giddy and grateful for the experience. –Daphne Durham
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About the Author

CJ grew up admiring books. His family owned a small bookstore throughout his early childhood, and he would spend weekends flipping through book after book, always sure to read the ones that looked the most interesting. Not much has changed since then, except now some of those interesting books he picks off the shelf were designed by his company!