My Favourite Harry Potter Books AND Films In Order

The age-old questions; what’s your favourite Harry Potter book? What’s your favourite Harry Potter film? I’ve never been able to give definitive responses and my answers constantly change around.

However, I decided that this was going to the be the best post idea to kick off my January/Harry Potter month on my blog! So, despite it’s difficulties, I’ve managed to sit down and decide on my favourite Harry Potter books and films in order (mind you, it took about 2 hours of to-ing and fro-ing). **I also can’t guarantee that these answers won’t change in a few weeks…

Books

#1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

My favourite (I think). I love that the antagonist changes around for a bit; Voldemort’s laying low for a while and, as readers, we’re led to believe that Sirius Black is now the baddie. For me, this is the book where everything in the wizarding world gets darker, more grown-up and everything is just stepped up a notch.

#2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The one where everything ties together just absolutely perfectly. I don’t think JK Rowling left any gaps unanswered for me. This is probably the book I cried at the most (for obvious reasons).

#3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The longest book in the series and one of my favourites! I know a lot of people wouldn’t call this one their favourite but, for me, this book featured the most important scene in the whole book series; the prophecy. I loved that the supporting characters in Harry Potter finally got a chance to shine in this book (e.g. Neville Longbottom, Molly and Arthur Weasley…).

#4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I’m quite surprised at myself that I didn’t put this further up the list (as I said, it was very, very hard). This was my first ever visit to the wizarding world and so it holds a massive place in my heart. Reading this book for the first time was probably the point when my life changed forever and I became obsessed with reading.

#5 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Everything about this book was absolutely magical; the Quidditch World Cup, the Yule Ball (ft. Hermione’s dress), the Triwizard Tournament and the three trials. It marks the beginning of the dark times that are set to take over the wizarding world; everything changes after the night at the graveyard.

#6 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Again, it was so hard to put my favourite books in order. I really do love them all. I really, really enjoy reading the Chamber of Secrets; it’s one of the shorter books, we’re introduced to Dobby here and the whole story is full of mystery (the disembodied voice, the Chamber of Secrets, the attacks at the school…)

#7 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Probably another unpopular opinion, but I really didn’t enjoy reading the Half-Blood Prince as much as I enjoy reading all the others. I definitely appreciate the book; we get so much information about Voldemort’s life, history and his goals. But maybe that’s why I found it more boring?

Films

#1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I found the first two Harry Potter films to be copies of the books, where the directors didn’t really deviate or give their own spin on it. For me, the third film completely changed this. I think it’s the best directed film of the whole series, the imagery and cinematography is absolutely beautiful and the film flows amazingly well. It also has the BEST soundtrack out of the whole Harry Potter films (**I’ll be doing a blog post on my favourite tracks from the Harry Potter film series!)

#2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

The perfect ending to the film series. I loved it from start to finish. The Snape/Pensieve scene was executed more perfectly than I could ever have imagined, and perhaps that sole reason alone, is why I love this film so much! Not to mention all the action and the constant thrilling scenes…

#3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The performances from the trio are just so much better in this film. I loved all the beautiful, small and cinematically perfect scenes we get in this film, like Harry and Hermione’s dance and the Tale of the Three Brothers.

#4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I love this movie! I love how they introduced the characters and the whole world. I also love that it feels like a Christmas film, just because it makes me feel so warm inside. I think it must be those feelings of nostalgia.

#5 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I love both of the first two films equally as much, but I had to put the Chamber of Secrets a bit lower than the Philosopher’s Stone simply because the Philosopher’s Stone introduced me (and everyone else) to the world of Harry Potter.

#6 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I feel that they had the opportunity here to make the best film of the whole series; the book is crammed to bursting with magical goodness. But, for me, they just left out too many important and key aspects from the book.

#7 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I found this film and Daniel Radcliffe’s acting to be quite monotone (I feel bad singling him out here, but I really don’t think he gave the best performance of Harry in this one). I also HATE that they left out the fight scene at Hogwarts in this adaptation (I’m making a blog post of Harry Potter book scenes that I really wish they would have left in the films, so make sure you come back for that!)

#8 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

It always annoys me that one of my favourite books was turned into one of my least favourite adaptations. I felt they cut too much out of this book (I understand it’s the longest) for it to be enjoyable or for it to flow well. I feel that if you hadn’t read the Harry Potter book series and you watched this film, you wouldn’t have a Scooby-Doo what was going on.

Despite my ranking of the books and films, I truly love them all. I think it’s testament to how amazing all of the productions are by the fact that we re-watch and re-read them over and over again and never get bored!

Thank you for reading,

Zoe xx

 

 

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