Here it is folks! The final installment of the “My Favorite Books” series. Enjoy!
1. Harry Potter (Books 1-7) by J.K Rowling
What It’s About: Orphaned as a baby, Harry Potter is sent to live with his vicious aunt and uncle and their vile son Dudley. Life is pretty grim for Harry at first. He has no friends, his family ignores him and he lives in cupboard under the stairs. However, after a mysterious letter arrives for Harry from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardly, Harry discovers a thrilling destiny.
Why I Love It: Every once in a while, a book comes around that completely changes your world. That’s what Harry Potter did for me. The moment I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I was transported to a magical world. It was unlike anything I had ever read before. I was going through a tough time in my life when I started reading these books and Harry’s story really helped me get through it. Harry, Ron and Hermione were my friends. I grew up with them and felt like I had known them my entire life. It’s been a long time since the books were released and I have yet to see another series capture the imagination of the world like Harry Potter did. Sure, you have The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson & the Olympians and while those series are successful, they have yet to reach the level Harry Potter did. The world temporarily stopped when a new Harry Potter book came out and it didn’t start moving again until every page was devoured.
I miss Harry Potter mania, miss waiting for the new books. I miss spending an entire day lost in Rowling’s world.
For non-Potter fans out there, it might seem strange that I ranked these books above some classics, but as much as I love those books, I judge the merit of a novel on just more than the writing. The story has to stick with you. It has to be something you remember long after you turn that last page. Reading Harry Potter was like an experience.
One day when I have children, I plan on sharing these books with them. They’ll be classics by then, sitting next to The Wizard of Oz and A Wrinkle in Time as staples of children’s literature. And I will continue to enjoy every single word.
To Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived.
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows