In an effort to start reading again, I am once again rereading the Harry Potter series. This must be at least my fifth, maybe even my sixth or seventh time reading them, and I am currently up to Prisoner of Azkaban.
And for the first time, I think, the first few books really annoy me. Not all the time, then I wouldn't continue reading. But still, some of the character decisions that are needed to advance the plot (like Harry not telling the teachers about what Draco said after the first incident in CoS, or not telling Remus about the Grim) rub me wrong. Also, this time it's really obvious to me, more so than usual, just how dangerous things at Hogwarts are without anyone caring about it (the first Quidditch match in PoA taking place in a thunderstorm, only the Prefects guarding the Great Hall later, students having detention in the Forbidden Forrest, etc.). Or, how sometimes, because something needs to be shown, the PoV just changes. There's no way Harry could have heard what Hermione and Ron were talking about during the first Quidditch match in PS, for example. It happens rarely, but it throws me off.
Anyway, looking forward to reading the books I like most afterwards. Because I am one of those (apparently) Rare people whose favorite isn't PoA or CoS. Instead, mine is Half-Blood Prince. If I had to put them into order, mine would be something like :
Order of the Phoenix
Goblet of Fire
Chamber of Secrets
Prisoner of Azkaban
Basically, I like the main characters a lot more when they are older, and the one thing putting CoS above PoA is that I really love Harry interacting with Tom Riddle. And there are days I'd probably rank Deathly Hallows above them all. Yes, despite the camping.
How do you rank the Harry Potter books?
Edit : here, have a poll :-)
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What are your three favorite Harry Potter books
What are your two least favorite Harry Potter books?