Title: Harry Potter series review (Books 1-7)
Author: J. K. Rowling
Genre: Middle Grade: Fantasy
Publication Date: –
My Rating: 3/5 stars
“Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.”
This is a series review, so there may be spoilers. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
I adored the first three books, I loved the friendships that Harry formed with everyone. And I loved the thought of Hogwarts and the wizarding world. Though I didn’t like Ron all that much. Yes, he’s probably a good friend, but I hated how in Goblet of Fire Ron easily turned away from Harry. I don’t know, I don’t love him as others do, and Hermione deserved better than him. I did like Harry, but I also found him to be naive at the start, but considering his situation, I guess it was reasonable. But Harry also has many good qualities, and he definitely deserves the title, “Golden Boy”, for his bravery and kindness and loyalty.
I hate Dumbledore. I don’t care what anyone says. He was too manipulative and in my opinion, he favoured the Gryffindors way too much. And he does things which he thinks is in “Harry’s best interest” but clearly he doesn’t since he left Harry at with his Muggle parents who HATE wizards and magic. I felt no sadness when Dumbledore died, just saying *shrugs*
Enough with the characters. I loved the world building. If Hogwarts and Diagon Alley were real places, I would definitely visit them because they sound magical and beautiful. However, I didn’t like how the Hogwarts houses divided the school. Those houses should have been places where people could go to at the end of the day and be comfortable, but it shouldn’t create rifts between students.
From Order of the Phoenix and onwards, the series started going downhill for me. I felt the series was just dragged on for too long and my interest for it completely disappeared. I didn’t care for the characters anymore, and the plot became too predictable. Plus, I’d seen so many spoilers for it, that I could get the gist of the plot. I’ll probably watch the movies to fill in the gaps of what I don’t know.
I listened to the last three books on audiobooks to finish the series, and whenever I got bored, I’d just skip chapters because yes, I found it to be boring, not memorable and overhyped. And I am not sorry, because Harry Potter wasn’t just for me. Sure I loved the first three books, but I would have been happy with just reading those three.
I know a lot of people would say that I might’ve enjoyed it better if I read it as a child, but I know I wouldn’t have because I didn’t care for wizards back then. My reading mostly consisted of contemporary stories, stories with animals or stories with faeries.
Soo, I don’t know what else to say about the series. I’ll leave my rating for each book below, as the average rating for the series was 3 stars. I apologise for the short and ranty review, I don’t really remember enough about the series to write a full review.
Harry Potter 1: 4/5 stars
Harry Potter 2: 4/5 stars
Harry Potter 3: 4/5 stars
Harry Potter 4: 4/5 stars
Harry Potter 5: 2/5 stars
Harry Potter 6: 1/5 stars
Harry Potter 7: 2/5 stars