HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN by J. K. Rowling
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 Azkaban 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.
Review: HP POA adds depth to the mystery and broke my heart with Harry's troubles.
I highly recommend HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN by J.K. Rowling to anyone who hasn't read it (& those who have).
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE by J. K. Rowling
Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter joins the Weasleys at the Quidditch World Cup, then enters his fourth year at Hogwarts Academy where he is mysteriously entered in an unusual contest that challenges his wizarding skills, friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is growing stronger.
Review: HP GOF is the complete turning point in the series. The dark ending is only a hint of all the danger left to come.
I highly recommend HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE by J.K. Rowling to everyone.
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermoine have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected...
Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down.
Review: Arguably the darkest book in the series, HP OotP changes pace from the earlier books.
I highly recommend HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX by J.K. Rowling to those poor souls who haven't read it yet.
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE by J. K. Rowling
The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.
And yet . . .
As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.
So it's the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here are Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.
Review: HP HBP has some of my favorite story lines of the entire series: Tom Riddle's memories, Harry/Ginny, Horcruxes, etc.
I highly recommend HARRY POTTER AND HALF-BLOOD PRINCE by J.K. Rowling to anyone breathing.
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by J. K. Rowling
Begun a decade ago and encompassing six shelf-bending novels, the seventh and concluding volume of the international literary phenomenon that is the Harry Potter saga comes to a bombshell-packed -- and oh so satisfying -- conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, arguably the most wildly anticipated release in modern publishing history.
As the novel begins, Harry, Ron and Hermione are on the run from Lord Voldemort, whose minions of Death Eaters have not only taken control of the Minister of Magic but have begun to systematically -- and forcibly -- change the entire culture of the magic community: Muggle-born wizards, for example, are being rounded up and questioned, and all "blood traitors" are being imprisoned. But as Voldemort and his followers ruthlessly pursue the fugitive with the lightning bolt scar on his forehead, Potter finally uncovers the jaw-dropping truth of his existence....
Review: Epic end to a masterful series.
I highly recommend HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by J.K. Rowling to any sentient being.
*Summaries provided by GoodReads.