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Harry Potter

Author

J. K. Rowling

Genre

Fantasy, children's book

Series

Harry Potter

Own and have read all at least once (earlier ones many times). Published in 7 books, one for each year of Harry's time at Hogwarts:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)

Length[]

Derived by me from character counts of the full (American) texts[1]:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - 225 standard pages
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - 253 standard pages
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 321 standard pages
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 567 standard pages
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - 766 standard pages
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - 505 standard pages
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - 585 standard pages

(total 3222 pages)

Some sort of 'official' Scholastic wordcounts are out there, and are marginally lower.

Pre-wiki[]

Format[]

Paperbacks and hardbacks, as they were released more or less.

Journal[]

When I was in primary school I had a friend called Tom, who began bleating on about these books he'd read about some wizard kid called Harry Potter, and I really couldn't care less. He and another friend bought me the first two for my birthday (either 1998 or 1999), which I read promptly became completely addicted to the series.

Whether I read each of the books as they were published I'm not entirely sure - I only have the last two in hardback on my shelf at the moment so I guess that means I didn't read any others until they came out in paperback, but honestly I can't remember. I definitely went to Meadowhall to get the last two at midnight on the day they went out for sale, I remember sitting in the car park devouring the first pages as I waited for Matthew to pick me up for at least one of them :P

For a while I had a scheme going where I'd read through the entire series so far before the next one was released, and then once more through all the books halfway between releases. I must have read the first few books 5-10 times, I guess. I'm pretty sure I've only read The Deathly Hallows once, though, and The Half-Blood Prince probably twice. Pretty sure I read The Half-Blood Prince in one day, on the set of TENCLO, although I can't find any photographic evidence if it exists. For The Deathly Hallows I read all but the last few chapters in one day, and only had to postpone those due to Matthew and Caroline's wedding party at Caroline's parents' house.

I remember my favourite as a child being The Chamber of Secrets, despite The Prisoner of Azkaban being everyone else's.

Rating[]

3

Ratings, awards, mentions and recommendations[]

Numbers 5, 22, 23 and 24 on the BBC's Big Read.

Links and references[]

  1. Found online, counted with Notepad++. No fluff detected, but no guarantees of quality.