Fantasy, children's book
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)
Derived by me from character counts of the full (American) texts:
- 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.
Paperbacks and hardbacks, as they were released more or less.
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.
Ratings, awards, mentions and recommendations
Numbers 5, 22, 23 and 24 on the BBC's Big Read.
Links and references
- Found online, counted with Notepad++. No fluff detected, but no guarantees of quality.