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The Harry Potter Books

The Harry Potter series consists of seven books, with each chronicling a year in the life of Harry Potter from age 11 to 17. J.K. Rowling wrote three additional books about the Wizarding world for charity.

THE SERIES:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed for ever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard!

Release date: June 26, 1997 (UK), September 1, 1998 (US)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The three friends, Harry, Ron and Hermione, are soon immersed in the daily round of Potions, Herbology, Defence Against the Dark Arts and Quidditch. Then mysterious and scary things start happening. First Harry hears strange voices, and then Ron’s sister, Ginny, disappears …

Release date: June 2, 1998 (UK), July 2, 1999 (US)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can’t wait to get back to school after the summer holidays (who wouldn’t if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?). But when Harry arrives at Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There’s an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school . . .

Release date: July 8, 1999 (UK), September 8, 1999 (US)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The summer holidays seem never-ending and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school term. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there are spells to learn and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to attend. But Harry needs to be on his guard at all times – his worst enemy is preparing a horrifying fate for him …

Release date: July 8, 2000 (Worldwide)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is desperate to return to Hogwarts and find out why his friends, Ron and Hermione, have been so secretive all summer. But before he even gets to school, Harry survives a terrifying encounter with two Dementors, attends a court hearing at the Ministry of Magic and is escorted on a night-time broomstick ride to the secret headquarters of a mysterious group called the Order of the Phoenix . . .

Release date: June 21, 2003 (Worldwide)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

It is Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As Voldemort’s sinister forces amass and a spirit of gloom and fear sweeps the land, it becomes clear to Harry that he will soon have no choice but to confront his destiny. Can Harry succeed in the death-defying tasks ahead?

Release date: July 16, 2005 (Worldwide)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter is preparing to leave the Dursleys and Privet Drive for the last time. The future that awaits him is full of danger, not only for him, but for anyone close to him – and Harry has already lost so much. Only by destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes can Harry free himself and overcome the Dark Lord’s forces of evil. In a final and perilous journey, Harry must find the strength and the will to face a deadly confrontation that is his alone to fight.

Release date: July 21, 2007 (Worldwide)

ADDITIONAL BOOKS WRITTEN BY J.K. ROWLING ABOUT THE WIZARDING WORLD:

Quidditch Through the Ages (2001)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001)

Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008)

Synopses courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc.

This page is a work-in-progress. We will be expanding it over time with our own synopses, the cover artwork, and additional information.

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