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Note: There are over 100 editions of these books, so don’t be surprised if you run into different page numbers. (Chilkibo Publishing)
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The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling is a magical world full of adventure, danger, and fantastic beasts. And if you’re like me, you probably devoured every book in the series faster than a pack of hungry hippogriffs.
Harry Potter Books in Chronological order
Before we start, here are the Harry Potter books in chronological order, which we are then going to mess with by putting them in order by word count!
Longest Harry Potter Books in Order # 1: Order of the Phoenix
In first place is The Order of the Phoenix, the longest book is the fifth Harry Potter book. Clocking in at 870 pages* (see note), it’s almost as long as a train ride to Hogwarts. Why is it so long, you ask? Well, it’s got a secret society of wizards, teenage drama, and lots of Quidditch. It’s like the ultimate wizarding soap opera.
*(Note) While to book appears longer, it is set in a somewhat larger type than the first three volumes. If set in the same type as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, it would be 655 pages (approximately). (Wikibooks.org)
But don’t use it as a dumbbell, unless you want sore arms for days. Despite its weight, it’s worth the read. There’s an epic battle at the Ministry of Magic, the introduction of Luna Lovegood, and a heartbreaking loss. Plus, who doesn’t love some teenage angst and forbidden romance?
So if you’re looking for a book that will keep you entertained for hours on end, look no further than Order of the Phoenix. And hey, if you ever need to work on your biceps, you can always use it as a weight!
‘You are sharing the Dark Lord’s thoughts and emotions. The Headmaster thinks it inadvisable for this to continue. He wishes me to teach you how to close your mind to the Dark Lord.’
Longest Harry Potter Books in Order # 3: Deathly Hallows
So what makes Deathly Hallows the second-longest Harry Potter book? For starters, it’s the epic conclusion to the entire Harry Potter saga. There are a lot of loose ends to tie up, and J.K. Rowling wasn’t about to rush through the ending. Plus, when you’re battling against Lord Voldemort, the most powerful dark wizard in history, you need some extra page space to get the job done.
But today, we’re here to talk about the seventh Harry Potter book, Deathly Hallows. The last book, with the number of pages at a whopping 759, this book could give even the most avid reader (ooh, ooh, me!) a run for their money. I was shocked when my oldest daughter, Bri, read it cover-to-cover in 20 hours on the day it came out, which is impressive at 14 years of age! She had always been advanced, having taught herself to read at age 3! See! Reading to your kids pays off!
But Deathly Hallows isn’t just long for the sake of being long. No, this book is a true masterpiece of storytelling. It’s got everything you could ever want in a finale – epic battles, heartbreaking sacrifices, and moments of triumph that will make you want to fist-pump like a true Gryffindor.
But despite its length and heft, Deathly Hallows is worth every page. It’s the perfect ending to an incredible series that has captured the hearts of readers around the world. So if you haven’t already, dust off your copy, grab a butterbeer, and settle in for a magical ride. You won’t regret it just don’t drop it on your foot like I did!
‘Give me Harry Potter,’ said Voldemort’s voice, ‘and none shall be harmed. Give me Harry Potter, and I shall leave the school untouched. Give me Harry Potter, and you will be rewarded.’
Longest Harry Potter Books in Order # 3: Goblet of Fire
The Goblet of Fire is the third longest Harry Potter book. It’s like a literary marathon, except instead of running, you’re turning pages and running into Dobby everywhere.
At 734 pages about the cursed child, this fourth Harry Potter book is almost as long as Hermione’s (and my own) reading list. But don’t worry, it’s not all homework and studying. No, the Goblet of Fire has something for everyone – dragons, mermaids, the Triwizard Tournament, and the Yule Ball, where all our favorite Hogwarts students try to navigate the awkwardness of teenage romance while wearing fancy dress robes.
Don’t use it as a pillow, though. Trust me, I’ve tried it before, (not on purpose!), and waking up to an imprint of Harry Potter on my face was not my finest moment.
So if you’re looking for a book that will keep you entertained for days on end, look no further than The Goblet of Fire. It’s got action, adventure, and even a litle bit of romance. Plus, it’s a great way to brush up on your spells and potions knowledge – you never know when you might need to summon a fire-breathing dragon or brew a batch of polyjuice potion.
‘There will be three tasks, spaced throughout the school year, and they will test the champions in many different ways … their magical prowess – their daring – their powers of deduction – and, of course, their ability to cope with danger.’
Longest Harry Potter Books in Order # 4: Half-Blood Prince
Ah, the Half-Blood Prince – the fourth longest and my favorite harry potter book. It’s like a giant tome of wizarding knowledge, except instead of a boring old textbook, it’s filled with potions, spells, and more teenage love, longing, and craziness than you can shake a wand at.
At 652 pages, this sixth harry potter book is almost as thick as Hagrid’s beard. But don’t worry, you won’t need a bezoar to get through it. Just grab a cauldron cake and settle in for a wild ride.
In this book, we get to see a darker side of Hogwarts as Voldemort’s influence spreads and Harry delves deeper into the mystery of the Horcruxes. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of laughs to be had – especially when Ron starts dating Lavender Brown and Hermione starts getting jealous.
And who can forget about the Half-Blood Prince himself, Snape? Is he a villain or a hero? Does he have a heart or is it just a big black void? These are the questions that keep us up at night – well, that and wondering why Filch has so many cats.
So grab your wand and get ready for some serious magic – the Half-Blood Prince is waiting for you. Just be sure to keep a vial of Felix Felicis handy, because with a book this long, you’re going to need all the luck you can get.
There it was, hanging in the sky above the school: the blazing green skull with a serpent tongue, the mark Death Eaters left behind whenever they had entered a building…wherever they had murdered…
Longest Harry Potter Books in Order # 5: Chamber of Secrets
The Chamber of Secrets – the second Harry Potter book that introduced us to the wonders of polyjuice potion, flying cars, and a giant snake that can petrify people with its gaze. At a meh 352 pages, it’s the fifth-longest Harry Potter book – or as Gilderoy Lockhart would say, “It’s a meager tome compared to my autobiography.”
In this book, Harry and Ron are up to their usual shenanigans, sneaking around Hogwarts and trying to solve the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets. But when Hermione gets petrified and the whole school is in danger, things get serious.
Thankfully, we have the ever-resourceful Harry to save the day, along with the help of Ron, Ginny, and even Dobby the house elf. Plus, we get to see a young Tom Riddle in all his manipulative, creepy glory – he’s like a mini Voldemort, but with better hair.
So settle in for a wild ride through the Chamber of Secrets. Just be sure to watch out for rogue bludgers and basilisks – they can really ruin your day. And if all else fails, just remember: when in doubt, follow the spiders.
‘There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.’
Longest Harry Potter Books in Order # 6: Prisoner of Azkaban
The Prisoner of Azkaban is the third book in the Harry Potter series and the sixth-longest of them all. Clocking in at 317 pages, it’s a true heavyweight in the wizarding world.
In this book, Harry returns to Hogwarts for his third year, only to discover that notorious wizarding criminal Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban prison and is on the loose. But who is he after? And why does Harry keep seeing a mysterious black dog everywhere he goes?
With the help of his trusty friends Ron and Hermione, Harry sets out to uncover the truth behind Black’s escape and clear the name of an innocent man. Along the way, he learns about the dark history of the wizarding world and encounters some truly bizarre creatures – including a hippogriff named Buckbeak and a swarm of dementors.
But the real standout of this book is the introduction of the Marauder’s Map – a magical document that shows the location of everyone in Hogwarts. With this handy tool, Harry and his friends are able to sneak around the castle and get into all sorts of mischief. Just don’t get caught by Professor Snape – he’s not exactly the forgiving type.
So if you’re looking for a book that’s full of action, adventure, and a healthy dose of teenage angst, look no further than The Prisoner of Azkaban. Just be sure to have some chocolate on hand for when those dementors come around – trust us, it’s the only thing that will make you feel better.
‘Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.’
Longest Harry Potter Books in Order # 7: Sorcerer’s Stone
Ah, the first Harry Potter book that started it all – The Sorcerer’s Stone (or The Philosopher’s Stone for our friends across the pond). The first and shortest Harry Potter book has 309 pages and is the seventh-longest book in the Harry Potter series. It’s like a baby book compared to previous books, but hey, we all have to start somewhere.
In this book, we’re introduced to a young, bespectacled Harry Potter on Privet Drive, who’s just learning about his magical heritage and Hagrid’s infamous quote: “Yer a wizard, Harry”. He’s whisked away to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he makes new friends, learns spells, and discovers a secret plot to steal the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Along the way, he battles trolls, plays a game of wizard chess, and encounters the mysterious Nicolas Flamel. And let’s not forget about the infamous troll in the girls’ bathroom – that was a messy situation, to say the least.
But the real highlight of the shortest book is the friendship between Harry, Ron, and Hermione. They may have their differences, but when it comes down to it, they’ll do anything to protect each other. Plus, who wouldn’t want to be part of the trio that takes down Voldemort – not once, but seven times?
So if you’re looking for a book that’s equal parts magic and mischief, look no further than The Sorcerer’s Stone. Just be sure to watch out for Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans – trust me, you don’t want to end up with a booger-flavored one.
Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.
Longest Harry Potter books in order: Harry Potter Movies
Ooh, I absolutely love the Harry Potter movies – a chance for us Muggles to see our favorite wizarding world brought to life on the big screen. But let’s be real, as much as we love them, we also love to nitpick all the things they got wrong. I have to admit, though, they got a lot of things right, which is more than I can say about other movie adaptations.
When it comes to the longest Harry Potter books in order, the movie adaptations have some serious ground to cover. With the shortest book (Philosopher’s Stone) coming in at just over 300 pages, and the longest (Order of the Phoenix) at a whopping 870 pages, it’s no wonder the filmmakers had to make some cuts.
Some of the changes were minor – like cutting out Nearly Headless Nick’s Deathday Party in Chamber of Secrets. Others were more significant – like leaving out the entire subplot of SPEW in Goblet of Fire. And don’t even get us started on the omission of the Quidditch World Cup in the same book.
But perhaps the biggest change of all came in the adaptation of Half-Blood Prince. In the book, we learn about Voldemort’s past through a series of memories that Dumbledore has collected. In the movie, however, they decided to condense all those memories into one overly dramatic scene with lots of fire and explosions. Because who needs subtlety, right?
Despite all these changes (and let’s be honest, some of them were necessary for time constraints), we still can’t help but love the Harry Potter movies. They may not be perfect, but they’re still magical in their own way. And let’s not forget the amazing performances from the likes of Alan Rickman, Emma Watson, and of course, the one and only Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall.
Ranking The Harry Potter Books
Longest Harry Potter Books and The Wizarding World Beyond: Fantastic Beasts
Calling all Potterheads! Did you think the wizarding world was limited to just seven books? Think again! The Fantastic Beasts series takes us on a wild journey through the magical world beyond Hogwarts, with spin-off movies that explore new characters, creatures, and adventures. Besides the Lord of the Rings series, IMHO these are the only book adaptation series where the movies are great!
So grab your wand, hop on your broomstick, and dive into the fantastical world of Fantastic Beasts, and Where to Find Them all while lounging on your couch in your pajamas. It doesn’t get much better than that! If you can’t find the movie to stream, here is the audiobook for you!
“A glance through Muggle art and literature of the Middle Ages reveals that many of the creatures they now believe to be imaginary were then known to be real.”
So how many words in all? The entire Harry Potter series – 1,084,170 words! Happy reading!