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message 1: by Darrell (new)

Darrell It is my opinion that book three is the best of all of them. How can you compete with the Time Travel thingy and the weird escaped prisoner hunting Harry the whole book?


message 2: by George (new)

George i agree that the time traveling bit is really good but for me the goblrt of fire is the best because of the torniment and the fight with voldermort at the end.


message 3: by Naureen (new)

Naureen When I read Book 3 (in 2000) I didn't feel like I was reading a children's book. I thought Books 1 and 2 were well-written but too childish and I couldn't understand why everyone was making so much fuss over the series. Book 3 changed that because it was so well-plotted that the climax was on par with any book aimed for grown-ups.


John Gallagher Book 3 I thought had potential to become the best, however was left very unsatisfied with the ending. I think it turns out to be one of the "better" books in the series, but the ending really was a letdown. Due to the fact that it was turning out so well and then it all turns for the worst. I also think Rowling made it too bad to be true and then tried to salvage it with the time turner.


JoeZa That's so TRUE!!!!
The third is the best!


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

book 3 is #1


April I agree, book 3 was my favorite Harry Potter!


Clare D' Lune I don't know... I liked that one, but I really liked the Goblet of Fire... The endding of the 7th one was awesome too! I HATE THE MOVIES!!! They are SO dumb!


Luke I liked it, but I usually dont like it when authors try to adress time-travel unless it is the focal point of the story... there is too much about it that just doesnt seem to make sense when you really think about it.


Clare D' Lune Yeah, I know what you mean. Time travel is such a hard thing to write about and make sense about. I thought she did a pretty good job, on that subject, but I've seen better.....


message 11: by Luke (new) - rated it 4 stars

Luke I agree that she did a very good job of it, but its just an issue I would rather she had avoided in the series all together... It starts to raise questions like; "why didnt they go back in time to save/fix....(fill in whatever you like)"



Christian McKay Totally disagree. Book 5 all the way. In fact, the time travel part was the thing that ruined 3 for me. I'm not sure if you could call it a Deus Ex Machina, but it was pretty darned close.


Raqeeba Dolley Book 3 has sumwhat of an anti-climax, however I agree that the writing was more written for the adult than the child. Nonetheless rivating stuff!!


BumbleBrie Bourn I agree that this was the best of all the Harry Ptter books. Sirius Black is a great character. I have had 3 copies of it, because I lost 2 of them.


Amber I loved it,l but I thought that the time travel part was a little hard to follow.


Lauren quite honestly, i like the first, third, fourth, and fourth the best. the sixth and seventh were too sad, confusing and they didn't seem the same. i used to like the 2nd a lot but now i dont know why. but overall, i like the first the best. naureen, u are so wrong! the third one was good, yes, but i dont know how u can say the first two are too childish. yeah, i'm only thirteen,so what? the 3rd was a close second though.


message 17: by Luke (new) - rated it 4 stars

Luke the first two are too childish for her tastes. she isnt saying they arent still good books, but after the second book, they get much more interesting in my opinion. The fact that you are 13 and like those 2 the best kind of proves her point I think.


message 18: by Siti (new) - rated it 5 stars

Siti yes, i agree. :DD


message 19: by Sara (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sara Komoda I agree! (: I love Harry Potter. Well, not him, but the books. Hey, I don't even know you people! Ah!


Sopan Budhianto i agree... i started read harry potter from the 3rd... after that i read 1st n 2nd .... 3rd is the best....


Sophie I think, I agree with that. I like these time-travelling-things ;) and that Hermione boxes Draco on the ears. Haha. I'm mad xD
The 7th one's also very good, but I do not want to like the very last chapter... Ronald and Hermione?! Uahh. I admit... I'm a Dramione fan. But who isn't anyway?
I read all of the books in the original version and in the German translation. Actually I have the first one also in latin... but I didn't read that! oO
If anyone hasn't read all HP books already: read it in English. That's the best version you can read. (beside Latin, of course^^ *sarcasmismybestfriend*)


message 22: by Lisa (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lisa Georgia wrote: "i agree that the time traveling bit is really good but for me the goblrt of fire is the best because of the torniment and the fight with voldermort at the end."

Yes, but the movie didn't do book 4 any justice.


Natalie loves Orlando Bloom! the 7th is the best, and hermione and ron goo so good 2gether! draco and hermione, soo mested up!:(


Sophie N. wrote: "the 7th is the best, and hermione and ron goo so good 2gether! draco and hermione, soo mested up!:("
Uff, that hurts xD I like to hear that someone likes the end of book 7th. Maybe I'm really sick 'bout this? Who knows...


Birgitta Garðarsdóttir Woah. I thought it was kinda boring actually :/


Sophie Haha, just watching the movie <3 I think I'll read all the series again some time.


Susan Book 3 has always been my favorite. It introduced Sirius Black - my favorite character - and nobody died. Harry ended the book with an additional positive influence in his life, someone who really worried about him, and Voldemort was on the sidelines; mentioned, but not part of the main action.


message 28: by Anne (new) - rated it 5 stars

Anne Bauer This one was also my very favorite. But I was wondering about the time turner. I know that it is fantasy, but I kept thinking about when they finished fixing everything and got back to the hospital wing and saw themselves leaving again. Wouldn't that mean that they just kept going in circles and seeing themselves leave? Does that make any sense?


message 29: by Andy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Andy no not really look they left back in time as soon as they left their other selfs that already went back in time went too the hospital wing


Marjolein This one is my favorite, definitely...


message 31: by Anne (new) - rated it 5 stars

Anne Bauer Andy wrote: "no not really look they left back in time as soon as they left their other selfs that already went back in time went too the hospital wing"
That didn't really make sense to me, could you please reword it or something?


message 32: by Kris (new)

Kris Pirillo harry potter sucks


message 33: by [deleted user] (new)

I liked it a lot and one of the best in the series. I did think that the movie version was the best of the HP movies out so far. Very nicely done.


message 34: by F.A. (new) - rated it 5 stars

F.A. Hershey Darrell wrote: "It is my opinion that book three is the best of all of them. How can you compete with the Time Travel thingy and the weird escaped prisoner hunting Harry the whole book?"

I agree. And also, I thought this one was very unpredictable.
It focused a bit more on Harry's past and a bit less on Voldemort.


message 35: by F.A. (new) - rated it 5 stars

F.A. Hershey Shari Blue wrote: "I liked it a lot and one of the best in the series. I did think that the movie version was the best of the HP movies out so far. Very nicely done."

Absolutely agree.


message 36: by [deleted user] (new)

i do see how book 3 is better then the rest......


message 37: by [deleted user] (new)

Susan wrote: "Book 3 has always been my favorite. It introduced Sirius Black - my favorite character - and nobody died. Harry ended the book with an additional positive influence in his life, someone who reall..."
I completely agree.


message 38: by [deleted user] (new)

I absolutely love it! For me it's a tie for first with Deathly Hallows.


message 39: by Fuwa (new) - added it

Fuwa book 3 was my favorite when I was younger, though now I'd say I like book 6 the best. book 3 will always be special to me though~~


Rahul Nath HBP is my favorite book- it manages to be dark, without too many character deaths, Voldemort's past was awesome, the whole introduction of the Horcruxes was well done, and the drama in the series was also taken to a new level altogether. Half Blood Prince is the best for me.



POA and GOF are really tied at second place for me. I can't pick one over the other. Maybe GoF by the slightest of margins for the No.2 spot.


Sparrowlicious I almost read the first to fourth book in one go when I was a kid. Then the fifth was released, I waited pretty much until shortly before the last book came up until I read the sixth book. I can't really say anymore which book I liked best. I only know that the sixth book was the one I liked least because of Harry's attitude. Then again, this shows that the author is capable of capturing the moods of an annoying teenager.


message 42: by [deleted user] (last edited Apr 10, 2013 01:50AM) (new)

its the best, i've reread this book the most


Jackie I think this is one of my least favorites of the series- because it's one of the shortest, so I have less time to read it before having to put the next one on hold at the library. :P


message 44: by Daisy (last edited Apr 23, 2014 04:38AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Daisy Kris wrote: "harry potter sucks"

After reading one of my favourite books in the history of forever: Switched in the My Sister the Vampire series, I always see 'sucks' as a good thing, because in that book it means cool. You know, because vampires suck blood. So thank you for the compliment for this book :D

This used to be my favourite, and I think all the reasons you guys give above explain why, but now my fav is Goblet of Fire. No convincing reason or anything, but I think I just listened (Stephen Fry audiobook) to PoA too much and wore it out for myself. It can get a bit boring for me now, but I see your reasoning saying it's the best and it was an amazing book!


message 45: by Rose (new) - rated it 5 stars

Rose I enjoyed this book the most out of the series for several reasons. One the main characters have finally developed interesting personalities that distance them from the obvious tropes they were created from. Two, Harry starts to think about his actions and what is going on a hell of a lot more, but without the plot being too dominated by Voldemort. Three, you get more of a sense of what the wizarding world is like.Four, Hermione reaches her limit, which really hadn't happened before, and in a way all three friends reach various limits that don't involve fighting against terrible evil.


Emily Fuller Agreed- third is one of the best!


message 47: by sim (new) - rated it 5 stars

sim No. PoA book wasn't the best. But PoA movie definitely was!


Shanti Definitely. It was amazing. My order goes 3,5,1,7,6,4,2. THere is also a time paradox. i love time pardoxes, and Trelawney is awesome, and it is before things get serious and dark and Voldermorty.


message 49: by Radio (new)

Radio Prisoner of Azkaban is the best book. Several reasons (in no particular order of importance...):

1. The Marauders are introduced, slowly revealing the whole unknown back-story of James, Remus, Sirius, and Peter. Harry's parents are actually people to Harry by the end of the book, he's forced to relive their deaths by the Dementors, not just figments to think of and miss. And key pieces of Snape's history with James (and thus Lilly) are hinted at as well.

2. Speaking of Dementors - what a terrifying mythical creature to introduce in a children's book! Rowling took a step here moving out of the realm of dragons and giant serpents to bring a creature who attacks the heart, mind, and soul, rather than attacks the body. She modeled their effect on people after her own battle with depression. And Harry battles this, too.

3. On to... Harry's character development. He really starts to descend into darkness in the third book, but his friends bring him back (as usual). Blowing up Marge, wanting to kill Sirius, dealing with his inner demons - Harry's teen angst starts to show. But he rises above it by the end, making the right decisions!

4. I liked the cat-rat-dog play with the Animagus twist. I thought it was cute and creepy at the same time. Like a nursery rhyme.

5. Lupin and Sirius. These two characters are polarizing and yet so so similar. Lupin is a strong role model for Harry from the get-go - a decent DADA professor for once! And he is actually nice and supportive of Neville. Perhaps if someone had given Peter better confidence once, he would've turned out more like Neville did. Sirius is desperate and dangerous, but also ends up being a role model for Harry as well. In very different ways from Lupin.

6. The twist at the end! Best twist of the WHOLE series! Sirius is the "bad guy" throughout the entire book, but turns out he's the good guy at the end. And it's the frikin rat who is the bad guy. The is NO Voldemort in the book at all, perhaps a reason why I like the book so much! She told a story that DIDN'T involve Voldemort and it was so good.

7. Quidditch. Griffyndor FINALLY wins the House Cup. I can think of no chapter in the entire series that is more *fun* to read than Quidditch final. It's downright exciting (and left out of the movie...). The Harry-Ron-Hermione trio also really starts to branch out and build bonds with the whole house, minor characters like Lee Jordan have some golden quotes, Ron asks to see Lavender's "Uranus," etc.

8. The fluke with the time-turner. It's hard to write time-travel and make it work. Rowling made it work so so well. And Dumbledore remains his aloof and genius self for suggesting the idea without really saying much about it. Harry thinks he sees his father, only to discover it's himself. And knowing that gives him the confidence to cast the Patronus, the first really cool piece of magic Rowling has Harry learn. And his Patronus is a STAG - so good!

9. Buckbeak. I think this is the first realization from Harry, Ron, and ESPECIALLY Hermione that the Ministry of Magic is not on the side of ALL magical creatures. It's a corrupt and oppressive society and the trio really start to see through the cracks. This is early fodder that is a set up for S.P.E.W. and Dumbledore's Army in the future.

10. Trewlawny. Maybe she's a quack and crazy, but she does deliver a second actual prophesy at the end. Is she referring to Peter's escape? Or is she actually alluding to Barty Crouch Jr.? Either way - the Dark Lord's return is foretold and sets it all up for the 4th book.

So... yeah... I think it's the best and it is absolutely my favorite. I get why people think the 4th is good, too, but still. PoA is well-written, clever, and fore-telling in so so so many ways.

PLUS

Hermione punches Draco.

The end.


Jawairia I believe book 3 is the best to.


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