All 20+ Harry Potter Books in Order | How to Read J.K. Rowling’s Books

Harry Potter Books in Order

Harry Potter Books in orderI was slow to join the Harry Potter bandwagon. It was just four years ago when I read the first book, but now rereading and watching the Harry Potter movies has become a yearly tradition in my family. If you’re like me, and are late to the party, you might be looking for a list of Harry Potter books in order.

Fewer franchises have taken the world by storm like Harry Potter. Yet despite it’s place as a household name and its widespread fame, new readers are finding their way to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World every day.

A direct friend of mine who is a huge YA Fantasy fan has yet to read these books. Maybe eventually I’ll get her to take the plunge.

There’s not a whole lot of mystery surrounding actual order of the main series, but there are a lot of extras as well as the Fantastic Beasts series.

So where do you start and what’s the best way to read the Harry Potter books in order?

Harry Potter Books in Order by Series

Series order is the easiest way to read the Harry Potter books in order.

Within the series, I’ve included the book by publication order. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with reading the Harry Potter books the way millions of others have read them through the years.

The Main Books

Harry Potter
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1997)
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003)
6. Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince (2005)
7. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (2007)
8. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Official Playscript (2017)

Fantastic Beasts
9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Original Screenplay (2016)
10. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald, Original Screenplay (2018)
11. Untitled Book 3 (TBA)

Everything Else

Before we continue, I wanted to add that everything below this point is considered supplementary. They’re like big appendixes that dive deeper into the world, but aren’t more adventures of Harry Potter and friends.

The Hogwarts Library Collection
12. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001)
13. Quidditch through the Ages (2001)
14. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008)
15. The Hogwarts Library 3-Book Collection (2012)

Pottermore Presents
16. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (2016)
17. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (2016)
18. Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (2016)

A History of Magic
17. A Journey Through Charms & Defense Against the Dark Arts (2019)
18. A Journey Through Potions and Herbology (2019)
19. A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy (2019)
20. A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures (2019)
21. Hogwarts: A History of Magic Collection (2018)

Special Editions
22. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Behind the Scenes
23. Harry Potter and the Sorcery’s Stone MinaLima Edition
24. Harry Potter the Illustrated Collection Books 1-3
25. Harry Potter: A Pop-up Guide to Hogwarts
26. Harry Potter Complete Book Series Special Edition Boxed Set

There are a host of other guides and encyclopedia’s out there if you search around. None of those are official, meaning they aren’t published by J.K. Rowling or Pottermore.

Harry Potter Books in Order by Chronology

There is another way to read the Harry Potter books in order, though, and that’s chronologically.

I wouldn’t recommend this reading method for any newcomers. This is purely a reading method for those seasoned veterans looking for a new way to read the Harry Potter books in order.

1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Original Screenplay
2. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald, Original Screenplay
3. Untitled Book 3 (TBA)
4. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
6. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists
7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
9. Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide
10. Quidditch through the Ages
11. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
12. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
14. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
15. Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince
16. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
17. The Tales of Beedle the Bard
18. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Official Playscript

In the above list, I inserted the Hogwarts Library Collection and Short Story books where they belong according to first mention. For instance, Quidditch is first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, so I thought you might want to read about Quidditch either during or after that book.

Fantastic Beasts is first mentioned in The Sorcerer’s Stone, and Tales of the Beedle the Bard is first mentioned in The Deathly Hallows.

The books below don’t really fit anywhere in the timeline. Though, if I’m being 100% honest, I haven’t read these.

Extras
1. A Journey Through Charms & Defense Against the Dark Arts
2. A Journey Through Potions and Herbology
3. A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy
4. A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures

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2 thoughts on “All 20+ Harry Potter Books in Order | How to Read J.K. Rowling’s Books

  1. “Fantastic Beasts is first mentioned in The Prisoner of Azkaban” This is not true. you can read Fantastic Beasts mentioned in SS.

    1. Thanks for that. I’ll get it changed. I was literally pulling the info from another article I read. It’s been awhile since I read the books myself to remember exactly.

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