AKA how to be despised. Because I avoided reading Harry Potter when I was a child (at that time I used to read War and Peace, then began my regression).
I started reading this series last year and I went through the whole 7 volumes: I did not like them. Maybe the plot, maybe the language or the characters, overall the book I preferred was the fourth one (the one with the goblet of fire), the others are so-so.
Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone
The story of Harry Potter is well known, so I skip telling about it and I go directly to my personal opinions.
The beginning of the novel, Cinderella style, is not particularly involving, on the contrary I found it quite boring.
The central part instead is interesting – a part from the Quiddich report; the ending is loose and suited for a (certain number of) sequel.
It’s a children novel, so it’s full of goods and nice things, however the transition between uncool to super cool it not realistic at all, maybe it’s because young wizard are a lot more nice than normal children.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets
The second novel of the Harry Potter saga is quite similar to the former one in several ways: the first part with the evil uncles, the novel set in a school year with lessons and Quiddich games and the plot that aims to the coup de théâtre.
Overall it is not a must read since it is not concerned on important facts and the conclusion is lead by luck.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The thing that disappointed me in this novel is the final turn of event that is quite similar to the one of the previous novels; a not naive reader won’t be surprised.
The new characters instead seem interesting, so I hope in some plot evolution in the next novels.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
This fourth novel is different from the previous ones, and I think it is a turning point in the whole story covered by this saga.
The characters are more realistic, the protagonists are more thoughtful and they are also human emotions like fear or jealousy.
This time the ending is actually a surprise, thanks to the amount of characters and their ambiguity, the overall plot is more interesting with the novelty of the Triwizard Tournament; I also appreciated to not read Quiddich chronicles (except the one of the World Cup).
Overall the plot is nice, the characters are plausible and the novel is of importance for the plot of the whole saga.
The novel has also weak points, the one I noticed is concerned to the clue for the second trial: the clue is quite obvious but Harry finds it difficult to understand, but Harry is always described as clever and smart, it is quite unlikely that he does not get the clue (that almost everyone would have understand).
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
This novel, with respect to the starting ones, is better constructed and with telling characters.
The plot is not linear, in fact there are different events to follow (Hogward, Harry’s dream, the order of the Phoenix, …), and the reading is engaging, even if near the end I had the impression that it eased out and that some elements were forced only to solve some situations.
The characters are growing in coherence with the previous novels, here a new teacher is introduces, Dolores Umbridge who embodies the unfairness; it’s not quite an innovation (other examples can be found in Ascolta il mio cuore or Matilda), but she is useful since her presence make interesting also what happens in Hogward.
Other characters instead do not have an evident use: Firenze is introduced and teaches a lesson, then no more.
In my opinion the author has the problem of forgetting to deal with such details and she is not able to write gripping action scenes (the Quiddich games, the fight with the Death Eaters).
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The 4th and the 5th volume of this saga have an interesting plot and a good characterization, this one instead, in my opinion, is one of the worst written, even worst than the first volumes.
For more than half of the novel nothing interesting happens, then the ending chapters are rich of events; maybe it would have been better to arrange them in the whole novel and not only in the conclusion.
The protagonists are young adults and have love issues, it’s ok, but it seems to me that the most of the novel is concerned only on these topics.
I hope that the final book of the saga is better than this one.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
This last novel ending the Harry Potter saga has the same problems of the sixth novel.
In the beginning, and until half of the novel, the narration is dispersive and sometimes quite boring, the last chapter contain instead the complete conclusion of all the events.
The ending is partially good, unfortunately there are the various moment of gratuitous explanations that solve all the writer problems: there is no more the need to leave hints to be decrypted, but everything is clear both for Harry and for the readers. It could have been better written.
* Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone by J.K. Rowling ★★★☆☆
* Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets by J.K. Rowling ★★★☆☆
* Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling ★★★☆☆½
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling ★★★★☆½
* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling ★★★☆☆½
* Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling ★★☆☆☆½
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling ★★★☆☆
*I read this book in English