12 of Joan Rowling’s best books

*Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. This material is subjective, not intended as an advertisement, and is not intended as a guide to purchase. You should consult an expert before buying.

Reading books has been popular at all times, and the present time is no exception. Literature includes many genres, among which there are the most read, as well as the most famous authors. One of these is Joan Rowling, the British author known for her Harry Potter books. This book series has earned the title of the best-selling book series of all time, and its film adaptation was the third highest-grossing film at the box office in the world. Such popularity is justified by the creation of a whole fantasy world with vivid events and characters. We present you the 12 best books by Joanne Rowling according to readers.

Rating of the best books by Joan Rowling

NominationplaceTHE PROPERTYRating
Rating of the best books by Joan Rowling1Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban5.0
2Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone4.9
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows4.8
4Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince4.7
5Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire4.6
6Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets4.5
7Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix4.4
8The Tales of the Bard of Biddle4.3
9Fantastic Beasts and Where They Live4.2
10Quiddish Through the Ages4.1
11Casual Vacancy4.0
12Call of the Cuckoo4.0

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Rating: 5.0


The third and arguably most popular installment in the popular Harry Potter series of books is the winner of our ranking. In it, the characters face new adventures and obstacles. Hogwarts is threatened by an unknown assassin with thousands of lives to his credit. Dementors, the sinister guards of Azkaban Prison, are invited to the school for security purposes. Harry Potter decides to find the killer, and his loyal friends help him do it. It is believed that this is the part that made the author popular throughout the world.

The reader is plunged into a magical world and faces various challenges and interesting creatures along with the main characters. This book by Joan Rowling is recognized as a leader for a reason – you read it in one breath, even in spite of the large volume of. There are over 500 pages in the hardcover. This sequel to the Harry Potter story will long be remembered by every reader.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Rating: 4.9

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

The very first book in the Harry Potter adventure series, published in 1997. This is where the amazing events that grab the reader’s attention for the long 7 books begin. Although, judging by the reviews, the text is read in the same breath. In this part, the author introduces us to a young wizard who discovers his origins and embarks on a fascinating journey from platform nine and three-quarters of King’s Cross Station.

This is how we learn about the existence of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Together with his new friends, Harry prevents the return of the evil wizard Voldemort. The story has been translated into many languages and was the basis for the first part of the adaptation of the acclaimed film. Readers delighted in Joan Rowling’s lighthearted slog and the situations she puts the main characters in.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Rating: 4.8

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The latest to date, the seventh part of the novels about the most famous wizard ranks third. Upon its release in 2007, it sold 8.3 million copies at a rate of 96 books per second, the result of one day’s sales. Such numbers are certainly impressive. This book has been awaited by fans for a long time. In this installment, we will face the deaths of two important characters at once, but in the epilogue we will meet the children of beloved characters who are just entering Hogwarts.

In the book, the reader will find the toughest battle in history, in which two sworn enemies – Harry Potter and Voldemort. This novel shows Harry’s friends and enemies in the most unexpected light, and the line between good and evil blurs before our eyes. A stunning finale that reveals all the magical secrets.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Rating: 4.7

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The penultimate installment of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling has won the hearts of devoted readers around the world as much as the others. It was published in 2005 and screened 4 years later. It tells the story of the sixth year of the wizard friends at Hogwarts. They are taking exams, worrying and not even aware of the events that will unfold in the near future. Harry finds himself holding a mysterious ancient potions book signed by the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

In this installment, the heroes encounter the Dark Lord, who inspires true fear. Death Eaters help Malfoy attempt to kill Dumbledore. In the conclusion, the characters make an unexpected decision, the consequences of which we can only learn about in the next part of the novels. Through this story, the reader understands the importance of never giving up and having loyal friends.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Rating: 4.6

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” is the fourth novel published in England in 2000. The heroes begin a new school year, which comes with changes in the teaching staff. The most interesting event becomes the young wizard’s entry against his will into the Tournament of Three Wizards. Not only must he confront his more experienced opponents, but he must also figure out why he ended up at the tournament in defiance of the rules. This book won the prestigious Hugo Award and has been translated into many languages.

Critics warmly welcomed the fourth part of the novels, they liked the interesting secondary lines. And readers get excited about the new adventures of their favorite characters. During the ordeal, Harry and friends meet the boy with the scar, find themselves in a sinister graveyard, and even witness the return of Voldemort. Such plot twists will not leave anyone indifferent.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Rating: 4.5

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

In this book, Joan Rowling describes the second year of wizarding school. The novel was released for the second time in 1998. In it, Hermione, Harry, and Ron begin their own investigation into the attacks of the mysterious “Slytherin Heir”. One thing all the victims have in common is that they have non-wizard relatives. This seems mysterious to the main characters. The wizard hears a strange voice inside the castle that wants to kill someone. As a result, as the events unfold, Harry and his friends are confronted by a powerful dark force.

In the Chamber of Secrets, the wizards encounter the Basilisk and Voldemort himself and find Ron’s sister. It turns out that it was she who unlocked the entrance to this room. Critics have been good about this novel, although some think it’s too scary for children. In the book, the author raises the question of choices in everyone’s life, she teaches not to back down in the face of hardship and to be helpful and mutually supportive.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Rating: 4.4

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

On the honorable seventh line is the fifth novel about the adventures of Harry Potter. In it, Joan Rowling puts the protagonist in grave danger – an attack by Dementors. During this one, Harry uses forbidden force, which raises questions for the Ministry. But in this part, there are far greater challenges for the protagonists. The Dark Lord’s return activates the secret society of the Order of the Phoenix. Death Eaters Escape from Azkaban. And Dumbledore is sent there, but on the way he manages to escape. The Ministry throughout the story is plotting against Harry and his friends.

The novel was released in 2004, and in 2007 the next installment of the famous film adaptation was released. In addition, a computer game was created based on the book. Critics have received “The Order of the Phoenix” just fine. The American Library Association voted the novel the best book for young adults, and several popular writers have noted the interest of the storylines.

Tales of the Bard of Biddle

Rating: 4.3

Tales of the Bard Biddle

The next contributor to the ranking is a children’s book by Joan Rowling, which is in one way or another related to the Harry Potter series of books. The first mention of fairy tales was in the final novel, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. By design, The Book of Tales was left by Dumbledore to Hermione Granger and written in ancient runes, and Hermione translated it. This includes 5 tales: “Of Three Brothers,” “The Fountain and the Fairies of Fortune,” “The Hare Hare and Her Stump-Tooth,” “The Sorcerer and the Jumping Pot,” “The Wizard’s Furry Heart. It tells the story of the wizards who lived in Yorkshire.

This book was released simultaneously in 25 different countries in their native languages. Almost all of the proceeds went to charity. But the original manuscript from Joan Rowling only exists in 7 copies, which are jeweled and gifted to the author’s loved ones. Only one book was able to be bought back by Amazon, which subsequently published retellings of the contents because it had no rights to a copy.

Fantastic Beasts and Where They Live

Rating: 4.2

Fantastic Creatures and Where They Live

The book “Fantastic Beasts and Their Places” was another breakthrough in Joan Rowling’s writing career. This book was mentioned in the Harry Potter series of novels as a textbook for the discipline of caring for magical creatures. As conceived, this book in its fictional version was written by Salamander, a famous magical goldsmith, and belonged to Harry Potter. Just Newt Salamander was the main character in the popular film adaptation of the book. He studied at Hogwarts and then worked for the Ministry of Magic. Simultaneously was a breeder of the mysterious creatures of the Hippogriffs.

80% of the proceeds from the sales of this book were donated to a charitable foundation. The publication itself looks at the history of magical zoology, and readers learn who the fantastical creatures are and are introduced to their distinctive traits. The book also describes stories of hiding creatures from Muggles and even details about 75 kinds of fantastic creatures.

Quiddish Through the Ages

Rating: 4.1

Quiddish Through the Ages

The Harry Potter novels described the book Quidditch from Antiquity to the Present. The main character loved to read it, secretly taking it outside the Hogwarts library. It’s worth saying that it was also popular with the other characters, Ron, Hermione, and Draco Malfoy. The actual book was written in 2001 under the secret pen name of Joan Rowling. It tells the history of the game of Quidditch and earlier versions of. Spends time exploring the evolution of the flying broom, as well as the emergence and formation of Quidditch as the sport that has become most famous among wizards.

Many readers consider this book something of a parody of real sports history books. It is very entertaining, especially for Harry Potter fans. Proceeds from the publication’s sales, just as with the previous entrant, went to charity.

Casual Vacancy

Rating: 4.0

Casual Vacancy

“The Casual Vacancy” is the first book written by Joan Rowling since the Harry Potter novels ended. It’s designed to be read by adults and teens. Released in 2012. Its events unfold in a fictional English town where a member of the local council has passed away. A seemingly quiet town is at war between rich and poor, children and parents, wives and husbands, and recent events only exacerbate the situation.

The plot revolves around a dozen important characters, each of whom the author manages to reveal to readers. The book touches on political, class, and social issues. This novel is the fastest-selling novel in the world, selling more than a million copies worldwide in the first month after launch, and that’s only in English. The novel has won several prestigious awards.

Call of the Cuckoo

Rating: 4.0

The Call of the Cuckoo

The book “Cuckoo’s Call” is very different from Joan Rowling’s previously written books. Moreover, she released it under a creative pseudonym, revealing her authorship only three months after publication. This is a crime novel that focuses on the investigation of the mysterious suicide of model Lula Landry by private investigator Cormoran Strike. As events unfold, the initially skeptical detective begins to notice strange details about the death of.

Even before publication, a well-known magazine called the novel a stellar debut by a then-unknown aspiring author (a pseudonym of Rowling). The book later won the Best Detective or Thriller Award from the prestigious newspaper. In 2017, the BBC released a detective series based on events from the novel.

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