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All seven books together in a special edition box set

The Harry Potter books make up the popular series written by J. K. Rowling. The series spans seven books. The books have been made into eight films by Warner Bros. The final book was split into two films.

The books concern a wizard called Harry Potter and his journey through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The stories tell of him overcoming dangerous obstacles to defeat the Dark Wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed his parents when Harry was 15 months old. The first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in 1997 by Bloomsbury in London. The final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S.

Beginning on 6 October 2015, the entire series was presented in a fully-illustrated format, with over 100 illustrations per title, by Jim Kay.[1] The books were also all reunited in one ebook the same year.


The French edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; Harry Potter à l'école des sorciers in English Harry Potter at the Wizarding School

It is said that J. K. Rowling sent her preliminary copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to 12 publishers before it was accepted and published by Bloomsbury.

The Dutch version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The following is an incomplete list of publishers of the books all over the world.

Titles of the series

The author published seven books in the Harry Potter series, as well as numerous complementary books. You can get all seven eBooks as one download on Pottermore with Harry Potter: The Complete Collection. A sequel to the original series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was released July 31st, 2016.

Original series

The following is a list of the seven books in the Harry Potter series. Each novel corresponds to a year-long period of time, usually in reference to Harry Potter's year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in the U.S) (UK release: 26 June, 1997; US release 9 January, 1998)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK release: 2 July, 1998; US release 6 February, 1999)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK release: 8 July, 1999; US release 9 August, 1999)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK & US releases: 8 July, 2000)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (UK & US releases: 21 June, 2003)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (UK & US releases: 16 July, 2005)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (UK & US releases: 21 July, 2007)


This sequel takes place nineteen years after the events of the final book in the original series.

Complementary books

Quidditch Through the Ages, a complementary novel to the series

The following are complementary books, which correspond to the series:

Audiobook editions

Since the inception of the Harry Potter series, the stories have also been released as audiobooks. In the United Kingdom, the audiobooks were narrated by Stephen Fry, with Jim Dale handling the narration for the U.S. editions. The audiobooks were released in both CD and cassette formats, though the cassette editions are no longer in print due to the general lack of demand for titles in this format. For the earlier books in the series, there was generally a delay between the release of the print and audio editions.[3] The later editions generally saw the audio copies being released the same day as the print editions, likely a result of the growing popularity of the series. Most recently the books were made available in the first ever online audio editions through Pottermore via the Pottermore Shop and were also made available to libraries for lending.

Enhanced ebooks

In October 2015, Enhanced Editions of the 7 books were published exclusively on iBooks by Pottermore. Enhanced editions are said to include the full original text plus illustrations, animations and interactions as well as annotations written by J. K. Rowling to give you interesting insights into the world of Harry Potter.[4]

An inspiration

A LEGO set inspired by the series

The Harry Potter series inspired many other creations, such as:

Behind the scenes

Header artwork for each chapter of the Harry Potter books

  • The first and final books of the Harry Potter books of the series came out ten years apart. Coincidentally, the first and last films of the series also came out ten years apart.
  • There is a dinosaur that has been named Dracorex hogwartsia, with Hogwartsia being based on the name of Hogwarts, in honour of the series. The name translates to "Dragon King of Hogwarts".
  • Ampulex dementor is a species of cockroach wasp. It is named after the dementors, guards of Azkaban prison who suck the souls of those they encounter.
  • Aname aragog is a species of spider in the family Nemesiidae, named after Aragog, a fictional spider owned by Rubeus Hagrid.
  • Eriovixia gryffindori is a species of Orb-weaver spider named after the Hogwarts house Gryffindor; the spider resembles the sorting hat which separates new Hogwarts students into their house
  • Graphorn is a genus of stink bug named after the graphorn, a dangerous magical creature from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Lusius malfoyi is a species of parasitoid wasp found in New Zealand. The species name was chosen to reference Lucius Malfoy, the parent of one of Harry's classmates at Hogwarts.[14][15] The genus Lusius was first described in 1903 and is not a Harry Potter reference.
  • Ochyrocera aragogue is a species of spider in the family Ochyroceratidae. It is also named after Hagrid's pet Aragog.
  • Thestral is genus of stink bug named after thestrals, elusive and magical winged horses which pull carriages carrying students from Hogsmeade train station.
  • With the exception of the first and third books, there is always a chapter with the same name as the book.
  • Also, with the exception of the third book, there is always at least one character that dies in the final chapter(s) of the books (although in the second book this is a basilisk, not a human character).
  • Additionally, two books have characters named after them. They are:
  • In September 2012, J. K. Rowling admitted to having rushed work on some of the Potter novels due to tight deadlines, and floated the possibility of someday releasing "director's cut" editions of the novels.[5]
  • Brad Walrod served as the typesetter for the Harry Potter books from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire onwards.
  • In total, the Harry Potter series spanned 36 years, beginning in 1981 and ending in 2017.
  • An in-universe counterpart is introduced in The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
  • J. K. Rowling was suggested after the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone that while in the cupboard, Harry went mad and his magical experience was a made-up fantasy life that he developed to save himself.[6]
  • The message that J. K. Rowling wanted to impart on the readers of the Harry Potter books was a plea for an end to bigotry and an argument for tolerance, building on the issues that arise between pure-blood supremacists and muggle-borns throughout the series.[7]


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Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone illustrated edition on Amazon
  2. The Canadian editions comprise the Bloomsbury settings but the first edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix published on 100 per cent recycled paper carried an ecologically worded paragraph written by Rowling.
  3. Rowling FAQ
  4. How Pottermore and Apple created the new Harry Potter Enhanced Editions on Pottermore
  5. Mail Online J.K. Rowling confesses to rushing some of the Harry Potter books to meet tight deadlines
  6. JK Rowling and Steve Kloves on the Harry Potter films
  7. J. K. Rowling at Carnegie Hall, 20 October, 2007
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Half-Blood Prince book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Deathly Hallows book film 1 game 1 film soundtrack 1 game soundtrack 1
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Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book Harry Potter: The Quest
J. K. Rowling: A Bibliography Harry Potter for Kinect
Harry Potter: The Character Vault / Creature Vault / Artifact Vault Wizard's Challenge
Harry Potter Film Wizardry Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World
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The Archive of Magic: The Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
The Art of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Harry Potter: The Wand Collection Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells
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J. K. Rowling's official site Harry Potter and Me
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J. K. Rowling's Twitter account J. K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
Harry Potter: The Exhibition Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story
The Making of Harry Potter Harry Potter: Beyond the Page
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter The Tale of the Three Brothers
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