J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Books in Order

Author J.K. Rowling first introduced the public to the wizarding world of Harry Potter in 1997.

Today, on Harry Potter’s birthday — and Rowling’s 54th birthday — we’re returning to the iconic series that has sold more than 500 million copies worldwide. Keep reading to find out the order of the Harry Potter books. 

1. ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the most popular book in the series, according to Bloomsbury, Rowling’s publisher.

In the first installment, audiences were introduced to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy and discovered magic along with Harry Potter, the boy who lived, as he navigated his new life of being a wizard. 

Pages: 309

Publication date: June 26, 1997

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Copies of author J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series story books sit in a bookstore July 6, 2000, in Arlington, Va. | Alex Wong/Newsmakers

According to Harry Potter’s publisher, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has received the following awards:

  • Nestlé Smarties Book Prize 1997 Gold Medal 9–11 years 
  • FCBG Children’s Book Award 1997 Overall winner in Longer Novel Category
  • Birmingham Cable Children’s Book Award 1997 
  • Young Telegraph Paperback of the Year 1998
  • Carnegie Medal 1998 (Shortlist) 
  • British Book Awards 1997 Children’s Book of the Year 
  • Sheffield Children’s Book Award 1998 
  • Whitaker’s Platinum Book Award 2001 
  • Voted nation’s [sic] favourite children’s book in Reading charity Booktrust’s ‘100 best books for children’ vote (2013) 

Movie premiere date: November 14, 2001

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81% Tomatometer, 82% Audience Score

2. ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’

Publication date: July 2, 1998

Pages: 341

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Urbano Delvalle/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has won the following awards: 

  • Nestlé Smarties Book Prize 1998 Gold Medal 9–11 years 
  • Scottish Arts Council Children’s Book Award 1999 
  • FCBG Children’s Book Award 1998 Overall winner in Longer Novel Category 
  • British Book Awards 1998 Children’s Book of the Year 
  • North East Book Award 1999 
  • North East Scotland Book Award 1998 
  • The Bookseller Association / The Bookseller Author of the Year 1998 
  • Whitaker’s Platinum Book Award 2001 

Movie premiere date: November 14, 2002

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83% Tomatometer, 80% Audience Score

3. ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’

Publication date: July 8, 1999

Pages: 435

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. | Urbano Delvalle/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has won the following awards: 

  • Nestlé Smarties Book Prize 1998 Gold Medal 9–11 years 
  • Scottish Arts Council Children’s Book Award 1999 
  • FCBG Children’s Book Award 1998 Overall winner in Longer Novel Category 
  • British Book Awards 1998 Children’s Book of the Year 
  • North East Book Award 1999 
  • North East Scotland Book Award 1998 
  • The Bookseller Association / The Bookseller Author of the Year 1998 
  • Whitaker’s Platinum Book Award 2001 

Movie premiere date: June 4, 2004

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90% Tomatometer, 86% Audience Score

4. ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’

Publication date: July 8, 2000

Pages: 734

'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'
Gili Bar-Hillel Hebrew-language version of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, one of the four Harry Potter books she translated, stands alongside its English original in her office June 23, 2003, in Tel Aviv. | David Silverman/Getty Images

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has won the following awards: 

  • Scottish Arts Council Book Award 2001 
  • Children’s Book Award in 9–11 category 2001 Winner of the Hugo Award 
  • Whitaker’s Platinum Book Award 2001 

Movie premiere date: November 18, 2005

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88% Tomatometer, 74% Audience Score

5. ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

Publication date: June 21, 2003

Pages: 870

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix display
Salesgirls wearing witch hats display copies of the latest Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, being snapped up in bookstores in Manila, June 21, 2003. | JOEL NITO/AFP/Getty Images

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has won the following awards: 

  • WH Smith People’s Choice Book Awards, Fiction category, 2003 
  • British Book Awards Book of the Year (shortlist) 2003 

Movie premiere date: July 11, 2007

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78% Tomatometer, 81% Audience Score

6. ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

Publication date: July 16, 2005

Pages: 652

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Copies of the new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by author J. K. Rowling, are seen at the Amazon.com shipping facility July 11, 2005, in Fernley, Nevada. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has won the following awards: 

  • Winner of the British Book Awards, WH Smith Book of the Year 2006 
  • Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children’s Books (best book for readers aged 8–12 years) 2006

Movie premiere date: July 15, 2009

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83% Tomatometer, 78% Audience Score

7. ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

Publication date: July 21, 2007

Pages: 759

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book
Joey Tartaglia, the first fan in the Barnes & Noble Booksellers Union Square to purchase author J.K. Rowling’s novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows holds his copy of the book July 21, 2007, in New York City. | Michael Nagle/Getty Images

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has won the following awards: 

  • Booksellers Association Independent Booksellers’ Book Prize (shortlist) 2008 
  • Carnegie Medal 2008 (longlist) 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part movie premiere date: Part 1 premiered on November 19, 2010, and Part 2 premiered on July 15, 2011.

Rotten Tomatoes score: Part 1 – 77% Tomatometer, 85% Audience Score, Part 2 – 96% Tomatometer, 89% Audience Score

What is J.K. Rowling writing now?

Today, Rowling has a new series she’s writing called the Strike Series, about a private investigator, Cormoran Strike.

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling attends the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) at Royal Albert Hall on February 12, 2017, in London, England. | John Phillips/Getty Images

Published under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, Rowling became unmasked as the true author shortly after the release of the first book in 2013. Learn how Rowling’s secret got out, here.