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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 movies by Warner Bros. Pictures with the last book 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 last 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 will be presented in a fully-illustrated format, with over 100 illustrations per title, by Jim Kay.[1]


French cover Philosopher's

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


The Dutch version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Titles of the series

The author published seven books in the Harry Potter series, as well as numerous complementary books. A sequel to the original series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is due to be 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: 26/06/97; US release 9/01/98)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK release: 2/07/98; US release 6/02/99)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK release: 8/07/99; US release 9/08/99)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK & US releases: 8/07/00)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (UK & US releases: 21/06/03)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (UK & US releases: 16/07/05)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (UK & US releases: 21/07/07)


This sequel takes place nineteen years after the events of the final book in the original series. It is unknown wheather this will be stand alone or the start of a new series.

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (screenplay) (UK & US releases: 31 July 2016)
Quidditch through the ages 2009 cover

Quidditch Through the Ages, a complementary novel to the series.

Complementary books

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

Audiobook editions

Since the inception of 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.[2] 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.

An inspiration

Lego 1

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 last books of the Harry Potter books of the series came out ten years apart. Coincidentally, the first and last movies 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."
  • 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.[3]
  • 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.

Notes and references

J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series
Philosopher's Stone book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Chamber of Secrets book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Prisoner of Azkaban book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Goblet of Fire book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Order of the Phoenix book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Half-Blood Prince book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Deathly Hallows book film 1 game 1 film soundtrack 1 game soundtrack 1
film 2 game 2 film soundtrack 2 game soundtrack 2
Cursed Child screenplay play 1 & 2
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book film
Other written works Other games
Quidditch Through the Ages Harry Potter: Trading Card Game
The Tales of Beedle the Bard LEGO Creator: Harry Potter/Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter Prequel Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book Harry Potter: Find Scabbers
Harry Potter Film Wizardry Harry Potter DVD Game: Hogwarts Challenge/Wizarding World
Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey Harry Potter: Spells
LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4/Years 5-7
LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World Motorbike Escape
Encyclopaedia of Potterworld (potentially cancelled) Harry Potter: The Quest
J. K. Rowling: A Bibliography Harry Potter for Kinect
Wizard's Challenge
Other canon Other films/documentaries/soundtracks
J.K.Rowling Official Site Harry Potter and Me
Pottermore The Queen's Handbag
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
Harry Potter: The Exhibition Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (video game soundtrack)
The Making of Harry Potter Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story
Wonderbook: Book of Spells Harry Potter: Beyond the Page
Wonderbook: Book of Potions The Tale of the Three Brothers

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