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Do The Harry Potter Books Have To Be Read In Order?

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Lucy Burroughs answered
If you're not familiar with the stories, it's definitely advisable to read the Harry Potter books in the correct order of sequence. However, if you've seen the film series and know roughly what the story's about, I dont think it would hurt to read them individually, as the movies do tend to stay true to the books.

What Order Should I Read the Harry Potter Books In?
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.)

- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
What are the Practical Advantages of Reading the Books in Order?
In the earlier books, J.K. Rowling usually begins the first chapter with a brief recap, reminding the reader what happened in the previous book. For example, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Rowling helps to jog the reader's memory by stating that Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, who are both introduced in the previous book, are Harry's best friends.

However, as the plot becomes more complex and more characters are added in the later books, there's less recapping, meaning that you'll need to have read the previous books in order to fully understand the storyline.

Also, some characters may not be re-introduced. For example, the character Mrs. Norris is a cat, and this is only explained in earlier books, meaning that if you read the later books first, you could easily mistake Mrs. Norris for a person and not an animal.

Will Reading the Books in Order Affect my Enjoyment of the Series?
Short answer - yes! Here's why:

- Characters. Books are always more enjoyable if the characters are well-developed. If you read the books in order, you'll feel as if you know the characters better, therefore you'll care more about what happens to them. This will definitely make the reading experience more enjoyable.

- Spoilers. If you read one of the books at random and enjoy it, you might later decide to read the series from the beginning. You don't want to spoil the ending for yourself!

- Quirky details. Little things make the world come alive: The Chocolate Frog cards, the talking portraits, the secret passages and the different spells...all these things are what make Hogwarts seem so vivid and magical. The good thing about reading in order is that you learn all these things just as Harry does; you're newcomers to the wizarding world together.
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yasmin shaw answered
Yes! Yes! Yes! Defiantly!

A lot of ppl picked up the last book deathly hallows and read it and obviously they're are left clueless!! Defiantly read  in order because all of it is linked in more than the obvious way, every thing adds up at the end!

I am totally obsessed with the books having grown up with them, and they're amazing and I admire jk so much for having thought up such an incredible tale!
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maria rodrigrez answered
Yes, I would advise you to read all the harry potter books in order, or else you really won't understand the books. A lot people say their long books but once you get to book 3 you'll really like those books. I'm on book 6 in the Harry Potter series. If I were you, I would read those books.
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Anonymous answered
Let's say it's one story divided in 7 books. So yes, you should read them in order, else you won't get the story and reading will be less enjoyable.
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Robin Kozisek answered
Would you ever see Part 2 of something before you see Part 1? I'm the kind of person who likes to keep things in order, so it is my opinion that you will get the most out of the Harry Potter phenomenon if you read them in order....later books refer back to things in the early books.
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Shannon answered
I think that you have to read the books in order. New Characters are introduced in each book, and they usually reappear in the later books, so if you start at the middle or end of the series, you will have no idea who a lot of characters are. Also, each book starts where the last one left off, so if you don't read the previous one, the story might not make sense to you.
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Brandi lol answered
Reading them out of order would make little sense.  Many people think that if they watch the movie then they can skip that book because they already know what's going to happen but what they don't understand is that the movies are nothing like the book.  There are more characters, more plots, and certain things don't in the movies are actually done by different people in the books.  Like how dobby's acts in the book always go to Neville in the movies (I hate that).  My friend tried just reading the last two books and got all confused because she only watched the movies.  Plus they're better in order anyway.
Tina Dillon Profile
Tina Dillon answered
As a reading aide in an elementary, I would have to say that reading them in order will be less confusing (each book introduces new people and problems) I personally would not consider reading Harry Potter out of order.
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b a answered
Books like Harry Potter are like novels, if you read the last part of novels you will create questions in your mind, not like when you read from the beginning. You will enjoy, as if you are the one accompanying the main character^^(wow!! I like it heheheheh)

So, Read from the beginning.. ^^ so you can appreciate and understand the whole story ^^ (love it ) ^^
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Anonymous answered
I would suggest that they are read in order I didnt though I read harry potter and the deathly hallows first and I didnt understand some major parts in the book but  it dosnt really mater if you absolutley understand the movies
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jasmin abdi answered
No, I don't think so but I would be better if you had because then you kinda understand the whole story.
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Anonymous answered
It's a good idea to read any series of books in order, they seem to make more sense that way.

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