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3 Harry Potter Cover Redesigns We Need Right Now!

The internet is full of strange and wonderful things, and it seems like everyone online has more talent in their pinkie than I do in my whole body. I love it. There’s a wonderfully large community for book cover redesigns, and every cover re-designers should probably have professional book design jobs. You may ask, will we ever have enough designs for Harry Potter dust jackets? These artists don’t seem to think so.

 

1. Art Deco Redesign by asheaths on Tumblr

 

These are simple but punchy, and they would make beautiful display copies. The shelf envy would be so real. Designs for the spines weren’t included, but even stacked they’d be gorgeous.

 

           

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2. Stylized German Book Covers by Olly Moss

 

These designs may seem more traditional, but don’t let the clean simplicity of the art style fool you. Through details and color, these covers convey the feeling of each book like you’re reading them again for the first time.

 

 

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3. Glow In The Dark Cutouts by Kincso Nagy

 

The piece de resistance—cutout and luminous, these copies glow inside and out. Beautiful cutouts back by luminescent paint, popup illustrations, and pretty matte covers make these outrageously beautiful. I want a hundred.

 

 

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The Seven ‘Harry Potter’ Books Ranked From Worst to Best

The Harry Potter books are some of the most enduring touchstones of children’s literature. Most of us have fond memories of J.K. Rowling’s classic series of fantastical novels centering around the wizarding world of Harry Potter and friends. But not all of the books are created of equal quality, despite our tendency to rank all seven as equal quality, they are unfortunately not. But which are the best and which are the worst? Let’s have a look at all seven ‘Harry Potter’ books and see them all from worst to best!

Chamber of Secrets

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7. Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets

Off to the races with a little controversy. Out of the whole series, Chamber of Secrets unfortunately ranks at the bottom. While the first book pulled readers in with its fantastically designed world and introduced the characters effortlessly while having the subplot of Voldemort in the background, the second book is a lesser follow up.

The basilisk plot is terrifying and quite gripping but ranks as perhaps the most ‘run of the mill’ plot of Harry Potter’s canon, a monster of the week story that doesn’t deepen the characters much nor does it truly advance the series forward. The loss of Hermione for numerous chapters hurts the book too, removing the essential power trio that is the series strength. Its not bad but its definitely the weakest of the novels, although the plot twist of Tom Riddle gives it some bite near the end.

Socreret's Stone

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6. Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone

The first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, will always remain a classic for its introduction to the world of the Potterverse and the characters within, fondly remembered in the minds of many readers.

However, J.K. Rowling clearly hadn’t solidified her style yet and under critical scrutiny, it certainly doesn’t stack up against most of the other books. The first book is quite short and its a breezy read, with Rowling blasting through huge amounts of the school year without paying it the great amounts of detail that would become a trademark of the later books. The world also feels less fleshed out and considerably more childish but even so, this is the book that made our love of the series last forever.

Goblet of Fire

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5. Harry Potter and the goblet of fire

Goblet of Fire has a lot of good, with its tournament style structure offering a break from the usual clichés of the series, offering a new and exciting series of scenarios for Harry to tackle. Characters are deepened even further here as the cast begins to grow up, with the Yule Ball sequence an excellent demonstration of how much more ‘adult’ Harry and his friends have become in their fourth year. The ending is also fantastic, with Voldemort’s chilling resurrection and return to power.

Still, the overall structure does become repetitive on subsequent reads. Cedric’s death is well handled but in hindsight, Cedric’s death is telegraphed miles away considering he was a new character and not a main member of the cast. Still, its a shocking moment and the book helps move the series into its darker tone.

Order of the Phoenix

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4. Harry Potter and the Order of the phoenix

This book is polarizing, as teen hormones come to dominate the plot and this can be grating to many readers. Harry’s changing emotions cause him to crush badly on Cho Chang, brood around Hogwarts, rant about Dumbledore, and be kind of a jerk to his friends. Its justified and a realistic portrayal of teen angst but its not very fun to read either and its especially grating on re-reads. But it also contains some of the highest ‘highs’ of the series, like the formation of Dumbledore’s Army, the battle at the Ministry of Magic, and the glorious presence of Dolores Umbridge.

It’s perhaps a polarizing book but its great moments make up for the lesser ones.

Deathly Hallows

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3. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows 

This is the finale to the series and it certainly lived up to the exceptions. It wrapped up the series is a very satisfying way, showcasing the entire cast of characters in a variety of ways, even in small cameos. It’s not without its flaws, with the epilogue being controversial and the middle of the book dragging considerably as the trio travels through the wilderness, but the rest of the book, especially the final battle at Hogwarts, was everything we ever wanted and more.

It’s the finale we all wanted and minor flaws don’t detract for what an incredible experience it was.

Half-Blood Prince

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2. Harry Potter and the half-Blood prince

This book is a high point of the series, striking a balance between dark drama and hilarious comedy in a perfect way. It provides a backstory to the series villain, Voldemort, and deepens characters considerably while throwing tons of twists into the mix about old ones (Dumbledore especially). Snape is also showcased for the first time as considerably more complex than he initially appeared to be and the final twist of him being the Half-Blood Prince is an exciting payoff at the novel’s emotional climax, and that’s saying nothing of Dumbledore’s unexpected and emotional death at the book’s climax.

This is a heartfelt, drama, and masterpiece of a novel that truly solidifies Harry Potter’s mature themes.

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1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The third book of the series is truly the best of the books, despite being shorter than the later ones and early into the series run. Here is where Harry comes into his own as a three dimensional character as opposed to simply a surrogate and a POV character for the young audience. Remus Lupin and Sirius Black make their introductions here, standing out as some of the best characters the series has to offer.

It’s the book that tugged at our heartstrings for the first time and even though Voldemort is almost completely absent the plot is no less engaging for his absence.

This book shows why we love Harry Potter and why we always will.

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Celebrate the Publication of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ and ‘Goblet of Fire’ Today!

This day, July 8th, saw the original publication of two Harry Potter novels: The Prisoner of Azkaban in 1999 and The Goblet of Fire in 2000. Both were huge milestones for the series, representing the continued evolution of the Potterverse into darker, more complex territory than the comparatively straightforward, whimsical first two novels (The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets.) The books were both bestsellers, Azkaban selling three million in the United Kingdom alone, and Goblet of Fire selling over five million copies. Each book received positive reviews, especially Azkaban, praised for its excellent character development as the characters become teenagers, leaving behind their child selves. The Goblet of Fire meanwhile won the Hugo Award in 2001, the only Harry Potter novel to do so.

 

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Prisoner of Azkaban chronicles Harry’s third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he begins the new year, a dangerous convict known as Sirius Black escapes from the dreaded prison Azkaban. Black is thought to be an associate of Voldemort, and so Hogwarts is guarded by Dementors, as the teachers believe Black will seek out Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived. While dealing with this, Harry must deal with the regular perils of teenage life: increased schoolwork, feelings for girls, and a hidden secret Hermione is carrying around with her.

The Goblet of Fire tells the story of Harry taking part in the massive Triwizard Tournament, a huge competition between Hogwarts and rival schools over the course of the semester. Harry’s name appeared in the Goblet of Fire (the method by which contestants are selected) under mysterious circumstances ad Harry must deal with the tournament’s various challenges, such as stealing eggs from an angry dragon, diving beneath the Hogwarts Lake to rescue trapped students, and make his way through a monster infested, booby trapped maze to claim the Triwizard Cup. All the while, dark forces plot in the background, growing steadily throughout the school year.

 

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Film adaptations of the two books were released in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Prisoner of Azkaban grossed $796 million, as well as earning critical acclaim and further embracing the change of tone for the series by embracing a new, more darker style for the overall work. Goblet of Fire earned similar acclaim, grossing $897 million. Both were among the highest grossing, best reviewed films of their respective years, enforcing the overall popularity of the ongoing fantasy series.

Both works deepened the Potterverse, introducing iconic characters and creatures, while planting the seeds for the epic saga centering around the rise of Lord Voldemort. Celebrate their original releases and read the original books again!

 

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