In two earlier posts, we talked about a few of the early Harry Potter books. In this one we’ll take a look at the later books in the series:
- The Order of the Phoenix,
- The Half-Blood Prince, and
- The Deathly Hallows.
In my view, these are the best books of the series, because it’s where Harry and the gang’s adventures become more serious and more complex, and it’s also where all of the loose ends from the first four novels begin to come together into a grand picture.
Let’s take a look at each.
Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
The Order of the Phoenix is the fifth book in the seven part Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, and, in my opinion, is where the action really begins to take off.
The Goblet of Fire ended with the first death of series, and the first appearance of Voldemort, who previously was referred to only as “he who shall not be named.”
The fifth book opens where the fourth left off, as Voldemort’s soldiers become hell-bent on finding Harry and bringing him to their master. Harry, too, has his own protection, found in The Order of the Phoenix, a secret society that has always been sworn to protect him from Voldemort, and once at Hogwart’s Harry begins training his other classmates to be further prepared against the dark arts.
Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
The Half Blood Prince, the sixth novel in the series, is when the rivalries in the wizarding world turn into all out war, and begin to spill over into the muggle world of non-wizards.
Mysterious things begin to happen in London, and Harry must work to keep order in both worls as he continues to look for clues as to the whereabouts of Voldemort and learn how to defeat him.
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
In the last book of the series, Harry learns that all of his previous adventures were intricately linked, tied into a seris of objects, known as horcruxes, each of which holds a piece of Voldemort’s soul. Only when all of the objects are destroyed will Voldemort be vulnerable to defeat, and Harry learns that the link he shares with Voldemort is tied into the same concept, thus he alone must be the one to fight and kill Voldemort, but not without a few challenges he must face first!