Harry Potter is a beloved book series written by J.K. Rowling that has captured the hearts and imaginations of readers all over the world. The story follows the life of a young wizard named Harry Potter as he navigates his way through the wizarding world, learns magic at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and battles dark forces, including He Who Must Not Be Named, Lord Voldermort.
If you’re a fan of the series, you might be wondering just how many Harry Potter books there are. Well, the answer to this question is relatively straightforward!
As of 2021, there are a total of 7 Harry Potter books in the main series, each one representing a year in Harry Potter’s life during his seven years at Hogwarts. Here’s a breakdown of the books in the Harry Potter series, as well as their release year in the UK:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
- Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (2003)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)
Each book follows Harry’s adventures as he grows older and faces increasingly complex challenges. The series has been widely acclaimed for its imaginative storyline, well-developed characters and expertly crafted world-building.
As well as the seven main books, there are also several other books related to the Harry Potter series. These include:
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001)
- Quidditch Through the Ages (2001)
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages are companion books that provide additional information about the wizarding world. They were written in aid of the BBC charity Comic Relief and are two text books that are mentioned in the main Harry Potter series.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of fairy tales that are mentioned in the final Harry Potter book. The book was written following the publication of the final book in the main series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and initially only seven copies existed. Rowling gifted six of these copies to people closely linked to the book series and one handwritten copy was sold at auction to raise money for her charity The Children’s Voice (ultimately selling for £1.95m). The book was later made available to the public.
There is also the 2016 play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play was written by Jack Throne but based on a story written by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Thorne. The play is set 19 years on from the last novel and follows Harry Potter in his job as Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic, and his son, Albus Severus Potter, who is about to attend his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This script was also released as a book in the same year and Rowling herself describes it as the 8th Harry Potter book.
How many pages are in Harry Potter?
In the main series, there are 3,407 pages across the seven books (this is based on the UK print editions of these books). Easily the longest book in the series is the fifth entry, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with 766 pages although the final four entries are double in length compared to the first three.
Below is a table listing the books and their total page numbers, as well as the four spin off entries.
|Book Name||No. of Pages|
|Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone||223|
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||251|
|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||317|
|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||636|
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||766|
|Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince||607|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows||607|
|Harry Potter and the Cursed Child||352|
|Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them||128|
|Quidditch Through The Ages||144|
|The Tales of Beedle The Bard||144|
So, there you have it! There are a total of 7 Harry Potter books in the main series, along with several other related books and a sequel in the play. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a newcomer to the series, there’s plenty of Harry Potter content out there to keep you entertained.
If you’re looking to buy any of the books, they’re widely available in bookshops and online retailers. If you’re looking for even more Harry Potter content, be sure to check out the movie and video game adaptations, as well as the popular website and online community, Wizarding World (formerly known as Pottermore).