ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

Imagine you're stranded on a desert island. You've got your rudimentary shelter, a supply of food and water... but you're only allowed one Harry Potter book.

Which one do you choose? I think there's a fair argument to be made for each of them, but I need you guys to vote which one you'd take...

Note: all page counts refer to the US editions.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Pages: 309

It's where the series began, and it's still the only book I've ever finished and immediately turned back to the first page to start reading again... The first Harry Potter book made me a very happy ten-year-old indeed!

Personal favorite moment: Harry arrives at Hogwarts.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Pages: 341

I always loved the back-story we're given in Book 2, hearing some history behind the dreaded Lord Voldemort when most people didn't dare even say his name aloud.

Personal favorite moment: Enemies of the heir, beware!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Pages: 435

Yup, this one is my favorite book. I don't have any particular rational reason for this - your favorite Harry Potter book is kind of like your favorite animal, right? You just... love it.

Personal favorite moment: Hermione socks Malfoy right in the face. Awesome.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Pages: 734

The books get longer and darker from the epic Goblet of Fire, and I always loved the Triwizard Tournament and the involvement with Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, too.

Personal favorite moment: The Hungarian Horntail

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Pages: 870

Well, you certainly get a lot of bang for your buck with the whopping fifth book, and there's a whole ton of wizarding ancestry to pore over during those lonely desert island days...

Personal favorite moment: Battle with Bellatrix

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Pages: 652

Oh, seriously? So much sad stuff happens in this book, I don't know if I could deal with reading it again!

Personal favorite moment: The big, irreparable death.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Pages: 759

A great finale and a whole lot of stuff coming together perfectly. However, for re-reading purposes, there's not actually a whole lot of Hogwarts involved, so I'd pick another...

Personal favorite moment: The Battle of Hogwarts

It's a tough decision, Potter fans, but you know in your hearts which single Harry Potter book you'd take with you to a desert island, don't you?


Which Harry Potter book would you take to a desert island?


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