1. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
One of the best fantasy books ever to be written, J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter is an orphan, bespectacled, and ordinary boy, who is famously known as ‘The Boy Who Lived’. He lived at his materialistic Aunt Petunia and, her grumpy husband, Vernon Dursley’s place in a lazy English town.
Amidst all the bullying by his fat cousin Dudley, Harry had a strange letter delivered to him on his eleventh birthday. As if this was not odd enough, a giant-sized man comes to the door to announce that Harry Potter was a wizard and he had been admitted to a magical school for magical folks!
This man, Hagrid, had come to take him to another world, which Harry strongly felt, was better than the one with the Dursleys in it. This leads Harry and hence the reader into the bewitching world devised by JK Rowling, where beloved relations and dangerous confrontations await him.
Welcome to the fantasy school of Harry Potter called the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Already feeling judgmental about what we call, the best fantasy books? Please wait! That was the case when the first of Rowling’s fantasy books came out and people started guessing the story by its cover. But, then onward, it has been a magical journey, so heart-warming, masterly crafted and endearing, that it just had to figure in the best fantasy books of all time! Full stop.
Harry Potter, along with his best friends Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley take the reader, on one of the most absorbing rides into a magical world, within our world. The entire fantasy books set, progressively becomes more interesting and has redefined reading habits across the globe.
Perhaps, what makes these set the best fantasy books, is the fact that every person can associate with some character or situation during the 7-book journey. It is a work of magic set in the British Isles but has attracted young patrons of best fantasy novels across the globe. Harry Potter series is every fantasy book lovers delight.
The final installment in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows was the fastest selling book ever! 2,65,000 of its copies were sold in the UK on the first day of release. The series has sold in about 200 countries, in more than 75 languages.
Interesting facts about author J K Rowling:
J K Rowling is a class of her own. The idea of writing about a bespectacled boy and his journey into his magical roots, began on a train journey from Manchester to London. The journey for both J.K Rowling and her character was a rediscovery of their true self through the highs and lows of life.
Joanne Rowling became the first author to enter the billionaire club, because of children’s fantasy books. This, after she was advised against entering the very same, limited earning genre of books. Ironical?
J.K Rowling started out with rejection from publishing houses. In fact, her breakthrough was the result of a girl’s insistence to make the first book see the light of the day. Only, the girl in question happened to be the daughter of Bloomsbury Publishing House Chief. The first print order was only for 500 copies!
But rest, as they say, is history.
Did you know? *
J K Rowling borrowed some of her friends names for the villainous characters, spread throughout her fantasy books!
Fantasy Books in Harry Potter series:
The first book was out in the year 1997 and much to the delight and also the agony of the reader, the last of the best fantasy books, was published in 2007.
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows