“Harry Potter” series features in top ten favorite books poll!

Unsurprisingly, the Harry Potter books frequently crop up on lists of favorite books, and a new top ten list of favorite books conducted by Harris, a research firm, is no exception. Over 2,000 American adults were asked what their favorite books of all time were, resulting in a top ten list, which features the Harry Potter series as a whole.

The top favorite was the Bible, keeping its top position from when the poll was previously conducted in 2008.

The Harry Potter series appears at number three on the list, behind Gone with the Wind.

The full top ten is as follows:

1. The Bible
2. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
3. Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
4. The Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
7. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
9. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
10. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

See the original article here. Thanks to Brandon M. for the tip.

Do you agree with the Harry Potter series’s position on this list? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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  • Andres

    I think that it should be #2. It had a bigger impact in the world than “Gone with the wind” which was just about the US

    • declan casey

      Well, harry potter was “just about the UK.” What’s the difference between that and having Gone with the Wind being set in the US? So, because it’s about the US means it can’t have a bigger impact on the world, but if it’s about the UK, or any other country, it can? I don’t understand your logic. Why is this Anti-American sentiment become so extreme that people leave weird, silly criticisms of a book set in the US vs the apparently more favorable book about the UK or anywhere else in the world. Your comment is completely unrelated to anything having to do with the quality of the books. A book can’t be good, (perhaps better than Harry Potter,) simply because it’s about the US? Really?

  • chris

    I don’t think there is any way that GWTW comes in at #2. How often do you ever here anyone mention that book? I have read GWTW and it is a good novel but I just can’t see it being more popular/enjoyable than the Harry Potter series.

    • trekwars1

      I believe in reception game of thrones will not rank higher. all 7 potter books were solid and very good. whereas with game of thrones the later book were poorly received by fans and critics.

  • paula

    bueno ami me encanta harry potter y me encanto el test lo ise dos veses y primero me salio grifyndor y despues ravenclaw pero mi casa faborita es slytheryn porque ahi puedo encontrar verdaderos amigos y a huffulpuf no por ahi no le temen alo trabajo pesado jeje y yo si

  • Ah Harry potter I liked it till book 5 the world was good with innocent kids but Voldemort ruined it for me. It got to dark and i just moved on. Now I hate it. Sorry “muggles” (that’s funny). as to the books never read them never will. Why isn’t Game Of Thrones on the list or Lotr number one.

    • Koala

      I’d have thought the answer to that was pretty simple: because neither Game of Thrones nor Lord of the Rings are preferred over those above them on the list.

    • trekwars1

      I have not watched or read game of thornes honestly the hype and over exposure of the series is killing it for me maybe one day I will pick it up. however game of thorns is a series that got a lot of boast from the tv series no one knew of the series until it was made to film wheras potter and LOTR was very popular before the films.nnnI agree as well that maybe LOTR should be number one because it made fantasy extremely popular. however i do think at times the series struggles and becomes outdated when you compare it to contemporary fantasy series like Potter. its not because i think the LOTR books are weaker it just that potter was written nearly 50 years after so the author of poter ws more aware of the world than the author of lotr.nnn I like your… it got dark comments. this is one of the reasons why HP may rank higher. it was a lot darker than LOTR and the story got a lot more complicated than LOTR. Rowling was a lot harder on her characters than tolkien was with his characters. so I don’t know.nnnOverall I am happy the bible is number one. considering how the liberal media has turned almost everybody against Christians.

  • Sunny

    How many people have really read the Bible from cover to cover? They asked for people’s favorites, not most influential. Ugh.

  • erisedfororrim

    Interesting selection, made all the more salient after Gove’s recent decisions concerning American literature on the UK English Literature syllabus