“Harry Potter” Books as Days of the Week
Everyone has their favorite Harry Potter book. Even if we don’t all agree on which one, the fandom knows that each book has its own personality. Books 4 through 7 become dark and ominous, and the first book is the brightest and most sentimental in the series. We are here to say that Harry Potter books can be compared to days of the week.
1. Monday: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Monday is filled with a sense of dread. Even if you’re that one person who doesn’t hate Monday, no one ever praises it. Deathly Hallows is the physical representation of Monday. It’s the darkest, most dangerous book, and everyone expected Harry to die at the end. Much like Muggles struggling to get out of bed on Monday morning, Harry struggles to destroy soul-crushing Horcruxes.
2. Tuesday: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Tuesday is the next chapter of the week; it’s not yet Wednesday, and Friday seems so far away! Chamber of Secrets is very early in Harry’s journey, and like Tuesday, it’s not a common favorite. It’s rare for a Potterhead to say that Chamber of Secrets is their favorite book. Some moments are memorable, sure, but they’re overshadowed by epic battles and duels in Deathly Hallows. Much like Tuesday, Chamber of Secrets acts as a vital stepping stone to the rest of the series or the end of the week.
3. Wednesday: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
In the middle of the week, Wednesday is marked as a milestone, and so is Prisoner of Azkaban. The book unravels most of the series’ mysteries and introduces several characters that will be important later. Prisoner of Azkaban sets the stage for future events of the series, much like how Wednesday sets the stage for the upcoming weekend.
4. Thursday: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
When Harry clutches the prophecy in Order of the Phoenix, readers know that the answers that he’s been searching for are so close! The suspense leaks from the pages. By Thursday, all of us are ready for the weekend. We’re ready to know what is to come, and like Harry, we hope that it’s for the best.
5. Friday: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Reading the first Harry Potter book was a time of hopefulness and sheer amazement. We didn’t know that magic like this could exist! Each Friday is an opportunity to create something new and to experience the fun that only the beginning of the weekend could bring. Sorcerer’s Stone is the most lighthearted and nostalgic of all the books. Friday ushers us into a comforting weekend with all our favorite things, similar to Harry finding comfort in his new home at Hogwarts.
6. Saturday: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Half-Blood Prince is one of the more upbeat books in the series. There are witty exchanges between the characters amid the growing darkness of Voldemort. Similar to how Sorcerer’s Stone is more of an uplifting adventure story, Half-Blood Prince yields exciting and fun experiences for the trio. Harry and Hermione attend a party, several of the main characters begin dating for the first time, and Ron and Harry become integral members of their House Quidditch team. Comparable to Half-Blood Prince, Saturday is a time of brief frivolity. Until its last few chapters, Half-Blood Prince is a break from the constant problems at Hogwarts.
7. Sunday: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
When Sunday comes around, Monday follows close behind; just like that depressing Sunday night feeling, Goblet of Fire is the book where darkness begins. Yes, Harry has faced evil before, but nothing like this. Harry is tortured by Voldemort, similar to the torturous reminder that you should go to bed early on a Sunday night. There are some exciting moments in Goblet of Fire, just as there are during Sunday, but the inevitability of Voldemort, a.k.a. Monday, is always lurking in the background.