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Which Harry Potter book has the best opening chapter?

aaronaaron Posts: 20,950 mod
edited July 2013 in Movies
We talk about the films a lot here on the forum, but just for discussion's sake--which HP novel boasts the best opening scene?
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Which Harry Potter book has the best opening chapter? 23 votes

The Boy Who Lived, Philosopher's Stone
17%
RichardLord StaffordKranenhermionefan1267 4 votes
The Worst Birthday, Chamber of Secrets
0%
Owl Post, Prisoner of Azkaban
0%
The Riddle House, Goblet of Fire
21%
aaronXDMorsmordreXDPumpkinjuicesnapescloakLittleLucy89 5 votes
Dudley Demented, Order of the Phoenix
13%
WeasleytheKingMadBellaLord_Darkeyes 3 votes
The Other Minister, Half-Blood Prince
26%
TubbyToastchesterfhapsJordybollemannekeSoulxxBond 6 votes
The Dark Lord Ascending, Deathly Hallows
21%
TheDoctorXWingardium_LeviosaX[Deleted User]dobby_freak19byxspeaks 5 votes

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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 27,352 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The Boy Who Lived, Philosopher's Stone
    Can't I pick all? :-S

    Lord Stafford.
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  • SoulxxBondSoulxxBond Posts: 2,079 ✭✭✭✭
    The Other Minister, Half-Blood Prince
    The Other Minister, just because I liked seeing the point-of-view of the Muggle side of things, and it explained a bunch of stuff.

    Second, would probably be The Riddle House.
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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 27,352 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The Boy Who Lived, Philosopher's Stone
    The Boy Who Lived. After all, this is how we started. To begin in such a way (dark and tragic) was genius of Jo, and to date, it is a firm favourite amongst many others.

    Lord Stafford.
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  • XWingardium_LeviosaXXWingardium_LeviosaX Posts: 1,184 ✭✭✭
    edited July 2013
    The Dark Lord Ascending, Deathly Hallows
    For me it's a tie between HBP and DH.

    I loved HBP opening, because it showed us many things that happened in the Wizarding World, as a muggle perspective. I also love the comparison given from the MOM minister and the muggle minister.

    On the other hand, DH opening was dark and scary and I loved that as well.
  • TheDoctorTheDoctor Posts: 3,940 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The Dark Lord Ascending, Deathly Hallows
    Difficult to say. I am kind of fond of Owl Post, but ultimately I had to go with DH.
  • TubbyToastTubbyToast Posts: 1,729 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The Other Minister, Half-Blood Prince
    The first two chapters of HBP combined are so strong. First you get, as said before in this thread, the muggle vision. Right after Jo jumps to the ones most close to LV who are debating and making a deal. It feels so dangerous and dark and immediately you get the taste of the whole book.

    Nice poll, @aaron!
  • fhapsfhaps Posts: 694 ✭✭✭
    The Other Minister, Half-Blood Prince
    'The Other Minister'. I just love JKR's writing on that chapter. She said she intended for that chapter to be the opening chapter of a few of the other books but it only made its way through on HBP, and you can totally feel that she's worked on that piece for quite some time. It's lovely.
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