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Top Hacks: How to Get Free Harry Potter Books & Audiobooks

If you want to get free Harry Potter books and audiobooks but don't want to pay to do so, get my top tips to read, listen to and/or download Harry Potter without spending any money.

There are seven total books in the Harry Potter series by author J.K. Rowling:

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This post shares how to read each Harry Potter book in physical format and online free in both digital and audiobook formats.

This post focuses on legitimate ways to download Harry Potter free, so that all those who contributed to the publication of this book series can be properly paid on the back end, and also to ensure you are reading the books in their correct and final forms. While there are many random sites where you can purportedly read online free Harry Potter books, I recommend you do it the "right" way per the recommendations in this post.

How to Get Free Harry Potter Books & Audiobooks

Get answers to frequently asked questions about Harry Potter free books, then learn more details on my top hacks to get free Harry Potter books and audiobooks.

Frequently Asked Questions About Free Harry Potter Books

Where can I listen to Harry Potter audiobooks for free?

- the library (Overdrive, Libby, and/or Hoopla apps)
- Audible

Is Harry Potter still free with Audible?

The Harry Potter book series is available with a free trial of Audible Premium Plus, by which you can redeem one credit for a book of your choice during the free trial period.

Where can I get free Harry Potter books?

- a friend or family member
- the library
- Kindle Unlimited (free trial)
Prime Reading (free with an Amazon Prime subscription; otherwise, a free trial is available)
- Audible (free trial)

Below are more details about exactly how you can get free Harry Potter books and audiobooks by way of the five methods mentioned briefly above:

Borrow Them From a Friend or Family Member

The easiest way to get free Harry Potter books is to borrow the physical books from a friend, family member, or even a stranger. I have no doubt in my mind that, if you quickly posted a request on social media, someone would gladly lend or give them to you. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask!

Believe it or not, there are two ways you can also (possibly) have a friend or family member share a Harry Potter book with you via Audible:

First, members of your Amazon Household (up to two adults and four children at the same address) can share Audible books by way of the Family Library feature. If another member of your Amazon Household has a Harry Potter book in his or her library, follow the below steps.

Log in to Amazon.com and hover over "Account & Lists" at the top right of the screen. Go to "Content and Devices." Select the "Preferences tab." Next, select "Households and Family Library," and then select "Manage your Household." Click "Add" and follow the prompts to invite family members to your Amazon Household. Thereafter, you need to "Manage Your Family Library."

Second, if a friend has a Harry Potter title in his or her Audible library, he or she can share the book by opening your Audible app and tapping “My Library” at the bottom of the screen. Then, find the specific Audible book and tap the three dots to the far right of the book. Tap “Send this Book.” (Note: I believe this only works if the recipient has never received an audiobook this way.)

Lend Them From the Library

If you have a library card, you can also lend the Harry Potter book series for free from your local library in three formats: physical books, digital books, and audiobooks.

Digital books and audiobooks are available via the Overdrive and Libby apps, which most libraries seem to have at this point in time. However, whether you attempt to loan physical books from the library, or obtain them via the Overdrive and Libby apps, you may have to place a hold and wait in line for the books to become available to you.

In that case, you may also want to check if your library offers the Hoopla app, by which you can lend up to four digital books per month and read ebooks or listen to audiobooks from a large catalog immediately -- without having to wait for your turn in a "hold" line. Hoopla does, in fact, have the Harry Potter book series in its catalog. I listened to one of the books myself via this app!

If your library does not have Hoopla, or even if you are struggling to obtain the books otherwise from your own local library, you may need to get creative in order to get the Harry Potter books free from the library.

For example, where I live, the Philadelphia library is a much larger library with more resources than many other rural libraries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. And the Philadelphia library allows residents of the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to obtain a library card!

Your libraries are public resources paid with your tax dollars and meant to serve you, so don't be afraid to ask questions. Librarians want to help you.

And if you don't yet have a library card but need free Harry Potter books fast, don't necessarily despair -- some libraries, including my own, give you immediate digital access via a temporary library card for a short period of time. You will just need to go into the library to renew your membership at a later time.

Download Them from Kindle Unlimited (Free Trial)

Kindle Unlimited is an Amazon subscription service by which members can read and/or listen to unlimited digital books and audiobooks from a massive catalog of over two million books, audiobooks, and magazines on an Amazon Kindle or via the Amazon Kindle app.

And the entire Harry Potter series of seven books is included and available to immediately binge e-read!

While Kindle Unlimited is a paid monthly subscription service, you can sign up for a free trial for 30 days. You can cancel at any time, but after your 30-day free trial, Kindle Unlimited will cost you a fee per month.

(Of note, Amazon Prime Student offers two months of Kindle Unlimited free to college students.)

Check the current price here.

Lend Them Via Prime Reading

While Amazon Prime is a paid subscription, if you are already a member, you can lend digital books online via the member benefit of Prime Reading for no extra charge. And if you are not already an Amazon Prime member, you can try it free for 30 days.

(Of note, Amazon Prime Student is available to college students free for three months.)

Prime Reading is a private lending library that allows Amazon Prime members to immediately loan up to ten books in the Prime Reading catalog at a time.

Prime Reading also offers:

  • Unlimited access to a rotating catalog of ebooks and audiobooks,
  • 1 free pre-release ebook every month from editors' picks, and
  • Magazines and comic books.

I have used this Prime Reading myself, and it's really easy, as well as a great time and money-saving benefit that some Amazon Prime members may not even know about.

At the time of posting this article, two of the seven Harry Potter books are available to lend via Prime Reading.

Listen to them Via Audible (Free Trial)

Audible is another Amazon subscription service by which members can listen to audiobooks, such as the Harry Potter books, via the Audible app.

There are two subscriptions: Audible Plus and Audible Premium Plus, both of which offer free 30 day trials.

Audible Plus allows members to listen to an unlimited selection of audiobooks, original recordings, podcasts, meditations, and more from a specific catalog. You can cancel Audible Plus at any time, but after your 30-day free trial, Audible Plus will cost you a fee per month. (Check the current price here.)

Audible Premium Plus allows members to listen to the Audible Plus catalog plus it offers members one credit per month to redeem for any audiobook of their choice -- whether or not it's part of the Audible Plus catalog. You can cancel Audible Premium Plus at any time, but after your 30-day free trial, Audible Premium Plus will cost you a fee per month. (Check the current price here.)

At the time of posting, the entire Harry Potter series of seven books can be listened to as part of the Audible Premium Plus membership. So, technically, you can redeem your credit for one Harry Potter book during your free trial period.

Learn more about Audible Plus and Audible Premium Plus.


Those are all my top hacks on how to get free Harry Potter books, ebooks, and audiobooks.

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