If You Liked: Harry Potter

Are you feeling a large, Hogwarts-shaped hole in your heart?
The Cursed Child just didn’t quite do it for you? (I’m still refusing to read it.)
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them has left you wanting more?
If so, here are some books for you to check out:

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
This series focuses on an adolescent boy living a rough life until he discovers he’s a wizard! Wait. No, he finds out he’s a DEMIGOD. Featuring Harry’s snark x400%

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
This also has a wish-fulfillment kind of vibe, except instead of answering the question “what if you suddenly found out you were a wizard” it answers the question “what if when you read out loud, you literally brought stories to life”. I mean, every bookworm’s dream. Or is it?

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Kind of feels like Harry Potter, but if Harry wasn’t a wizard and everything just kept getting worse. Snark level off the charts.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman
For older Harry Potter fans who want to escape from our mundane world. Follow along as everybody hunts down the heart of a star because of their longings for immortality.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
The predecessor to all of your favourite masked vigilantes, this is just good, clean, outlandish fun – just like the first 3 Harry Potter books.

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
This is a middle grade series, in which a brother and sister find out that their grandpa is actually the guardian of a secret magical sanctuary that you’d have to see to believe.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
A curse has separated Lumatere from its people. Those trapped inside are completely cut off from the outside world, and those who were abroad when the curse was cast are forced to live as refugees. The world building in this series is phenomenal, and if you love the Harry Potter series because of Rowling’s Wizarding World, you’ll appreciate this series.

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
This is a new take on the chosen one trope, focusing on all those people who aren’t the chosen one. Very similar to those “Life of a Background Slytherin” comics, but with more substance and depth.

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