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10 Books to Read After Harry Potter

19th August 2019

10 books like Harry Potter

So,  you've just finished the Harry Potter books and don’t know what to read next? I get it, it's difficult to find anything anywhere near as good as the potter series with action, magic and fantasy. Worry not, here are our recommendations for books like Harry Potter. And if you need a little more Potter in your life, check out our Harry Potter series in order, our list of the Harry Potter films and our favourite Harry Potter quotes


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2019-09-24
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Northern Lights

Phillip Pullman is one of Britain's most distinguished authors and this is his most renowned series. Pullman's contemporary retelling of Milton's epic Paradise Lost immerses the reader in a series of parallel universes where witches and armoured polar bears are commonplace. In her uncanny world, Lyra and her daemon must strive to deter imminent and immeasurable consequences that will resonate far beyond just her world. The lore and magic of His Dark Materials are perfect for Harry Potter lovers and this fantasy saga doubtlessly influenced many elements of Rowling's series.


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Inkheart

Our 12-year-old protagonist Meggie makes a life-changing discovery: her father can bring fictional characters to life as he pleases. However, his supernatural talent goes awry all hell breaks loose and Meggie must harness the magic to set things right. With this story Funke crafts a sensory experience that is sure to become a favourite of yours via its unique premises and relatable main-character, Meggie.

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The Bad Beginning

If you fancy getting to know a new gang of eccentric children fighting to overcome evil, then a Series of Unfortunate Events is the perfect place to come after Harry Potter. The title sums up the series perfectly; the concept is that simple the four siblings must endure challenge after challenge which is seemingly ignited by chance or their heinous and greedy uncle who cares for no one other than himself. Despite the saddening and tragic scenarios, the children find themselves in the books manage to make you laugh through their witty humour.

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Book 1)

Percy Jackson is the son of the powerful water-god Posedian but there is only one problem: he doesn't know it yet. However, after a string of strange encounters, he discovers the truth and has to battle to prevent total war breaking out among the gods themselves. Riordan does an excellent job in fashioning the fascinating lore and stories of Greek mythology into novels that are accessible to young adults. Percy Jackson is particularly suitable if you enjoyed the mythological aspect to Harry Potter and want to explore classical myths further.


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The Night Circus

The Circus of Dreams arrives without announcement and brings with it colour, light and mystery bringing the night to life. Morgenstern animates her wholly original idea through exquisite writing making for an entertainingly enchanting novel. She provides a whole new take on magic which is not to be missed for fantasy lovers.


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Skulduggery Pleasant

The series opens with a funeral. Stephanie’s uncle has passed away, however, at the acclaimed horror writer's funeral Stephanie sees a strange figure, his face covered. She will soon find out that she did not know her uncle as well as she thought she did and his terrifying novels are not as fictitious as they seem. Funny at times, scary at times Skullduggery is the complete fantasy series and a great lead-on from Harry Potter.


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The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones

Unbeknownst to most, New York has a darker supernatural portion where shadow hunters and demons roam freely. But Clary knows she must battle her way through this alternate side to her familiar city facing Villans everywhere she goes, risking her life at every turn. In this world, there is no black and white, no wrong and right it is a place where lines merge and you will even find yourself sympathising with Clary’s adversaries as a result of author Cassandra Clare's fully fleshed-out and three-dimensional characters. The world is vivid and believable so will most definitely draw you in and keep you intrigued throughout the series' six instalments. As evidence of its great success, it has been adapted into a popular film on top of a critically acclaimed Netflix series so is worth a read.


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The Hunger Games


The Hunger Games can be thought of as a fleshed-out high-octane Tri-wizard Tournament where children battle for victory so is the perfect next series to get stuck into for Harry Potter lovers. In a dystopian post-apocalypse world, children are sent to almost certain death for the entertainment of the totalitarian Capitol. The series will leave you short of breath through its staggering pace: it is a thrill that is not to be missed. However, Collins' brutal and unflinching style leaves no character unscathed so try to not become too attached throughout the series’ twists and turns. Just like Harry Potter the books provide strong roles for female characters such as Katniss Everdeen who through her fervour and vigour has become a universally recognisable pop culture icon.

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Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Jacob is unwillingly thrown into the world of time loops and the supernatural after a spiral of mysterious events. The books are funny but most definitely not for the faint-hearted: action, scares and the macabre come often catching the reader off-guard. The peculiar children's exploits are very much similar in their edge of your seat tension to those of Ron, Harry and Hermione so clearly this expert fantasy is a must-read for Potter fanatics.


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Eragon: Book One

Eragon is a poor farm boy who has settled into a life of monotony, destined to work the same fields like his father before him, however, after finding a precious-looking stone in the forest his life is flipped on its head. He must now lead the legendary dragon-riders to overcome the evil king's treachery and with the Empire's fate resting in his hands. Needless to say, the masterfully written fantasy is in the same vein as Harry Potter and is a worthy next series to get stuck into.

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10 Books to Read After Harry Potter

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