If you’re like me, then you love all things Potter and Hoggy-Warty Hogwarts (can I get a “Teach us something please”?) The language was captivating, the world was intriguing, and the characters were engaging. Who am I kidding, using past tense…they STILL are all of those things! It’s hard to compare books to the might of J.K. Rowling, but I’m willing to try. So, if you love these books, you may want to check out the following:
Any and all things by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices were my favorite…hence the chosen picture.)
Ok, real talk time. Some of her books made me angry. Some of the twists and turns were stupid and felt unnatural (which is ironic, considering the content) but dang it if she doesn’t always have me crawling back for more. If what you loved about the HP series was the fact that it was a series and that you had books to anticipate, then you should check out this super hybrid series. Her books start with The Mortal Instruments (6 books), The Infernal Devices (3 books), The Bane Chronicles (11 novellas), Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (10 novellas), and the The Dark Artifices (3 books – only the first of which has been released). So many books about the same world! I love it!
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (and Fangirl, as well!)
If you are a die hard, can’t-be-tamed fan of HP, then you may not LOVE this book. But, it does have the same magical school, young heroes ambiance. I actually made a list of all the parallels between Carry On and the HP series while I was reading it. More than anything, it just carried a sense of nostaglia with a twist, for me.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I haven’t read this book (YET), but I’ve heard a lot of people talk about it. If what you loved about HP was the dueling and the general use of magic, then you should check this book out!
Princess Academy series by Shannon Hale
If you’re wanting to stay within the realm of middle grade literature, then this might be a good series to investigate. These book follow a group of village-born girls who are sent to an academy to learn how to be princesses. There’s some magic and great characters, Hale is one of my favorite middle grade fantasy writers.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
If you’re wanting to kick Hogwarts up a notch, look into this series. This first book is about how Quentin Coldwater learns about his magical abilities and heads off to a secret, magical college. It has highs and lows, and some more mature content than what all went down at Hogwarts.
What books have you read that HP fans would enjoy? Let me know in the comments!
Happy reading! – Caitlyn