We doubt there’s a literary fan alive who hasn’t experienced Harry Potter, but are you as familiar with these similar titles?
The popularity of Harry Potter is unrivalled, with JK Rowling creating a beloved series that both the young and the old can enjoy time and time again. Known for its magic, mystery and trustworthy characters, the series is hard to match. If you’ve read the seven Harry Potter books and looking for something new, try these six books that are just like Harry Potter for your fantasy fix.
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1. The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is the first novel in the acclaimed trilogy created by Suzanne Collins. Like Harry potter, The Hunger Games is firmly fixed in the fantasy genre, and although it’s aimed at young adults, we’d say it’s for all ages. A heroic 16-year old volunteers for the 74th Hunger Games in place of her younger sister, Primrose Everdeen. What ensues is a three-novel series that will capture your attention and your heart.
2. The Lightning Thief
From author Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief is the first novel in Riordan’s Percy Jackson & The Olympians series. Fantasy at its best, this tale of heroism, mythology and magic is loved by children and adults alike, just like Harry Potter. A truly ageless classic that follows 12-year-old Percy Jackson as he discovers he is a demigod, the son of Greek god Poseidon.
3. The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass is the first novel in Philip Pullman’s trilogy, His Dark Materials. This young adult fantasy novel follows parallel worlds in which humans take the form of lifelong animal companions. With the prominent theme of coming of age, this promises a highly enjoyable read for all ages and one Harry Potter fans will love.
4. The Magicians
The Magicians is the first novel in a trilogy of the same name created by Lev Grossman. This series of fantasy novels features a young man who discovers and attends a college of magic in New York. Much like Harry Potter on his Hogwarts journey, Quentin Coldwater embarks on an epic journey of his own.
From author Garth Nix comes the first novel in The Old Kingdom Series. The series is about the adventures of schoolgirl Sabriel who discovers that she can raise the dead. Stuffed with dark undertones, this magical tale blends good and evil like Harry Potter.
The first novel in Cornelia Funke’s trilogy, Inkheart is an adventure fantasy novel in which the protagonist has the ability to release characters from the pages of their stories. With lovable characters, magical creatures and evil to overcome, this is highly recommended for diehard Potter fans.