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10 Books Like Harry Potter You Must Read If You Miss the Magic

Harry Potter is a 7-book journey that has gone down in history as one of the best magical epics ever written with one of the greatest fictional world-building. Schools teaching witchcraft and wizardry, a ministry of magic, quidditch, moving staircases and portraits, charms and spells — Harry Potter is considered the gold standard for building a whole new world of magic.

But, what do you do when you’re finished with the 7th and final book? Here are 10 incredible books like Harry Potter to help you keep your magic-thirsty imagination stimulated.

10 Books You Must Read If You Love Harry Potter

#1. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

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Like Harry Potter, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman is another masterful work of storytelling and suspense. It follows the story of a young orphan girl named Lyra living in a parallel universe where a dogmatic ruling consortium known as the Magisterium opposes freedom.

One day, she escapes her domicile and starts making headway towards the cold north to rescue her best friend Roger who was kidnapped by a notorious group of child abductors known as the Gobblers. And the Gobblers are allegedly supported by the Magisterium. Her fearsome uncle Asriel rules the north and is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.

Like Harry Potter, the story of Lyra presents a conquest set in a parallel universe that co-exists with ours.

#2. The Magicians: A Novel by Lev Grossman

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The Magicians is a thrilling coming-of-age novel for adults seeking to explore their love for magical fiction in greater depth. The main character Quentin Coldwater finds himself enrolled in an elusive and elite-tier magic college. It’s kind of like if Harry Potter went to college after Hogwarts.

As Quentin begins to explore his magical prowess, he learns even more about friendship and love. However, unlike in Harry Potter, the story takes quite a dark and dangerous turn when Quentin begins to realize that the magic land he used to dream about as a kid is a nightmare come to life.

#3. The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

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The Kane Chronicles is a trilogy about adventure, magic, and Egyptian mythological fiction for history buffs. When Carter and Sadie’s father goes missing after a mysterious accident in a museum, the two siblings get taken under the wing of their Uncle Amos who introduces them to their family’s proud tradition of magic.

Upon learning magic, Carter and Sadie discover that they’ve been chosen as “hosts” by the Egyptian gods Horus and Iris. They also discover that they are being hunted by the House of Life, which is the world’s governing body of Egyptian magicians. It’s an exciting tale filled with many unprecedented twists.

#4. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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Based on Greek mythology, The Lightning Thief is another fascinating epic about magic by Rick Riordan. It’s set in the same universe as the other Rick Riordan series like Kane Chronicles and Trials of Apollo.

Percy Jackson, the main character, is a 12-year old New Yorker who suffers from both dyslexia and ADHD. One day, on a school trip to the metropolitan museum, Percy’s Algebra teacher Ms. Dodds turns into an Erinyes and attacks him. But his favorite teacher Mr. Brunner lends Percy a magical sword pen just in the nick of time to take Ms. Dodds down.

After this incident, Percy learns about the truth of his heritage. He is a demigod, the son of Poseidon. His quest is to recover Zeus’ stolen master lightning bolt and prevent a war that would ravage the world.

#5. Neverwhere By Neil Gaiman

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An average London businessman by the name of Richard Mayhew is about to discover that there is a whole other world underneath the streets. There exists a city of monsters, saints, murderers, angels, knights in armor, and pale ghostly looking girls wearing bizarre velvet cloaks.

One day, Mayhew finds himself in a strange town that seems oddly familiar to him. He stumbles upon a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. As he approaches her to help, he falls into the cracks on the street. A single act of altruism plunges Mayhew into the depths of the mysterious underworld.

#6. Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Shadow and Bone is a young adult fantasy adventure set in a violent and gloomy post-apocalyptic world that’s plagued by monsters of darkness, also known as the Shadow Fold. The Shadow Fold travels from place to place preying on human flesh.

One day, the fold attacks Alina Starkov’s regiment, brutally injuring her friend Mal. Upon witnessing her friend in agony, Alina awakens a mysterious power that has remained dormant inside her since she was a child. She has the power to summon light and expel the creatures of the shadow. Exhilarating, exciting, you could stay up all night reading this book.

#7. The Queen of The Tearling by Erika Johansen

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The Queen of the Tearling is part one of a trilogy by Erika Johansen. It is set several centuries in the future after an environmental catastrophe nearly pulled the plug on human civilization.

Princess Kelsea Glynn is a plain, serious girl who has spent most of her life reading in exile. But then she sets on on a perilous journey to the castle of her birth to ascend the throne. Around her neck hangs an all-powerful tearing sapphire that the enemy is after. Kelsea must reclaim her dead mother’s throne and defeat the evil Red Queen.

#8. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

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The Alchemyst by Michael Scott is a six-volume fantasy following the events surrounding Nicholas Flamel. That’s right, the very same Nicholas Flamel from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Did you know that Nicholas Flamel really lived? He was a French scribe and alchemist who lived in 12th century France.

Dr. John Dee, an evil alchemist, plans to steal the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s a powerful book containing the secrets of immortality discovered by Nicholas Flamel. The story is centered around Sophie and Josh, the twins of prophecy who must prevent Dr. John Dee from destroying the world.

#9. City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Set in modern-day New York, City of Bones is an urban fantasy that follows the story of fifteen-year-old Clary Fray. When at a club, Clary Fray witnesses a murder committed by three teenagers. The three teens are covered in mysterious tattoos and use otherworldly weapons.

All of a sudden, the murderers and the entire crime scene down to the last smear of blood disappears. Clary is the sole witness to what occurred. She eventually learns that this was her first encounter with Jace, a shadow hunter, the descendants of a powerful line of angel-human hybrids. After a shadow hunter kidnaps her mother, Clary finds herself buddying up with Jace to rescue her, and thus begins a complicated journey.

#10. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

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Eyes Like Stars is a simple story about an orphan girl named Bertie Shakespeare struggling to save her home. Except, her home is a theater. She’s not an actress but she is committed to the art form and lives right on the stage. Her best friends are pirates, magicians, brigands, elementals, and fairies.

However, a tragedy is dawning that could make her lose the only thing that’s dear to her. As two men begin vying for her attention, things start to go astray.

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