Hello there, are you looking for books like Harry Potter? I just wanted to start with this wonderful saga, maybe because I’m rereading these books as they are amazing. I don’t think this saga needs an introduction? Harry Potter, the boy who defeated You-Know-Who being only a baby and his adventures in Hogwarts of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
In this post you will find both books for adults who like Harry Potter and books like Harry Potter for kids. Do you think therar are books similar to harry potter series but addressed to adults? let’s take a look.
Why are we searching books like Harry Potter?
I assume we are all here because of the same, we grew reading these books while we loved the world J.K Rowling created. But how are we to blame? They had something special, and I’m not talking about magic only, where the author made a great job being so convincing and fascinating we all wanted to have our own wand.
Also, the characters, being so particular and unique; the plot, gradually getting more mature and adult book after book; and let’s not forget the way non-magic and magic world coexist, leading to such fun and amazing gags. Having said this, let’s find some series like harry potter
Are there any books like Harry Potter?
So, we want more magic and a plot which is fascinating intriguing. I have some book suggestions for you, none of them is Harry Potter of course (as none expects to be) but they have they own charm, and that’s the thing isn’t it? Since I don’t want to spoil you any of these books, allow my descriptions to be a bit vaguer than they usually would. In this post you’ll find a list of good books if you like Harry Potter.
With no further ado, let’s take a look at these books like Harry Potter:
Books like Harry Potter for adults
Here go some books for adults who like Harry Potter:
The Magicians by Lev Grossman: a series like Harry Potter but way more adult
This is a three-book saga (being The magicians the first book title) telling the story of Quentin, a high school student who discovers he is a magician and attends a college of magic in the city of New York. It is a way more adult approach to magic, being much more explicit all along the plot. Nonetheless, unlike the Harry Potter series, this story is not that much held in the college of magic but also in the magic world of Fillory.
Honestly, I couldn’t describe these books better than George R.R Martin did:
“The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea.” We’ll take the hard stuff.” Exactly this.
The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein: a must in a list of adult books like harry potter
The Red Magician
A story that reimagines the Holocaust . The story centers on a young Jewish girl named Kicsi, she will have to choose between the rabbi she respects and a newcomer magician.
Just by seeing the scenerario, you might have already noticed why this is an adult book like Harry Potter.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: books like Harry Potter but way darker
A fantasy series that centers on one of the last Antari, Kell.
The Great Library by Rachel Caine: books like Harry Potter for adults who enjoy fantasy a lot
Ink and Bone
Paper and Fire
Ash and Quill
Smoke and Iron
Sword and Pen
These are really good books if you like Harry Potter.
Books like Harry Potter for kids
Here you have some books like Harry Potter for kids:
The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
These series also consist of a trilogy (and also a prequel). While The Magicians is more focused toward adults, this one is more for teenagers. These novels, not only have a consistent magic system but they also have an interesting approach. This story mixes actual history relevant events, such as the Roman empire or the American revolution, with magic; the events of history being really affected by this one (just imagine the possibilities)
The novel tells the story of Nathaniel, an eleven-year-old boy apprentice of magic. He will learn how to summon Bartimaeus, a djinn (or genie), to help him during his dangerous journey. This amazing story is set in an alternative history, where London city begins its domination of the world thanks to magic.
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
Another trilogy, these fantasy novels are set in a fantasy world or, better said, in multiple worlds. Despite the fact of being a fantastic story, the author makes it somehow sound really realistic. A bit more mature than Harry Potter, due to the relevance of concepts such as physics, philosophy or theology in the plot. Even so, the story is not as complex to remain accessible.
This story features the journey of Lyra Belaqua to different worlds (including ours). His dark materials don’t have only magic, but also has a religious and philosophical undertone. And if this was not enough, there are also polar bears with armor (cool uh?)
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
These are non-finished series (having already 7 books and the next one planned to be published in 2009). This saga is the most different from the Harry Potter series, but it deserved to be in the list. And here is why, these series are very much plot driven with a magic system based on disciplines. The way the magic system works is what makes it both complex and fascinating. Really good books if you like Harry Potter.
The story is set is the magic world of Scadrial . Vin, a mistborn, is the main protagonist in the series. She will use her magic power (alomancy) to defeat the Lord Ruler. If you are curious about this series, you find Mistborn reading order here.
Hope you will enjoy these books like Harry Potter, I´m certain you will! I’m afraid there’s only a proper way to end this: Finite Scripturam!
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