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10 Must-Read Magical Books That Aren’t Harry Potter!

Harry Potter will go down in history as one of the most important book series for children. It spawned eight movies, a theme park, and most importantly, it inspired bibliophilia in an entire generation of young readers! But now that we’ve read all of the Harry Potter books (multiple times), it’s time we turn our heads towards other series.

Behold: 10 Magical Book Series That Aren’t Harry Potter!


10. Young Wizards – Diane Duane

This series features two young wizards, Nita and Kit, as they try to stop “The Lone Power” from attempting to destroy the universe. After Nita finds a book —called “So You Want To Be A Wizard”— in the library and takes the wizarding oath, her life changes into an adventure full of magic and wonderment. This is a series for anyone who wished they could be a wizard when they were kids!


9. Abarat – Clive Barker

This series is about a teenage girl, frustrated with her life and whisked away to an archipelago. There are 25 islands, each representing a different hour of the day (plus one, the mysterious 25th hour), where mysterious creatures and adventure lay in wait. Clive Barker is likely best known as the novelist behind Hellraiser and Candyman. But he spins an amazing plot in this truly unique series.


8. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl II is a criminal genius, but when the series begins, he’s only 12 years old! This books play with readers, showing Artemis to be an anti-hero, but also a savior to the magical world he inhabits. Fairies, goblins, and the Russian Mafia; this series is full of twists and turns that any magic-lover is sure to enjoy!


7. Percy Jackson And The Olympians – Rick Riordan

There aren’t many things more fascinating than the magic of Greek mythology. It all starts when Percy Jackson discovers that he is the son of Poseidon. But there’s a catch. He’s also the demigod framed for stealing Zeus’ lightening bolt. With the help of a satyr and the daughter of Athena, Percy embarks a series of adventures laid out across a literary pentalogy. Trust us, this one’s EPIC! (pun definitely intended)


6. The Dark Tower – Stephen King

Stephen King is one of the most recognized names in contemporary horror. Like Clive Barker, he embarks on a series of books full of magic and adventure. But The Dark Tower series is far from YA. King combines elements of sci-fi, magic, and old-timey westerns in this 8-novel series. The question is, will you make it to the Dark Tower?


5. Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, And Me, Elisabeth – E.L. Konigsberg

When Elisabeth moves to a new town, she meets Jennifer, who spends the year teaching her how to be a witch. This is the only book on this list that isn’t a series, but it’s on here for a reason. This book captures the magic of being a witch and of growing up so perfectly that it won the Newbery Honor for the year that it was published.


4. Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle) – Christopher Paolini

The Inheritance Cycle has all of the magic of your favorite medieval tales, but with the added excitement of having a dragon rider for a protagonist. A young boy named Eragon finds a blue dragon egg in his uncle’s field and raises the dragon as his own.  He soon finds himself on a quest for vengeance, complete with a magical sword and ancient elvish spells. Think Lord Of The Rings meets Beowulf.


3. Discworld – Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett passed away earlier this year, but his beloved Discworld series lives on. The series is a humorous take on the world of fantasy, often poking fun at the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Shakespeare. Pratchett plays with multiple story lines and creates many magical adventures, all of which take place on a disc-shaped world that is on the backs of four elephants… who are on the back of a giant turtle.


2. Earthsea – Ursula K. Le Guin

Many people credit Le Guin with creating the idea of the “wizarding school” that helped spawn the Harry Potter series 30 years later. The series begins with Ged (née Duny) learning magic to protect his village from invaders. A mage takes notice of his potential and takes him to a wizarding school, where he meets an animal companion. If you liked Harry Potter, you’ll love its predecessor, shedding more light on to the upbringing of heroic wizards.


1. The Dresden Files – Jim Butcher

Werewolves, vampires, demons, and spirits populate the world of The Dresden Files. The world of wizarding is given practical applications in this series as P.I. Harry Dresden solves supernatural cases for clients in Chicago. After all, what better profession for a wizard after their schooling than a hard-boiled detective?


What is your favorite series in the world of magical literature?

Let us know in the comments!

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Will S. is a left-handed bibliophile who now owns a cherry-red Schwinn Traveler III. On summer afternoons you can almost see his vermilion shadow passing you at great speeds.