'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern
'American Gods' by Neil Gaiman
Everything Neil Gaiman writes is magical, and American Gods is no exception. This dark and twisted book follows Shadow, a recently released convict, in his work as a bodyguard for the mysterious Mr. Wednesday. Harry Potter fans of the darker elements in the series will be drawn to this folklore-inspired creation of an American mythology.
'The Blue Sword' by Robin McKinley
This book is about an orphan named Harry with magical powers — sound familiar? In this book, however, Harry is a girl, and her powers help her wield a mystical sword once used by a legendary war heroine, Lady Aerin. Set in the fictional land of Damar, this book will appeal to fans of the battles in the Potter series.
'The Horse and His Boy' by C.S. Lewis
Most people are familiar with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but this later addition to the Narnia series is a hidden gem. Set entirely in Narnia, this book follows Shasta (an orphan with a talking horse) and his adventures with Aravis (a runaway aristocrat who’s basically a warrior princess) in a journey reminiscent of Harry and Ron’s drive through the Forbidden Forest.
'Princess Academy' by Shannon Hale
'The Princess Bride' by William Goldman
No, this isn’t another princess book. And it’s not a kissing book, either. William Goldman’s masterpiece, which was the basis for one of the most quotable movies of all time, is an action-packed yet hilarious work of fantasy that will enchant HP fans. Goldman’s quirky tone is reminiscent of Rowling’s smart humor, and the classic fairytale themes will stick with readers looking for a little bit of magic. Plus, the frame story will make you cry, because it’s perfect.
'The Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Carlos Ruiz Zafón uses magical realism to weave this captivating story-within-a-story. Fans of Rowling’s ability to blend together memories from the past with the present (pensieve, anyone?) will enjoy Zafón’s tale of Daniel Sempere, a young man on a quest to discover everything he can about the life of his favorite author, the mysterious Julián Carax.
'A Great and Terrible Beauty' by Libba Bray
A school with a magical past. A protagonist with mysterious powers. A diary that conceals a shocking secret. Am I describing Harry Potter or Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty? BOTH. Bray’s book follows Gemma Doyle, a young woman forced to attend finishing school after her mother is murdered under strange circumstances. The book explores the concept of feminine power, and the austere Spence Academy is reminiscent of the magical, magical halls of Hogwarts.
'The Secret of Platform 13' by Eva Ibbotson
If your favorite part of the Harry Potter books is the magical leap from King’s Cross into another world, you’re in luck, because Eva Ibbotson’s book The Secret of Platform 13 also tells the tale of this fantastical threshold. Great for any age, this story has quirky humor and is drenched in magic, just like Harry Potter. There must be something special about King’s Cross, because it seems to be the place to go when one wants to access a secret world.
'Ready Player One' by Ernest Cline
Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (which is being made into a Warner Bros movie directed by Steven Spielberg) is like a combination of the virtual world in The Matrix and the classic quest elements of Harry Potter. Protagonist Wade Watts races to find an Easter Egg in the OASIS, a virtual world created by a genius who was obsessed with the 1980s. It’s fast paced, full of pop culture references, and perfect for anyone looking for a story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
'Graceling' by Kristin Cashore
People called “Gracelings” have special powers in Kristin Cashore’s debut work Graceling, and protagonist Katsa is gifted with the Grace of fighting. Fans of Rowling’s realistic and complex female characters will be drawn to the characters in Graceling, and intrigued by this enchanting story of survival despite the odds.
'Airborn' by Kenneth Oppel
'Fangirl' by Rainbow Rowell
In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, protagonist Cath is obsessed with (and writes fan fiction about) a book series called Simon Snow, which is pretty much the Fangirl universe version of Harry Potter. Although Rowell’s book is realistic fiction, following Cath through her first year in college, fans of Harry Potter will definitely relate to Cath’s… wait for it… fan-girling.
'The Cuckoo's Calling' by Robert Galbraith
When all else fails, you can always turn to the queen herself to fill that HP-sized hole in your heart. In The Cuckoo’s Calling, J.K. Rowling’s new protagonist Cormoran Strike investigates the death of supermodel Lula Landry. Rowling’s newest series (published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) may not be set in the magical universe of spellbooks and lightning-shaped scars and letter-carrying owls, but her writing is still totally magical.