15 Authors Every Harry Potter Fan Needs To Be Reading


It’s not difficult to find books as amazing as the Harry Potter series, but it is sometimes difficult to find books with the same magical energy. Whether you grew up reading  the Harry Potter series or you only recently read the books, chances are you've experienced a Harry Potter book hangover at some point in your life. You could certainly reread the books. But at a certain point, it might be best to read something else.

Thankfully, there are many magical books out there, and many authors were inspired by the Harry Potter books. After all, the series has many characters and creatures modeled after legends and works of the past, and Rowling’s work has certainly influenced many writers. You don’t have to delve into fanfiction — though you certainly can — to find more fantasy books to read post-Harry Potter.

If you can’t get enough of the story about a boy wizard discovering the world of Hogwarts, here are some authors to read to fill the hole in your heart once you’ve finished reading (and rereading) the series.

1Neil Gaiman

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SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 23: Writer Neil Gaiman attends the IMDb Yacht at San Diego Comic-Con 2016: Day Three at The IMDb Yacht on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for IMDb)

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From Coraline to Neverwhere, Gaiman's fantasy books are enchanting and dark, perfect for fans of the later books in the Harry Potter series.

2Cornelia Funke

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She has written children's books such as Inkheart and Dragon Rider, and Harry Potter fans will be pulled in by the quirky magic and thrilling adventures.

5Ursula K. Le Guin

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From the Earthsea fantasy series to the Hainish sci-fi series, Ursula Le Guin's works are magical masterpieces perfect for Harry Potter fans.

6Rainbow Rowell


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In Fangirl, Rowell introduces readers to a fanfiction writer obsessed with a Potter-like fictional universe. In Carry On, Rowell tells the story of that book-within-a-book. It's totally meta and totally amazing.

7Diana Wynne Jones


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This extremely prolific British author wrote a treasure trove of books that will appeal to Potter fans, because she has the same quirky humor and magical tone J.K. Rowling fans know and love.

8Nancy Farmer


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Farmer's YA novels — including The House of the Scorpion — have touches of magic, and Harry Potter fans will definitely be on board for the character relationships.

9Robin McKinley


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From The Blue Sword to Beauty, her retelling of Beauty and the Beast, McKinley's works are whimsical, magical fantasy books that will be sure favorites for Potterheads.

10Daniel Jose Older


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Daniel Jose Older's series Shadowshaper follows protagonist Sierra Santiago, a Brooklyn teenager looking to hang out with her friends and work on her art over summer vacation. Things don't go as planned in this urban fantasy, and soon Sierra is caught up in a supernatural order focused on connecting with spirits through art.

11Erika Johansen


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The Queen of the Tearling series is a YA fantasy in the vein of Harry Potter — plus Emma Watson is set to star in the movie adaptation.

13Roshani Chokshi


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The Star-Touched Queen has a little bit of everything Harry Potter fans love: mystery, romance, adventure, and magic. Potter fans should definitely pick up a Roshani Chokshi novel.

14Leigh Bardugo


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Leigh Bardugo's two fantasy series — The Grisha and Six of Crows exist in a society with plenty of stigmas about those who can use magic. Both series will appeal to readers fascinated by the politics of Harry Potter.

15J.K. Rowling

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Author J.K. Rowling attends the 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York on November 10, 2016.

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When you really miss Harry Potter, why not reach for something written by the author of Harry Potter herself? From her Cormoran Strike mystery series to Cursed Child, Rowling has been busy writing more works to complement her first amazing series.