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.
The high-stakes adventure of this fantasy series will electrify fans of Harry Potter.
4Sarah J. Maas
In Sarah J. Maas's two fantasy series — Throne of Glass series and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series — she's crafted lush fantasy settings with romantic and interesting characters. Plus, Sarah J. Maas is a huge Harry Potter fan herself!
5Ursula K. Le Guin
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
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.
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.
10Daniel Jose Older
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.
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.
Zoraida Cordova's books are packed with enough magic, adventure, and romance to instantly hook fans of J.K. Rowling.
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.
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.