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.
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.
Daniel Jose Older's series Shadowshaperfollows 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.
Leigh Bardugo's two fantasy series — The Grishaand 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.
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.