10 of the Best Fantasy Novels for Harry Potter Fans | Book RiotSo you like Harry Potter. You've read and reread every Harry Potter book. You've seen every Harry Potter film, blogged extensively about all of the times that Michael Gambon gave a weird line reading as Dumbledore, downloaded multiple Harry Potter podcasts, and purchased at least one pair of wizard-themed lingerie, and possibly cleaned out your savings account for Cursed Child tickets, even though you have several logistical issues with the time travel plot. You are, in short, a huge Harry Potter fan, and huge Harry Potter fans are always in need of good fantasy book recommendations. Here are a few books that every adult Harry Potter fan should read this year because we're going to need some powerful magic to get us through You've had plenty of time by now to decide if you like the Cormoran Strike books, too.
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Maybe you'll never find a book better than Harry Potter , but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy reading other novels about magic, friendship, and adventure. What it's about : The Magicians , the first book of a trilogy, is about Quentin Coldwater, a kid who attends an exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. He and his friends travel in pursuit of finding a magical land, but what they actually find is more than they bargained for. Why you should read it : " The Magicians by Lev Grossman definitely filled my void. It grew with me, from a young teen reading Harry Potter , into my twenties with The Magicians! What it's about : In a dystopian post-apocalyptic world, the nation of Panem attempts to maintain order and control by having an annual Hunger Games, an event in which children fight to the death until only one stands. Katniss Everdeen volunteers in the games to save her sister, resulting in a brutal and traumatizing experience.
But little did we know that there are tons of other amazing books like Harry Potter out there — you just have to know where to look! Often hailed as " Harry Potter meets college ," The Magicians follows disillusioned year-old Quentin Coldwater as he comes to discover much, much more than the magic of freshman parties. On the day of his supposed Princeton interview, Quentin instead gets interviewed and accepted to Brakebills — a highly selective university of bona fide sorcery. While he initially finds the Brakebills curriculum frustrating and tedious they have to study hand positions and phases of the moon , Quentin ultimately rises to its challenges, forming strong bonds with his fellow classmates. After their father is captured by Set, the Egyptian god of evil, Carter and Sadie must tap into parts of themselves they never knew existed and battle unimaginably powerful forces. For those of us who had a childhood obsession with Egyptology Cluefinders , anyone?
From The Golden Compass to City of Bones, here's TIME's take on the 10 most magical books to read if you love Harry Potter.
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But as we prepare for more adventures in the Potterverse—including the upcoming History of Magic books —perhaps it's time to shine a light on those overlooked gems. Given that Harry and the gang are adults now, we're recommending novels that cater to the readers who matured right alongside them. Enjoy the adult Potter-esque reads listed below—because once a wizard, always a wizard. Acclaimed fiction writer Lisa Goldstein took home an American Book Award for her magical and seemingly optimistic take on the evil events that plague our very history. Its power may just force you to finish in one sitting. Want more fantasy?