If you Like…Harry Potter

I know how you feel Kitty, I know how you feel

So Harry Potters done. Finito. Kaput. Over. You probably have a big gaping hole left in your soul right?  Don’t despair gentle reader, although nothing quite matches the ‘magic’ (Hee!)  of Mr Potter, there are a few alternative series out there that you might like to try.

All of these books are series where the main character discovers a magical world that exists outside of normal reality and while none of them will totally cure P.W.S. (potter withdrawal symptoms) they are still enjoyable books and recommended.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

A little different to the others below as Artemis is almost a villain to begin with, these are a very funny series of books with Master Fowl figuring out how to unlock the faery world. And the gold that goes along with it. Witty writing, great characters and exciting adventure – I give this series 4 out of 5 “butlers!”

Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix

When an asthmatic 12 year old boy almost dies he becomes the heir to the epicenter of the universe and finds out there’s more to the world than meets the eye. A great 7 part series by the writer of the amazing Abhorsen trilogy.
4 out of 5 “I’ve only read half the first book but really want to read more!” guilt trips

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

An uncomplicated adventure story where Percy discovers that his Dad is actually Neptune, the god of the sea.  He then has lots of awesome adventures steeped in Greek mythology but with a modern twist where only HE can save the world. It’s a bit formulaic but still fun.  The movie was nowhere near as good as the book by the way.  I give it 3 out 5 “bad movie adaptations!”

There you go! 3 different series that can start to fill the void that Harry left behind.  Good luck with your healing!


Michael

Author: Michael

Michael Scott Parkinson worked at Cockburn Libraries up until early 2013, including a stint as Young People's Services Librarian. He is now pursuing a career as an author and illustrator of children's books.

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