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Books Like Harry Potter:
18 Series to Read Next

by Melissa Taylor

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Photography by Seana Williamson

Harry Potter is the book that gets millions of kids reading. I mean really reading … devouring words with a passion and obsessing over characters who feel closer than friends. That kind of reading.

But just like any beloved book series, it’s depressing when it’s over. So what should you pick up next to get your reading mojo back?

These highly recommended, highly addicting, can’t-put-‘em-down stories of adventure and fantasy will lift you out of the Harry Potter doldrums.

Please note: retail buttons will direct you to the first book in a series.

  • Pennyroyal Academy Series

    by M.A. Larson

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    When Evie unexpectedly joins Pennyroyal Academy, a school where courageous young children are trained to become princesses and knights, she’s not sure what to expect. No damsels in distress here — these princesses are being trained as protectors of the land, strong and empowered warriors who will battle witches and dragons. Does Evie have what it takes to defeat the witch forces closing in?

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  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series

    by Michael Scott

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    Harry Potter fans may remember Nicholas Flamel from his appearance in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Legend has it that the real-life Flamel discovered the secret to eternal life. Twins Sophie and Josh find out the legend is true when they become entangled in a battle for the Book of Abraham the Mage. In it lies the secret to the elixir of life — and the power to destroy the world.

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  • An Epic Series of Failures Series

    by Chris Rylander

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    Like young Harry Potter, the charmingly odd Greg Belmont discovers his true identity later in life: he's a Dwarf, part of a disaster-prone group of people who have lived beneath Chicago for centuries. But magic wasn't only awakened in Greg - it returned to all of the Dwarves - and now there's a war brewing between the Dwarves and the Elves. Full of hijinks and magic, An Epic Series of Failures will scratch that itch of learning about a marvelous new world.

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  • The Inheritance Cycle Series

    by Christopher Paolini

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    The Inheritance Cycle Series has captivated millions of readers worldwide and is a natural next-read after finishing Harry Potter. It’s about a teenage boy who finds a dragon’s egg in the forest and gets caught up in a breathtaking adventure full of magic and danger. With four action-packed books in the series, young readers will get lost in this world for days.

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  • The Uncommoners Series

    by Jennifer Bell

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    When intruders (brandishing toilet brushes?!) show up at their house, siblings Ivy and Seb flee to Lundinor, a mysterious city beneath London where everyday items are enchanted with amazing abilities. Featuring mystical creatures, phenomenal world-building, great characters, and thrilling action, The Uncommoners will leave readers with that same magical feeling as Harry Potter.

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  • Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Series

    by Ransom Riggs

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    Another fantastical series that got the Hollywood treatment - this time under the direction of Tim Burton - the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series first introduces us to Jacob, 16 and alone in the world, as he stumbles upon an abandoned orphanage on a remote island. Who were the children who lived under this roof? What were they capable of? And is it possible they're still alive? Vintage photographs combine with haunting text in this bestselling series.

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  • His Dark Materials Series

    by Philip Pullman

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    A compass that can find truthful answers to one’s questions. A knife that can cut windows into other worlds. A mysterious particle for which a terrible war between worlds will be fought. And Lyra Belacqua, the strong-willed and determined heroine at the heart of this dark and suspenseful trilogy.

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  • Dragon Keepers Series

    by Kate Klimo, illustrated by John Shroades

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    Accessible and exciting, the Dragon Keepers series is perfect for readers who love the story of Harry Potter but aren't quite ready to tackle the original tomes. Ten-year-old cousins Jesse and Daisy unwittingly become Dragon Keepers, with a newborn dragon named Emmy as their charge. Over the course of the series, they'll have to protect Emmy from the evil St. George, unravel the ancient secrets of Dragon Keeping, and so much more.

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  • The Forgotten Five Series

    by Lisa McMann

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    Young Harry Potter fans will love this new series from the New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds. Five supernatural children grew up in a remote hideaway, but when they find themselves alone and abandoned, they make their way to civilization. None of them are prepared for the modern world, and their criminal parents left behind a terrible legacy that they must face—whether they’re ready or not.

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  • 100 Dresses Series

    by Susan Maupin Schmid

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    Imagine stumbling upon a closet full of 100 glorious dresses, and then trying one on to find you've been transformed into someone else! That's what happens to Darling Dimple, a young girl with a whole lot of gumption who takes on various disguises to solve mysteries inside an enchanted castle. Some use invisibility cloaks, others prefer a gown and lace slippers.

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  • Ranger’s Apprentice Series

    by John Flanagan

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    This excellent series of books is filled with epic battles and adventures with Will, the Rangers (and their secret ways), and the ultimate goal to defeat evil.

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  • Knights of the Borrowed Dark Series

    by Dave Rudden

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    Orphaned Denizen Hardwick doesn't buy in to magic and fairy tales. But when he's greeted by a mysterious stranger and promptly set upon by monsters, he realizes there may be more to his world after all. The man seems bent on recruiting Denizen to join his order of knights - people who Denizen feels an instant connection to - but if Denizen's supposedly part of this lineage, wouldn't his family have left him in the knights' care?

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  • The Great Library Series

    by Rachel Caine

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    Egypt's Great Library of Alexandria was destroyed in a fire some 2,000 years ago, but in Rachel Caine's extraordinary series, the library survived - and it now controls all knowledge that's dispersed to the people. Books are forbidden from being owned, but that doesn't stop Jess Brightwell's family from smuggling them. To learn more about their rulers, Jess enlists in the Library's army, putting himself and everyone around him in great danger.

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  • Talespinners Series

    by Scott Reintgen

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    If you loved the magical school setting in Harry Potter, then Saving Fable will be right up your alley. An aspiring book character named Indira wins a spot in the Protagonist Preparatory school but doesn’t get chosen as a hero. Instead, she earns a side-character role. But the land of Fable is in danger, and Indira must figure out who is behind the threat and stop them before they ruin stories forever.

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  • Redwall Series

    by Brian Jacques

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    In a world of evil rats and peaceful mice, these epic stories of good vs. evil will appeal to kids who love battles, adventure, and animals.

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  • The Lost Years of Merlin Series

    by T. A. Barron

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    Imagine that instead of Harry Potter's coming-of-age story, we'd instead read Albus Dumbledore's. That's the experience of reading T. A. Barron's The Lost Years of Merlin series, which finds the greatest wizard of all time alone, nameless, and with no memory of life before. In order to save the realm of Fincayra, he must become who he was always destined to be.

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  • Worst Witch Series

    by Jill Murphy

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    Before Harry Potter and Hogwarts, there was Mildred Hubble and Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. Not only is Mildred less natural with a wand than Harry, but she doesn't have a Hermione to tutor her. Nevertheless, Mildred manages to weather her numerous magical exploits in this revived series that's winning over a new generation of readers.

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  • Kingston Series

    by Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi

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    Mystery, magic, and family make this middle grade series a must-read for Harry Potter fans. Magic disappeared from Brooklyn at the same time Kingston’s father did. Now, twelve-year-old Kingston must follow the clues his father left behind, find him, and restore magic to the city.

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2022.