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11 Books All Harry Potter Fans Must Read

Magic never dies, it lives on in our hearts.

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1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Why? It's like Oceans Eleven meets Order of the Phoenix.

Gripping, twisty and a whole new world of magic – Six of Crows is your new obsession. It follows a rag tag bunch of teenage thieves and wizards, about to undertake the heist of their life. Honestly, just read it now. The best bit? The sequel – Crooked Kingdom is already out, and there are also three novels that are set in the same universe to get through, if you want to dive into the folklore.

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Listen to the audiobook here.

2. The Call by Peadar O'Guilin

Why? It's like The Hunger Games meets Goblet of Fire

This unusual thriller focuses on Irish folklore and fairytale, turning the sidhe (or fairy folk) into a harsh and creative nemesis, that teenagers must battle against when they get called to the other side without warning. It's gory in parts, but it's a page turner – plus it's set in a boarding school.

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3. The Chrestomanci Series by Diana Wynne Jones

Why? It's like Philosopher's Stone meets Ella Enchanted

You may know Dianna Wynne Jones better as the author of Howl's Moving Castle, but the Chrestomanci series is my personal favourite. Set over seven books, it tells the story of Cat Chant who at first appears to have no magical ability whatsoever...

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4. Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden

Why? It's like Alien meets Chamber of Secrets

If you're craving some straight-up H.Po, then this is the book for you. Follow plucky young orphan Denizen Hardwick as he discovers powers he didn't know he had, and evil he didn't know existed. There's also lots of excellent female characters. The sequel is already out.

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Listen to the audiobook here.

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Why? It's like Half-Blood Prince meets You've Got Mail

Centred around Cath, who writes fan fiction about a famous wizard and his friends, this book is sweet and sad and a weekend read. There are whole sections of her wizard fan fiction throughout the book – and her stories are so good that they released her fan fiction as its own full, separate novel, called Carry On.

Get it on Amazon, £4

Listen to the audiobook here.

6. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Why? It's like Prisoner of Azkaban meets Aladdin

This book features a different kind of magic, and the most kick-ass heroine you'll meet in a while. Set in the desert of a steampunky Middle East, our girl Amani must flee through the sand, while discovering the powers that surround and envelop her.

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Listen to the audiobook here.

7. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Why? It's Goblet of Fire meets Labyrinth

There's a more subtle kind of magic in this book, as Isabella embarks on a quest to find her lost friend. There's old magic, living myths and secrets to solve. But she won't let that get in her way.

Get it on Amazon, £5.24

Listen to the audiobook here

8. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Why? It's Philosopher's Stone meets Hercules

Percy Jackson is just trying to live his life as a regular half-god, but ends up on a quest to find a stolen lightning bold and return it to Zeus. This is a proper romp, and there are plenty of books in the series to get through.

Get it on Amazon, £3.99

Listen to the audiobook here.

9. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Why? It's Fantastic Beasts meets Buffy

Imagine Harry Potter from Dudley's perspective (or, more accurately, Arabella Figg's). In this book, Mikey's best friend is the ~ chosen one ~, and Mikey just has to get on with it. But why should "ordinary" mean "boring"?

Get it on Amazon, £5.19

Listen to the audiobook here.

10. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Why? It's Half-Blood Prince meets X-Men

If you liked the flashbacks in Half-Blood Prince then this is the series for you. Focusing on a surreal orphanage during WW2, this novel swiftly turns into a mystery. There's some neat formatting too, with photographs scattered throughout the book. If you buy it on audiobook, you can download the photos separately.

Get it on Amazon, £3.85

Listen to the audiobook here

11. The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

Why? It's like Philosopher's Stone meets The Princess Bride

This remains one of my all-time favourite books, and I am so excited for you to read it. A crew of magic creatures come through a magic portal at King's Cross station to retrieve the prince that was stolen from their kingdom as a child. But he doesn't want to come back...

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Listen to the audiobook here


Cat Chant is the name of the character in the Chrestomanci series. A previous version of this article mis-named him.