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17 Books All Gryffindors Will Love

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1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

In war-torn Germany, book-loving Liesel Meminger must give her new foster family a chance while keeping quiet about a Jewish friend living in their basement. This story is a beautiful, heart-wrenching tale of friendship and small acts of bravery that will surely appeal to Gryffindors.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Hermione

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2. Legend by Marie Lu

After the murder of her brother, June seeks revenge on his killer — Day, the prime suspect — in this dystopian novel. This story’s strong themes of justice and honor will appeal to a loyal Gryffindor like yourself.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Ron


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3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

In a fantasy world where certain people are born with an extremely powerful skill, Katsa has been “Graced” with killing. This epic tale contains a strong-willed, kickass heroine that Gryffindors will definitely identify with.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Dumbledore


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4. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken is about beating the odds over and over again, a testament to all the unlikely things one man can survive. From the Olympics to WWII to a crash-landing in the ocean and months of torment in a Japanese POW camp, Louis Zamperini's story is as unbelievable as it is inspiring — and all the more so because it's actually true. Gryffindors, take note.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Harry

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5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

A young shepherd ventures across strange lands in pursuit of treasure and, in the process, unwittingly discovers the true meaning of life? Yep, this inspirational allegorical tale is a must-read for anyone seeking to unlock their full potential.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Neville

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6. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

This inspirational, nonfiction novel depicts the life of 2014 Nobel Prize-winning Malala, who bravely stood up for educational rights for women. Those who identify with Hermione are sure to enjoy the courage Malala took to stand up for what she believed in.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Hermione

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7. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air is what happens when adventure and disaster collide. Krakauer's blow-by-blow account of one the deadliest days in the history of Mount Everest is truly chilling — and certainly not for the faint of heart. This book guarantees you an edge-of-your-seat adrenaline rush, and will also make you rethink what you thought you knew about heroism — and hubris.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Sirius

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8. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes takes place from the point of views of Laia and Elias, both unhappy with the rule of the Martial Empire and willing to risk everything for freedom. This story contains the risks and dangers that are attractive to Gryffindors, as they tend to crave this type of adventure.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Harry

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9. Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill

Someone Knows My Name is Aminata Diallo's harrowing tale of triumph. Kidnapped from West Africa and sold into slavery at the age of 11, she goes on to survive the Middle Passage, escape her captors in South Carolina, and flee to New York, where she learns to read and write and helps other do the same in pursuit of freedom. Aminata's is the trademark indomitable will and generous spirit of a Gryffindor.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Professor McGonagall

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10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

This classic story features an unlikely hero who is determined to find her father and save her family, no matter the cost. It’s a must-read for Gryffindors who want a thrilling, sci-fi adventure story.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Neville


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11. Tracks by Robyn Davidson

Yes, when Robyn Davidson set out on her 7-month solo journey across Australia, she really dared to dream. But this powerful memoir also delves into all the self-doubt and indecision she overcame along the way. Tracks is an important reminder that every adventure forces you to face your fears — and also yourself.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Lupin

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12. The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Loved Hogwarts but wish there'd been more sex, drugs, and drama? Great. Then The Magicians is for you. Follow Brooklynite Quentin Coldwater and his newfound wizard friends through Brakebill Academy and beyond, where they discover that mastering magic isn't nearly as difficult as finding your place in the world.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindors are: Fred and George Weasley

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13. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean wrote secret love letters to her crushes, but made sure to keep them hidden. But when she discovers they’ve somehow mysteriously been mailed, she must confront each and every boy who received one. Gryffindors tend to be familiar with facing difficult fears, which is why this story will appeal to them.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Ginny

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14. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Soon after discovering she possesses a hidden power that might undo the dark forces slowly strangling her country, young orphan Alina Starkov is swept away to the capital to be made a member of the mysterious Darkling overlord's magical elite. There she learns that the problems facing her people are fare more complex and sinister than she ever could have imagined. Shadow and Bone takes all the elements of fantasy adventure that you love and turns them completely on end.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Harry

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15. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

When her mother goes missing, Bee uses her whip-smart abilities to gather all sorts of documents to attempt to explain what happened from the very beginning. This heartwarming tale focuses on the strength and loyalty of family that many Gryffindors can relate to.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Lily Potter

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16. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit should really be required reading for everyone — Gryffindors and not. But its themes of self-discovery, bravery, and perseverance in the face of evil are particularly powerful for a person like yourself. Because whether or not you've actually set out on a daunting adventure like Bilbo's, The Hobbit is the perfect reminder that you're capable of so much more than you could ever have imagined.

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Ron

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17. The Odyssey by Homer

And last but not least, the grandaddy of all good old-fashioned epic adventures: The Odyssey. Homer's masterwork is a lesson to us all: Through unflagging nerve, courage, and strength of will, you can accomplish anything (even if it is just finding your way back home).

Recommended if your favorite Gryffindor is: Godric

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