20 Books To Read If You Like The Harry Potter Series

There are more fans of Harry Potter than there are stars in the sky. The Potterheads from all over the world admire the tale of magic, adventure, and friendship. The combination that made the Harry Potter series great. Written by J.k. Rowling, the harry potter series gained a much larger fan base over the years and is still continuing to fascinate people with its charm.

After reading Harry Potter you will definitely become a fan of the series and would actually crave more. Even though the Harry Potter series is limited, there are a whole lot of other books that you can read if you have enjoyed reading Harry Potter.

These books use the same theme and have a magical touch. You will get to know about the other tales of magic, adventure, and friendship through these books. The books mentioned on this list are the handpicked choices of the Potterheads of who recommended these books if you have enjoyed the Harry Potter series.

So what are you waiting for, lets dive into another world of magic that will take you on a whole new adventure?

Below Are Some of The Best Books Like Harry Potter To Read:

1. The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief featuring Percy Jackson is written by Rick Riordan. It revolves around the life story of a young boy named Percy Jackson, who at a very young age had some supernatural encounters which he found to be very strange. Later on, the boy discovers that he is actually the son of Poseidon.

After discovering his true motto in life, Percy Jackson along with his friends goes on to stop a war that is going to happen between the greek gods. With strong female characters, the book is a great read if you loved the mythology approach in the Harry Potter series.

2. The Magicians

The Magicians

The Magicians which is the first book of the trilogy features Quentin Coldwater. The book is written by Lev Grossman. The story of the book revolves around the life of a young boy who attends a college of magic in the city of New York. The exclusive school of magic makes Quentin Coldwater and his friends go on an adventure in the magical land.

Later the story gets more interesting when these kids discover something more than their expectations. The brilliant book written by Lev Grossman will not help your curiosity about reading more magic books but will also set the bar so high for other magical books that you decide to read further.

3. The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

You have been living under a huge rock if you have not read about The Hunger Games. It is written by Suzanne Collins. Though The Hunger Games has a huge fan base of itself, the Potterheads also recommend it for a great reading experience. The book revolves around a dystopian post-apocalyptic world in which Panem, the country carries out a brutal game.

The game is called, of course, The Hunger Games and it is carried out to main order and control. The annual ritual of the Hunger Games is an event in which the participants who are children fight to the death until only one of them is left alive.

The book will introduce you to Katniss Everdeen. Katniss volunteers in the game in order to save her sister. Later she witnesses a horrifying and traumatizing experience.

4. Inkheart


Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is a story within a story in which the main character of the book, which is a 12 years old girl named Meggie, learns that her father holds the magical ability to bring any fictional character to life. The book takes a huge turn when one day an evil ruler escape kidnaps the father-daughter duo. The incident happened when they were reading a book called Inkheart.

Now it is up to Meggie to take control of the whole situation and save herself and her father. She must learn to harness the magic that caused this evil ruler to escape. Learn with this book, how Meggie will change the course of the story.

5. The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass, the truth-telling device in the hands of a liar is written by Philip Pullman. The story of the book is set in a parallel universe and revolves around the life of an orphan girl named Lyra. The young girl is on a quest to find her friend who has been kidnapped and meanwhile she discovers some shocking secrets.

Lyra finds out some of the revealing secrets about the Dust. Also, she is shocked to know about the mysterious floating city in the Aurors Borealis. With this story, you will learn how this young girl survives in this dark yet intriguing world.

6. Sabriel


Sabriel by Garth Nix is part of Abhorsen Trilogy. The book is based on the life of Sabriel who was sent to a boarding school. Sabriel has been kept away from the world of magic but when one day when Abhorsen, her father disappears, she has to enter the Old Kingdom in order to find him.

She must conquer all the evils and demons and discover her hidden destiny. The whole book series is great but for Harry Potter fans, we recommend reading this particular book, a tale of dark fantasy that will with an amazing plot and strong characters.

7. Graceling


Graceling by Kristin Cashore is another book on the list for the Harry Potter lovers that will take you to the world of magic and fantasy. The story of the book features Katsa. Katsa who is a strong teenage girl lives in a society where the people are gifted with Grace. Grace is some sort of special talent.

Katsa is also gifted with Grace but the thing is, her special talent is of killing people. Now the story takes a turn when Katsa is forced to use her special talent in order to do her uncle’s dirty work.

Katsa who is eager to find a way to put her talents in good use goes on a search. You will actually be able to relate the character of Katsa with Hermione from the Harry Potter as both are a strong female protagonist.

8. Fangirl


Fangirl is written by Rainbow Rowell, and the story of the book is about Twin sisters named Wren and Cath. The twin sisters who are facing the hardships of their mother leaving are trying to distract themselves. In doing so, they become a part of the fandom of the Simon Show community.

As soon as the girls enter college, Wren reveals in front of Cath that she wants to lead her own life and don’t want to stick like a shadow to her. This leaves Cath completely lost and confused. The fanfiction about two girls is definitely worth a read and you will learn how these two girls transitioned in their first year of college.

9. Neverwhere


Neverwhere written by Neil Gaiman is a must-read in the list that features an ordinary businessman. The businessman named Richard Mayhew has a kind heart but his world is turned upside down when one day while walking on a sidewalk he stops to help a bleeding girl who seemed mysterious.

The man then enters the city of London filled with monsters, murderers, saints, angels and more when he falls into the cracks in the land. The book creates the same immersive world as Harry Potter. The memorable characters who are witty in nature will make the book even more unforgettable.

10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

“We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high”- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar children which is written by Ransom Riggs. The book is about the life of a 16 years old boy named Jacob. Jacob is forced to travel to an abandoned orphanage locating off the coast of Wales, a remote island after a horrific family tragedy.

When at the abandoned orphanage, Jacob inspects the rooms and the hallway, he discovers that the children who lived there were really dangerous and peculiar, and they could still be alive.

The Potterheads truly recommend reading this book as it contains all the plot points from the Harry Potter that made the series become so wildly famous.

11. Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone is the book from the Grisha Trilogy and it is written by Leigh Bardugo. The book follows the life of an Orphan girl named Alina Starkov. The young woman goes on a quest to discover her true self and the powers that she has in herself. Alina Starkov is trying to save a darkened land with the help of her power.

The unique and interesting approach of the book will definitely fill that void in your mind craving for more magical fantasies. After Harry Potter, this book has the potential to become your favorite.

12. Cinder


How can we possibly miss Cinder on the list when talking about the magical world. The brilliant book from the Lunar Chronicles is written by Marissa Meyer. If you are obsessed with Harry Potter, there’s a high chance you will become obsessed with this book too.

The book Cinder is about a girl named Cinder. The story of the book is loosely based on the life of Cinderella, the classic fairytale. Cinder is a cyborg which she is trying to hide from her lover. She is trying to save the world from the evil space queen from destructing the plague-ridden world.

Like Cinderella, the book Cinder also features an evil stepmother, stepsisters, and a love story.

13. The Night Circus

The Night Circus

The Night Circus written by Erin Morgenstern is a classic read for all the Potterheads. The book is definitely a treat for people who are always curious about the world of magic and fantasy. This story involves a circus that appears out of nowhere in the white and black tents without any warnings or announcements.

The two young magicians from the circus have been trained since their childhood to perform the duel. The magicians who are already in love with each other prepare for a duel to perform in the circus behind the scenes. However, they are unaware of the fact that at the end of the game, only one of them will come out alive.

14. The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

The Alchemyst written by Micheal Scott is about the life of the greatest Alchemyst to this day, Nicholas Flamel. The man who is still alive even after 700 years of his birth. There is definitely a secret of his eternal life that everybody is curious about. The secret is enclosed in a book that Dr. John Dee is trying to steal.

But the book should never reach his hands in order to ensure the safety of this world. The secret hidden in the book could destroy the world if it ever gets possessed by Dr. John Dee. In order to save humanity, someone must do something to stop this doctor.

But don’t you worry because Twins Sophie and Josh Newman are here to protect the world from the hands of this evil doctor. The brilliant book is a must-read for the Harry Potter lovers.

15. Storm Front

Storm Front

Storm Front is the part of Dresden Files written by Jim Butcher. By reading the book you will actually feel like reading the life of future Harry Potter who grows up and becomes a detective in the city of Chicago. Filled with action, humor, and adventures, this book is a complete package for the Harry Potter lovers.

The story of the book follows the life of Harry Dresden. Harry is the only professional wizard in Chicago but the business is still not very good. Finally, he gets a mission and becomes very excited. The police officers call Harry to help them investigate on a murder case. The murder case which involves black magic.

Harry Dresden is thrilled to work on the mission but soon he finds out that he is in big trouble and his life is in danger because of the case.

16. The Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling written by Erika Johansen is set in the medieval-type future. The story revolves around the life of Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, the girl raised in exile. The Princess wants to save her kingdom from the evil Red Queen. To accomplish her mission, she travels to the Tearline in order to reclaim the throne that previously belonged to her mother who is now dead.

In her mission, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn is faced with many hurdles and difficulties but she is dedicated to reclaiming her dead mother’s throne and saving the kingdom from the Red Queen. She carries a sapphire around her neck that has various magical powers and she can use it as her weapon at the time of need.

The book is the favorite addition of Emma Watson herself, the actress who played the character of Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter series. In fact, the actress is going to play the role of Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn in the theatre adaptation of the book and will also produce the movie as she really loved the storyline.

17. Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass: books like harry potter

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas follows the life of an assassin named Celaena Sardothien who is summoned to the castle. The assassin doesn’t want to kill the king but she is there to get her freedom. But she won’t get the freedom that easily if she really wants to win her freedom and wants to be free from prison, she will have to take part in a competition.

But wait, the competition is not easy, Celaena will have to defeat 23 killers, warriors in thieves in the competition to get free from the prison. Soon her competition for freedom becomes a fight for survival as the competition moves forward. It is that do or die kind of situation. Will she be able to get her freedom or die on the battlefield? You will find out only after reading this book.

18. The Amulet of Samarkand

The Amulet of Samarkand

The Amulet of Samarkand is a book by Jonathan Stroud which is the part of The Bartimaeus Trilogy. The book is based on the life of a young boy named Nathaniel who is just eleven years old. The boy who is a magician in training gets sold to the Government and after that, he is forced to live as an apprentice.

Later the boy is filled with revenge when he gets humiliated by ruthless magician Simon Lovelace. The boy also gets betrayed by his master is all set to make the people taste their karma. He summons djinni Bartimaeus that is 5,000 years old. In order to avenge Simon, the boy steals the Amulet of Samarkand but he was unaware of what was ahead of him.

Soon his life takes a huge turn and he finds himself in a deadly situation that was a result of him stealing the Amulet of Samarkand.

19. The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind is written by Patrick Rothfuss. The novel is written in first narration is about the story of Kovthe. Kovthe becomes the most notorious wizard of his time who was already magically gifted. The book follows his life, first as a child who was a part of a troupe of traveling prayers then he becomes an orphan and is stuck in the crime-ridden city.

Then he joins the school of magic and his life is changed forever. You will get to see the life of a wizard through his own eyes with the book. It will take you on a tour of the wizard’s mind. The book is believed to be the combination of Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings.

20. City Of Bones

City Of Bones

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is the first book of her series, The Mortal Instrument which is the New York Times bestseller. Set in the modern-day New York, it is an urban fantasy book. The book has been released in several languages and is a great pick for you if you love Harry Potter.

The story is about a seemingly ordinary teenager named Clary Fray from the city of New York who soon learns that she is been descended from the line of Shadow hunters, the community of half-angel warriors who are dedicated to protecting humanity from the evil powers. Clary joins the forces after her mother disappears and is passionate about fighting evil.


To all the Potterheads out there, the above-mentioned books are a treat to fill that void in that mind that always crave for magical fantasies. If you loved the characters, storyline, and theme of the Harry Potter Series, you won’t go wrong with these books. The books in the books set similar themes and provide you a storyline that is both different and similar to the Harry Potter.

Harry Potter series has a huge fan base in the world and there are about millions of fans of the series who would like to read more work written in a similar genre. Each one of these books will stand up to your expectations if you are looking for the same genre.

If you happen to know or have read any other book that deserved to be on the list, please let us know about it in the comment section below. Also, we would love to receive your feedback on this one.

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