I'm very happy and excited to welcome a guest writer for today's post. Caroline is sharing 5 Books to Read After You’ve Finished Harry Potter. Take it away Caroline! The release and popularity of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child on the West End and into bookstores has revealed to the world that fans of the Wizarding World are not yet ready to leave the Boy Who Lived behind.
But for readers who have already finished the series and are eager to devour more magical storylines made for enchantment, these five books are sure to do the trick. Between talking bears to talking portraits, this roundup will satisfy the heart of any Potter lover who’s looking for their next favorite.
1. Midnight for Charlie Bone, Jenny Nimmo
Published on the tail of Rowling’s classic, Midnight for Charlie Bone has many plot similarities that will make it a fan favorite with any Potterhead. When Charlie Bone first notices he’s able to speak with people in photographs and paintings, his world takes a turn for the supernatural.
With a switch in schools—to the fabled Bloor’s Academy—Charlie gets the opportunity of a lifetime and discovers there’s more to his past than meets the eye. When a local book shop owner asks for his help to find a missing girl, Charlie must use all of his magical endowments, and the help of some trusted friends, not to let her down.
2. The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
Pullman’s Golden Compass was at the heart of a censorship brawl a few years ago when Christian activists sought to have it banished for its anti-religious content, but the magic in His Dark Materials trilogy is only the beginning of an imagination ride for the magically-hungry. Following the life of a young girl growing up at Jordan College in Oxford, her world is turned upside down when her mysterious uncle returns from expeditions with a dangerous discovery.
Starring adventurers, gypsies, and talking polar bears, this tale—and the other two remaining in the series—make a distraction from the fact that there’s more Potter. And once you finish there, you can catch the film currently streaming on US Netflix. It’s not likely to be getting a sequel anytime soon, but the first one is a treat all on its own.
3. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is no stranger to the limelight. He’s been praised as the best follow-up for Terry Pratchett, and The Ocean At The End of The Lane is a shining example of the author’s undeniable talent.
The English writer takes his science fiction and fantasy works to another level reminding us that even adult books are still filled with childlike wonder. Going down memory lane of a boy and his best friend Lettie as they battle forces beyond this world, readers will become enthralled and delighted by his fantasy realm that goes from real to unreal with the introduction of a particularly witchy lodger in the family boarding house.
4. Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
This British fantasy novel may be most famous for its film adaptation by Hayao Miyazaki, but the original book is even more magical and full of surprises. When Sophie, the eldest of three daughters, angers the Witch of the Waste, her life plunges into old age—literally, when the Witch curses her to look like an old lady.
Her only way out is to gain a powerful ally, one who lives in a moving castle, and the relationship transforms her heart as much as it does her appearance. With fire demons, magic spells and irascible wizards, this fairytale will bring a new spirit to tales of magic, mischief, and mayhem.
5. A Great And Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray
A Great And Terrible Beauty is for readers who like a little mystery (and plenty of tongue-in-cheek sarcasm) from their heroines. Starring Gemma, a British subject who grew up in India, whose world is turned upside down when her mother is murdered in front of her very eyes by a mystery otherworldly being in the middle of a crowded Indian market.
With a move back to England and enrollment in an old, esteemed boarding school, Gemma encounters the ghosts of her mother’s past, and the magic that is destined to shape her future. With unimaginable powers, petticoats and Victorian England, A Great And Terrible Beauty sets itself up to be adored by fans who love a little mystery and a whole lot of great storytelling.
While the sadness of ending the Harry Potter saga may never leave, a dive into these great magical stories is sure to provide the distraction and newest obsession that fantasy readers of every age will love.
About the Author: Caroline is an avid reader and cultural junkie. She loves everything from sci-fi to comic books and considers Harry Potter to be the greatest story of all time—though these books are all great follow ups to the saga!