When news broke that JK Rowling had caved in to pressure from her fans worldwide and would be publishing the eighth book of the Harry Potter series, titled Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, muggles all over the world predictably went crazy. #GoMuggles
All we had to do was wait until 31 July to get our hands on the book, and we’ve almost made it there! The only problem is that most of us are going to breeze through this book in no time at all. And after that the Potter-shaped hole in our lives will be back. What’s a muggle to do after they’ve read the book a dozen times?
Here’s a curated list of books that you can read to fill that void. Just don’t read these books hoping they’ll be exactly like the Harry Potter series, because that would be doing Rowling, and these books, a great disservice.
The Magicians, Lev Grossman
It’s easy to label The Magicians as Harry Potter for adults, what with a story line that revolves around protagonist Quentin Coldwater being admitted to a magic school and then indulging in sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. But there’s much more to the book than just that. This is a novel about what would happen if magic were a part of the daily curriculum and is also a mature coming-of-age story. Just don’t give it to your kids to read.
The Abhorsen Trilogy, Garth Nix
We understand that The Magicians might not be for everybody, but The Abhorsen Trilogy, on the other hand, is a clear winner for Potter fans. With its fantastic mix of dark fantasy, a wonderfully rich world and some memorable characters, the trilogy is a perfect combination to dive into yet another magical world.
The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Jonathan Stroud
Set in an alternate version of modern-day London, The Bartimaeus Trilogy tells the story of 11-year-old Nathaniel whose master is killed by a ruthless villain called Simon Lovelace while Nathaniel is still training to be a magician. The young boy summons incredible power and brings a djinn named Bartimaeus to life to destroy Simon. The duo form a wonderful relationship as each reveals their story to the other. FYI: This series has as dedicated a fan following as Harry Potter.
The Name Of The Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
If you’re itching to know what goes on in the mind of a magician, then this is your book. The Name Of The Wind tells the story of Kovthe through a first-person narrative. He goes from being an orphan in a crime-infested city to getting admission in a magic school and then being accused of killing the King in this gripping book that puts you in the heart of the action.
American Gods, Neil Gaiman
It would be sacrilege to not include the fantastic American Gods on this list. There isn’t much to say about the story without giving away too much, but suffice to say that the book features new and old gods and a man named Shadow. The scale of this novel is vast but, once you get to the meat of the story, there’ll be no turning back. It’s no wonder that this novel is often considered Gaiman’s most ambitious work.
A Great And Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray
A Great And Terrible Beauty has many elements that connect directly with the Potter world—from a protagonist with mysterious powers to a secret diary and a magical Victorian boarding school. This book manages to recreate the world of Harry Potter through Gemma Doyle’s adventures at the Spence Academy. And if you’re hoping for an Indian connection, then you’ll be happy to know that Gemma had an unconventional upbringing in our country.
Barry Trotter Trilogy, Michael Garber
We’re not going to say much about this but, if you feel you’ve become too old to read fantasy books again, you should give the Barry Trotter series a shot. This is a parody that tells the story of Barry Trotter, Lon Measley and Ermine Cringer along with Bumblemore and Lord Valumart. We promise we aren’t joking.
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