We all love Harry Potter and many of us think of Harry Potter as a childhood friend. It’s hard to move on from something we love so much, but move on we must. When you feel you’re ready, here are ten books that capture the magic, friendship, adventures, and challenges that were encapsulated in Harry’s 7-year quest to defeat Voldemort. You can celebrate your love of HP and all his friends by joining us on Friday, November 11th for an after-hours performance by Harry and the Potters, the first ever wizarding rock band. For more information and to reserve a spot, click HERE.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman: Harboring secret preoccupations with a magical land he read about in a childhood fantasy series, Quentin Coldwater is unexpectedly admitted into an exclusive college of magic and rigorously educated in modern sorcery.
Sabriel by Garth Nix: Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Olk Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: A hero named Kvothe, now living under an assumed name as the humble proprietor of an inn, recounts his transformation from a magically gifted young man into the most notorious wizard, musician, thief, and assassin in his world.
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: Coming out of exile to ascend her rightful throne, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, with a cadre of soldiers and the magical Tearling sapphire to protect her, makes a daring decision that evokes the wrath of the evil Red Queen.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde: There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is disappointed by the ending of Jane Eyre. But in this world there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic – and a woman called Thursday Next.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan: After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret.