26 Books Similar Harry Potter

Affiliate Links 150 2If your kids are big Harry Potter fans like mine, here are 26 books similar to Harry Potter they’ll also love and I highly recommend.

(Also, I highly recommend encouraging your Harry Potter enthusiasts to write Harry Potter fanfiction — basically their own Harry Potter stories. It’s so fun and gets kids writing A LOT.)

Books Similar to Harry Potter

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39 Clues
by Rick Riordan Age Range (8-12 years)
This series has about a billion books so if your kids like it, they’ll be reading and reading and reading. There are also series within series but you’ll figure it out as you go. To start off, two orphan siblings named Amy and Dan, are told in their grandma’s will that they belong to the very famous and powerful Cahill family which has several different branches. The other decedents and them have the choice to either get 1 million dollars or a clue. The kids race around the world trying to discover all the clues to reveal the family’s biggest secret of all — the source of their power. My 12-year old loves these books!

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Amulet series
by Kazu Kibuishi (8 – 12 years)
This popular graphic novel series tells about two siblings trying to save their mom in an underground world of elves, demons, robots, and talking animals. Oh, and there’s an amulet, too!

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Artemis Fowl The Graphic Novel
by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin (10 years and up)
Also available as a full text novel, this series is about an anti-hero. Ok, a villain, evil genius kid named Artemis. He plots to steal the fairies gold which leads him to kidnap a fairy-cop and hold her for randsom. Very entertaining.

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Beastologist Series by R. L. LaFevers  (6 – 9 years)
Great for newer readers, this easy chapter book series is about a boy named Nathaniel Fludd who lives with his Aunt Phil. As it turns out, she is a beastologist — a protector of mythological creatures. Good but not excellent. However, I think it’s similar to the mythical creatures in Harry Potter so kids will like that.

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Chronicles of Narnia
by C. S. Lewis  (8 years and up)
I think you already know about these books but if you don’t, they’re absolutely engaging fantasy adventures that will hook your kids just like Harry Potter. We recently listened to the series on audio book which was even more fun to hear it read in a British accent. (Since we’re American.)

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Fablehaven series
by Brandon Mull  (9 – 13 years)
I endorse this series mostly. The last few books got a bit dull for me but I loved the first few. Two siblings visit their grandparents who they learn run a mythical creature refuge called Fablehaven. Of course, this kids not only discover this secret, but mayhem and adventure ensue.

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Harry Potter Film Wizardry
by Brian Sibley
My kids love this book! It’s a lot of beautiful photos with details from behind the scenes of the movies.

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Harry Potter Page to Screen by Bob McCabe
This is a bit dense but great for kids who are interested in the more technical aspects of movie making.

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Harry Potter Schoolbooks
 by J.K. Rowling (8 and up)
You’ll get Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (soon to be a movie series) and Quidditch Through the Ages!

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Heart of a Samurai
by Margi Preus  (9 – 13 years)
An award-winning historical fiction adventure set in the late 1800s about Manjiro, a shipwrecked 14-year old Japanese boy who is rescued and adopted by an American ship’s captain. Americans are very prejudiced against Japanese but when he returns to Japan, he’s rejected as an outsider there and imprisoned. Excellent.

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Kingdom Keepers series
by Ridley Pearson  (8 – 12 years)
My daughter loved this series but I have to admit it had too many main characters for me so I didn’t enjoy it. However, if you like Harry Potter, Disney, and non-stop adventure, you’ll love these books. Our main characters, teenagers, protect the park agains the Disney villains. At least they will try. Because catching the bad guys isn’t always easy.

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Lockwood & Co The Screaming Staircase  by Jonathan Stroud  (8 – 12 years)
I totally loved this book – and I don’t like scary books. It really wasn’t too scary. Taking place in old-time London, we learn that dangerous ghosts and spirits are appearing everywhere. Teens Lucy, Anthony, and George badly need money for their ghost agency so they take a perilous job that may just be their last.

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
by Robert C. O’Brien  (8 – 12 years)
This is a must-read, excellent Newbery winning book about amazing lab rats with intelligence who escape from the lab and form their own community. This was always one of my fifth graders favorite read-alouds.

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Odd and the Frost Giants
by Neil Gaiman  (8 – 12 years)
If your child hasn’t learned about Nordic mythology, this will be a great intro! To end the long winter, Odd must journey to find Asgard, a city under siege from the Frost Giants. A wonderful, nail-biting adventure!

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The Olympians series
by George O’Connor  (9 – 14 years)
I’m a big fan of all these graphic novels by O’Conner – and my kids love them. I highly recommend them and they’re great for reluctant readers.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan  (10 – 14 years)
Don’t judge this excellent series by the it’s dreadful movies, please. These books are really amazing! Basically there are really still Greek gods and sometimes they have kids with humans and those kids are half-bloods with unique powers. Unfortunately for these kids, monsters are out to kill them and they are the only ones who can save the world from war between the gods and in a later book, between the Titans and the gods. Compared to Harry Potter, the language isn’t as rich but it’s still a fantastic fantasy adventure.

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Sea of Trolls series by Nancy Farmer  (10 years and up)
A bard, a boy, a band of Viking beserkers, trolls, dragons, and a quest — what more could you want in a series? This is one of those can’t put it down books that will keep you up all night reading and I loved this it. (Actually, I love all Farmer’s books.) Your kids will enjoy reading a new adventure in Norse and Old English mythology.

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The School for Good and Evil
by Soman Chainani  (8 – 12 years)
I don’t know how to summarize these books so I’ll just say that the basic premis is a school for villians and heros with too many plot twists to even explain — and all your stereotypes will be blown out of the water. This series will make you think deeply about what makes someone good, friendship, and love. Excellent.

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by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson  (10 years and up)
I adore this series and know your kids will, too. The authors imagined what happened BEFORE Peter Pan and this is the result. A stunning, totally creative fantastical adventure of magical star stuff, evil shadows who want to rule the universe, and so much more.

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 by Brandon Sanderson  (12 years and up)
I just read this last week and can’t tell you how much I loved it! Another adventure typical of Sanderson for it’s uniqueness, plot twists, and compelling action. Epics are super-powerful individuals who have extraordinary powers they use for bad — in other words, their own gain. Epics control the cities and one Epic, Steelheart, killed David’s father right in front of him. Now as a teen, David wants revenge and he joins the Reckoners to assassinate Steelheart. But he’ll have to convince them he’s not a spy, and that it’s possible to take out one of the most powerful Epics in the world.

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Storybound by Marissa Burt  (8 – 12 years)
Una falls into the land of stories of heroes and villians but something is very wrong. No new stories are being written. So how did she get written in and who is she? We read this for bedtime and my kids and I looked forward to it every night. A great adventure!

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The Familiars
 series by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson (8 – 12 years)
I’m a big fan of this series and it’s a bit easier to read than the Harry Potter books. Do you know about familiars? They are the magical animal companions to wizards. And in this first story, they’ll have to save the world when the wizard’s powers are taken away. Great for kids who love animals and magical adventures.

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The Land of Stories
by Chris Colfer   (8 – 12 years)
Fairy tales come alive when Alex and Conner (brother and sister) find themselves in the fairy tale book given to them by their grandmother. Their only way home is to find the ingredients for a Wishing Spell. Finding them will be dangerous, mysterious, and life changing. A wonderful adventure!!!

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The Lost Kingdom by Matthew J. Kirby  (8 – 12 years)
The wild west plus fantastical elements combine in this marvelous adventure of an expedition to find the lost people of the Welsh Prince Madoc. This is the wild west like you’ve never imagined. And you’ll love it.

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The Secret Zoo series by Bryan Chick (8 – 12 years)
An action-packed adventure to find Megan. The clues lead them to the Clarksville City Zoo and its’ secret entrances. Kids love these books!

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by Sarah Prineas  (8 + years)
In the forest Fer finds a puck who shows her the secret passage to another world – a world of magic where she feels like she belongs finally. But who were Fer’s parents and why does the evil Mor want to keep the land in endless winter? I think this book should be more recognized – it’s a great adventure.

Enjoy these books similar to Harry Potter!

And let me know which books your kids are loving!

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  1. Lacy says

    David Eddings – The Belgariad series and The Mallorean series. A group of heroes undertakes a long journey to fight the big bad in the world. Full of magic, spies, philosophy of good v evil, friendship, relationships, bravery, courage, and betrayal. I read them when I was 13 and they inspired a lifelong love of books an stories.

  2. michelle says

    awesome post! My 7 year old is obsessed with Harry Potter. I’ve held her off from reading book 5 until summer break in less than 2 weeks. We also have loved the Land of Stories series and are eagerly awaiting book 3. Tuesdays at the Castle is a great series for young girls who enjoy Harry Potter.

  3. Elodie says

    Here in England my son is really enjoying the Michelle Paver brooks.Cornelia Funke has been popular too with his twin.Many thanks for all your recommendations.Their sister is Harry Potter obsessed and I’m trying to wean her off so this list will prove to be very useful.

  4. Elodie says

    Eragon,Philip Pullman and the Ice Fire series for older kids have been popular too with the Whizz Bang Chocolate chocolate shop books for younger readers.

  5. Emma Mokha says

    My hubby has written a book that some people say is better than HP! The Last Sanctuary by PS Mokha available through Amazon. The great thing is that it is the beginning of a series and he’s just finished book two and started three so there is something to lose yourself in :)

  6. batesd says

    What about the Ranger’s Apprentice series? These are awesome books by John Flanagan. I liked the Charlie Bone books also.

  7. Brittanie Gordon says

    Any suggestions for 12+? We have read/listened to nearly all of these. Going on a 16 day road trip and we need some new audio books :)

    • says

      Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix, Bot Wars, Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Hunger Games, Maze Runner by James Dashner, Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Stroud, Legend by Marie Lu

  8. Susen Kuchta says

    My son can read very well ironically and sadly he doesn’t seem to ‘like’ to read. We encourage of course and books like the ones you listed are very helpful. Pinned and sharing on my fb page.

  9. Capturing Joy w/ Kristen Duke says

    thank you so much for this! My son (12.5) is a voracious reader, I can’t keep up with him! He’s read more than half of this list, but a few were new, and he wrote them down!

  10. Major Kira says

    Your book recs are spot on! Thank you so much. Have you read the Rithmatist? That is also by Brandon Sanderson (Steelheart) and we loved it. I also just finished Firefight and loved that as well. My daughter (11) just blazed through The Throne of Glass books by Sara J. Maas and was in love. I was not as crazy about them but she constantly asks for more of those books so I figure there is something appealing there.

    I saw that you mentioned listening to The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe…I have been thinking of trying that with my kids rather than me reading. Do you think it makes a difference for the parent to be doing the reading? I have recently discovered the value of professional narrator with my own books! At the same time, I don’t want to lose that family reading/bonding time.

    • says

      yes, the Rithmatist was interesting although I didn’t love it as much as his other books. It sounds like you all are big readers -love it!
      That’s a good question — with different narrator it is different. I think you can be intentional about stopping for unknown words or questions like you would with you reading it yourself to help make it more personalized. However, it’s still fun to share together and gives you a break from reading all the time.

  11. Louis G says

    The Colors of Alemeth is supposed to be the NEW Harry Potter. Lot’s of mythology mixed with God and secret societies.

  12. says

    Oooh… A couple of these sound like they might be good. I love the school for good and evil, although I read the land of stories a couple of years ago, and it was terrible (but not aimed at my age group I admit). Have you ever thought of doing a post like this (ie. Harry Potter related) for slightly older readers (I’m fourteen)? It would be amazing if you did. I love this website, thank you! x

  13. Mara says

    I love that you included Peter and the Starcatchers and Fablehaven; I absolutely loved those books, but no one seems to know about them. I read a series called The Mysterious Benedict Society a while ago, I think you might enjoy it. Thanks for the recommendations!


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