It’s official. After the debut of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Harry Potter franchise has come to an end. According to Reuters, creator and magical mastermind J.K. Rowling stated that “Harry is done now” at the play’s London premiere last Saturday.
If you’re anything like me, you probably pre-ordered Cursed Child and vigorously read it as soon as it downloaded on your Kindle. For me, the Harry Potter books are more than just an amazing story. Growing up, my mom always pre-ordered the books as birthday presents for me. The next few weeks were spent reading as many words as I could, as fast as I could. Then, as each movie made a debut, I was always there on opening night to watch the story I’ve loved, for the majority of my life, be acted out on the big screen. I learned huge life lessons from Harry Potter. I cried when Dobby died and scribbled quotes from Dumbledore on my notebooks. I even have a Deathly Hallows themed tattoo. So, believe me when I say that hearing this is the end for Potter is sad, but the story will always live on in my heart.
While it may be difficult to love another story just as much, Potter fans everywhere can take some solace in these magical books:
1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
After a horrific tragedy, Jacob find the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home. He soon realizes the children that lived there may be a bit more dangerous than peculiar, and may still be alive. The #1 New York Times best-seller will also soon be a major movie production by director Tim Burton this September. Check out our review of the first novel in the Peculiar Children’s series, here!
2. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
If the main character, Quentin, understands one thing, it’s how fantasy novels can be fascinating and make real life feel a little more disappointing. That is, until he is admitted to a secret college of magic. The New York Times bestselling novel is a trilogy, Syfy channel original series, and perfect for adult Harry Potter fans.
3. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
Author of The Hunger Games, Collins sets the stage for Gregor the Overlander, as he falls through a laundry room grate into Underland. The world is near war, and a prophecy foretells that Gregor plays a huge part in the future of the land.
4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
This series of five books follows Percy, a demigod who happens to be the son of Poseidon. Along with his friends, he fights monsters, encounters Greek gods, and takes on the adventure of a lifetime.
5. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
Sierra Santiago is an artist who was looking forward to an easy summer until strange things start to happen: neighborhood murals begin to weep real tears among other out of the ordinary occurrences. That’s when she discovers a magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, books, and even music called shadowshaping.
And if you haven’t already, definitely check out Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to see how the story is finally wrapped up.
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