Accio, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!

By Kaley C.

I have excellent news for Harry Potter fans: From August 27th – September 10th you’ll have unlimited access to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone twenty years ago at the behest of my younger sister, and the series has had a hold of me ever since. The story of a young, magical, outcast  searching for a place to belong and be loved sparked a passion for reading​ that has carried into my adult life. I’m pretty sure it even effected my career choice, though it’s disappointing that our books do not scream. It’d be interesting to see them bite, though.

I periodically still reread them to get that feeling again. You know the one: I’m suddenly staying up past my bedtime again because I can’t put it down. As you reread it this month, I’ve got a few more books I’d like to share with you that gave me that same reading rush .

 Not too long ago, I literally could not put down The Trials of Morrigan Crow. Not to be dramatic, but I’m convinced this series will be this generation’s Harry Potter. I stayed up late, was late to my sister’s birthday dinner, and was generally all sorts of irresponsible and reckless because I couldn’t stop reading. It’s fast paced and plot driven, but Jessica Townsend does a great job with world-building and character development as well. Morrigan was supposed to die on her eleventh birthday, but is taken to another world where she must compete for a spot in the Wundrous Society. I’m ready for the next installment, already!

Image result for every heart a doorway If you haven’t read this one yet, get cracking! Every Heart a Doorway​ has some serious similarities to Harry Potter series. Children who felt they’ve never belonged have found their homes in outrageous worlds. Only, if they’ve found their way out, our world doesn’t feel like home anymore. Fitting in before was difficult, but finding your true home and then losing it can be excruciating. Enter Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children: a place to live and learn with other people who’ve experienced this loss. However, this safe haven turns deadly when some of the children are murdered. Students begin to band together to solve this sneaky whodunit and to save each other and their home.

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The Abhorsen series predates HP, but I found it while impatiently waiting for the next book. The (technically) first book opens with our protagonist, Sabriel, who finds herself tasked with rescuing her father who is trapped in Death. He’s a powerful Necromancer whose duty is to bind the dead instead of raising them. She comes from a long line of these Necromancers, and cannot imagine taking on her family mantle this soon if she cannot bring him back. Garth Nix has created a really fun world, here. There’s action, secrets, wild creatures, and a dark threat that threatens to ruin the world if it’s not defeated. This is another series I like to reread periodically, as well.

 

Do you have any other HP read-alikes for me to read? Also, since we are on the topic of Harry Potter, I cannot resist asking my favorite question, reader: what’s your patronus? Mine is a wolf.

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14 responses to “Accio, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!”

  1. Have you listened to the Abhorsen books on audio? I, too, reread them periodically, but ever since I discovered them on audio (read by Tim Curry!) that’s how I reread. Like comfort food.

    • Kaley C says:

      I haven’t listened to it yet, but while linking it to this blog I did notice who the narrator was and am so excited to give it a listen next time around. I think I’ve put that off because of all the later additions to the series. Haven’t gotten the nerve to add to its mythology yet!

    • Readiculous says:

      I loved Nix’s Abhorsen series! I was utterly hooked from page one of Sabriel. I’m with Jackie – they are even better when read aloud by Tim Curry.

  2. Kristi S says:

    I am so on board with all of these read-alikes! I love books that lose me in their world. I also recently read The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani and had a similar feeling. Though it’s about fairy tale characters, the magical school they attend reminds me of HP with classes like Animal Communication and Henchmen Training. Much more exciting than trig.
    Side Note: I remember being horrendously disappointed when I found out my patronus is a mountain hare. That seemed like the least cool/intimidating option. Then my sister took the quiz and she got a salmon.

    • Kaley C says:

      Okay, adding those to my TBR list now! I wanted to read Night Circus to this, but my reading schedule wouldn’t allow it!
      My husband got Mongrel Dog, and one of my pals got Black Mamba… there’s some interesting animals out there!

  3. Colleen M says:

    I would recommend Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows! Fantasy heist novel! (Technically, if you’re a stickler for things being in order, like me, you may want to start with her Grisha trilogy – Shadow and Bone is the first book. It introduces the world in which Six of Crows is set, although you could dive straight in to SoC if you wanted. And don’t get me wrong, it is also a very good trilogy.) I also strongly recommend Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy, which has magic and demons set in an alternate history London. And last but very, very far from least, I am forever in love with Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. This is an absolutely beautiful example of magical realism, where the fantasy just sneaks in perfectly before you’re even aware it’s there.

  4. Kathy S says:

    Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor is another HP read-alike that I really enjoyed: parallel magical world, dangerous mystery to solve, but set in Nigeria. I highly recommend it!

  5. Melissa B says:

    I second the Trials of Morrigan Crow! It was fantastic and had a very similar feeling to Harry Potter. I think it’s a great read alike.

  6. women4ubi says:

    Diane Duane! Her 11 book (plus short stories, and a feline spinoff trilogy) Young Wizards series starts with “Who Wants to be a Wizard”- and it was published 15 *years* before HP!

  7. Dave says:

    Wow just stumbled on to this tonite, what a great bit of information for my future reading, THANKS!!

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