What to Read While You're Waiting for the Next Harry Potter:
Favorites from Other Fantastic Series
by Holly Hartman
Harry Potter wasn't the first child to discover he possessed magical powers, or the first to become entangled in a battle of Good vs. Evil. Check out the classic books in this list for more fantasy, suspense, and wicked humor. Best yet, each is part of a series, and you won't have to wait a year for the next installment.
- The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (U.S., 1964)
When evil threatens the mythical land of Prydain, a young pig-keeper named Taran must face the monstrous Horned King.
- The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper (England, 1973)
On his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers that he possesses ancient powers.
- Five Children and It by E. Nesbit (England, 1902)
Five children encounter a hideous, cranky creature that grants their wishes--for better or for worse.
- Half Magic by Edward Eager (U.S., 1954)
What looks like an old coin on the sidewalk turns out to be a quirky magic talisman.
- The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs (U.S., 1973)
The shy orphan Lewis Barnavelt learns that his uncle's mansion harbors a deadly secret.
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (England, 1952)
Edmund, Lucy, and their vile cousin Eustace enter a magic painting of a sailing ship and join the quest of a legendary king.
- The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner (England, 1960)
Wizards and goblins are among the unearthly figures lurking in a remote and mysterious part of England.
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin (U.S., 1968)
A young boy is chosen to enroll at a school for wizards, where he learns the language of magic and dragons.
- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (England, 1962)
Two cousins plot a dramatic escape from the orphanage run by evil Miss Slighcarp.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (U.S., 1960)
Otherworldly visitors guide Meg and her brother Charles Wallace on a journey through time and space.