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Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

Happy birthday, Harry Potter! The famous fictional wizard's birthday is July 31st, and 2017 also marks the 20th year since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher/Sorcerer's Stone in 1997. To celebrate, here are some books for readers of all ages to check out, after they've finished reading (and maybe re-reading) J.K. Rowling's modern-day classic fantasy series.

 

Books for Younger Wizards

Akata witch
Akata witch
by Nnedi Okorafor

Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.
Inkheart
Inkheart
by Cornelia Funke

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service. 
The Land of Stories : the wishing spell
The Land of Stories : the wishing spell
by Chris Colfer

Using a mysterious book to travel to a land of wonder and magic, twins Alex and Connor meet a host of classic fairy tale characters and nefarious monsters before discovering that returning back home will be more difficult than anticipated.
Upside-down magic
Upside-down magic
by Sarah Mlynowski

Placed in the Upside-Down Magic class at an elite magical academy, students Nory, Elliott, Andres and Bax cast spells that go frustratingly wonky at the worst possible times. 
The school for good and evil
The school for good and evil
by Soman Chainani

Best friends Sophie (princess wannabe) and Agatha (witchy loner) are headed (via kidnapping) to the School for Good and Evil, but their assumed destinies are reversed: Sophie's dumped into the School for Evil for Uglification and Henchmen Training classes, while Agatha attends Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication at the School for Good, and when a certain prince charming (son of King Arthur) is thrown into the mix, anything can happen!
Magyk
Magyk
by Angie Sage

After his son is kidnapped by the midwife, Septimus Heap stumbles upon an abandoned newborn in the snow and takes her home to raise her as his own daughter, but the mysteries surrounding his adopted child and missing son soon overwhelm him and lead him on a search for the truth with the help of magic characters and their spells, charms, and potions. 
The iron trial
The iron trial
by Holly Black

Warned away from magic all of his life, Callum endeavors to fail the trials that would admit him to the Magisterium only to be drawn into its ranks against his will and forced to confront dark elements from his past. By the best-selling co-author of the Spiderwick Chronicles and the best-selling author of the Infernal Devices series. 
The Wee Free Men
The Wee Free Men
by Terry Pratchett

A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

	The tales of Beedle the Bard : A Wizarding Classic from the World of Harry Potter
The tales of Beedle the Bard : A Wizarding Classic from the World of Harry Potter
by J. K. Rowling

Translated by Hermione Granger from ancient runes and featuring commentary by Albus Dumbledore, a collection of imaginative fairy tales set in the fantasy world of Harry Potter includes "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot," "The Fountain of Fair Fortune," "The Warlock's Hairy Heart," "Babbitty Rabitty and her Cackling Stump," and "The Tale of the Three Brothers."
Fantastic beasts and where to find them : the original screenplay
Fantastic beasts and where to find them : the original screenplay
by J. K Rowling

Fans are invited to relive the wonder of Magizoologist Newt Scamander's world in a series of collectible movie guidebooks and original J. K. Rowling screenplays comprised of essential film details, character profiles, location facts and script quotes. 

Books for Older Wizards

Carry on : the rise and fall of Simon Snow
Carry on : the rise and fall of Simon Snow
by Rainbow Rowell

Simon Snow's final year at the Watford School of Magicks is overshadowed by a painful breakup, an overprotective mentor, a roommate's disappearance and a plethora of monsters. 
Half bad
Half bad
by Sally Green

Coming of age in a modern England where good and bad witches live among humans, the son of a powerful black witch father and a dead white witch mother struggles to escape a violent incarceration and claim three magical gifts in order to survive.
Shadowshaper
Shadowshaper
by Daniel José Older

When her summer plans are interrupted by creepy supernatural phenomena, Sierra and her artist friend uncover the work of a magic-wielding killer who believes Sierra's family is hiding a powerful secret. A first young adult novel.

	White cat
White cat
by Holly Black

Rendered an outsider because of his dubious family of magical con artists, Cassel struggles with lingering guilt over his role in a friend's death years earlier and begins experiencing bizarre dreams about a white cat that make him question his dead friend's actual fate.
The alchemyst
The alchemyst
by Michael Scott

When the legend that Nicholas Flamel lives due to his ability to make the elixir for life is discovered to be true, Dr. John Dee begins his plot to steal the Book of Abraham the Mage from him in order to rule the world, but knowing that they are the only ones with the power to stop him, Josh and Sophie quickly set their own plan in motion to do so. 
SuperMutant Magic Academy
SuperMutant Magic Academy
by Jillian Tamaki

At a prep school for superheroes, mutants, and witches, paranormal abilities take a backseat to normal teen concerns.
The magicians : a novel
The magicians : a novel
by Lev Grossman

Haboring 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.
The name of the wind
The name of the wind
by Patrick Rothfuss

This suspenseful coming-of-age story folllows Kvothe as he recounts his transformation from a magically gifted young man into the most notorious wizard, musician, thief, and assassin in his world. A first novel. 
The queen of the Tearling : a novel. Volume I
The queen of the Tearling : a novel. Volume I
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 Witch, forcing her to embark on a quest to save her kingdom and fulfill her destiny. 
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
by Susanna Clarke

In nineteenth-century England, all is going well for rich, reclusive Mr Norell, who has regained some of the power of England's magicians from the past, until a rival magician, Jonathan Strange, appears and becomes Mr Norrell's pupil.
The thinking woman's guide to real magic
The thinking woman's guide to real magic
by Emily Croy Barker

Wandering through a portal into a different world where she is transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty, Nora pursues a romance with the masterful Raclin only to see her elegant fantasy world shattering in ways that force Nora to learn magical skills in order to survive. 

	Sorcerer to the crown
Sorcerer to the crown
by Zen Cho

While trying to discover why England's magical stocks are drying up, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers, meets an unusual woman whose power could alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain.

	Harry Potter and the cursed child : The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production Special Rehearsal Edition Parts one and two
Harry Potter and the cursed child : The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production Special Rehearsal Edition Parts one and two
by Jack Thorne

Based on an original J. K. Rowling story, the highly anticipated latest entry in the series and first official Harry Potter play follows the adult challenges of overworked ministry of magic employee Harry, who confronts a weighty family legacy and unexpected dark forces alongside his youngest son, Albus.