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Start Your School Year the Wizarding Way With These 6 Series!


It’s back to school time! Albus Dumbledore’s first day of Hogwarts! …and you’re still waiting for your Hogwarts letter to arrive. Don’t worry, it probably just got lost in the mail. But while you wait, why not weigh up your other options…


1. Children of the Red King series by Jenny Nimmo 


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Frankly it is a travesty that this series, sometimes referred to as the Charlie Bone series after its main character, has not been made into a lucrative and beloved movie franchise complete with merchandise, theme parks and novelty hats. It follows Charlie Bone’s adventures after discovers he has magical powers. Charlie begins to hear the voices of people in photographs and discovers that he is a descendant of the Red King, an ancient magician. He is subsequently sent to Bloor’s Academy, where many magical children study. At Bloor’s, Charlie has enough adventures to span eight books, all of which are fast paced, funny and fantastic. 


2. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy


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The Worst Witch books follow the misadventures of disastrous yet endearing witch Mildred Hubble. Mildred attends Ms. Cackle’s Academy for Witches and is constantly getting herself into trouble. Admittedly, there books are aimed at much younger readers, but they are still great stories and have been adapted several times for television. I just like them, okay?


3. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Dianna Wynne Jones


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Charmed Life is the first in the Chronicles of Chrestomanci series, which follows Cat whose sister Gwendolen is the most promising young witch ever seen on Coven Street. When the two orphans are summoned to live in Chrestomanci Castle, trouble ensues! From the author of Howl’s Moving Castle, this series includes six books as well as several other books set in the same universe.  


4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 


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Ransom Riggs got the idea for this series from his vast collection of photographs of people he does not know. Before the books were published, Riggs made one of the what John Green declared on of the best videos on YouTube, showcasing some of the strangest and most interesting photos in his collection. The books are equally as strange and wonderful, following Jacob, whose quest to find out the meaning behind his grandfather’s strange photographs leads him to a school and orphanage for children with unusual powers. 


5. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin


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Ged displays serious powers at a young age and joins a wizarding school, however soon gets into an argument with one of his peers and accidentally releases a shadow creature which he then has to vanquish. The adventures continue in the following two novels, The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore


6. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


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This is the tale of a magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
Told in Kvothe’s own voice, the book recounts his exciting childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as an orphan in a dangerous city, and his unlikely acceptance into a legendary school of magic, before becoming a fugitive after the murder of a king.


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