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Five Magical Books to Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday!

This week, Bookstr has decided to give you a special treat! To celebrate both Harry Potter’s and J. K. Rowling’s birthdays, we have decided to give you the definitive list of the best, the coolest, the most magical, books with wizards, witches, magic, or all three!

So take out your wand and whip out your flaming sword, here’s are five books that have pages racked to the brim with spells-galore!



5. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien


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The history of this trilogy doesn’t need to be reiterated, from Tolkien’s belief that fantasy isn’t just for children to Jackson’s monstrously huge trilogy to Amazon’s current ‘in-development’ prequel adaptation, but what does need to reiterated is how AWESOME this series is.



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With two wizards to boot, plus an assortment of creatures from devilish orcs, angelic elves, grumpy dwarfs, rambunctious hobbits and a world filled with giant spiders and talking trees, this series has no shortage of magic and wizards that’ll keep you turning page after page.

Plus, check out The Hobbit. The book (not the movie trilogy) is great!


4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

What’s more magical than the Greeks Gods themselves?


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The first part of the Camp Half-Blood chronicles follows a teenage Percy Jackson who lives in the modern world. The twist? He’s a demigod, and he’s off to Camp Half-Blood.

Along the way, he discovers that not only are there other demigods like him out in the world, but he’s the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, earthquakes, and father of all horses. Does that make all the horses of the world his half-brothers?


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In addition, Percy also learns that his best friend is actually a satyr (a half-goat, half-man). With the first novel focusing on Percy uncovering a conspiracy against him, things couldn’t seem to heat up anymore.

But they do. As the series goes on, we get characters from Greek and Roman mythology, from Titans to Gods to demigods to pegasi and many more mythical creatures, this is a series that any magic fan wouldn’t want to miss.

Now if you plan to check out this series for the first time, just do yourself a favor and pretend the movie adaptation doesn’t exist.


3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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Who forget these books? Every child this century reads at least one book (probably The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) from this series as a kid.

If you didn’t, you had no childhood worth acknowledging.


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A contemporary and best frenemy of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis’s seven book series might have jumped around when it came to the timeline, but since the series has been done and over with since 1957 you can start at the creation of Narnia with The Magician’s Nephew to its eventual destruction in The Last Battle.

What other series can boast that it goes through the history of an entire world, including it’s creation and destruction?

If this seems a tad overwhelming, don’t worry. With magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals, Narnia is a fantastical realm, and the words on its pages ship you off to another realm the way the wardrobe and the paintings do the same to the characters.


2. The Worst Witch Series by Jill Murphy

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You might have heard of them, but The Worst Witch is a series of children’s books written and illustrated by Jill Murphy. First published in 1974 by Allison & Busby, the series focuses on Mildred Hubble, a young witch who attends Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, an all-female boarding school of magic.


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Well-intentioned but clumsy, Mildred often finds herself in disastrous situations, leading to her being labeled as the worst student in the school.


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Each book in the series focuses on each individual two-term school years. With eight books in the series published, the most recent published in 2018, these stories about finding your place in the world is relatable to those of all ages, even if they aren’t magically inclined.



1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Did you seriously expect anything else?


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Not only is it J.K. Rowling’s/Harry Potter’s birthday, but in addition to her many witches and wizards…


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…she’s got so many magical creatures in her books, it’s insane!


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Check out the list here for the most obscure ones. Or have you been drinking too much butterbeer?




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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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