Top 13 Book Series to Read Instead of Harry Potter

The Harry Potter series was credited with getting a lot of reluctant readers to enjoy books, and the importance of that cannot be overstated. 

However, now that most young readers are already familiar with the adventures of Harry and his friends, I suggest the following series for readers of all ages looking for something similar in tone or who are just looking for a new world to fall in love with. 

The Worst Witch

Jill Murphy's Worst Witch series might be lesser-known, but it's a natural choice for middle-grade readers looking for something similar to Harry Potter. The series follows Mildred Hubble, who attends Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. 

His Dark Materials

Perfect for younger readers (and older readers too!) looking for something a little more serious and weighty. The story follows Lyra, a young girl living in a version of our world where every human has a daemon — an external manifestation of one's soul. 

Protector of the Small

The first two books especially have that fantasy academic setting, if anyone was ever curious about what it's like to balance math and history homework with dueling class. 

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket's grim, atemporal series about a trio of orphans being shuffled around from guardian to incompetent guardian is perfect for any young reader who gravitates to darker, quirkier content.