5 Captivating Magical School Book Series to Delight Fans of Harry Potter

Ask anyone about Harry Potter and they’ll tell you that they’ve grown up waiting for their Hogwarts’ letter. We all loved the stories and the characters, but somewhere in the midst of it all, we fell head over heels in love with the magical school and secretly (or, not-so-secretly) wanted to be a part of it.

Some of us have re-read the books a thousand times. But those of us who want a whiff of fresh air but still want to explore magical schools, there are many more book series based on the same premise. The plots are indeed different from Harry Potter, but the school system depicted in these books are sure to bring the thrill back for us.

Below, we have listed five book series based on magical school system. Check them out!

“The Magicians” series by Lev Grossman (2009)

“The Magicians” introduces Quentin Coldwater, a high school student who discovers that the magical world he read about as a child is real. He enrolls at Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, where he learns the intricacies of magic. As Quentin explores the enchanting realm of Fillory, he faces various challenges and uncovers dark secrets. Lev Grossman’s series combines elements of fantasy and coming-of-age, offering a darker and more mature take on the magical school concept.

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“The Kingkiller Chronicles” by Patrick Rothfuss (2007)

“The Name of the Wind” follows the story of Kvothe, an orphaned innkeeper who was once a legendary figure in a world of magic. The series recounts Kvothe’s life as he attends the University, delves into the art of magic, and searches for answers about the mysterious Chandrian. Patrick Rothfuss weaves a captivating tale of adventure, romance, and intrigue, set against a richly detailed and immersive magical backdrop.

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“The Bartimaeus Sequence” by Jonathan Stroud (2003-2010)

“The Bartimaeus Sequence” is a trilogy set in an alternate version of London. The story revolves around Nathaniel, a young magician’s apprentice, who summons the djinni Bartimaeus to assist him in his magical endeavors. The series explores the complexities of power, morality, and the clash between magicians and spirits. Jonathan Stroud’s books are filled with wit, humor, and engaging storytelling, offering a unique blend of fantasy and adventure.

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“The Black Magician Trilogy” by Trudi Canavan (2001-2004)

“The Black Magician Trilogy” follows the journey of Sonea, a young girl from the slums who possesses an extraordinary magical ability. When her powers are discovered, she is taken to the Magician’s Guild for training. As Sonea navigates the political intrigues of the magical world, she unravels a conspiracy that threatens to destabilize the realm. Trudi Canavan’s series delves into themes of social class, prejudice, and the pursuit of knowledge, while delivering an engaging and suspenseful narrative.

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“The School for Good and Evil” series by Soman Chainani (2013-2020)

“The School for Good and Evil” introduces two girls, Sophie and Agatha, who are unexpectedly whisked away to the titular school, where ordinary children are trained to become fairy tale heroes and villains. Sophie, who dreams of being a princess, is placed in the School for Evil, while Agatha, with a darker appearance, is assigned to the School for Good. As they navigate their way through the magical education system, the series explores the nature of good and evil, friendship, and the power of choice. Soman Chainani’s books provide a delightful twist on traditional fairy tales.

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Which one of these books have you read? Which ones do you want to read next? Let us know in the comments below!

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