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What to read after Harry Potter

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If your child has just turned the final pages of The Deathly Hallows and is looking around, blinking at the real world and wondering how they will now pass their time, be gentle with them. Then, crack on with recommending another fantastic series from the list below – they'll be right as rain in no time

Most recommended series to read after Harry Potter

These are the top five series recommended by Mumsnetters on Talk. Each one holds a combination of the elements which made Harry Potter so successful – fantasy, coming of age, school, adventure, the prevalence of good over evil – so your child is sure to find something within these pages that'll spark their imagination.

All age recommendations are a guideline

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (8+)

This is the much-loved 'Percy Jackson series', which follows the adventures of a demi-god and draws its inspiration from ancient Greek mythology. If half the appeal of Harry Potter for your child was watching the film adaptations, they'll be pleased to hear that the first book has found huge success in the cinema too.

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In published order…

Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones (8+)

The order of this series is somewhat contested, with the author's recommended reading order different to both the publisher's order and the chronology. This needn't put anyone off though – in a world where magic is as common as music and mathematics, order doesn't matter as long as you can stay amongst the enchanting company of Chrestomanci and Christopher Chant. If seven books isn't enough, there are a sprinkling of additional short stories too.

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In published order…

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (13+)

In this epic trilogy by one of the most loved children's authors of our time, Lyra, later accompanied by Will, travels through parallel universes, attempting to right the wrong in the world while also coming of age. With influences from religion, Milton's Paradise Lost, and particle physics, these novels are modern classics which can be enjoyed by parents and children alike.

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Look out for The Book of Dust – the first novel in Pullman's companion trilogy, which is out later this year…

Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett (9+)

Ah, Sir Terry, an inspiration to so many. His Discworld series, which includes enough books to bankrupt parents – over 40 (!) We'll list the first five here – are full to the brim with fantastical beasts, magic, wonder, and humour.

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The first five, to get you started…

Earthsea Series by Ursula K Le Guin (10+)

Le Guin's series takes place in a world of islands surrounded by unchartered ocean. There's magic, dragons, beauty and diversity – this is old-school fantasy that has survived the generations of new literature for a reason.

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In published order…

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