Harry Potter Read-Alikes

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Wizards & Magic

The Lost Years of Merlin

A young boy with no memory of his past finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.

J Fic Barron, T.A.

Artemis Fowl   
When a twelve-year-old genius kidnaps a fairy, the fairies fight back with magic and technology.
J Fic Colfer, Eoin

Revenge of the Witch
Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, works as an apprentice for the village spook.

J Fic Delaney, Joseph

The Merlin Conspiracy
Roddy and Nick, teens with magic powers, work to save the world from power-hungry wizards.
J Fic Jones, Diana Wynne (also in YA Fic Jones)

A Wizard of Earthsea
A boy with special talents enters Wizard school where he unwittingly sets loose a terrible evil.
JS LeGuin, Ursula K.

Infants switched at birth grow to fulfill their magical destiny while pursued by evil villains.
J Sage, Angie

The Amulet of Samarkand
A young magician's apprentice becomes caught in a web of espionage, murder, and rebellion.
J Stroud, Jonathan

Heroes & Quests

The Book of Three 

Assistant Pig-Keeper Taran sets out to save Prydain from the forces of evil.
J Fic Alexander, Lloyd

Ethan Feld, the worst baseball player in history, finds himself recruited to help a band of fairies.
J Fic Chabon, Michael

The Sea of Trolls
Captured by Viking Berserkers, Jack and Lucy undertake a vital quest in the home of trolls.
J Fic Farmer, Nancy

Dragon Rider
Firedrake, a silver dragon, is joined by a brownie and an orphan boy on a mission to find his home.
J Fic Funke, Cornelia

Matthias, a young mouse, seeks a legendary sword to protect his home and defeat the evil rat Cluny.
J Fic Jacques, Brian

A mysterious stone brings magic and power into a boy’s life, along with dragons, elves, and danger.
J Fic Paolini, Christopher

The Tiger's Apprentice
A tiger, monkey, dragon, and a Chinese American boy protect a magic talisman from an evil enemy.
J Fic Yep, Laurence

Adventure & Mystery

Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator

A girl uses psychic abilities and detective skills to solve a mystery in a San Francisco mansion.
JM Allison, Jennifer

The Door to Time  
Jason and Julia find twisting tunnels and a mysterious locked door in their new home.
J Fic Baccalario, Pierdomenico

Chasing Vermeer  
Seemingly unrelated events are pieced together by two eleven-year-olds to solve an art scandal.
JM Balliett, Blue

The Secret of Castle Cant
Servant girl Lucy uncovers palace intrigues and aids a rebellion against chewing gum.

J Fic Bath, K.P.

The City of Ember   
Lina and Doon find and piece together a mysterious document to save their decaying city.
JS DuPrau, Jeanne

Mister Monday               
Arthur struggles to discover the truth behind a mysterious key while avoiding those chasing him.
JS Nix, Garth

A cabin boy and wealthy girl team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures.
JS Oppel, Kenneth

The Scarecrow and His Servant  
A scarecrow and his boy servant outwit brigands as they travel towards the famed Spring Valley.
J Fic Pullman, Philip

-adapted from a Berkeley Public Library list- 4/2009