The best Hogwarts books

Many authors have picked their favorite books about Hogwarts and why they recommend each book.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

By J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré (illustrator),

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Total gear shift, I know, but this is going somewhere, I promise.

I was late to the party with the Potter series, and whilst not many will have the luxury of experiencing this book spoiler-free, the reason I’m recommending this is because of the impact it had on my writing.

There I was reading a book about a magic school and then out of nowhere (okay there was some allusion and one helluva Chekhov’s Gun with that necklace Hermione was rocking) it went full-on sci-fi! This wasn’t just a brief foray into time travel either, it was an entire arc that as a time travel fan I did not see coming and I hoovered up every glorious page of it like a Dyson*.

*Other brands of hoover/vacuum are available.


Who am I?

I’ve always been fascinated by time travel as a framing device in stories. Having spent my childhood hoovering up anything I could get my hands on in both the science fiction and straight-up fiction genres, an unexpected byproduct was that I found myself becoming increasingly fascinated with merging the two, eventually wrapping my head around what it would mean if time itself became more than just a construct of our own creation. Asking myself regularly the question; what if it was terrain? It took me thirty-four years to translate all of those ideas into a solid hook for a book. And a further four years to turn that hook into a fully-fledged series.


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Fir Lodge

By Sean McMahon,

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What is my book about?

A story about life, death, tequila…and Time Travel. If time shattered, taking away everything you loved, how far would you go to get it all back?

Arriving at a lodge in Norfolk for a long weekend retreat, a group of friends meet for a 30th birthday celebration. Before the weekend is over, five of them will die. Trapped in a 33-hour time loop, only Hal and Kara have the ability to alter fate and prevent the deaths of their friends. But in order to unravel the secrets hidden within their own past, they must first learn how to adapt to the new rules of their reality. Time, however, is a relentless force – one which will stop at nothing to ensure that events unfold exactly as destiny dictates.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

By J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré (illustrator),

Book cover of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The dragons are only a small part of this very popular book, but it is very memorable. The challenge that Harry (and others) must complete is very creative. The dragons in this story are closer to beasts than sentient creatures, and it forces the character and reader to realize that the dragons must be defeated with intelligence, not brute force. Although this is quite different from many stories, including mine, I can appreciate the difference and the value it brings to the trial Harry is trying to complete.


Who am I?

My fascination with dragons began at a young age and has intensified over the years. I think I’ve watched every movie with a dragon in it and read many of the books. I've tried to incorporate as much as I can, plus my own little twists, into each species of dragon in my world. The most excited I've been about dragons was while watching a special documentary on Discovery Channel. They explained how dragons could fly, the mechanics behind them breathing fire, and what their diet consisted of. It was a great speculative show but had enough science to make you wonder! I hope you enjoy the books on my list!


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DragonSin

By C.M. Surowiec Jr.,

Book cover of DragonSin

What is my book about?

Cymm Reich possesses a rare, magical aura that hasn’t been seen in a millennium. He doesn't realize he has this power until many years later, but the gods already know. The first god, Terazhan, sends a dwarven cleric to train the young man to become a holy warrior in his name.

At sixteen years old, Cymm’s family is massacred and village razed. While Cymm struggles to discover himself and his place in the world, the benevolent Terazhan offers him a glimmer of hope to defeat the dragons responsible for murdering his loved ones. However, a dark secret entwines this gift of power, and the chain of events set in motion could change the history of the world forever.

Dear Librarian

By Lydia M. Sigwarth, Romina Galotta (illustrator),

Book cover of Dear Librarian

I very clearly remember Lydia Sigwarth sharing her library story on the This American Life episode “The Room of Requirement” back in 2018. Sigwarth, who was homeless as a child, found peace, stability, and a sense of routine at her local library—and grew up to become a children’s librarian herself. That wonderful segment was turned into an autobiographical picture book, written by Sigwarth and illustrated in warm and cozy tones by Romina Galotta.


Who am I?

Angela Burke Kunkel is an author, school librarian, and former English Language Arts teacher. She has experience working with all types of young readers, from the reluctant to the voracious, and has taught in both alternative and public schools, including a New Mexico middle school with a nationally-recognized dual education program. She is passionate about ensuring equitable book access for all children, and has published articles and participated as a panelist on these issues.


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Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built

By Angela Burke Kunkel, Paola Escobar,

Book cover of Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built

What is my book about?

In the city of Bogata, in the barrio of La Nueva Gloria, there live two Joses. One is a boy who dreams of Saturdays– that’s the day he gets to visit Paradise, the library. The second Jose is a garbage collector. From dusk until dawn, he scans the sidewalks as he drives, squinting in the dim light, searching household trash for hidden treasure...books! Some are stacked in neat piles, as if waiting for Jose. Others take a bit more digging.

Ever since he found his first book, Anna Karenina, years earlier, he’s been collecting books–thick ones and thin ones, worn ones and almost new ones– to add to the collection in his home. And on Saturdays, kids like little Jose run to the steps of Paradise to discover a world filled with books and wonder.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

By J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré (illustrator),

Book cover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

It’s hard not to talk about the boy who lived without talking about the role that food plays in the Harry Potter books. It is a vehicle for so many storytelling elements. It highlights Harry’s malnourished state at home with his aunt and uncle; it sets the tone for life at Hogwarts; and it conveys British culture in a very real, though maybe not obvious way. The cultural aspect of food in Harry Potter is particularly of interest to me as a foodie and as a translator. The Potter novels are some of the most challenging books to translate, partly due to the culturally specific food that JK Rowling highlights in her books. Pretty delish, all in all.


Who am I?

I’ve always been surrounded by food culture. I grew up in a diner family. My parents started Lakey’s Cafe just before I was born. My first jobs as a kid were in that restaurant. After that, I worked in restaurants as a server for more than 10 years of my life. When the opportunity presented itself to throw in the napkin and become a writer, I did. My writing now as a professional writer centers around the food and beverage industry. One topic that I don’t see discussed enough is the role that food plays in science fiction and fantasy novels. Food in novels has a way of showing us something about ourselves.


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The Girl Who Fell Into the Sky: The Noah and Clare Chronicles Book 1

By Buffy Naillon,

Book cover of The Girl Who Fell Into the Sky: The Noah and Clare Chronicles Book 1

What is my book about?

It’s the 22nd century, and America is ravaged by a dangerous new disease called Sudden Onset Anorexia (SOA). People who get this disease can eat and eat and eat and yet, they waste away to nothing.

At the center of this story is Clare King, a reality TV star. Her every move is recorded live… When she sleeps… Who she dates… And what she eats, or more importantly, what she’s not allowed to eat. In true miracle-in-disguise fashion, Clare manages to escape her life in front of the camera and find happiness and love for the first time. SOA, Clare’s life as a reality star on the run, and food politics come crashing together when Clare stumbles upon the horrifying origins of the 22nd century’s most deadly disease.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

By Dinah Bucholz,

Book cover of The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as delicious. If you are looking for a unique themed cookbook and want a lot of British-inspired recipes, look no further. With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbinding meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite Potter stories.


Who am I?

Gina Meyers is well known for her popular culture television trivia and cooking expertise books related to Harry Potter, Twilight, and the iconic television show Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie. Gina's Love At First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook was featured on the NBC hit show, The Office. Gina's goal is to reignite the spark of imagination and creativity in the kitchen, introducing youth, teens, and fans of magical sitcoms to the culinary arts.


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From Muggles to Magic: The Complete Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

By Gina Meyers,

Book cover of From Muggles to Magic: The Complete Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

What is my book about?

Smuggle in some muggle magic with The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Butterbeer And More! Inside this new and improved edition of The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes To Butterbeer, you will find all things sugary to satisfy your sweet tooth, including Ron’s Love Spell Sugar Cookies, Butterbeer Cupcakes, Pumpkin Juice, Hermione's Precious Potion, Mulled Mead, Rock Cakes, Treacle Crisp, Pumpkin Fudge, Yorkshire Pudding, Cauldron Cakes, King’s Cross Butterscotch Bars, Harry’s Tea and Get Out Of a Jam Cookies, Cockroach Clusters, and much, much more, if you dare.

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