Harry Potter Withdrawal?

Are you sad? I’m sad. It’s all over. I know how it ends. I know what happens. And granted, while I should be (and am) reading other, arguably more important things, I still don’t feel comfortable with the empty fantasy void that Harry Potter used to fill. Thus, I’ve already turned onto a new series which, conveniently, is being released as a major film later this year (I really like reading a book before the movie comes out because otherwise I can’t get the actors out of my head while reading it…like my Ron looked a helluva lot different than the Rupert Grint, for example).

His Dark Materials is a series that has been recommended to me near since birth because of the incessant insistence of my hometown best friend, who, if I were to rank her obsessions, it would be as follows: 1. Lord of the Rings, 2. Harry Potter, 3. Dragons, 4. Baking cookies, 5. Cigarettes and 6. His Dark Materials. Seeing as I don’t smoke, my choice seems obvious.

His Dark Materials Trilogy – This three-part series includes: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman, will be released in December. From the Amazon review: “In the epic trilogy His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman unlocks the door to worlds parallel to our own. Dæmons and winged creatures live side by side with humans, and a mysterious entity called Dust just might have the power to unite the universes–if it isn’t destroyed first.”

But some other books that I recommend for Post-Harry Rehab:

Some others that I’ve not gotten around to reading that I’ve been yelled at about by said friend:

Woo. Soak up the last of summer, guys, because soon it’ll be back to critical theory and chemistry for the lot of ya.

Got a favorite? Let us know!

44 thoughts on “Harry Potter Withdrawal?

  1. Anthony

    The His Dark Materials trilogy is glorious. You wouldn’t know it by Pullman’s slow and convoluted stylings at the beginning of The Golden Compass, but by the middle/end of that book, you’re enthralled. (Plus, turns out it’s more sacrilegious than Harry Potter and Pokemon: Satanic Version combined)

  2. Anthony

    The His Dark Materials trilogy is glorious. You wouldn’t know it by Pullman’s slow and convoluted stylings at the beginning of The Golden Compass, but by the middle/end of that book, you’re enthralled. (Plus, turns out it’s more sacrilegious than Harry Potter and Pokemon: Satanic Version combined)

  3. Anonymous

    Read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. It was more engrossing than Harry Potter for me. By far.Also, HDM trilogy rocks socks.Eragon licks butts.

  4. Anonymous

    Read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. It was more engrossing than Harry Potter for me. By far.

    Also, HDM trilogy rocks socks.

    Eragon licks butts.

  5. Holly

    yeah, annalisa, you know nothing about writing. seriously, why don’t you go win a writing award or something. god.

  6. Holly

    yeah, annalisa, you know nothing about writing. seriously, why don’t you go win a writing award or something. god.

  7. Anonymous

    . . . nothing can replace harry potter. . . you need to take a look around buddy. The world is full of shitty authors and their simpering wooden characters

  8. Anonymous

    . . . nothing can replace harry potter. . .

    you need to take a look around buddy. The world is full of shitty authors and their simpering wooden characters

  9. Anonymous

    mmm narnianarnia for me was the “cool, i’ve read the first three harry potter books, let me immerse myself in another series while i wait” then by the time the fourth book came out, i was done.

  10. Anonymous

    mmm narnia
    narnia for me was the “cool, i’ve read the first three harry potter books, let me immerse myself in another series while i wait” then by the time the fourth book came out, i was done.

  11. Andrew

    Check out the Dresden Files, a series by Jim Butcher.It involves an orphaned wizard named Harry. Heh. Heh.Seriously though, fun series of pulpy noir urban fantasies. I’m a fan.

  12. Andrew

    Check out the Dresden Files, a series by Jim Butcher.

    It involves an orphaned wizard named Harry. Heh. Heh.

    Seriously though, fun series of pulpy noir urban fantasies. I’m a fan.

  13. Anonymous

    I’ll second the Neil Gaiman rec, but… Eragon is truly terrible. Artemis Fowl is good, if a little on the young-adult side (but hey, we’re talking HP replacements).For those liking the theme of HP (normal guy discovers world of magic) I recommend Magic Kingdom for Sale — SOLD! & associated Landover sequels. It might get adapted to the silver screen too, if IMDB ain’t full of crap. It’s by Terry Brooks, who may be more familiar to fans of high fantasy for his Shannara series.

  14. Anonymous

    I’ll second the Neil Gaiman rec, but… Eragon is truly terrible. Artemis Fowl is good, if a little on the young-adult side (but hey, we’re talking HP replacements).

    For those liking the theme of HP (normal guy discovers world of magic) I recommend Magic Kingdom for Sale — SOLD! & associated Landover sequels. It might get adapted to the silver screen too, if IMDB ain’t full of crap. It’s by Terry Brooks, who may be more familiar to fans of high fantasy for his Shannara series.

  15. Anonymous

    She wrote “I know how it ends” and “I know what happens” not “i know how it happens” There’s nothing spoilerly about that so chill out and try reading faster.

  16. Anonymous

    She wrote “I know how it ends” and “I know what happens” not “i know how it happens” There’s nothing spoilerly about that so chill out and try reading faster.

  17. Anonymous

    For more ‘fantasy fantasy’ don’t forget about Michael Moorcock (the Elric and Corum series) and Robert E. Howard (Conan).

  18. Anonymous

    For more ‘fantasy fantasy’ don’t forget about Michael Moorcock (the Elric and Corum series) and Robert E. Howard (Conan).

  19. Anonymous

    Holly. I’m going to be really pissed if by saying “I know how it happens” means that Harry dies and you know how. Thanks for possibly ruining it.

  20. Anonymous

    Holly. I’m going to be really pissed if by saying “I know how it happens” means that Harry dies and you know how. Thanks for possibly ruining it.

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