Nowadays, if you write a book for young people, it doesn’t take long for someone to ask– occasionally with genuine inquisitiveness, sometimes sneeringly–‘a bit like Harry Potter then?’ Such is the influence that the wizard of Hogwarts has over the world of children’s, and dare I suggest it, almost all books. Indeed, when people think of children’s books these days, Firebolts and quidditch are what instantly spring to mind. For a long while, even though the roots of my own ‘artefact’ series go back to way before platform 9 ¾ ever saw the light of day, there seemed little point in writing anything for fear of it drowning under the dazzling wave of the J K Rowling tsunami. But stories have to be told. The magic is in the telling.
So then I began to wonder, since the Potter world is so real in so many people’s imagination (including mine I might add), what books might Harry, Ron and Hermione have read? The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,? Too obvious, since that might be on the curriculum as a History of Magic text book, rather than a fantasy. And then I realised that to the magical world, muggle life would be fascinating, and since science would be seen as something weird and mysterious (from the Weasley’s perspective), would Dr Who tickle their fancy? Or would it be perhaps The Hunger Games?
I think it might be fun to compile a list. If you have any suggestions, please let me know and I’ll post them here.
Who knows, maybe The Obsidian Pebble might even appear on it one day.
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