Welcome to the newest installment in my Reading Lists Feature, a series of posts where I compose reading lists for and inspired by different characters. These are all books that I feel fit into the character’s aesthetic and personality, but also books I feel those characters would love to read. You can check the previous posts (Ronan Lynch, Hermione, Ron, Kaz Brekker and Nina Zenik) HERE.
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Since I did both Hermione and Ron, I think it’s only fitting I finally do one for Harry as well, and thus complete the trio. The vibe we’re going for is The Chosen One struggling with his role, but also Harry Potter as the ultimate sass queen (“No need to call me sir, Professor”). Also a lot of accent on friendship and loyalty and bravery. So here’s Harry Potter’s reading list:
1. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
This is probably my favorite King novel and it’s such a Harry book. It’s a story about loyalty, terror and mystery. It’s a young boy going into other (magical) world in search for the salvation of his mother’s life. It’s a story about a boy who takes on an incredibly difficult task and who has to grow up quickly. Very Harry if you ask me.
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
This is a bit of a controversial book, because not a lot of people love it, but I personally adore it. It’s one of my favorite classics and I use to love it when I was younger. If you can recall Harry in the Order of Phoenix, I think you’ll understand what I am saying. Holden is a very angry kid, who’s trying to make sense of the world and himself, and that’s basically Harry in the fifth book. Plus, Holden is so sassy and sarcastic and we all know that Harry Potter is the literal sass queen.
“Listening to the news! Again?”
“Well, it changes every day, you see,” said Harry.
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
There’s something similar in feel to The Perks and The Catcher in the Rye and I think that’s why I love The Perks of Being a Wallflower so much. I think this would be a perfect book for Harry because it’s about finding your place and realizing that your friends are your home and your family. I think that’s a very Harry experience.
4. The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
This is another obvious pick I feel. Percy is sort of thrust into this world, he has to save it, but he only wants to have a normal life. I think this especially comes through in the Heroes of Olympus series. I think Harry could definitely relate to that feeling of not wanting to be in the spotlight and not wanting to be The Chosen One, but still taking on that responsibility. Plus, again, Percy is really sassy and funny, which Harry can relate to.
5. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
I think Harry would love this one. If you’ve seen the movie, then you know what the book is like, because they’re basically the same. I think Harry would enjoy the concept of the Fight Club, but also the need to fight “the bad guy” only to realize that he is in fact you or a part of you (Get it? Because he is a horcrux). I just think there’s an interesting parallel there, plus this is a short, quick read and I think that would also suit Harry.
6. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
Since Harry goes on to be an Auror and becomes a part of the Ministry, I think he would love the concept of The Chequy, an organization that battles rogue supernatural forces in Britain. This book is a lot of fun and it’s an Urban Fantasy which I think Harry would absolutely love.
So those are the books on Harry’s list! Let me know how you liked them, and tell me if you have any recs of your own. As always, I’d love to hear some requests for next reading lists!
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