This is a Public Service Announcement from your Teen Specialist, Izabel:
Do you still pine over Hogwarts? Is the thing you miss most about the Harry Potter series being over the fact that you can’t go back to Hogwarts?
There’s something about eating, sleeping, and living under one roof with all your peers that makes learning, dare I say, more fun…
Check out some of these books with a magical boarding school feel.
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If you miss the ghosts of Hogwarts jumping up through your food, then the Shades of London series is for you! Set in London (obviously…) and full of ghost hunters.
Sophronia attends Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, which is not your ordinary boarding school… If you miss the trio’s adventures and traipsing around Hogwarts, this is the book for you!
If Hogwarts had students that were vampires, fairies, werewolves and other shifters in addition to witches and warlocks, it would be just like Hex Hall. Sophie is sent to this reform school for wayward Prodigium after some mishaps, including a prom-night spell gone wrong. Remind anyone of a certain Chosen One?
If Hogwarts had a militaristic agenda to shape and train tomorrow’s leaders (in outer space…), you would pretty much have Battle School.
Ahh, summer camp for magical beings. Full of quests and self-discoveries. Can you imagine a Hogwarts summer school? I’m pretty sure Harry would never have gone back to Privet Drive…
Another boarding school for magical beings! At Mythos Academy, Gwen’s classmates are Spartans, Amazonians, and Vikings, i.e. mythical warriors with crazy powers and awesome physical strength. Gwen, on the other hand, is pretty klutzy and has some simple “touch” magic. OR IS IT SOMETHING MORE????
Here is our non-magical entry for the “Hogwarts feels” category. What if Harry, Ron, and Hermione had no magical powers? Pudge and his friends have all the house drama, none of the magic.
And here’s your magical historical fiction fantasy entry! Royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, has a big secret - she can raise the dead. Hiding secrets while living with all your classmates? I think Harry (or Ginny…) can give you some pointers.
The London Institute for Shadowhunters isn’t really a boarding school, but the Shadowhunters are still eating, sleeping, and training all under one roof. Plus there’s plenty of wandering around at night and underage adventures resulting in saving the day because the adults are otherwise preoccupied…. you get the gist!
The House of Night is a school that trains anyone who has undergone the Change on becoming an adult vampyre (vampire?) - that is if they survive the Change… Zoey has been marked by the vampyre (vampire?) Goddess Nyx as SPECIAL.
But she IS the Chosen One, guys!
I have to confess, I have not read this book. BUT I read the graphic novel and it had some awesome stories about butt-kicking historical ladies who were really vampyres (vampires?)!