Harry Potter Hangover
When Harry Potter finds out he's magic his life turns upside-down. And when I found the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling my life turned upside-down. Once I started, I just couldn't put these stories down. The plots are cleverly pieced together. I was immersed in the lives of each and every character, especially my favourites like Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood. My bookshelf steadily expanded as I hungrily wolfed down each volume. Harry Potter took me away from the real world into the wizarding world. I was amazed. I was crying. I was laughing.
Then… Nothing. I was sucked into a lonely abyss. The students from Hogwarts had become my everything; now they were gone. I felt like there was nothing left. I was bored. I was suffering from the Harry Potter hangover.
Knowing the Harry Potter series were the best books I'd ever read, I re-read them. I discovered new things that I didn’t notice the first time. I realised that I couldn't continue reading the same books all the time, so I decided to keep reading the same genre instead. Suddenly I began getting obsessed with other books. Here are some of the ways I beat my Harry Potter hangover.
Stop one: The spin-offs. The Harry Potter series isn't actually over once you finish Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them and Quidditch through the Ages are all by J.K Rowling. They are all fun reads, but to really understand Tales of Beedle the Bard you need to have read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Stop two: The Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy. It's interesting, scary, funny and very quirky. If battling terrifying creatures like the Faceless Ones, the Jitter Girls and zombies is your thing then this if for you! Read my blog "Hooked on Skulduggery Pleasant" HERE.
Stop three: I was recently excited to discover the Lockwood and Co. series by Jonathan Stroud. It is set in a time when our world has gone crazy with an outbreak of ghosts called, 'The Problem'. The books follow an agency set up to get rid of hauntings. They can be pretty spooky.
Stop four: The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan is about a teenager by the same name. He is the son of Poseidon, the god of everything to do with water. This means Percy can breathe underwater and shield any liquids from touching him. At Camp Half-Blood, a place where young demigods train, Percy has countless adventures. He fights against terrifying monsters and in only the first book meets up with Medusa, a beastly woman with snakes for hair and the power to turn people to stone. You can read my review of Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes HERE.
Stop five: Rick Riordan is also the mastermind behind other awesome books. I have just read The Hidden Oracle which is the first book in the new Trials of Apollo series. It is about a Greek god named Apollo. He was turned into a mortal by Zeus after a 'terrible misunderstanding' and has to undertake many horrifying tasks to prove himself worthy to become a god again. It is also worth checking out Rick's The Kane Chronicles series. Read my review of The Red Pyramid HERE.
Stop six: There are also some adventurous novels by Australian authors. You should read The Mapmaker Chronicles by A.L. Tait. I have reviewed the first story, Race to the End of the World HERE. Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks and Grimsdon by Deborah Abela are exciting survival stories. Emily Rodda writes magical books which take you to different dimensions. You can read my reviews of Emily's Finders Keepers and Star of Deltora: Shadows of the Master HERE.
The Harry Potter hangover is pretty terrible. But you can recover if you read to take your mind off it. Before you know it, you will be obsessed with other books.