As you may have heard, Micheline and I are hosting Harry Potter month throughout the month of July – a celebration of all things Harry Potter! If you’d like to join in, feel free! You can post about pretty much anything Harry Potter related, or take part in the House Cup at any time throughout the month, and we’d love to have you share your love for HP!
It won’t be surprising to any of you that books are a huge part of my life, and obviously I’m Harry Potter obsessed, so I decided that for Harry Potter month it would be fun to think about the books I’d recommend to my favourite Harry Potter characters! For now I’ve just taken a handful of characters, and just one book for each, but if inspiration strikes maybe I’ll have a few more throughout the month…
Harry’s been through more than enough difficulty in his life, so I knew I wanted to recommend some great escapist fantasy, nothing too dark or grim because let’s be honest, he’s earned a break right?! David Eddings’ Belgariad series were the books that got me into fantasy, and into reading. Eddings has awesome characters and world-building, and every time I get sucked into one of his books it feels like returning home to old friends, which I think Harry would appreciate too – while he has plenty of friends now, he spent plenty of years pre-Hogwarts feeling lonely.
Ron’s been surrounded by magic all his life, so I didn’t want to go for fantasy – I feel like he’d scoff at all the things Muggles got wrong! He also doesn’t share his father’s obsession with all things muggle though, so I feel like he could get bored with straight contemporary. It’s also easy to forget that he’s something of a tactical genius. So for all those reasons, I’ve picked a sci-fi with some truly epic battles, conquests and political rivalries – Red Rising! This is one of my favourite books ever – it’s got plenty of action, a little bit of romance, and I feel like Ron would enjoy trying to devise tactics throughout the books.
Hermione’s brain is pretty much always running on overdrive, and while that doesn’t often seem to bother here, I think escaping into a great fantasy and giving her mind a bit of a break now and again wouldn’t hurt. I feel like she would’t be able to put up with a main character who wasn’t also super smart, but I’m pretty sure she and Celaena would be friends if they met in real life. Throne of Glass has some amazing characters I think she could love, and the addictive plot and pacing would get her hooked and keep her mind off the real world for a little while.
While she might have been surrounded by boys growing up, and while she might be able to kickass on the Quidditch pitch, I think Ginny would equally love an opportunity to embrace her feminine side, so I wanted to recommend an addictive romance. I feel like she wouldn’t mind a little steaminess either 😉 I wanted to stick to fantasy, and she’d definitely need a strong female character, so A Court of Thorns & Roses seems like a good choice.
Like Ron, I don’t think anything too contemporary would work, because he’d scoff at the strangeness of Muggles! I think what Draco needs above else is some humour – he’s had some pretty dark and serious stuff of his own to deal with and I think some lighthearted distraction would be great for him. Prince of Fools is an unexpectedly funny fantasy book that I absolutely loved and would definitely want to recommend to Draco. I feel like Draco couldn’t put up with a goody two-shoes type hero, but we also don’t want to just have evil villains. What he needs is shades of grey characters, and I think Jalan is a good start – he’s a spoilt rich prince who’s used to doing what he wants without a thought for others but he’s not evil – and neither’s Draco.