The Harry Potter franchise has its last hurrah on Friday, and fans like me are facing a forcible graduation from the protection of a fictional universe we’ve always known. I was 7 when Harry began, but I’m 21 now, and it’s time to broaden my horizons beyond Hogwarts.
But what to pick up first? To me, the perfect post-Potter book isn’t an imitator, but rather something entirely different (darker, perhaps, or less padded with childhood optimism) that’s laced with threads of familiar territory. Through striking and unexpected lenses, these three books give new life to my favorite foundations of Harry’s literary magic.
Ohman, all three of those books are some of my favorites. Secret history though… EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT. So good. So dark.
I’ve only read Secrety History (omg so good!), so I’m moving on to the other two. You should read them too. Yep.
Day 2: Create a character. Write a brief scene of them in a setting. Also use this paragraph to introduce the character to the reader by how they react to their setting.
Aleks had been sitting in the same position in the same chair staring at the same book for far too long again that day. As he read the same page for what must have been the tenth time, he finally gave in to the sigh he’d been holding in. By now his clothes reeked of stale coffee and he’d hours ago reluctantly pulled out a pair of wire glasses to ease the eyestrain from the dim lights that couldn’t quite cut through the shadows in the corner he’d hid himself away in. The evening din finally died down but he still hadn’t been able to turn the page. Setting down the book, he slid back in his seat and rubbed at his temple, resigning himself to another sleepless night.