8 Best Books About Magic Schools Update 05/2022

Books About Magic Schools

There’s a good chance you’ll come across a book about a magic school the first time you go hunting for one. It’s the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. Throughout Rowling’s seven-volume saga, Harry Potter’s parents are assassinated and the notorious dark wizard Voldemort attempts to kill him. A new world, nice friends, and new and awful tactics for Voldemort to try to recapture his former authority are all revealed to Harry when he is 11 years old after his acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Aside from Harry Potter, there are a slew of other books in the fantasy genre that deal with magical academies as important as Hogwarts. The good news is that everyone looking to learn magic has access to a comprehensive list of magic schools from which to choose.

If You’re Looking For a Classic…

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Le Guin’s Earthsea and Harry Potter share a lot of similarities, including a powerful child wizard who sets out on his own and builds a close friendship with his greatest adversary. A mysterious and terrifying thing is unleashed by Ged’s growing strength, and it’s as much a threat to the world as to Ged. An excellent coming-of-age story about a strong young man trying to figure out who he is.

If You’re Looking For Something Dark…

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

That’s right, this one’s magic school isn’t actually magical. Eight secret organizations, known as Houses of the Veil, are based at Yale, which is also home to Yale University. Alex Stern, a freshman at the university and a member of Lethe House, is assigned to keep the other Houses in check. One of the Houses appears to be guilty for the murder of a young woman, but after a crash course in magic, rituals, and spirits (called Grays), Alex finds no one wants to blame anybody but themselves or their own members. However, the closer Alex comes to the answers, the more the danger she is placed in. As enticing as Bardugo’s Yale is, the portrayal of affluent individuals wielding lethal magical weapons is disturbing.

Vita Nostra by Marina Dyachenko and Sergey Dyachenko

Vita Nostra by Marina Dyachenko and Sergey Dyachenko

Because of this, you probably won’t want to go to the Special Institute of Technology. Sasha, Vita Nostra’s protagonist, doesn’t seem to have any problem with this. Sasha has been tasked with attending the Institute after completing a series of baffling tasks. In spite of her reservations, she makes the effort and discovers that no one else does, either. Those who fail at the lessons will be punished by their loved ones, while those who succeed will be rewarded. This is a terrible and suspenseful story. The best thing to do if you receive an acceptance letter from this school is to toss it away.

If You Want Something That Turns Harry Potter Upside Down…

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

It’s taken Ivy Gamble her entire life to come to terms with the fact that she does not want to be a witch. However, when a murder occurs at the Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, the authorities turn to Ivy for help in solving the case. Ivy’s magical (and estranged) twin sister Tabitha is a professor, therefore the school administration thinks it was an accident caused by a spell gone awry, and they’ve recruited Ivy’s help in uncovering the murder. The Chosen One narrative is subverted in this dark à la Veronica Mars.

Black Mage by Daniel Barnes and DJ Kirkland

Black Mage by Daniel Barnes and DJ Kirkland

Tom Token is the first Black student at St. Ivory, a previously all-white wizarding school, in this comic novel. Many people think that the wizarding world is finally progressing because of Tom’s presence, but Tom soon finds that things aren’t as they seem. The entire faculty is a member of the Ku Klux Klan. And who is the head of the school? Also known as the Grand Master. This is a colorful and direct perspective on magical education and racism that borrows from manga and anime because of the dearth of Black characters in Harry Potter.

If You Want Something Funny and Lighthearted (But Not Lacking in Depth)…

SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jilliam Tamak

It’s a print version of a webcomic (a collection of single-page comics) by Jillian Tamaki about a group of high school students at SuperMutant Magic Academy who have to deal with the everyday craziness of high school while also wielding unique powers. Seances that go astray, underage drinking, and thoughts on the ambiguous nature of the future are all part of the story. It’s witty and irreverent, and there’s something in there for everyone.

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

These two kids are taken from their families each year by the enigmatic School Master, who takes them to a secret location. It’s Sophie and Agatha’s turn this year. The lovely Sophie, who is dedicated to doing good, is certain that she belongs at the School for Good, where she will learn how to be the finest princess she can be. When it comes to the School for Evil, Agatha is an ideal candidate because she doesn’t appear to like anyone. School Master arrives, and neither girl is where they expected to be. Sophie is sent to the Nevers to learn how to be a villain, while Agatha is placed with the Evers to learn how to have the finest possible happily ever after ever after ever after. In this light-hearted tale of friendship and defying destiny, you’ll find yourself laughing out loud at times.

Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo

When Alex, a disturbed young woman with a special talent, is accepted to the prestigious Yale University, she has the opportunity to put her rough past behind her. Later, she learns that Lethe House, one of Yale’s Ancient Houses, has taken an interest in her and has hired her to maintain tabs on the school’s several secretive black magic societies, such as Skull and Bones, Berzelius, Scroll, and Key.

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