Middle Grade and YA Fantasies to Read Based on Your Hogwarts House


Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster’s life changes forever the day a boy appears and reveals that she’s an elf and that she can learn to control her Telepathetic abilities if she leaves her world behind to train at a magical academy. But even as Sophie delights in the wonders of her new world, she worries about her past. Why was she sent to live with humans? Why is she capable of things no other elf can do? And why does she seem to remember things she’s never learned at all?

The Girl King by Mimi Yu

Princess Lu has always expected to Emperor. Her sister Min has always been expected to stay in the background. Then their father declares their male cousin Set as his heir. Suddenly, Lu is on the run, attempting to find and ally herself with a city that once held magic. She is accompanied by a boy whose tribe her family destroyed–but whose gifts as a skin changer might be necessary to her survival. Meanwhile, Min is left to navigate the court by herself. But a dark magic has awakened–and Min is angry enough to use it.

Begone the Raggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan

Years ago, Aunty ran with Mup and her mam, taking them from the realm of the witches across the border to the human world. Now Aunty is dead and her magic no longer protects them. And the Raggedy Witches come, stealing Mup’s father. So Mup and her mam cross the border to save him. Aunty always warned them to avoid the realm of the witches at all costs. But suddenly Mup’s mam seems like she might want to take back the throne that could have been hers.

100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson

When Henry moves to Kansas, he doesn’t expect to find a whole lot of excitement. Then he finds an attic wall covered in cupboards and each one seems to lead to a different world! When his cousin Henrietta crawls through one, it’s up to Henry to bring her back. But the two of them may have woken an ancient evil.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Prince Rhen, heir to Emberfell, is cursed to relive  his eighteeth year over and over again until a girl falls in love with him.  Harper is a teenager from D.C. who finds herself snatched into Rhen’s world.  Now the two must find a way to work together if they want to save Emberfell from an enemy force.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente

One day the Green Wind catches up September and takes her to Fairyland—but all is not how it should be. Fairies are scarce, winged beasts are forbidden to fly, and the Marquess has stolen the spoon the witches use to see the future. September agrees to travel to the capital and retrieve the spoon, but somewhere along the way she realizes that her quest has grown bigger than she anticipated.

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Scarred by a wolf when she is seven years old, Echo Alkaev leads a lonely existence, shunned by the villagers who think she is cursed. Years later, she meets the wolf again and he strikes a bargain: he will save her father’s life is she agrees to live with him for one year. In his house under the mountain, Echo finds an enchanted library and begins to fall in love with Hal, who seems trapped in the books. But an evil force is growing and the wolf, Echo, and Hal will all be lost at the end of the year, unless Echo can find a way to break the curse.

The Glass Town Game by Catherynne Valente

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë have spent countless hours imagining stories in the room at the top of the stairs.  Now, however, Charlotte and Emily must go off to school–where their two older sisters died from fever.  But just as it seems separation is inevitable, they find themselves in a magical world where the Duke of Wellington still fights Bonaparte.  Even stranger, the world seems to be the one they themselves have created and it is populated with their toys.  At first they imagine they can stay there forever.  But when Branwell and Anne are kidnapped, the siblings realize that this world may be out of their control.

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The Dragon’s Tooth by N. D. Wilson

Antigone and Cyrus Smith live in a dilapidated hotel with their older brother Daniel. No one ever checks in, until the night a strange man requests a specific room. By morning, the man has died, the hotel has burned to the ground, and Daniel has disappeared. Informed that the only way to save their brother is to join a mysterious order of explorers, Antigone and Cyrus find themselves racing against time to find the order and swear their loyalty. However, not everyone welcomes the new initiates.

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

Charlotte and Branwell Brontë possess the secret of literally jumping into their imaginary world of Verdopolis, and their sister Emily is tired of being left behind. Once all three of them, along with Anne, travelled there together as the all-powerful Genii, but now the elder Brontës keep that power to themselves. Charlotte and Branwell, however, pay a price the others do not see. Will the four of them ever be able to escape the mysterious hold that Verdopolis has on them?

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Tess has given up everything to see her twin sister married, so perhaps it’s not surprising she loses it at the wedding. With her family determined to send her to a nunnery, Tess takes off. Her quigutl friend, a subspecies of dragon, gives her a mission, but Tess is walking simply to survive.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars follows key characters from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy as they deal with the aftermath of the Ravka civil war.  Nikolai Lantsov is struggling to hold his country together, while also dealing with the darkness inside him.  Zoya is attempting to accept her past and find a way to move on.  But new cults are spreading and they threaten the stability Nikolai has fought so hard to gain.

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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Faith Sunderly and her family move to a small island in the wake of scandal; her father has been accused of forging fossils. When he dies, Faith believes it is murder and set out to find the killer by using the legendary Lie Tree–a tree that feeds on falsehoods and provides secrets in return A gripping story about a science-loving teenager trying to survive in a man’s world.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow has always believed she  was cursed.  But, on the day she was fated to die, she finds herself instead in the magical world of Nevermoor.  There, she has the opportunity to compete for a spot in an illustrious society of adventurers, explorers, and other incredible people.  But does she have what it takes?

We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett

The Union has been at war for years and the situation is growing desperate.  The draft age has been lowered once again and, even worse, the army is now reduced to recruiting women who wield illegal magic in order to power a new flight unit.  Revna is a disgraced factory worker whose skill manipulating the Weave gains her a spot in the unit.  Linné is the disgraced daughter of a general, angry she was caught serving in the regular army as a “boy.” Now they have to work together both to complete their missions and to gain the first women’s flight unit the respect it deserves.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Kaz Brekker is a well-known thief, and he’s about to get the offer of his life.  If he can smuggle a political prisoner out from an impenetrable fortress, he will be rich beyond his wildest imaginings.  But, to do so, he will have to assemble an elite team.

17 thoughts on “Middle Grade and YA Fantasies to Read Based on Your Hogwarts House

    • Krysta says:

      I really loved it as a YA fantasy since it feels different. It’s not facing the dark lord, but the aftermath of facing the dark lord. Not something I’vesene before!


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