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I love Cornelia Funke's books too. Dragon Rider is another good one by her.

The Chronicles of Narnia are really great also.
 

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Philip Pulman's books are great. i haven't read them in a really long time but i enjoyed them.

i like piers anthony (i think that's how you spell his name) and his adventures in zanth (i think that's what it's called) lol, i'm a bad speller. but his books are really intersting and full of magical things and places
 

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The Chronicles of Narnia are really great also.
:agree yeah, and "The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe" was made into a movie and is coming out in theatres next month its a good book to start with (I think its the first book in the series, not sure) it has lots of HP like things such as; magic, fanciful creatures, heroic children and sword fights. And most importantly it has talk of turkish delights <--which sadly are the only moments I can remember from the book, I love saying "turkish delights".
 

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I grew up reading LotR and Narnia books, I actually didn't start reading HP until my first year of college about 3 years ago.
 

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I don't read much anymore (let's pretend I'm allergic to paper), but the BBC made a great radio adaptation of His Dark Materials so I have to third the mention of it. There's a movie version of Northern Lights / The Golden Compass due out as well, but not until 2007. I didn't realize it was Potterlike though (outside of the obvious of having a protagonist around the same age and being aimed at that age group)... always thought Potter sounded like more of a standard fantasy that wouldn't interest me. What I like are myths, not fantasy... does Rowling draw it out as a monomyth like Pullman does?

In the myth-played-out-as-fantasy genre I love Roger Zelazny's Amber series, which I read around age 12-15, but which I don't think is really aimed at any age group and I'd hesitate to call Potterlike from my limited knowledge of Potterness (no child protagonist). It does have a lot in common with His Dark Materials though, when listening to "The Subtle Knife" in particular I couldn't help but notice how much it resembles Zelazny's trump cards and shadow worlds (and "dust" works just like the pattern, the world of the dead is like the courts of chaos, and in both we have our own regular earth as the origin of an initially unsuspecting hero who ends up looking for his father).
 

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There's a lot of those out. I understand that the Earthsea books by Ursula K. Le Guin are a lot like Harry Potter, and they were written first.
 
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