Harry Potter Box Set by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter Box Set
J.K. Rowling

I was not a fan of Harry Potter when J.K. Rowling was writing her bestselling series. Her books seemed to hog the headlines when there were so many other great titles to read. Then I read all seven Potter books to my eldest daughter at bedtime (over many months) and finally understood what all the fuss was about.

The Harry Potter literary franchise ended on 21 July 2007 when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows brought the boy wizard’s adventures to a dramatic conclusion. Rowling’s books had influenced a generation of readers, starting with the publication of Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone on 30 June 1996, and they have been widely acclaimed for generating worldwide excitement about reading.

But what did those fans do after the final book had been read and probably read again? Many readers had talked about feeling sadness and emptiness after finishing the final page in the summer of 2007. AbeBooks decided to investigate.

AbeBooks analyzed the subsequent purchases of customers who bought Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows from our site and this rather eclectic list of 30 books reflects the most popular post-Potter reading. We expected to see Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy and perhaps some magical-themed literature but our guesses were wildly off target.

It appears to have been an interesting few years for these readers – this list covers self help, dieting, Portia de Rossi’s battle with anorexia, guides to making your dollars go further, some of Toni Morrison’s most brilliant but painful-to-read writing, Steve Lopez’s Soloist book about a homeless schizophrenic musician, lots of prehistoric fiction and a Dean Koontz memoir about a golden retriever called Trixie.

The only series to hook the Harry Potter fans is Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children - set 30,000 years ago - although Morrison, Michael Connelly and Barbara Kingsolver have multiple titles on the list.

If you were a Harry Potter fan, tell us what you turned to after the series ended. Leave a Facebook comment at the bottom of the page.

Most Popular Post-Harry Potter Purchases

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
3. The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison
The Dukan Diet Recipe Book by Pierre Dukan
4. The Dukan Diet Recipe Book
by Pierre Dukan
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
5. The Postmistress
by Sarah Blake
Beloved by Toni Morrison
6. Beloved
by Toni Morrison
The Soloist by Steve Lopez
8. The Soloist
by Steve Lopez
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
9. The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger
The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel
10. The Land of Painted Caves
by Jean M. Auel
The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel
12. The Shelters of Stone
by Jean M. Auel
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
13. The Lincoln Lawyer
by Michael Connelly
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
14. Fearless Fourteen
by Janet Evanovich
Jim Cramer's Getting Back to Even by James J Cramer
15. Jim Cramer's Getting Back to Even
by James J Cramer
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
18. The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien
The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
19. The Brass Verdict
by Michael Connelly
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
20. The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
21. Angels & Demons
by Dan Brown
City of Thieves by David Benioff
22. City of Thieves
by David Benioff
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
23. The Great Gatsby
by F Scott Fitzgerald
Holes by Louis Sachar
24. Holes
by Louis Sachar
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
26. To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
The Plains of Passage by Jean M. Auel
27. The Plains of Passage
by Jean M. Auel
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
29. The Bean Trees
by Barbara Kingsolver
Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson
30. Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
by Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson

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