All the Potterheads would agree- when it comes to Fantasy Literature & Films, nothing comes quite close to perfection as Harry Potter. The mystical, incredibly detailed world comes to life so beautifully on screen that fans are still waiting for their Hogwarts letters to this very day.
But while it’s hard—and perhaps a bit unfair—to compare any story to the tale of Harry Potter, there are still plenty of narratives out there to give you a similar sense of escape if you’ve already binged the movies and studied the spells.
Each one will deliver exactly the right dose of magic, fantasy, and odds-defying protagonists.
1. THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES 2008 (NETFLIX)
Based on the series of books by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, Spiderwick Chronicle is a fun and adventurous fantasy movie involving fantastic creatures and an engaging story. It is for young adults, but just like Harry Potter, it is good enough for people of all ages.
2. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA TRIOLOGY 2005-2010 (DISNEY+HOTSTAR)
Adopted from C.S. Lewis 1950 fantasy novels The Chronicles of Narnia follows the four British Pevensie siblings as they discover an unassuming wardrobe that leads them to the magical world of Narnia—complete with evil witches, friendly fauns, a noble talking lion, and a handsome prince.
3. FANTASTIC BEASTS TRIOLOGY 2016- (AMAZON PRIMEVIDEO)
Straight from the mind of Rowling herself, the Fantastic Beasts films are a spinoff of the Harry Potter series, following the story of Newt Scamander, a quirky “magizoologist”. A prequel series to Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts has a younger Dumbledore who faces the greatest Dark Lord that ever lived before Voldemort, Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald. The hero, Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, loves fantastic beasts and wishes to erase prejudice against them among humans, wizards and muggles.
4. LORD OF THE RINGS TRIOLOGY 2001-2003 (AMAZON PRIMEVIDEO)
Adapted from the legendary J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy novel, fans frequently compare this series to Harry Potter. Based in the fictional world of Middle-earth in which a hobbit named Frodo Baggins (along with a noble Fellowship) fights to destroy the sinister “One Ring” and its creator, the Dark Lord Sauron.
5. PAN’S LABYRINTH 2006 (AMAZON PRIMEVIDEO)
This original screenplay written and directed by The Shape of Water‘s Guillermo del Toro is a foreign language film based five years after the Spanish Civil War in 1944. A young girl named Ofelia meets a mythical faun who tells her she’s to become the princess of the underworld—as long as she fulfils three deadly tasks.
6. STARDUST 2007 (NETFLIX)
An adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 1997 novel of the same name, Stardust is set in a town in England. The story is about a young man named Tristan who ventures into the land of the faeries to retrieve a fallen star to impress his love, but he soon finds himself protecting a magical young woman from an evil watch and a king.
7. THE GOLDEN COMPASS 2007 (NETFLIX)
Based on Dark Materials trilogy of books by Philip Pullman, Starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, The Golden Compass, based off the classic fantasy novels, tells the story of Lyra Belacqua, a young girl who lives in a parallel world where human souls take form as animal companions called daemons. But she soon discovers that the children of her world—and her best friend—are disappearing, and she sets out on a dangerous journey to save them.
8. MATILDA 1996 (NETFLIX)
Based on another Roald Dahl-penned story, Matilda tells the story of a genius young girl under the watchful eye of a cruel principal and neglectful parents. When she discovers she has telekinetic powers, she uses them to fight back against her adversaries.
9. MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN 2016
A teen named Jacob discovers a magical school called “Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children” where he meets an array of children with special powers and abilities. But he soon becomes embroiled in dangerous mystery that crosses various worlds and times.
10. ALICE IN THE WONDERLAND 2010 (AMAZON PRIMEVIDEO)
A darker Tim Burton take on a classic story, a girl named Alice follows a peculiar white rabbit—only to return to the magical world of Underland, reuniting with the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat to end the reign of the evil Red Queen.