Heather Mason
July 31, 2017 6:01 pm
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Hello, witches and wizards! Love Harry Potter? Obsessed with Hogwarts? Dreaming of magic? Well here are a few movies that you should LOVE if you also LOVE Harry Potter. Consider this just one more way (and there are a lot of ways) that you can celebrate the 37th birthday of The Boy Who Lived.

1School of Rock (2003)


While it might not seem like the most obvious option, School of Rock has plenty of shared themes with Harry Potter. Just think about it. There’s a prep school where kids learn a variety of (musical) skills. They bond together as a group, despite their differences. Oh, and they have a cool teacher that helps guide them. Plus, it’s all about friendship.

2Matilda (1996)


She’s an orphan who grows up with abusive parents who just don’t get her. Oh, and she has magical powers. Not to mention, she goes to a strict school, but manages to make some pretty amazing friendships. And the magical and bookworm tendencies of Matilda are enough to draw parallels to Harry Potter. What’s more, the movie is all about the ability to achieve your true potential.

3The Craft (1996)


School plus fresh start plus witchcraft. When a group of teenagers starts to dabble in witchcraft who knows what will happen. The Craft is a magical movie where the witches can do everything, from walk on water to change their hair color on a whim. These teens certainly make us wonder what Harry Potter would’ve been had the films been rated R.

4The Princess Diaries (2001)


The Princess Diaries is all about friendship, heritage, and overcoming obstacles to achieve your purpose in life. Much like Harry Potter, Mia is thrust into a world she had no idea existed. Plus there’s a good silly to serious ratio. She stumbles and makes mistakes but ultimately comes into her own and learns to handle newfound responsibility.

5Halloweentown (1998)


Unknown magical family history? Check. A strange land of mythical creatures? Check. 13th birthday mandate? Check. Halloweentown features a family story of magic, evil, and a strange mode of transportation. Not only do the Pipers learn about magic, they also get to fight bad guys all while working together to save Halloweentown.

6Attack the Block (2011)


With aliens attacking a British apartment, Attack the Block might seem like an unusual choice. But the whole film honestly feels like the Battle of Hogwarts. It’s dark and the team of underdogs has to band together to save their friends and neighbors using every skill they can. There’s no magic, but aliens are close enough!

7Hook (1991)


So you just found out that your boring dad is actually Peter Pan, what are you gonna do next? Of course, travel to Neverland and befriend Captain Hook. There’s a really fun food fight, so many clocks, and Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell. Believe it and you can achieve it.

8Princess Mononoke (1997)


Princess Mononoke is the beautiful story of a teenager going on an adventure to save not only himself, but his village. There’s a demon boar and a lot of blood, but the threat of evil doesn’t stop Ashitaka from braving danger for the greater good. It’s an action-packed adult movie disguised as a kids’ movie and there’s never a dull moment.

9The Secret Garden (1993)

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The main boy in The Secret Garden for sure gives off some Draco vibes and the snobby Mary Lennox certainly has a lot to learn about her new life after she is left orphaned and sent to live in England with her uncle. But once the two cousins get over their differences, they discover the magical world of The Secret Garden. This film has a lot of heart that reminds us of Harry Potter.

10The Worst Witch (1986)

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If you’re into the whole “kids at a magical school” aspect of Harry Potter, you’ll enjoy The Worst Witch where Mildred is a student at the “International Academy of Witches.” It even kind of looks like Hogwarts. Mildred can’t seem to do anything right, but when she discovers an evil plot to destroy the school, she must work to keep it from happening.

11Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)


Charlie’s grandparents are kinda the best, but before he gets a Golden Ticket (aka Hogwarts letter?) he’s got a hard life. But once he’s taken into the magical world of Willy Wonka, Charlie learns that dreams can become a reality and magic is real. He’s noble and brave, so we’re for sure sorting Charlie into Gryffindor.