You guys. Harry Potter is scary. I’m in my late 20s and I still think this. So it’s completely normal to wait to let your child read the series even though all their friends might be reading it. If you know your kid and they’re going to freak out, don’t let them do it! Resist the urge! There are so many other things they can read. Which brings me to this list of 12 fantasy books for kids who aren’t ready for Harry Potter (originally seen on Story Time Secrets). I listed some that she chose and some others that I think would work well also.
Heidi Heckelbeck series by Wanda Coven (she’s a witch!)
Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer (yes, that Chris from Glee) Read my review here.
Beast Quest series by Adam Blade, How to Train your Dragon series by Cresseda Cowell, Spiderwick Chronicles series by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. Any of these books have great magical creatures!