With the 5th Annual Yule Ball just around the corner, and "Harry Potter" repeatedly being one of the top search terms on our website, we thought we'd share some recommended reading from the wizarding world.
So, start out by taking the quiz* to find out your Hogwarts House, opens a new window (if you haven't already), and then check out the magical collection of titles our wonderful Teen Volunteers, Grace and Emma, have compiled just for you.
*Note: You will need to create an account to take the official Wizarding World Sorting Hat Quiz, found here, opens a new window. The link above will take you to a public replica.
As a member of Gryffindor House, you may be someone who is very brave at heart. Gryffindors are people who crave adventure. Here are some great Gryffindor picks, collected by Library Teen Volunteers.
The Outsiders by S.E Hinton is just for you, Gryffindor, if you desire a tale about honour and courage.
Since Gryffindors have relentless determination, the storyline and characters from The Hunger Games series will be right up your alley.
Much like The Hunger Games, Divergent will take Gryffindors to a thrilling new world.
This true story tells a heroic tale about the importance of fighting for your rights and your beliefs.
Here is a coming-of-age novel that deals with the quality of bravery and strength.
Hufflepuffs are very bubbly and kind characters. They’re hardworking and always ready to lend a helping hand. Check out these Hufflepuff-approved reads, collected by Library Teen Volunteers.
This one is perfect for a Hufflepuff. Not only is it funny it also talks about the importance of friendship and will make you bawl your eyes out.
This book advocates for letting your freak flag fly, a common thing that a Hufflepuff should embrace.
Since they value friendships, a Hufflepuff would be interested in reading romance books. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is both a romance and coming-of-age novel. The book also includes a character named Levi, who is not only super funny and bubbly, but is also one hundred percent a Hufflepuff.
This is another romance that will absolutely warm your Hufflepuff heart.
This is a heart-wrenching novel about a pair of twins trying to find each other again. Like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, it expresses the importance of friendship and family.
As a Ravenclaw, you might be interested in books featuring characters who share your same sense of wit, intelligence, individuality, and dedication to learning. These reads, collected by Library Teen Volunteers, will deliver.
If you want Ravenclaw reading that deals with complex themes and the "right to choose," choose the popular, To Kill a Mockingbird.
This classic displays the importance of family, and of reaching for your dreams.
For the ever-individual Ravenclaw, this is a fun book that focuses on being yourself.
Independence and identity are strong themes in this book by George Orwell.
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho is a complex read that explores the importance of finding your destiny and rising to your full potential.
Slytherins are cunning and mysterious people. A true Slytherin will enjoy a good mystery and a spectacular character to root for. These Slytherin-esque stories have been collected by Library Teen Volunteers.
This is a great book for a Slytherin because it's a dramatic mystery filled with romance and intrigue.
The main character in this novel is Gene. Mischievous and cunning, Gene will appeal to Slytherin readers.
Gossip Girl's sneaky ways will impress even the most mysterious Slytherin.
Like Gossip Girl, but with a dangerous edge, the Pretty Little Liars and their tormentor, "A," will keep Slytherins guessing.
Shakespeare's Macbeth will keep a Slytherin in constant awe of Lady Mcbeth and Macbeth's evil mindset.
About the writers
Hi! my name is Grace and I’m in eleventh grade at Sacred Heart School of Halifax. Though our social action program at school I’ve been given the privilege to volunteer at Halifax Central library every Wednesday morning with my partner Emma. At the Library, we can be found behind the scenes helping to make new displays, and we always enjoy getting to play with the kids in Shake, Rattle, and Read. Some of my other hobbies are swimming, painting, baking, and traveling. Since my Hogwarts house is Hufflepuff, I am a loyal friend who loves to lend a helping hand. I am someone who is always willing to accept a challenge and I strive to always do my very best.
Hi there! My name is Emma and I’m in eleventh grade at Sacred Heart School of Halifax. I volunteer with my partner Grace every Wednesday morning at Halifax Central Library and we always have a blast! Our social action teacher, Mrs. McKay assigns every girl in our grade a different volunteer placement to help out in our community. Here at the Library, we put up different displays, play with kids, and sometimes get free food. My Hogwarts house is Hufflepuff so I enjoy some free food every once and awhile. Being a Hufflepuff, I connect with others easily and am always ready to lend a helping hand. These are attributes that I try to bring to the table whenever volunteering and I can’t wait to see what other fun opportunities Grace and I will get to do next!