I havent read any of the Harry Potter books, but I'd really like to. My T actually once made mention of Harry potter's character and a recovering alcoholic, and drew similarities there. Books are great that way because they are all interpreted int he eye of the beholder...
AS far as a recommendation, I used to love reading a fantasy type series of books by an author named Brian Jacques when I was younger. The first one he wrote was called Redwall, then there was a prequel, I believe called Mossflower, and a sequel also released. I'm not positive how many books there are in the series in total, but I loved them. The characters were all actually animals living in a forest, and also in a castle, there was a whole kindgom... There were wars between them, and a lot of adventure... these books helped me escape to a different world a lot when I was younger. Good stuff!
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