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The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring by John Bellairs
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Oct 06, 11

Recommended for: fans of Harry Potter
read count: 4

John Bellairs was the pre-cursor to J.K. Rowling. As a child, I would get absolutely lost in the spooky wizard filled worlds of Lewis Barnavelt and Rose Rita Pottinger. As an adult, I am the proud owner of a collection of John Bellairs books, with the original artwork by none other than Edward Gorey. I love to re-read these books when I need a brain break from the noise and haste that is adult life.
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Jonathan Rereading my Bellairs favorites today, it's very apparent how much J.K. Rowling was influenced by his books. I love how she built on the elements he introduced and allowed her characters and storytelling to evolve and mature far beyond the original "Junior Gothic" genre.

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