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15 Anime Fans of Harry Potter Will Enjoy

Updated November 5, 2019 1.0k votes 266 voters 5.6k views14 items

Are you a Harry Potter fan who also has a penchant for anime? Or do you have a Potterhead friend who has yet to find an anime that speaks to them? Either way, this list is here to help you find a fantastic anime like Harry Potter that will sate your desire for the adventures of wizards and witches in training.

What is the best anime for Harry Potter fans? Little Witch Academia is the closest you can get to an actual anime adaptation of Harry Potter - it's a story about students at a magical academy, who will eventually be forced to confront a dangerous enemy. However, there are other shows with a less straight-forward connection. From The New World may not feature witchcraft, but it is a coming of age story about teenagers learning to control their powers and understand the complex and dangerous world around them. 

No matter what you liked about Harry Potter, there's sure to be something here that will appeal to you.

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  • Though it may not be populated by witches and wizards in training, U.A. High School has a lot in common with Hogwarts - and My Hero Academia has a lot in common with Harry Potter. The students at U.A. high school are training to be superheroes. Rather than using magic, they train using quirks or innate powers that can be developed over time. While some of the show focuses on their training, their interpersonal relationships, and other fun school-wide experiences, they also have to contend with a dangerous enemy - the League of Villains. Its members are every bit as terrifying and bizarre as Voldemort's death eaters. Their leader is a whole lot like Voldemort, both because of his damaged face and because of his destiny-like connection with the protagonist.

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    When most people think about anime that's similar to Harry Potter, they think of Little Witch Academia. Both series are set primarily in a boarding school for kids who are learning how to use magic - and both will ultimately take their protagonists on a journey to defeat a powerful enemy.

    Also, unlike many of her peers, the protagonist Akko doesn't come from a magical family, a fact that puts her at a major disadvantage both socially and academically. While this does make her unlike Harry Potter himself, it means that she could easily fit into the world of the series - whether or not you come from a magical family is a huge deal in Harry Potter, and those who don't have to work especially hard to be taken seriously. 

    Until Harry Potter gets its own anime, Little Witch Academia is probably the closest thing there is - so put it on your to-watch list if you haven't seen it already.

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  • Soul Eater is yet another action anime where the characters are attending school with the intention of learning a magical trade and ultimately end up having to use those skills to fight a powerful evil. This time around, it's not witches and wizards, but Death Scythes and Meisters - people who can transform into soul-reaping scythes, and partners with the power to use them. Though simultaneously funnier and more macabre than Harry Potter, it still shares plenty of story elements. 

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  • Kiki's Delivery Service is a classic Studio Ghibli film, and it's an utter delight. It follows a young witch named Kiki who leaves home to pursue her training - but runs into some complications along the way. She winds up running a delivery service on her broom with help from her cat Jiji in order to make money to support her studies. 

    Nothing in Kiki's Delivery Service is ever as dire as it is in Harry Potter - the biggest conflicts are like the smallest ones in the latter. Still, if your favorite part of Harry Potter was the more down-to-earth scenes, you'll probably love this movie. Actually, you probably will no matter what - it's just that good. 

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