The Next Chapter·Dog-eared Reads

Sarah Raughley's love of Harry Potter books kickstarted her own writing career

The Ontario fantasy novelist talks about the why she re-reads the iconic children's books.
Sarah Raughley is an Ontario author. (Melanie Gillis, Scholastic Canada)

This interview originally aired on April 18, 2020.

Sarah Raughley is a novelist based in southern Ontario. Raughley's YA Effigies series, which includes Fate of FlamesSiege of Shadows and Legacy of Light, drops readers into a world where four young women are imbued with the powers of the four elements — fire, water, air and earth — and tasked with protecting the world from the evil Phantoms. 

Raughley is a huge fan of Harry Potter and stopped by The Next Chapter to talk about why the series inspired her to be a writer.

"The tried and true book that I always go back to is the Harry Potter series. I love, love, love that series so much. I remember being absolutely obsessed. 

I love, love, love that series so much. I remember being absolutely obsessed.

"It inspired me to to write. I wrote before the Harry Potter series but it's because of that series that I started to think I could tell stories like this — and that maybe I should actually try to get published."

Sarah Raughley's comments have been edited for length and clarity.

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