Ive never heard of the “Young Wizards” series before. Is it a ripoff of the Harry Potter books?
Diane Duane began the construction of the Young Wizards universe in 1981, and wrote the first Young Wizards novel, So You Want to Be a Wizard, in 1982. It was first published in the USA in 1983, when J. K. Rowling was just entering Exeter University — nearly fifteen years before the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone / Sorcerer’s Stone. New books in the YW series were published every few years or so until the mid-1990’s, at which point the books moved to a new publisher (the Magic Carpet Books imprint of Harcourt Trade Publishers, now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and started a new publication schedule. At present there are more than a million copies of the Young Wizards books in print around the world in English and various other languages. See the full publication history for cover images and more details about the various English-language editions.