Diana Wynne Jones wrote about a young wizard at a magical academy 20 years before J.K. Rowling picked up the same topic.
The best fantasy author you might never have heard of has died.
Diana Wynne Jones, author of more than 40 books, was 76. She had battled with cancer before discontinuing chemotherapy last year. Although her books were chiefly aimed at children, she was a favorite of adults as well, with her "wild magic" and "witty, warm, ingenious presence."
Her protagonists, wrote The New York Times, “were generally clever and curious children whose cleverness and curiosity became terrifically useful as they wended their way through convoluted adventures, mostly unaided by the adults in their lives, who routinely disappointed them."