Lev Grossman has given the Harry Potter series an inspirational nod more than once, and he does it again over at Vulture. But he’s just as fond of The Bourne Identity, Marcel Proust, and the music of Metric:
I don’t always listen to music when I’m writing, but when I do listen to music, I listen to Metric. I don’t know why. There’s a lot of great things about it: It’s sort of poppy, but smart; and kind of melancholy, but not lugubrious. But whatever it is, it gets me into the same mood I want people to be in when they’re reading the book.
Dungeons and Dragons, Neil Gaiman, and Game of Thrones also get their due. From the author of The Magicians trilogy, we really should’ve expected nothing less.