I'm having a bit of a problem when it comes to the setting of my story. I've had it for years and so it's pretty hard to changed everything up. My main setting is in a boarding school. Or at least it's in a boarding school within a town. I've been having trouble with this setting considering that the genre I'm writing is fantasy. This causes me a bit of unease, considering that Harry Potter is also based in a boarding school and the genre is fantasy. I'm getting worried that, once my book is published, the audience will see the parallels and judge it when I am actually trying to distance myself away from the HP atmosphere as much as I could. I believe that I've done a pretty good job at making the two worlds different. However, the similarities in setting still stand out at me. I remember a time when a book named Charlie Bone was introduced to me by a friend. I read a bit of it and, after a few chapters, I noticed that the setting was in a boarding school. Not only that, but the genre was fatasy. It was a good book (I hadn't finished it- I plan on continuing it in the near future, but I've been in a bind lately), but I wondered what others thought about it. I surfed the internet and I got mixed reviews. However, whenever I would reach criticism, I would see a similar argument: the book was a Harry Potter rip-off. The basis for this argument was simply that it was set in a magical boarding school. It was rather unnerving. This is why I am wondering if it is it worth changing or should I just leave it all the same?