The wizarding world book-o-graphic

There’s a book for just about everything in the wizarding world, from brewing potions to charming your cheese. We’ve documented every tome we’ve come across in the Harry Potter books, with a special mention to resident bookworm Hermione’s favourites. In the reference books section:

Reference books

Harry finds himself drawn to this small, intriguing book's cover which features a black dog as large as a bear. According to the shop assistant, however, the reader of the book will start 'seeing death omens everywhere, it’s enough to frighten anyone to death.' Er, that sales pitch might need some work.

‘Oh, I wouldn’t read that if I were you,’ said the assistant lightly, looking to see what Harry was staring at. ‘You’ll start seeing death omens everywhere, it’s enough to frighten anyone to death.’ But Harry continued to stare at the front cover of the book; it showed a black dog large as a bear, with gleaming eyes. It looked oddly familiar ..." Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Hagrid certainly did his homework when he picked up a dragon egg. However, this book clearly didn't teach that hatching a dragon in a wooden house could be counter-productive.

‘Well, I’ve bin doin’ some readin’,’ said Hagrid, pulling a large book from under his pillow. ‘Got this outta the library – Dragon-Breeding for Pleasure and Profit – it’s a bit outta date, o’ course, but it’s all in here. Keep the egg in the fire, ’cause their mothers breathe on ’em, see, an’ when it hatches, feed it on a bucket o’ brandy mixed with chicken blood every half hour. An’ see here – how ter recognise diff’rent eggs – what I got there’s a Norwegian Ridgeback. They’re rare, them.’
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

This Herbology textbook is given to Neville by Mad-Eye Moody to cheer him up following a demonstration of the Cruciatus Curse during a Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson.

He held up the book: Magical Mediterranean Water-Plants and Their Properties. ‘Apparently, Professor Sprout told Professor Moody I’m really good at Herbology,’ Neville said. There was a faint note of pride in his voice that Harry had rarely heard there before. ‘He thought I’d like this.’
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Despite the saucy title, Harry chooses to research spells from this book for the second Triwizard Tournament. Unfortunately there was no saucy trick that helped him out on this occasion.

‘I know what I should have done,’ said Harry, resting, face down, on Saucy Tricks for Tricky Sorts. ‘I should’ve learnt to be an Animagus like Sirius.’
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Professor Trelawney encourages her Divination students to read this book in order to interpret peoples' dreams. Harry and Ron have immense fun mocking this text mercilessly, and making up any old dream for their dream diaries - the more imaginative and morbid, the better.

‘Turn, please, to the introduction and read what Imago has to say on the matter of dream interpretation. Then, divide into pairs. Use The Dream Oracle to interpret each other’s most recent dreams. Carry on.’
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

One of many books that Mrs Weasley keeps on her mantelpiece in the kitchen. This one seems particularly interesting. Can cheese get any more magical?

Books were stacked three deep on the mantelpiece, books with titles like Charm Your Own Cheese, Enchantment in Baking and One Minute Feasts – It’s Magic!
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Ron gives Harry this book as a Christmas present in his second-year. It's stuffed with cool facts about the Quidditch team, the Chudley Cannons, complete with animated pictures of matches.

‘It’s Christmas, Hermione,’ said Harry lazily; he was re-reading Flying with the Cannons for the tenth time in an armchair near the fire.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Ron bought Harry this book for his birthday, which Harry noted was a 'departure from tradition'. The self-help guide to wooing witches seemed to help Ron when it came to complimenting Hermione - something he should've figured out years ago, really.

‘If only I’d had this last year, I’d have known exactly how to get rid of Lavender and I would’ve known how to get going with ... well, Fred and George gave me a copy, and I’ve learned a lot. You’d be surprised, it’s not all about wandwork, either.’
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

In the reference books section:

Predicting the Unpredictable: Insulate Yourself against Shocks

Broken Balls: When Fortunes Turn Foul

Death Omens: What to Do When You Know the Worst Is Coming

Curses and Counter-Curses (Bewitch your Friends and Befuddle your Enemies with the Latest Revenges: Hair Loss, Jelly-Legs, Tongue-Tying and much, much more)

Professor Vindictus Viridian

Quidditch Through the Ages

Kennilworthy Whisp

Great Wizards of the Twentieth Century

Notable Magical Names of Our Time

Important Modern Magical Discoveries

A Study of Recent Developments in Wizardry

Dragon Species of Great Britain and Ireland

From Egg to Inferno, A Dragon Keeper’s Guide

Dragon-Breeding for Pleasure and Profit

The Handbook of Hippogriff Psychology

Fowl or Foul? A Study of Hippogriff Brutality

Magical Mediterranean Water-Plants and Their Properties

Men Who Love Dragons Too Much

Basic Hexes for the Busy and Vexed

A Guide to Advanced Transfiguration

Olde and Forgotten Bewitchments and Charmes

Saucy Tricks for Tricky Sorts

Weird Wizarding Dilemmas and Their Solutions

Madcap Magic for Wacky Warlocks

Anthology of Eighteenth Century Charms

A Guide to Medieval Sorcery

Dreadful Denizens of the Deep

Powers You Never Knew You Had and What to Do With Them Now You’ve Wised Up

The Dream Oracle

Inigo Imago

A Compendium of Common Curses and their Counter-Actions

The Dark Arts Outsmarted

Self-Defensive Spellwork

Jinxes for the Jinxed

Achievements in Charming

Magical Hieroglyphs and Logograms

Quintessence: A Quest

Spellman’s Syllabary

Charm your own cheese

Enchantment in Baking

One Minute Feasts – It’s Magic!

Gilderoy Lockhart’s Guide to Household Pests

Gilderoy Lockhart

Handbook of Do-it-Yourself Broomcare

Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland

Nature’s Nobility: A Wizarding Genealogy

Practical Defensive Magic and its Use Against the Dark Arts

Prefects Who Gained Power

Flying with the Cannons

The Noble Sport of Warlocks

Quintius Umfraville

The Hairy Heart: A Guide to Wizards Who Won’t Commit

Guidelines for the Treatment of Non-Wizard Part-Humans

Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches

Hogwarts textbooks

Harry and his friends are slightly perplexed to discover that 95 per cent of their second-year Hogwarts books were written by Gilderoy Lockhart. Lockhart's books all turned out to be fraudulent in the end, but you can't deny the wonderful alliteration used in many of his titles.

‘Tut, tut – hardly any of you remembered that my favourite colour is lilac. I say so in Year with a Yeti.'
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

In the Hogwarts textbooks section:

The Standard Book of Spells Grade 1 - 7 Miranda Goshawk

A History of Magic

Bathilda Bagshot

Magical Theory

Adalbert Waffling

A Beginners' Guide to Transfiguration

Emeric Switch

One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi

Phyllida Spore

Magical Drafts and Potions

Arsenius Jigger

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Newt Scamander

The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self Protection

Quentin Trimble

Break with a Banshee

Gilderoy Lockhart

Gadding with Ghouls

Gilderoy Lockhart

Holidays with Hags

Gilderoy Lockhart

Travels with Trolls

Gilderoy Lockhart

Voyages with Vampires

Gilderoy Lockhart

Wanderings with Werewolves

Gilderoy Lockhart

Year with the Yeti

Gilderoy Lockhart

The Monster Book of Monsters

Unfogging the Future

Cassandra Vablatsky

Intermediate Transfiguration

Defensive Magical Theory

Wilbert Slinkhard

Flesh-Eating Trees of the World

Advanced Potion-Making

Confronting the Faceless

Periodicals, childrens & biographies

Edited by Xenophillius Lovegood, Luna's father, this eccentric publication celebrates the more whimsical side of the wizarding world. Although it's fair to say a lot of The Quibbler's content is pretty dubious (this is the magazine that reported that Sirius Black might really be the lead singer of The Hobgoblins) the magazine gained a late surge in credibility when Hermione forced Rita Skeeter to conduct a tell-all interview with Harry about the return of Lord Voldemort.

‘Anything good in there?’ asked Ron as Harry closed the magazine. ‘Of course not,’ said Hermione scathingly, before Harry could answer. ‘The Quibbler’s rubbish, everyone knows that.’ ‘Excuse me,’ said Luna; her voice had suddenly lost its dreamy quality. ‘My father’s the editor.’ ‘I – oh,’ said Hermione, looking embarrassed. ‘Well ... it’s got some interesting ... I mean, it’s quite ...’
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Newt Scamander cites this 'heartbreaking' book as a good source to learn about a wizard's struggle with being a werewolf. The writer is, perhaps understandably, anonymous.

"This classification refers, of course, to the werewolf in its transformed state. When there is no full moon, the werewolf is as harmless as any other human. For a heartrending account of one wizard’s battle with lycanthropy, see the classic Hairy Snout, Human Heart by an anonymous author (Whizz Hard Books, 1975)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

In the periodicals, childrens and biographies section:

The Daily Prophet

The Adventures of Martin Miggs, the Mad Muggle

The Quibbler

Which Broomstick

Witch Weekly

Transfiguration Today

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Beedle the Bard

Toadstool Tales

Beatrix Bloxam

The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore

Rita Skeeter

Magical Me

Gilderoy Lockhart

Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?

Rita Skeeter

Hairy Snout, Human Heart

Blood Brothers: My Life Amongst the Vampires

Eldred Worple

My Life as a Squib

Angus Buchanan

The Restricted Section & Hermione’s picks

Although Hermione calls this book 'horrible' it turns out to be very important. This is the book that gives 'explicit instructions' on how to make a Horcrux, something Hermione has been searching for a long time.

‘This is the one that gives explicit instructions on how to make a Horcrux. Secrets of the Darkest Art – it’s a horrible book, really awful, full of evil magic. I wonder when Dumbledore removed it from the library ... if he didn’t do it until he was Headmaster, I bet Voldemort got all the instruction he needed from here.’
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

This old, splotched potions book is exactly what Hermione needs to learn how to make Polyjuice Potion. Unfortunately, it lives in the Restricted Section. It's easy to see why: the gruesome book is full of horrific sketches of wizards using various dangerous potions, including one illustration of a man who had been turned inside out.

‘It wears off after a while,’ said Hermione, waving her hand impatiently, ‘but getting hold of the recipe will be very difficult. Snape said it was in a book called Moste Potente Potions and it’s bound to be in the Restricted Section of the library.’
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

In the Restricted Section & Hermione’s picks:

Hogwarts: A History

Modern Magical History

The Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts

Great Wizarding Events of the Twentieth Century

An enormous old book

Ancient Runes Made Easy

A very old library book

Home Life and Social Habits of British Muggles