Books (and one play) by title
Achievements in Charming
Has quite sharp edges, as Harry learnt when Hermione kept snatching it away from him to "check that she had got the answer completely right" while he was testing her the day before their Theory of Charms O.W.L. (OP31).
by Libatius Borage
potions book | textbook
The N.E.W.T.-level textbook for Potions during Harry's sixth year (HBP9), which cost nine Galleons brand-new (HBP11). The book was written around the year 1946 (HBP16). The book contains instructions for making the Draught of Living Death starting at page 10 (HBP9).
Advanced Rune Translation
Hermione was reading a copy of this after her pre-sixth-year trip to Diagon Alley; presumably it is one of the N.E.W.T.-level Ancient Runes textbooks, but this was not stated explicitly (HBP7).
"Alas, I have Transfigured my Feet" (Hélas, Je me suis Transfiguré mes Pieds) by Malecrit
A play written in the early 1400s featuring characters named "Grenouille" and "Crapaud" ("Frog" and "Toad," a nod to the characters in the books by Arnold Lobel). The script includes a reference to playing Quidditch (QA8, BoS2).
Ancient Art and Science by Argus Pyrites
Non-canon: This book and its author appeared in an early version of book one, according to Rowling (JKR: scrapbook extra).
Animal Ghosts of Britain by Mopsy Fleabert
Details about animal spirits (Pm).
Beaters' Bible, The
by Brutus Scrimgeour
Whisp cited this book in Quidditch Through the Ages, and Scrimgeour in turn provided a favourable blurb for Whisp's book in the front matter of QA. According to Whisp, the first rule in Scrimgeour's book is "Take out the Seeker" (QA6).
Blood Brothers: My Life Amongst the Vampires
by Eldred Worple
Judging from Worple's remarks to Harry at Slughorn's Christmas party during Harry's sixth year, the writing of this book involved a series of interviews with a vampire (HBP15).
Break With a Banshee
by Gilderoy Lockhart
One of the many required textbooks for Defence Against the Dark Arts in Harry's second year (CS4). It seems likely that the Lockhart version of the story of the Bandon Banshee is in this book.
Common Magical Ailments and Afflictions
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) by Professor Vindictus Viridian
Hagrid once had to drag Harry away from this book (Harry was looking for a way to curse Dudley) (PS5, Pm)
Full Body-Bind (Petrificus Totalus)
Jelly-Legs Curse (Locomotor Wibbly)
Effects: Legs collapse
Leg-Locker Curse (Locomotor Mortis)
Effects: Binds legs
Effects: Pimples erupt
Effects: Sticks shoes to floor
Tickling Hex (Titillando)
Effects: Tickles and weakens
Tongue-Tying Spell (Mimble Wimble)
Effects: Ties tongue in knot
Hair-Loss Curse (PS5)
Effects: Defensive smokescreen
Effects: Extinguishes wand
Effects: Lights wand
Death Omens: What To Do When You Know The Worst Is Coming
Defensive Magical Theory
by Wilbert Slinkhard
Defence Against the Dark Arts required textbook in Harry's fifth year (OP9). Since Umbridge did little that year in Defence Against the Dark Arts other than set reading assignments from this book, we have an unusual amount of information about its contents. Harry found it desperately dull. Chapter 1 is entitled "Basics for Beginners" (OP12). Chapter 2 is titled "Common Defensive Theories and their Derivation" (OP15). Chapter 3, which begins on page 34, is titled "The Case for Non-Offensive Responses to Magical Attack" (OP17). In chapter 15, Slinkhard says that counter-jinxes are improperly named, because he believes that "counter-jinx" is just a name given to jinxes to make them sound more acceptable (OP15). Chapter 34 is entitled "Non-Retaliation and Negotiation" (OP29). The book has an index.
Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit
Hagrid consulted the Hogwarts library's copy of this book when he first got the dragon egg that eventually hatched into Norbert (PS14). Pages of this book include "Essential Equipment," "Recognising Dragon Eggs," a map showing "Dragons of the World," and "A-Z Of Ailments." (JKR)
Dream Oracle, The
by Inigo Imago
Trelawney set out battered leatherbound copies of this in Divination during Harry's fifth year; the book appears to have been used only in class. It covers dream interpretation (OP12). The book is also mentioned in (OP15) and (OP17).
Encyclopedia of Toadstools
Fifteenth Century Fiends
(PS/f) [This reference is not canon since it is only in the film; it is one of the books mentioned by Harry while he searches the Restricted Section for books about Nicolas Flamel]
Fowl or Foul? A Study of Hippogriff Brutality
Guide to Advanced Transfiguration spell book
Cedric Diggory carried this in his bookbag during his sixth year (GF20), which suggests both that Cedric was working toward a N.E.W.T. qualification in Transfiguration, and that this is the required textbook for sixth-year Transfiguration students.
Handbook of Do-It-Yourself Broom Care
Part of Hermione's present to Harry for his thirteenth birthday (PA1. Harry spent a lot of Aunt Marge's visit forcing himself to concentrate on remembering the book's contents, in an effort to keep his temper under control (PA2).
Healer's Helpmate, The
Contains a chapter on "Bruises, Cuts, and Abrasions", which Mrs. Weasley consulted while trying to heal the black eye Hermione had received from the twins' punching telescope (HBP5)
History of Magic, A
by Bathilda Bagshot
This is a required textbook for first-years (PS5), and appears to be used by second- and third-years as well in History of Magic (PA1). It does not cover anything later than the end of the nineteenth century (DH16).
Hogwarts: A History
Describes the enchanted ceiling of the Great Hall (PS7). Hermione didn't bring it to school during her second year because she couldn't fit it into her trunk, what with all the Lockhart books (CS9). Discusses the manner in which Hogwarts is hidden from Muggles (GF11). Has over a thousand pages, but never mentions the Hogwarts house-elves (GF15). (OP17) (OP23)
Home Life and Social Habits of British Muggles
by Wilhelm Wigworthy
A required textbook for third-year Muggle Studies (PA13). Also mentioned in (FB), which states in a footnote that Wigworthy's book was published by Little Red Books in 1987 and that among other things it explains what electricity is.
The required textbook for Transfiguration for third, fourth, and fifth year students at Hogwarts (PA4). (We know that Harry had to buy a copy for third-year Transfiguration but did not need a new Transfiguration textbook in his fourth or fifth year, so we deduce that the same textbook is in use for fourth-year and fifth-year Transfiguration students.)
Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, The
by Rita Skeeter
This biography is 900 pages long, and was completed a mere four weeks after Dumbledore's death in June 1997. Chapters 9 - 12 discuss his mother and sister. Chapter 16 discusses the uses of dragon's blood and argues about priority of discoveries thereof. An entire chapter is devoted to his relationship with Harry Potter (DH2). The book also has a chapter entitled "The Greater Good", quoted in its entirety in DH18, discussing Albus Dumbledore's friendship with Gellert Grindelwald.
Magical Hieroglyphs and Logograms
Magick Most Evile
Refers to Horcruxes in its introduction, but only to call them "the wickedest of magical inventions" and to say that the book will not speak of the subject further. At that, this book was the only book Hermione could find in the Hogwarts library, including the Restricted Section, that referred to Horcruxes at all; that particular copy let out "a ghostly wail" when Hermione slammed it shut in irritation (HBP18).
Moste Potente Potions
Illustrated; contains (among other things) the instructions for making Polyjuice Potion, and is discussed (though not intended to be used) in second-year Potions. For a copy, see the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library (CS9).
My Life as a Muggle by Daisy Hookum
Written after Hookum, wife of Tilden Toots, took a year off from magic (JKR: Wizard of the Month).
Nature's Nobility: A Wizarding Genealogy
Sirius' family kept a copy of this (OP6). Hermione at some point borrowed it from Kreacher; it lists the pure-blood families that have died out in the male line (DH22).
The Noble Sport of Warlocks
by Quintius Umfraville
Written in 1620, this book is a source for Whisp's Quidditch Through the Ages, though not to the degree of Zacharias Mumps' work. Umfraville's book includes a diagram of the seventeeth century pitch, and makes clear that the position of Keeper had evolved by the author's time to the responsibilities it includes today (QA6).
- Flobberworm mucus
- Aconite, also called monkshood or wolfsbane.
- Alihotsy tree (also known as the Hyena tree)
Practical Defensive Magic and Its Use Against the Dark Arts
Harry's Christmas present from Sirius and Lupin in his fifth year (OP23). At a guess, Sirius supplied the funds, while Lupin actually went out and purchased the book.
Predicting the Unpredictable: Insulate Yourself Against Shocks
Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland
Hermione gave a copy of this to Harry as a Christmas present during their fourth year (GF23); it was one of the books he tried reading as a distraction while cooped up in number four after the Dementor attack before his fifth year (OP3).
Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp
A general reference work about Quidditch, first lent to Harry during their first year by Hermione (PS11), who'd read it for tips before the Gryffindors' first flying lesson (PS9).
Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts, The
Harry is mentioned in this book, which Hermione had read before meeting him for the first time on board the Hogwarts Express (PS6). It also discusses the Dark Mark (GF9)
Sites of Historical Sorcery
Sonnets of a Sorcerer
Everyone who read this cursed book spoke in limericks for the rest of their lives (CS13).
One of the many books Hermione consulted as she worked on her Ancient Runes homework in the common room (OP26, HBP24). She took it along on the quest to find Horcruxes in case she would need to translate runes (DH6). It came in handy (DH16).
A syllabary is a set of symbols where each one represents a specific syllable. The title of this books suggests that the words used to cast spells are sometimes represented by sets of symbols other than our usual alphabet. However, since English and Latin are not well suited at all for a syllabary, this book might actually be designed for use with another language or perhaps a separate spellcasting language which is built with sound chunks which have discrete magical meanings. - SVA
Standard Book of Spells, The by Miranda Goshawk
Fire-Making Spell (Incendio)
Levitation Charm (Wingardium Leviosa)
Locking Spell (--)
Mending Charm (Reparo)
Severing Charm (Diffindo?)
Softening Charm (--)
Unlocking Spell (Alohomora)
The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2 (CS9) (Pm)
Dancing Feet Spell (Tarantellegra)
Disarming Charm (Expelliarmus)
Engorgement Charm (Engorgio)
Freezing Charm (--)
General Counter-Spell (Finite Incantatem)
Memory Charm (Obliviate)
Tickling Charm (Rictusempra)
grade 3 (PA4)
grade 4 (GF10)
grade 5 (OP9)
Tales of Beedle the Bard, The
Left by Albus Dumbledore to Hermione, "in the hope that she will find it entertaining and instructive". It was a small, ancient-looking book, the binding of which was stained and peeling in places; the title was in runes. According to Ron, "All the old kids' stories are supposed to be Beedle's, aren't they? The Fountain of Fair Fortune... The Wizard and the Hopping Pot... Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump..." (DH7).
Theories of Transubstantial Transfiguration
by Beatrix Bloxam
A series of childrens' books now banned in the wizarding world because they have been found to cause nausea, sometimes to the point of actual vomiting (fw).
This would seem to be a reference to Beatrix Potter, whose best-known work is The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches
"Explains everything you need to know about girls." The twins gave Ron a copy of this, and Ron in turn gave Harry a copy for his seventeenth birthday, saying it was pure gold (DH7).
Unfogging the Future
by Cassandra Vablatsky
Required textbook for Divination in Harry's third year (PA4). Ron and Harry were still using it as a reference book when working on Divination essays the following year, although perhaps not quite as their teacher imagined (GF14).
Wanderings With Werewolves
by Gilderoy Lockhart
One of the many required textbooks for Defence Against the Dark Arts in Harry's second year (CS4). It seems a reasonable deduction that the Lockhart version of the story of his alleged encounter with the Wagga Wagga werewolf is in this book.
Weird Wizarding Dilemmas and Their Solutions
One of the books that Harry, Ron, and Hermione examined while preparing for the second task. The book apparently discusses a spell for growing one's nose hair into ringlets, although we are not told whether that was a weird wizarding dilemma or a solution. It was the last book Hermione consulted before the Weasley twins arrived to escort her and Ron to see McGonagall prior to the task (GF26).
Where There's a Wand, There's a Way
One of the books that Harry examined while preparing for the second task; he fell asleep in the library over a copy on the night preceding the task (GF26).
Why I Didn't Die When the Augurey Cried
by Gulliver Pokeby
Published in 1824 by Little Red Books, this book contains the results of patient research revealing that far from being a death omen, the cry of the Augurey merely indicates the approach of rain (FB)
Year With The Yeti
by Gilderoy Lockhart
One of the many required textbooks for Defence Against the Dark Arts in Harry's second year (CS4). If Lockhart spent a year with the International Task Force that copes with yetis, as suggested by the title of this book, one suspects that they broke out the firewhisky when he left, and had a proper leaving feast...