Magical Books That J.K. Rowling Should Bring to Life
We have our Muggle literature, but what do wizards read for fun? In the Harry Potter series, textbooks and novels are mentioned in passing. All of them have intriguing titles, but we only ever had Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages adapted into real books. With Fantastic Beasts becoming a spin-off series, it’s time to revisit the five magical books we’d love to see adapted into real books.
1. The Monster Book of Monsters
This terrifying book was assigned to Harry in his third year at Hogwarts. It’s meant to assist in the Care of Magical Creatures class, but the book ends up fighting back! Despite the fact that Hagrid chose the most aggressive book out there, he must have considered it to be the best textbook for learning about magical creatures. The Monster Book of Monsters would be a great companion to Fantastic Beasts. We don’t know what magic was used to create the sentient textbook, but if ever released for Muggles, it should come with a warning…
2. The Invisible Book of Invisibility
Briefly mentioned in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this book does its job too well. All of the versions have gone missing at Flourish and Blotts because no wizard can see them. The book is never mentioned again, but imagine how much magic it could reveal! And questions that we still have about invisibility cloaks, particularly the Peverell cloak, could be elaborated in this book. Dumbledore states several times in the series that he himself can become invisible, so maybe he read this book at one point? Invisibility is never explored in the Harry Potter series in detail, so J.K. Rowling, please answer our questions!
3. The Adventures of Martin Miggs, the Mad Muggle
Ron Weasley isn’t known for being a book lover, but he owns several copies of one wizarding comic series. When Harry visits the Burrow for the first time in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, we learn that, yes, Ron does, in fact, read something. With The Adventures of Martin Miggs, the Mad Muggle, it’s one of the few times that a book other than a textbook is noted. We don’t know much about what wizards read outside of school, but apparently, magical comic books exist. Wizards imagine Muggles to be lost in a world without magic, and it would be hysterical to see that perspective in a comic book. While the likelihood of J.K. Rowling creating a wizarding world comic book is slim, we can’t help but hope for it!
4. The Handbook of Hippogriff Psychology
Buckbeak the Hippogriff is arguably one of the most beloved magical creatures in the Harry Potter series. Hagrid teaches us the basics of how to befriend a Hippogriff, but how much do we really know about these sensitive creatures? Ron refers to The Handbook of Hippogriff Psychology in his third year at Hogwarts, looking for information that could defend Buckbeak’s attack on Draco. These powerful animals are mentioned in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but how about a book focused solely on these magical creatures? After the events of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Buckbeak went off to live with Hagrid again. We’re waiting for the short story at the end of this handbook with tales of Hagrid and Buckbeak’s adventures.
5. Hairy Snout, Human Heart
This book wasn’t mentioned in the Harry Potter series but in The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Dumbledore comments on the book, explaining that it’s about wizards who become werewolves and the struggles they go through. The author is anonymous, doubtless because of the discrimination that werewolves face. Professor Lupin plays a huge role in changing our attitudes on werewolves in the Harry Potter series. Through Lupin, we gain a new perspective and learn to sympathize with his emotional hardship. The message surrounding this book is positive, and we might even get some extra information about Lupin himself!
Are there any magical books that you think J.K. Rowling should write? Any of Lockhart’s books that she should publish? Let us know!