Hogwarts Library Books We Want to Read
A person can never read too much, and that’s certainly true when it comes to these books. Throughout the Harry Potter series, books in the Hogwarts library are mentioned off-handedly. However, while I was reading the series, I thought the library books sounded just as interesting as the rest of the story. There’s still so much that Potterheads don’t know about the wizarding world. If we got a chance to read these books, we’d be more well-informed.
1. Men Who Love Dragons Too Much
During the events of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry and Hermione come across this book in the Hogwarts library. Men Who Love Dragons Too Much is a book that honestly should be Hagrid’s memoir. While this book is never mentioned again, it suggests that Hagrid isn’t the only wizard with an obsessive love for such dangerous creatures. Most likely even Charlie Weasley read this book during his time spent at Hogwarts, maybe to prepare for a future career spent caring for dragons. This book begs the question: Is this a practical guidebook or a confessional memoir? Either way, we hope Hagrid gets his own copy soon.
2. Dreadful Denizens of the Deep
Another book featured during Goblet of Fire, Dreadful Denizens is about magical creatures that live underwater. The word “denizen” means “an inhabitant or occupant of a particular place,” and in this case, we can only assume that this book would include information on merpeople. Harry found this book uninteresting since it didn’t contain spells or knowledge of how to breathe underwater. Unlike Harry, Potterheads would relish the fascinating research in this book.
3. The Handbook of Hippogriff Psychology
When the golden trio was trying to save Buckbeak’s life in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this was one of the books they borrowed from the school library. We can’t know for sure what goes on in the mind of a hippogriff, so this book might offer some illuminating theories. If we had our say, there would be a whole chapter dedicated just to the lovable Buckbeak. Hagrid would write the forward to the chapter, of course.
4. Moste Potente Potions
Fancy a visit to the library’s Restricted Section? While we can’t imagine the twisted and scary images in this book, it still must be a memorable read. When Hermione checks out this book, she’s only 12 years old, but maybe the book only seemed scary since she was young? More importantly, I’d love to see a list of the students that did borrow this book during their time at Hogwarts.
5. Goshawk’s Guide to Herbology
This book is a must-have for any student studying Herbology. Plus, how can we resist a book that Neville Longbottom recommended? Neville is an expert when it comes to Herbology, so if he says this book is good, it must be quite good. Neville even mentioned that there’s a section on “gravity-resistant trees” from Nepal. I hope this guidebook has illustrations! Now I just need to figure out how to Apparate to Nepal.
6. A Guide to Medieval Sorcerery
How different was the wizarding world from the world we Potterheads know today? We have gleaned a few details from the Harry Potter series, but I’d love to learn more about famous wizards. Was there ever a gender division between the male and female wizards? Did wizards ever raise wild magical creatures in their backyards? How did the giant squid end up in the Hogwarts lake? These are questions the Harry Potter fandom needs answered. Also, I’d like to learn more about the story of Wendelin the Weird, who was mentioned briefly in Prisoner of Azkaban.
7. Important Modern Magical Discoveries
In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, this is one of the books the golden trio used to research information on Nicolas Flamel. While Flamel isn’t mentioned, this book most likely has research on modern magical inventions. Maybe one of the discoveries is Dumbledore’s 12 uses of dragon blood? Hopefully, in a future edition, Hermione will be mentioned a hundred times over with all her various accomplishments.
Are there any other books that should be added to this list? Make sure to tell us in the comments section.