At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.
- "They bought Harry’s school books in a shop called Flourish and Blotts where the shelves were stacked to the ceiling with books as large as paving stones bound in leather; books the size of postage stamps in covers of silk; books full of peculiar symbols and a few books with nothing in them at all."
- —Description of Flourish and Blotts[src]
Flourish and Blotts Bookseller is a bookshop in North Side, Diagon Alley, about halfway down the street on the left hand side. Established in 1654, it is where most Hogwarts students purchase their schoolbooks. The shop is filled with shelves stacked to the ceiling.
The shop has had a few problems with certain books, such as The Invisible Book of Invisibility which cost them a great deal of money though they never found them, and The Monster Book of Monsters which tore each other up as well as biting the manager when he tried to get one out.
The shop holds occasional book-signings, such as when Gilderoy Lockhart stopped by in 1992 to sign copies of his latest book Magical Me. Flourish and Blotts also runs a service, which enables purchasers to buy books via owl delivery. They also take advance orders for books that are in high demand, such as The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore.
In 1991, Harry Potter and Rubeus Hagrid visited Flourish and Blotts whilst shopping in Diagon Alley, in order to purchase all of Harry's assigned Hogwarts textbooks. Harry also was interested at a copy of Curses and Counter-Curses, however Hagrid made him put the book down after telling him he was too young to begin casting curses.
Sometime in early 1992, Flourish and Blotts was closed as it attempted to locate its order of Disappearing Ink. In August of 1992, famous wizard author Gilderoy Lockhart held a book signing at the shop and used it as an opportunity to announce his taking of the post of Defence Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that year. In an effort to gain more publicity, he dragged Harry Potter into the spotlight against his will and gifted Harry a complete set of his books. That same day, a fistfight occurred between Lucius Malfoy and Arthur Weasley, and Lucius Malfoy secretly gave Tom Riddle's Diary to Ginny Weasley.
- "Harry got a surprise as he looked in at the bookshop window. Instead of the usual display of gold-embossed spellbooks the size of paving slabs, there was a large iron cage behind the glass that held about a hundred copies of The Monster Book of Monsters. Torn pages were flying everywhere as the books grappled with each other, locked together in furious wrestling matches and snapping aggressively."
- —Copies of The Monster Book of Monsters fighting each other in Flourish and Blotts[src]
In late summer of 1993, the front window of Flourish and Blotts held an iron cage filled with hundreds of copies of The Monster Book of Monsters. To deal with the vicious books set for the third year Care of Magical Creatures class taught by Rubeus Hagrid, the harassed manager had to gear up with thick gloves and jab at them with a knobbly walking stick, as the books tend to viciously rip and tear each other apart.
When Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley went to the shop to buy their schoolbooks, the manager almost cried when Ron and Hermione said they wanted two copies of The Monster Book of Monsters, but was very relieved when Harry noted that he already had a copy. Harry also asks for a copy of Unfogging the Future to which the manager leads them to a small corner in the back of the shop where a small table lies for books on Fortune Telling, such as: Predicting the Unpredictable: Insulate Yourself Against Shocks, Death Omens: What to Do When You Know the Worst is Coming, and Broken Balls: When Fortunes Turn Foul.
In the summer of 1996, Harry, Hermione and Ron went to Diagon Alley to buy their school supplies for their upcoming sixth year, with Ron's parents Arthur and Molly, along with his sister Ginny. Because Molly was feared of entering Diagon Alley without her husband Arthur Weasley due to the return of Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters, Ron joked to his mother that Voldemort would not be hiding behind a bookshelf in Flourish and Blotts. When they were all at Diagon Alley, Molly, Arthur and Ginny went to Flourish and Blotts, whilst Harry, Hermione and Ron went to Madam Malkin's instead. When the school year had started, as Harry and Ron thought they would not make the cut to proceed to N.E.W.T.-level Potions class, they did not buy the necessary textbook. However, with the new Potions Master Horace Slughorn lowering the entrance standards to "Exceeds Expectations" (as opposed to Severus Snape's only admitting "Outstanding" students to his classes), Harry and Ron took the subject, and wrote to Flourish and Blotts to get a copy of the book delivered to them.
Flourish and Blotts is filled to the brim with books. Shelves upon shelves line the walls, from ceiling to floor. The books are of all sizes and different varieties. There is in fact so many books that various signs are posted throughout the shop, as a means of helping customers find what they need. The front windows usually contain displays of gold-embossed spellbooks the size of paving slabs.
In addition to the store's manager, who at times helps customers himself, the store also employs an assistant manager (paid 42 Galleons a month) and an assistant. The job is not altogether easy, as wizarding books might attempt to bite or simply be completely invisible, and fights — like the scuffle between Arthur Weasley and Lucius Malfoy in 1992, that sent books raining down on everyone's heads — are apparently commonplace enough that a classified posting for a new assistant manager requires that he or she be "good at breaking up fights".
- The Book of Charms & Spells
- A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration (1 Galleon)
- Magical Drafts and Potions (2 Galleons)
- The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection (1 Galleon)
- A History of Magic (2 Galleons)
- One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi (2 Galleons)
- The Standard Book of Spells, Grade One (1 Galleon)
- Magical Theory (2 Galleons)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2 Galleons)
- Break with a Banshee (5 Galleons)
- Gadding with Ghouls (5 Galleons)
- Travels with Trolls (5 Galleons)
- Voyages with Vampires (5 Galleons)
- Holidays with Hags (5 Galleons)
- Wanderings with Werewolves (5 Galleons)
- Year with the Yeti (5 Galleons)
- The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2 (1 Galleon)
- The Monster Book of Monsters (4 Galleons)
- Unfogging the Future (2 Galleons)
- Intermediate Transfiguration (2 Galleons)
- The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 3 (1 Galleon)
- Easy Spells to Fool Muggles
- The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore
- Curses and Counter-Curses
- Quidditch Through the Ages (14 Sickles 3 Knuts)
- The Official Guide to the Quidditch World Cup (39 Galleons)
- Dumbledore's Army: The Dark Side of the Demob (10 Galleons)
- Charm Your Own Cheese (Revised) (5 Galleons)
- Book of Spells (possibly)
- Encyclopedia of Toadstools
- The Invisible Book of Invisibility
- How to Tame Tigers
Behind the scenes
- The set for Flourish and Blotts was a redress of the set for Garrick Ollivander's shop, which reflects on the real-world as shops on Diagon Alley would most likely have similar layouts due to space requirements, as a row of mini-mall shops might.
- The 2-disc DVD edition of the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets includes an interactive tour of Diagon Alley and this shop, which is the only shop interior in the tour to also be interactive.
- Books in Pottermore could be bought in this shop in Diagon Alley.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) (Mentioned on sign)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) (Possible appearance) (Briefly)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Mentioned only)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- LEGO Harry Potter
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- Wizarding World
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- The Art of Harry Potter Mini Book of Graphic Design
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
- Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells
Notes and references
- Flourish and Blotts. It's about halfway down Diagon Alley on the left hand side. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (see this image)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 4 (At Flourish and Blotts)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 11 (Hermione's Helping Hand)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8 (The Wedding)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 10 (Knockturn Alley)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) - GBC version
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - PS1 version
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 10 (Mayhem at the Ministry)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 6 (Draco's Detour)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9 (The Half-Blood Prince)
- Daily Prophet
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)