"If you're interested in plants, then you're better off with Goshawk's Guide To Herbology. Did you know there's a wizard in Nepal who's growing gravity-resistant trees?"
—Neville attempts to help Harry.[src]

Goshawk's Guide to Herbology is a book written by a member of the wizarding Goshawk family and covered Herbology, listing several plants, their uses and notable individuals in the field, like a wizard who grew gravity-resistant trees in Nepal in the 1990s.[1]


This book was mentioned by Neville Longbottom to Harry Potter while he was in the Hogwarts Library, searching for the tools that could be used in the second task of the 1994 Triwizard Tournament. Harry replied that he didn't really care about Herbology, unless Neville knew of a Tibetan Turnip that could help him breathe underwater.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • While the name "Goshawk" might suggest that this book was written by Miranda Goshawk, the witch who authored the The Standard Book of Spells series, the sheer number of magical sisters she had, not to mention any children they might have had, leaves the possibility that a relative of hers wrote said book. Despite this, Miranda is most likely this book's author, given how she is the only identified author in her family, having written several books on magic, most notably her The Standard Book of Spells series, meaning she likely wrote this book on Herbology as well.


Notes and references

Blossom Degrasse · Miranda Goshawk · Quiac Marinus · Beaumont Marjoribanks · Nepali wizard · Gethsemane Prickle · Sanjay Shanker · Selina Sapworthy · Phyllida Spore · Tilden Toots · Hadrian Whittle · Sir Winogrand
Herbology at Hogwarts
Herbology Award · Herbology Lesson Cup · Herbology Race Cup · Herbology Store
Greenhouses One · Two · Three · Four · Five · Six · Seven · Professor's Office
Professors Herbert Beery · Pomona Sprout · Neville Longbottom · Unnamed Professor (19th century)
Textbooks Encyclopedia of Toadstools · Flesh-Eating Trees of the World · Goshawk's Guide to Herbology · Magical Water Plants of the Mediterranean · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Winogrand's Wondrous Water Plants
Plants studied at Hogwarts
Aconite · Asphodel · Belladonna · Bouncing Bulb · Bubotuber · Bubotuber pus · Chinese Chomping Cabbage · Devil's Snare · Dittany · Fanged Geranium · Fat cactus-like plant · Fire Seed Bush · Flitterbloom · Flutterby bush · Fluxweed · Gillyweed · Ginger · Honking daffodil · Knotgrass · Leaping Toadstool · Mandrake · Mimbulus mimbletonia · Mistletoe · Moly · Nettle · Puffapod · Raspberry · Screechsnap · Self-fertilising shrub · Shrivelfig · Snargaluff · Sneezewort · Sopophorous plant · Spiky Bush · Spiky Prickly Plant · Stinksap · Toad-eating plant · Umbrella Flower · Valerian · Vampiric vegetation · Venomous Tentacula · Walking plant · Wax vegetables · Whomping Willow · Wiggentree · Wild rice · Wormwood
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