"Harry flicked through the first volume eagerly; he could see it was going to be highly useful in his plans for the D.A.."
— Harry peruses the first volume of the books[src]

Practical Defensive Magic and Its Use Against the Dark Arts was a set of books about defensive magic. It had moving colour illustrations of all the counter-jinxes and hexes it described.[1]


Harry Potter received a set of these books in 1995 as a Christmas present from Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. Harry planned to put them to good use in his lessons for Dumbledore's Army.[1]

On 27 July, 1997, Harry stored a copy of Elphias Doge's Daily Prophet obituary of Albus Dumbledore in his copy of the first volume of these books, throwing the remainder of the newspaper in the rubbish pile.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • This book seems to serve as a direct counterpoint to Defensive Magical Theory, which contained no practical information and referred to counter-jinxes as merely being a name which people give their jinxes when they want to make them sound more acceptable.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23 (Christmas on the Closed Ward)
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 2 (In Memoriam)
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