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"A vicious guide to monstrous creatures."
—Description[src]

The Monster Book of Monsters, by Edwardus Lima, is a particularly vicious sentient textbook that is used in Care of Magical Creatures while Rubeus Hagrid (who thought the book's aggressive nature was amusing) was the Professor for that subject at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The book is quite informative, but one usually finds it difficult to access the information within due to the book's unfortunate tendency to try and bite off the reader's fingers. The only way to subdue the book is to stroke its spine, upon which the book opens placidly.

History

"Hasn' anyone bin able ter open their books? Yeh've got to stroke 'em."
—Hagrid in his first lesson of magical creatures[src]
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A copy of the book

Rubeus Hagrid gave one to Harry Potter for his 13th birthday in 1993 as it was part of his requirements for his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[3]

After incidents in which the books attacked each other, the manager of Flourish and Blotts in Diagon Alley vowed never to stock them again; he found the situation to be worse than when the entire stock of The Invisible Book of Invisibility disappeared.[4]

When students brought this book to Hogwarts for Rubeus Hagrid's Care of Magical Creatures class, they had to force the books shut with belts and Spello-tape because they didn't know how to calm the books.[5]

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The Book attacking Neville Longbottom

Hermione Granger considered this book along with many others as she was deciding on the supplies they would need to take on their mission to find Voldemort's Horcruxes. As she was sorting books, it broke free of its restraints and bit Ron Weasley on the ankle. It is unknown if she took it with them.[6]

At some point in its history, Dervish and Banges apparently suffered a bad incident involving a copy of this book, as their instructions for their closing procedure included "Double check the lock on The Monster Book of Monsters! (you know what happened last time.)"[7]

During the mysterious Calamity which happened across the Wizarding world in the 2010s, copies of The Monster Book of Monsters appeared throughout the world as Foundables, with volunteer wizard and witches employed by the Statute of Secrecy Task Force having to use magic to sort them out.[8] A particularly vicious copy of this book was seen in a Muggle convenience store, shredding magazines and eating groceries, and even assaulted the Muggle shopkeeper, biting him on his left buttock, who tried to fend it off with a sweeping broom. The police were called, and assumed it be a hoax call, but found it rather amusing, and the injured shopkeeper had to seek medical attention afterwards.[9]

Known creatures covered in the book

Behind the scenes

Prop Monster Book of Monsters

Prop version of the book included with the Harry Potter Limited Edition

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey, p. 505 (see this image)
  2. The book is mentioned on the Marauder's Map, which was created in around 1977-78.
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 1 (Owl Post)
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 6 (Talons and Tea Leaves)
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 6 (The Ghoul in Pyjamas)
  7. "The Wizarding World: Secrets and Details" at MuggleNet.
  8. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
  9. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite - see this video [1]
  10. 10.0 10.1 "First look at Deathly Hallows props including 'Life and Lies', 'A History of Magic', more" from MuggleNet (archived on the Internet Archive here)
  11. See this image of a page from the prop version of The Monster Book of Monsters featured in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  12. See this image of a page from the prop version of The Monster Book of Monsters featured in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  13. See this image of a page from the prop version of The Monster Book of Monsters featured in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  14. "The Monster Book of Monsters pages" on the The Replica Prop Forum (see this image)
  15. "Vertical drops, Blast-Ended Skrewts and more surprises to come in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure (see image) at Pottermore
  16. See this image of a page from the prop version of The Monster Book of Monsters featured in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  17. See this image of a page from the prop version of The Monster Book of Monsters featured in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  18. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 31 (The Third Task)
  19. "The Monster Book of Monsters pages" on The Replica Prop Forum (see this image)
  20. See this image of a page from the prop version of The Monster Book of Monsters featured in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  21. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  22. Snitchseeker - Harry Potter Limited Edition special bookset, with "Page To Screen", out December 4


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