The Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts is a book chronicling the history of the Dark Arts, including that of Lord Voldemort's reign of terror. The book discusses the significance of the Dark Mark as a symbol of Voldemort and his Death Eaters, and recounts Harry Potter's survival of Lord Voldemort's attack and his subsequent downfall.
Some time before September of 1991, Hermione Granger had read this book before meeting Harry for the first time on board the Hogwarts Express. In 1997, Hermione considered this book as she was sorting supplies for their journey. In the end, she decided to bring it with them.
Behind the scenes
- Using the expression "The Rise and Fall" in the title of a book (especially when its subject are large nations or empires) is a common trope, with origins on Edward Gibbon's most important work, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776–89). Indeed, many other books are similarily titled, such as Jefferson Davis's The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government (1868), William Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1959), or Paul Kennedy's The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (1987).
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows