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"I could not be prouder that this simple school text book is now being used in schools for magic all over the world, and has been translated into seventy-two languages, including Gobbledegook and Mermish."
Miranda Goshawk, Book of Spells (Foreword).[src]

Book of Spells is a spellbook written by Miranda Goshawk. An old copy of it (probably a first edition, seeing as such rare books are known to be kept there[1]) is kept at the Library of Hogwarts, in the Restricted Section.[2]

The Book of Spells was a huge success, and was used in several schools for magic all over the world. It has, since, been translated into seventy-two different languages (including Gobbledegook and Mermish).

Book of Spells is more than just a simple textbook, however. The book was enchanted by Miranda Goshawk to be capable of projecting its text out of the page for simpler reading, as well as conjuring various objects, and even entire rooms, to provide a safe environment for practising the book's various spells. The book's enchantments are such that even doodles and other embellishments added by previous owners of a copy of the book would be added to the book's contents and could be utilized by future readers of that copy.

Some two hundred years after its publication, a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry got permission to use the Hogwarts Library's copy of the book to supplement their studies. The Charms Professor at Hogwarts at that time assisted this student in learning from the book.


In addition to its printed contents, the Hogwarts Library copy has the following spells written in the margins by previous students:

Behind the scenes

  • Book of Spells was purportedly "200 years old",[2] suggesting it was published sometime in 1812 (200 years prior to 2012, the year in which the game was released) or 1791-1798 (200 years before the time setting of the Harry Potter novels. Possible explanations include that the book was published by ancestor of Goshawk's with the same name, that Goshawk has merely expanded a previous work, or that the game is set sometime after 2121.
  • A Wizard Values Quiz for the Book of Spells was offered through Pottermore.


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