"They bought Harry’s school books in a shop called Flourish and Blotts where the shelves were stacked to the ceiling with books as large as paving stones bound in leather; books the size of postage stamps in covers of silk; books full of peculiar symbols and a few books with nothing in them at all."
—Description of Flourish and Blotts[src]

Flourish and Blotts Bookseller is a bookshop in North Side, Diagon Alley, about halfway down the street on the left hand side.[1] Established in 1454[2], it is where most Hogwarts students purchase their schoolbooks. The shop is filled with shelves stacked to the ceiling.

The shop has had a few problems with certain books, such as The Invisible Book of Invisibility which cost them a great deal of money though they never found them, and The Monster Book of Monsters which tore each other up as well as biting the manager when he tried to get one out.[3]

The shop holds occasional book-signings, such as when Gilderoy Lockhart stopped by in 1992. Flourish and Blotts also runs a service, which enables purchasers to buy books via owl delivery.[4] They also take advance orders for books that are in high demand, such as The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore.[5]



Flourish and Blotts was first established in Diagon Alley in the year of 1454.


On 19 March 1927, Flourish and Blotts and Obscurus Books held a book launch for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.


"Mum, d’you honestly think You-Know-Who’s going to be hiding behind a bookshelf in Flourish and Blotts?"
—1997 Hogwarts school shopping[src]

Flourish and Blotts was briefly closed during the summer of 1991, as they were dealing with an outbreak of bookworms.


Lockhart and Harry Potter during the book signing at Flourish and Blotts

Sometime in early 1992, Flourish and Blotts was closed as it attempted to locate its order of Disappearing Ink. In August of 1992, famous wizard author Gilderoy Lockhart held a book signing at the shop and used it as an opportunity to announce his taking of the post of Defence Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that year. In an effort to gain more publicity, he dragged Harry Potter into the spotlight against his will and gifted Harry a complete set of his books. That same day, a fistfight occurred between Lucius Malfoy and Arthur Weasley, and Lucius Malfoy secretly gave Tom Riddle's Diary to Ginny Weasley.[6]

During the Christmas holidays, the bookshop was temporarily closed, as they were still tidying up after Gilderoy Lockhart's book signing in August.[7]

Monster book

The inside of Flourish and Blotts, during 1993

In late summer of 1993, the front window of Flourish and Blotts held an iron cage filled with hundreds of copies of The Monster Book of Monsters. To deal with the vicious books set for the third year Care of Magical Creatures class taught by Rubeus Hagrid, the harassed manager had to gear up with thick gloves and jab at them with a knobbly walking stick, as the books tend to viciously rip and tear each other apart.

When Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley went to the shop to buy their schoolbooks, the manager almost cried when Ron and Hermione said they wanted two copies of The Monster Book of Monsters, but was very relieved when Harry noted that he already had a copy. Harry also asks for a copy of Unfogging the Future to which the manager leads them to a small corner in the back of the shop where a small table lies for books on Fortune Telling, such as: Predicting the Unpredictable: Insulate Yourself Against Shocks, Death Omens: What to Do When You Know the Worst is Coming, and Broken Balls: When Fortunes Turn Foul.[3]

In the summer of 1994, Molly Weasley went to Florish and Blotts to get three copies of The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 4 for Harry, Ron, and Hermione. As Harry and Ron thought they did not make the cut to proceed to N.E.W.T.-level for Potions, they did not buy the necessary textbook. However, with the new teacher lowering the entrance standards, Harry and Ron took the subject and wrote to Flourish and Blotts to get a copy of the book delivered to them.


Flourish and Blotts is filled to the brim with books. Shelves upon shelves line the walls, from ceiling to floor. The books are of all sizes and different verities. There is in fact so many books that various signs are posted throughout the shop, as a means of helping customers find what they need. The front windows usually contain displays of gold-embossed spellbooks the size of paving slabs.[8]


In addition to the store's manager, who at times helps customers himself[9], the store also employs an assistant manager (paid 42 Galleons a month)[10] and an assistant.[11] The job is not altogether easy, as wizarding books might attempt to bite or simply be completely invisible[12], and fights — like the scuffle between Arthur Weasley and Lucius Malfoy in 1992, that sent books raining down on everyone's heads — are apparently commonplace enough that a classified posting for a new assistant manager requires that he or she be "good at breaking up fights".[13]

Flourish and Blotts - hand pointing sign - MPF

Books sold

Behind the scenes

Gilderoy Lockhart at Flourish and Blotts (concept artwork)

Concept artwork for Gilderoy Lockhart while in Flourish and Blotts


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Notes and references

  1. JKR/Twitter 8/9/15
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named LHP5-7
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 11 (Hermione's Helping Hand)
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,
  6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 4 (At Flourish and Blotts)
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - PS1 version
  8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
  10. Daily Prophet
  11. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Chapter 4 (At Flourish and Blotts)
  12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
  13. Daily Prophet
  14. Hogwarts Mytery

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