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The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection

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"This book gives an excellent grounding in magical self-defence."
—Advert at Flourish and Blotts[src]

The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection is a book authored by Professor Quentin Trimble. This book provides insight and information on various dark creatures, it also contains some defensive spells, such as the Knockback Jinx

A copy of this book at Flourish and Blotts costs 1 gallon.


It was a required textbook for both first year and fourth year Defence Against the Dark Arts students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[1][3] This book was an item on the 1991 school list of things needed.

Known contents[4]

  • Curse of the Bogies
  • Green Sparks
  • Hags - The hag is a child-eating creature of human appearance, though likely to have more warts than the average witch.
  • Knockback Jinx

    The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self Protection as it appears in the movies.

  • Red Caps - Avoid the Red Cap, a Dark dwarfish creature that lurks in places where blood has been shed and will attempt to bludgeon the unwary to death.
  • Red Sparks
  • Smokescreen Spell
  • Vampires
  • Wand-Extinguishing Charm
  • Wand-Lighting Charm
  • Werewolf Bites - Werewolf bites should be thoroughly and magically cleaned, as the werewolf’s fangs are venomous. However, there is no cure once you have become a werewolf, so try and avoid being bitten at all costs.
  • Zombies - The Zombie dwells only in the Southern part of America. It is an example, like the Vampire, of the and may be recognised by its greyish colour and its rotten smell.

Behind the scenes

  • It is possible, given that this was the required textbook for that year and that Moody wanted his class to read about resisting the Imperius Curse, that such a topic was covered in this book.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  2. It had to be available by the time Harry started, as it was on his school shopping list.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 14 (The Unforgivable Curses)
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named pottermore

Defence Against the Dark Arts (D.A.D.A.)
Professors: Galatea Merrythought · Quirinus Quirrell · Gilderoy Lockhart · Remus Lupin · Barty Crouch Jr. (as Alastor Moody) · Dolores Umbridge · Severus Snape ·
Amycus Carrow (as Dark Arts teacher)
Textbooks: The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection · Break with a Banshee · Gadding with Ghouls · Holidays with Hags · Travels with Trolls ·
Voyages with Vampires · Wanderings with Werewolves · Year with the Yeti · The Essential Defence Against the Dark Arts · Defensive Magical Theory · Dark Arts Defence: Basics for Beginners · Confronting the Faceless · Magical Drafts and Potions
D.A.D.A. at Hogwarts: Classroom 3C · Temporary Classroom · Hogwarts Turris Magnus · Professor's Office · Storeroom · Staircase · Lesson Cup · Race Cup · Dumbledore's Army
Spells covered under the subject: Curse of the Bogies · Knockback Jinx · Verdimillious Charm · Verdimillious Duo Spell · Verdimillious Tria · Wand-Lighting Charm · Freezing Spell · Seize and Pull Charm · Patronus Charm · Killing Curse · Cruciatus Curse · Imperius Curse · Impediment Jinx · Reductor Curse · Stunning Spell · Shield Charm · Nonverbal spells · Hex-deflection ·
Hex-Breaker · Hex Zapper
Creatures covered under the subject: Vampire bats · Iguanas · Cornish Pixies · Werewolves · Vampires · Hinkypunks · Boggarts · Red Caps · Kappas · Grindylows · Inferius

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