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Books About Harry Potter: Cookbook, History, Beasts, and more

Updated on July 21, 2015

The Harry Potter series is over and has been for some time now. Many of J.K. Rowling's fans have reread the books countless times, but it just isn't the same as having a fresh new Harry adventure to read. If you haven't had enough of Hogwarts and magic yet, then this is the place for you. Below is a guide to a few books that you can read that are all still with in the world of Harry Potter, but not the same content that we've all read countless times.

You can find a link to each title a the bottom of this article, taking you to the Amazon page where you can buy them.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

by J. K. Rowling

By the author of the Harry Potter series, this book is a collection of children's stories that would be told to wizards as they grew up. This book was mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This book contains the story of the three brothers who met death, and were given three objects. It is ultimately the reason Harry is able to defeat Voldemort because he discovers the truth of the deathly hallows. Now you can be the one to fit together the puzzle of the wand, stone, and cloak, and be plunged into the world that all wizard-children experienced.

Harry, A History

by Melissa Anelli

This book tells the story of the boy who lived, and how he came about. It includes J. K. Rowling's life before Harry Potter, publishing the first book, how fame grew, and how Harry got fans. J. K. Rowling is richer than the queen of England, this book tells how she got to this place in her life, coming from a disastrous first marriage, being a single mom, and going through depression. Find out what brought her to the world of Harry Potter and how her life influenced the series.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

by J. K. Rowling

This is a book of, well, fantastic beasts. Its all about magical creatures in the Harry Potter books and where they live. As anyone who has read the Harry Potter series knows, half the magic of the books is the enchanting world that J. K. Rowling creates with her creatures and settings. This book is a guide to all the magical creatures that you saw glimpses of in the Harry Potter series written by the author of the series herself. It includes hippogriffs, unicorns, centaurs and more.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

by Dinah Bucholz

This book is the icing on the cake for all Harry Potter fans. It adds flavor to the books. Countless foods have been mentioned in the series, and this book includes over 150 of them, with tips and hints from the author. The recipes include:

  • Kreacher's French Onion Soup
  • Treacle Tart (Harry's favorite dessert)
  • Molly's Meat Pies
  • Pumpkin Juice
  • Knickerbockers Glory


With this book, some luck, and a pinch of magic, soon you'll be eating like Harry, Ron and Hermione. What better way to bring the book to life. Or having a Harry Potter screening party or marathon? HELLO! Best party snacks ever, you can drink pumpkin juice while Harry drinks Pumpkin Juice.

The Sorcerer's Companion

by Allan Zola Kronzek

This book shows you the history behind the magic. Maybe magic doesn't exactly exist (as far as I know) but the basilisk, veela, Nicholas Flamel, and sorcerer's stone all have historical and mythological references. All the names in Harry Potter have their roots in mythology and Latin, but this is a step further, you can learn about the context of these magical creatures and things in our own world. Read this New York Times bestseller for the truth behind the fantastic universe of Harry Potter.

The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter

by David Colbert

This book is similar to The Sorcerer's Companion. It explains the history, mythology, folklore, and background behind the names, creatures, and stories in J. K. Rowling's seven novels. Amazon calls this book the indispensable source guide to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. You'll get to see all the inside jokes that J.K. Rowling incorporated in her books, the references to history and mythology. You see how the spells and great wizards are often found in our past. This book really helps you see how brilliant J.K. Rowling truly is in her writing and makes the books, especially for adult readers, that much more interesting.

Concluding Words and Part 2

So, I hope that this article has helped you find something that you can enjoy reading. There are books here that are educational, that will actually enrich your mind. But then there are those that are just simply fun. And of course, there is a cookbook for the nigh-time chefs and marathon-party throwers among us.

You can find more books and activities to do that are Harry Potter related here in Part 2 of Beyond Harry Potter.

Thanks for reading!


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      Wavie 2 years ago

      LOVED IT! Thank you for writing this fantastic article! I've been dying to try the cookbook for some time but had actually forgotten about it, so thank you for reminding me.

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      hubsy 5 years ago

      Thanks for reading and commenting Deborah. Part 2 is up if you want to check it out, and if you like Harry Potter, you may want to check out my hub about Latin References in Harry Potter. :)

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      I like the idea of the Harry Potter cookbook. Sounds like it would be a fun read.

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      hubsy 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for the feedback! I’ve read all the ones I talked about and am now trying to find even more Harry Potter books. On one hand, finishing the series was so fulfilling and amazing, but on the other hand, it’s so depressing because Harry’s tale is over.

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      YadiraE 5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      So far I have read Tales of Beedle the Bard and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The other books look really interesting. I think I might check some of them out!! Great Hub!!

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      purp-drag913 6 years ago from West Michigan, USA.

      Love me my Harry Potter. Your hub was awesome. Look forward to more of your work.