Flourish & Blotts or Muggle
has convinced Ron and Harry to enroll in an independent study Muggle Studies
course. The class will read literature written by Muggles themselves, or
by Wizards and Witches for the Muggle world, in order to gain a better
understanding of how Muggles perceive the world of magic.
If you'd like to know more about how Muggles perceive the world of magic,
just take a glance at Madam Pince's card catalog below in order to find
a book you'd like to read. Books marked with one asterisk* are recommended
for readers aged 13 and up. Book titles without an asterisk are suitable
for first-years and even for siblings as young as 9 years of age. Restricted
Section books are reserved for faculty, staff, alumni, and upper classmen
only. However, there's no harm in checking out the Restricted Section card
Recommendations for Restricted Section fantasy fiction written for Muggles should be made here.
by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl knows things, things perhaps he shouldn't. He knows about
the existence of a hidden civilization of fairies. He knows about the the
Book that details their secrets. And he knows how to make use of this knowledge
for his own financial gain. But for once, his opponent may be as ruthless
and clever as he is, and his own life may be on the line. And all this,
at the tender young age of twelve!
and other titles by Roald Dahl
When a giant kidnaps Sophie from her orphanage, she learns about the Big
Friendly Giant (BFG) who makes children's dreams sweeter. But nine other
giants living nearby aren't quite as friendly, so Sophie begins to devise
a plan to get rid of them. With the BFG's help, Sophie insinuates herself
into both the dreams and the home of none other than the Queen of England
in order to convince the monarch to enlist in her cause.
The Bad Beginning
by Lemony Snicket
Baudelaire children have lost their parents and their home to a fire, but
this is just the beginning of their bad luck. When they are forced to live
with their sinister Count Olaf, they must use their own special talents
-- reading, invention, and biting very, very hard -- to preserve
their family fortune, their liberty, and their lives.
The Blue Sword*
by Robin McKinley
An orphan girl named Harry moves to a distant land and comes to know the
magical inhabitants of the hills on much more familiar terms than she ever
would have predicted. But though she easily adapts to their customs, her
allegiance remains divided. When the king calls her to battle, she must
decide whether to follow him or her instincts, with the future or the Hill
people, and of Harry's own heart, hanging in the balance.
and other titles by Susan Cooper
mischievous spirit locked unwittingly in a desk travels from his quiet
home in a dilapidated Scottish castle to the bustling city of Toronto.
When he begins to explore his new home and experiment with technology he's
never seen before, complications arise for his Canadian host family.
The Book of Enchantments
and other titles by Patricia C. Wrede
a mysterious stranger appears and asks for help, an old man agrees to enter
the ruins of an enchanted castle which has been the site of many a person's
death. A wizard creates a powerful weapon known as the frying pan of doom,
and local knights compete in a cooking contest to prove their worth.
The Book of Three
and other titles from The Chronicles of Prydain
by Lloyd Alexander
Pig-Keeper Taran wants nothing more than to become a hero. But when his
homeland and his way of life are threatened by the forces of evil, his
heroism is put to the test.
and other titles in the Chronicles of Chrestomanci
by Diana Wynne Jones
When two orphaned children,
Cat and Gwendolyn, go to live with the great enchanter Chrestomanci in
his enchanted castle, Gwendolyn makes trouble for everybody with
her magic experiments.
Curses, Inc. and Other Stories*
by Vivian Vande Velde
A boy seeking vengeance discovers a web site run by a witch who will place a hex, jinx, or curse on enemies for a cost, but that cost may not be what it seems. A young man with amnesia wanders alone in search of his lost identity, only to discover that his predicament is partly of his own doing.
by Gail Carson Levine
that always obeys her parents might be considered a blessing to some, but
Ella thinks that the spell that compels her to obey all her parents' commands,
as well as everyone else's, is a curse. But to release herself from the
curse's grip, she'll have to find freedom on her own terms first.
by Dia Calhoun
When Jonathon learns about a legendary people with magical powers and seemingly barbarous ways, it literally propels him headfirst into a quest for truth, self-knowledge, and social identity. This angst-ridden and subtly sensual novel about a young man's arduous passage into adulthood marks Calhoun's début as a fantasy writer.
The Golden Compass*
and other titles from His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
Lyra and her daemon companion witness a murder in an other-worldly Oxford
University, they join a quest to save the children of her world with the
help of a golden compass and a band of outcasts. And though the witches
see greatness in her future, she is also destined to betray someone dear
and other titles by Edward Eager
Shortly after Jane finds an ancient coin, strange things begin to occur to her and her family. But things only get stranger when she and her siblings finally come to understand the power of the coin which grants only half of each wish, and decide to test it out for themselves. This charming fantasy is loaded with humorous mishaps that keep the reader laughing, and reading.
and titles from The Lord of the Rings trilogy
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins is fond of his creature comforts and aspires to nothing more than relaxing with his pipe by the fire. Nevertheless, when Gandalf the wizard selects him to join a party of rowdy dwarves on a dangerous quest, Bilbo reluctantly agrees. Tolkien creates a completely believable universe in this classic epic which takes the reader on a fantasy adventure from which he won't want to return.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
and other titles from The Chronicles of Narnia
by C. S. Lewis
When Lucy claims she's discovered another world, her siblings think she's gone crazy. Soon the others discover the world of Narnia, but Edmund's refusal to cooperate with his sister leads him into the arms of a evil sorceress who holds all of Narnia in her grasp. Lewis' allegorical tale of sin and redemption is a classic fantasy about magic gone wrong and deeper magic that makes everything right.
The Merlin Effect*
and other titles by T. A. Barron
While on an expedition with her father off the coast of Baja, California, Kate is drawn into Arthurian myth and a magic whirlpool as she tries to save her companions. As Kate delves deeper into a magical underwater realm, she discovers powers both in the world around her and within herself that she never knew existed. Barron plausibly combines sci-fi with ancient legend in this exciting, fast paced fantasy.
and other titles by Avi
magic or an illusion? That's what the young magician's apprentice, and
everyone else, wants to know. Unfortunately for all, the answer isn't as
simple as it seems, and the magician and his apprentice must explore a
maze of corridors, plots, and lies to unravel the mystery.
The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster
Poor Milo is simply bored,
bored, bored. But when a tollbooth magically appears in his bedroom, he
undertakes a quirky adventure through a philosophical realm that is anything
and other titles in the Redwall Series
by Brian Jacques
The famed warrior Martin the mouse is history, but when Redwall Abbey is attacked by Cluny the Scourge and his hordes, young Matthias must summon all his wits and courage to solve the secret of Martin's lost sword and save Redwall. Jacques' engaging tale of forest creatures battling despicable rats and a deadly snake is swashbuckling fun.
The Secret of Platform 13
and other titles by Eva Ibbotson
When the prince
of a magical island is kidnapped and taken to the non-magical world, the
royal family sends an elderly wizard, a friendly ogre, a fey with a green
thumb, and an adolescent hag to the rescue.
So You Want To Be a Wizard*
and other titles by Diane Duane
Nita seeks refuge from a bully in the library, she happens upon a book
on wizardry written just for her. With her wizard friend Kit and a collapsed
star named Fred, she discovers an alternate universe and ends up facing
the biggest bully of all.
by Franny Billingsley
Nuria is convinced that she can create a foolproof wish, but she is thwarted
by the magical wishing well that misinterprets her.
A Wrinkle in Time*
and other titles by Madeleine L'Engle
the help of several friends from this world and from other worlds, Meg
and Charles travel through space and time in search of their missing scientist
by Edith Nesbit
Three children stumble upon a princess sleeping in an enchanted garden only to discover she's not a princess at all. Much to their surprise, and hers as well, her make-believe magic somehow begins to work. As this classic fantasy novel nears its 100th anniversary, it continues to win fans and admirers who find Nesbit's storytelling as appealing as ever.
by George MacDonald
Goblins living beneath a castle threaten to kidnap a young princess. But with the help of a young coal miner and a magical great-grandmother, the princess escapes the goblins and saves her home. Though originally published in England more than a century ago, this classic fairy tale still appeals to readers of all ages.
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