Sunday, March 23, 2008

Poll results: Harry Potter books

I tallied up the results of this poll a while ago but keep forgetting to post them.

The question: Which books mentioned in the Harry Potter series would you like to read?
The answers:

  • Tales of Beedle the Bard (11 votes)
  • Enchantment in Baking (10 votes)
  • Hogwarts: A History (10 votes)
  • Curses and Counter-curses (Bewitch Your Friends and Befuddle Your Enemies with the Latest Revenges: Hair Loss, Jelly-Legs, Tongue-Tying, and Much, Much More) by Professor Vindictus Viridian (9 votes)
  • Basic Hexes for the Busy and Vexed (6 votes)
  • History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot (6 votes)
  • Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore by Rita Skeeter (6 votes)
  • Rune Dictionary (6 votes)
  • Adventures of Martin Miggs, the Mad Muggle (5 votes)
  • Charm Your Own Cheese (5 votes)
  • Home Life and Social Habits of British Muggles by Wilhelm Wigworthy (5 votes)
  • Powers You Never Knew You Had and What To Do With Them Now You've Wised Up (5 votes)
  • Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts (5 votes)
  • Saucy Tricks for Tricky Sorts (5 votes)
  • Weird Wizarding Dilemmas and Their Solutions (5 votes)
  • Advanced Potion-Making by Libatius Borage (4 votes)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (4 votes)
  • One Minute Feasts: It's Magic! (4 votes)
  • Practical Defensive Magic and Its Use Against the Dark Arts (4 votes)
  • Standard Book of Spells by Miranda Goshawk (4 votes)
  • Blood Brothers: My Life Amongst the Vampires by Eldred Worple (3 votes)
  • Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection by Quentin Trimble (3 votes)
  • Invisible Book of Invisibility (3 votes)
  • Men Who Love Dragons Too Much (3 votes)
  • Numerology and Gramatica (3 votes)
  • Ancient Runes Made Easy (2 votes)
  • Death Omens: What To Do When You Know The Worst Is Coming (2 votes)
  • Defensive Magical Theory by Wilbert Slinkhard (2 votes)
  • Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit (2 votes)
  • Flying With the Cannons (2 votes)
  • Magical Drafts and Potions by Arsenius Jigger (2 votes)
  • Moste Potente Potions (2 votes)
  • One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by Phyllida Spore (2 votes)
  • Sonnets of a Sorcerer (2 votes)
  • Unfogging the Future by Cassandra Vablatsky (2 votes)
  • Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration by Emeric Switch (1 vote)
  • From Egg to Inferno, A Dragon Keeper's Guide (1 vote)
  • Intermediate Transfiguration (1 vote)
  • Jinxes for the Jinxed (1 vote)
  • Magical Me by Gilderoy Lockhart (1 vote)
  • Magical Theory by Adalbert Waffling (1 vote)
  • Monster Book of Monsters (1 vote)
  • Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (1 vote)
  • Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches (1 vote)
  • Voyages With Vampires by Gilderoy Lockhart (1 vote)
  • Wanderings With Werewolves by Gilderoy Lockhart (1 vote)
  • Appraisal of Magical Education in Europe (0 votes)
  • Break With a Banshee by Gilderoy Lockhart (0 votes)
  • Flesh-Eating Trees of the World (0 votes)
  • Fowl or Foul? A Study of Hippogriff Brutality (0 votes)
  • Gadding With Ghouls by Gilderoy Lockhart (0 votes)
  • Gilderoy Lockhart's Guide to Household Pests (0 votes)
  • Handbook of Do-It-Yourself Broom Care (0 votes)
  • Holidays With Hags by Gilderoy Lockhart (0 votes)
  • Magical Water Plants of the Mediterranean (0 votes)
  • Nature's Nobility: A Wizarding Genealogy (0 votes)
  • Prefects Who Gained Power (0 votes)
  • Spellman's Syllabary (0 votes)
  • Travels With Trolls by Gilderoy Lockhart (0 votes)
  • Year With The Yeti by Gilderoy Lockhart (0 votes)
I agree, I'd love to read The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Thanks to Amazon (see this post) we can now at least read plot summaries of each story. Maybe this book will be published one day. That would be wonderful.

I'd also love to get a copy of all the cookbooks in Mrs. Weasley's kitchen. Enchantment in Baking and One Minute Feasts: It's Magic! would both be a real asset in my ridiculously busy life.

I'd like to read all the Gilderoy Lockhart books (although it appears that no one else would)... simply because I need a good laugh. Think of the humor value of those books!

I'm surprised that Defensive Magical Theory by Wilbert Slinkhard got any votes... it was the assigned book in Professor Umbridge's class and sounds very boring.

I'm curious about the rest of The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, particularly the chapter about Harry and Dumbledore. But I also think this book would drive me crazy and I'd end up flinging it across the room before long.

If I lived in the wizarding world, I think I'd be the only person (other than Hermione) who would have read Hogwarts, a History from cover to cover.

For those who voted for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander and Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp you're in luck. J.K. Rowling has published these books and they're very funny (and useful when reading the Harry Potter series). I highly recommend them for die-hard Harry Potter fans.

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