The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection is a book written by Quentin Trimble.

As a required first year textbook, it can be bought at Flourish and Blotts for one Galleon. It is one of the three Spellbooks found in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and as such it cannot be found in the trunk, bought more than once or traded.


"The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection" is first discovered in chapter 5, Diagon Alley, "Arriving at Diagon Alley".

The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection, by Quentin Trimble, is a required first-year Defence Against the Dark Arts text.

Item Description

This book gives an excellent grounding in magical self-defence.


An extract of the book can be unlocked (but not collected) in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, chapter 15, The Forbidden Forest, Harry Becomes an Outcast", located on the upper shelves on the left hand side. You must zoom all the way in to find this item.

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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.

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.

The Zombie dwells only in the Southern part of America. It is an example, like the Vampire, of the Living Dead and may be recognised by its greyish colour and its rotten smell.

The hag is a child-eating creature of human appearance, though likely to have more warts than the average witch.


You can play Wizard's Duel with the spells in this book for a chance to earn house points.

You can also practise some of the spells before you duel against an opponent - just look out for the 'Practise' buttons.

Below is a list of all the spells for which the book contains directions. Finding the book unlocks these spells.

The Dark Forces A Guide to Self-Protection

*Duelling spells.

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