A History of Magic
Publication information

Bathilda Bagshot[1]


Before 1991[1]


Magical history[1]

A History of Magic is a textbook by Bathilda Bagshot; it is required reading for first-year students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry[1].

This book makes a reference to a wizard named Hedwig[2], the namesake of Hedwig, the owl belonging to Harry Potter[2].

It could be used to assist third year students in writing their essay Witch-Burning in the Fourteenth Century Was Completely Pointless - discuss[3].


"Non-magic people (more commonly known as Muggles) were particularly afraid of magic in medieval times, but not very good at recognising it. On the rare occasion that they did catch a real witch or wizard, burning had no effect whatsoever. The witch or wizard would perform a basic Flame-Freezing Charm and then pretend to shriek with pain while enjoying a gentle, tickling sensation. Indeed, Wendelin the Weird enjoyed being burnt so much that she allowed herself to be caught no fewer than forty-seven times in various disguises."[3]


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Chapter Five - Diagon Alley)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Chapter Six - A Journey From Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Chapter One - Owl Post)