The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection
Publication information

Quentin Trimble [1]


Prior to 1991[2]


Defence Against the Dark Arts [3]


First[1] and fourth-year[3] textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

"This book gives an excellent grounding in magical self-defence."
—Advert at Flourish and Blotts.[src]

The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection is a book authored by Professor Quentin Trimble. It was a required textbook for both first year and fourth year Defence Against the Dark Arts students.[1][3] A copy of this textbook at Flourish and Blotts Bookshop has a cost of one galleon.[4]


Behind the scenesEdit

  • It is possible, given that this was the required textbook for that year and that Moody wanted his class to read about resisting the Imperius Curse, that such a topic was covered in this book.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  2. It had to be available by the time Harry started, as it was on his school shopping list.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 14 (The Unforgivable Curses)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Pottermore

Defence Against the Dark Arts (D.A.D.A.)
Professors: Galatea Merrythought · Quirinus Quirrell · Gilderoy Lockhart · Remus Lupin · Barty Crouch Jr. (as Alastor Moody) · Dolores Umbridge · Severus Snape ·
Amycus Carrow (as Dark Arts teacher)
Textbooks: The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection · Break with a Banshee · Gadding with Ghouls · Holidays with Hags · Travels with Trolls ·
Voyages with Vampires · Wanderings with Werewolves · Year with the Yeti · The Essential Defence Against the Dark Arts · Defensive Magical Theory · Dark Arts Defence: Basics for Beginners · Confronting the Faceless
D.A.D.A. at Hogwarts: Classroom 3C · Temporary Classroom · Tower · Professor's Office · Storeroom · Staircase · Lesson Cup · Race Cup · Dumbledore's Army
Spells covered under the subject: Curse of the Bogies · Knockback Jinx · Verdimillious (uno, duo & tria) · Wand-Lighting Charm · Glacius · Patronus Charm · Killing Curse · Cruciatus Curse · Imperius Curse ·
Impediment Jinx · Reductor Curse · Stunning Spell · Shield Charm · Nonverbal spells · Hex-deflection · Hex-Breaker · Hex Zapper
Creatures covered under the subject: Vampire bats · Iguanas · Cornish Pixies · Werewolves · Vampires · Hinkypunks · Boggarts · Red Caps · Kappas · Grindylows · Inferius
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