The Essential Defence Against the Dark Arts
Publication information

Arsenius Jigger[1]


Before 1993[2]


Luca Books


Fighting the Dark Arts


Third-year textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

The Essential Defence Against the Dark Arts[1], also known simply as Defence Against the Dark Arts[3] was a book on fighting the dark arts, written by Arsenius Jigger sometime before 1993. It was used by Professor Lupin as a required textbook for his third-year defence against the dark arts class. It was published by Luca Books[1].


This book had information on various dark creatures, such as:

Behind the scenesEdit

  • It is believed by some (though not proven), due to the similarities in text, that the page on werewolves seen in the films is copied from a website.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  2. This was the first year the book was seen
  3. Harry Potter Limited Edition
  4. These are the creatures Lupin teaches the class about, and this is the assigned textbook for the class, and hence he probably gathered some information on the Dark creatures from the book
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