Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t remember the Hogwarts Library having a fiction collection. I know it’s a school library, so there has to be a lot of nonfiction available for student research. But surely there are plenty of students who want to read fiction between study sessions and classes. I don’t even remember there being a fiction section in Flourish & Blotts.
You could say that we do have fiction in Harry Potter. No, we don’t. The Tales of Beedle the Bard are fairy tales, but it turns out that they are true since Harry and Voldy are descendants of the Three Brothers. The stuff Rita Skeeter produced and some of the articles in The Quibbler are like The National Enquirer. Anything Gilderoy Lockhart “wrote” is true, but he stole everything in those books from other wizards. Where is the actual fiction?
For the sake of argument, I checked a Wiki page that lists all of the book titles in the Harry Potter series. At the bottom of the page, the only fictional literature in the Harry Potter series is Ron’s collection of comic books, called The Adventures of Martin Miggs, the Mad Muggle. That seems to be the only Wizarding fiction.
Do you mean to tell me that if you want to read for fun in the Wizarding World, you have to read Wizarding nonfiction or any Muggle literature? Fellow witches, wizards, squibs and creatures, we need Wizarding fiction and you have the story to write inside of you.
Seriously, fiction doesn’t only have to be for free time. It can be used in classes–not just for Transfiguration or Charms. If it existed at all in the Wizarding World, we might have found some connection to historical events or movements in History of Magic. Since there seems to be no English or any other language classes, fictional books could only be used in Muggle Studies.
Suggestion for the Muggle Studies curriculum: Make those Purebloods read Muggle fiction. You can stick to your British classics, like Shakespeare or Austen, if you want. You can also make them read something published within the last ten years and make them do a project on Muggle fiction. If we’re lucky, some might be inspired to write their own fiction and start a new literary movement in the Wizarding World.
Tell me what you think of Wizarding literature. Have you found some mention of fictional books existing in the Wizarding World? Something more than Ron’s favorite comic books? What ideas do you have about improving the Hogwarts curriculum or creating clubs so that they incorporate fiction?
In fact, which Muggle fiction would you like to see in the Hogwarts Library or Flourish & Blotts?