Whether it was Hermione and Krum's romance blossoming or Harry breaking into the Restricted Section, a lot went on in the Hogwarts library…

It was where Hermione and Krum bonded…

The library might be a place for learning, but did you know it could also set the scene for romance? When Hermione and Krum turned up at the Yule Ball together everyone was surprised (Ron was plain furious). However, it turned out that Krum had fancied Hermione for ages. He had been coming to the library every day to talk to her but had struggled to pluck up the courage to say anything. Although, his plan had nearly backfired as Hermione had found his presence annoying rather than endearing to begin with…

Viktor Krum was in the library an awful lot, too, and Harry wondered what he was up to. Was he studying, or was he looking for things to help him through the first task? Hermione often complained about Krum being there – not that he ever bothered them, but because groups of giggling girls often turned up to spy on him from behind bookshelves, and Hermione found the noise distracting.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

There was the time Harry broke into the Restricted Section

If you were given an Invisibility Cloak what would be the first thing you do? We doubt it would be heading off to the library. Yet, in what we consider to be a very Hermione move, it’s exactly what Harry did on his quest to discover more about the elusive Nicolas Flamel…

The library was pitch black and very eerie. Harry lit a lamp to see his way along the rows of books. The lamp looked as if it was floating along in mid-air, and even though Harry could feel his arm supporting it, the sight gave him the creeps.

The Restricted Section was right at the back of the library. Stepping carefully over the rope which separated these books from the rest of the library, he held up his lamp to read the titles.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry holding a lantern up to look at the books in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library. His Invisibility Cloak is close by.

It was where Harry learned about his ‘Wheezy’

This is one time where the books in the library did little to help Harry – though he really should have started preparing for the second Triwizard task sooner. After falling asleep amongst the books the night before the task began (because that would help), he was awoken by Dobby. Luckily, he proved to be much more useful than the library had been… and we got to discover his excellent name for Ron.

‘Harry Potter will do the task!’ squeaked the elf. ‘Dobby knew Harry had not found the right book, so Dobby did it for him!’

‘What?’ said Harry. ‘But you don’t know what the second task is –’

‘Dobby knows, sir! Harry Potter has to go into the lake and find his Wheezy –’

‘Find my what?’

‘– and take his Wheezy back from the merpeople!’

‘What’s a Wheezy?’

‘Your Wheezy, sir, your Wheezy – Wheezy who is giving Dobby his jumper!’

Dobby plucked at the shrunken maroon sweater he was now wearing over his shorts.

What?’ Harry gasped. ‘They’ve got ... they’ve got Ron?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Hermione was Petrified near the library

Ok, so technically this happened near the library rather than in the library, but it was such a big event we felt it needed to be included. We knew that as a Muggle-born Hermione was in danger with the Basilisk on the loose, but it was still a shock when we discovered that she had been attacked. It somehow made it sadder that it was right by one of her favourite places too.

‘This will be a bit of a shock,’ said Professor McGonagall in a surprisingly gentle voice as they approached the hospital wing. ‘There has been another attack ... another double attack.’

Harry’s insides did a horrible somersault. Professor McGonagall pushed the door open and he and Ron entered.

Madam Pomfrey was bending over a sixth-year girl with long curly hair. Harry recognised her as the Ravenclaw they’d accidentally asked for directions to the Slytherin common room. And on the bed next to her was –

‘Hermione!’ Ron groaned.

Hermione lay utterly still, her eyes open and glassy.

‘They were found near the library,’ said Professor McGonagall.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


Alicia Spinnet was sabotaged here

This incident proves that yet again the library is not a boring place to be. In fact, it can be downright dangerous… if you happen to be a Quidditch player who is due to play a very important match and your rival happens to spot you.

When Alicia Spinnet turned up in the hospital wing with her eyebrows growing so thick and fast they obscured her vision and obstructed her mouth, Snape insisted that she must have attempted a Hair-thickening Charm on herself and refused to listen to the fourteen eye-witnesses who insisted they had seen the Slytherin Keeper, Miles Bletchley, hit her from behind with a jinx while she worked in the library.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry and Ginny ate some chocolate at their peril…

You don’t want to get on the wrong side of Madam Pince – as Harry and Ginny discovered. As librarians go, she seemed pretty ferocious. But then again, who eats chocolate in a library? You’re just asking for trouble.

Harry looked at her. Perhaps it was the effect of the chocolate – Lupin had always advised eating some after encounters with Dementors – or simply because he had finally spoken aloud the wish that had been burning inside him for a week, but he felt a bit more hopeful.


‘Oh damn,’ whispered Ginny, jumping to her feet. ‘I forgot –’ Madam Pince was swooping down on them, her shrivelled face contorted with rage.

‘Chocolate in the library!’ she screamed. ‘Out – out – OUT!’ And whipping out her wand, she caused Harry’s books, bag and ink bottle to chase him and Ginny from the library, whacking them repeatedly over the head as they ran.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix