Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter)
One of the best parts of the Harry Potter universe was the rich level of detail — enough so that in 2001, Potter scribe J.K. Rowling actually wrote a real life version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with proceeds going to charity. Since then, the once-fictional book has launched its own five-movie series-of-the-same-name. In honor of Rowling’s words coming to life once again, here are some other fake books made real… and where you can find them.
Carry On (Fangirl)
When Rainbow Rowell’s novel Fangirl dove deep into the world of fan culture — and specifically fan fiction — no one could have predicted how popular her fictional, Harry Potter-inspired, Simon Snow series would become. In 2015, Rowell published Carry On, a standalone novel that borrowed its name from Fangirl’s in-book fan fiction, and told the story of Simon Snow and Baz Pitch… and how they finally got together.
Quidditch Through the Ages (Harry Potter)
The other companion book Rowling penned for charity in 2001, Kennilworthy Whisp’s guide to the wizarding sport is essential reading for Quidditch fans — or any excited muggle eager to learn the sport. Not only does the tiny tome describe the history of the game, but it also outlines the many intricate rules that govern its play.
Barney Stinson's The Bro Code (How I Met Your Mother)
Over the course of How I Met Your Mother’s nine seasons, Barney Stinson spouted various lines of his personal philosophy, a.k.a. the “Bro Code.” Lucky for fans who might not have been keeping track, all of Barney’s codes have been collected in this easy-to-flip-through guide, so fans can suit up the right way.
Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively (Ghostbusters)
What seemed like a throwaway joke — and an in-movie source of income for one of the new Ghostbusters — became quite real in this book by Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates. Author Andrew Shaffer uses the opportunity to blend the film’s universe with a real history of ghostbusting to provide a fun a guide to paranormal activity.
Tales of Beedle the Bard (Harry Potter)
First encountered in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, this book is a collection of five fairy tales told to young witches and wizards. The version that Rowling wrote is meant to be the same as the one Albus Dumbledore gifted Hermione with, thus allowing Harry and Co. to learn about the titular Deathly Hallows.
Charlie the Choo-Choo (The Dark Tower)
With the Dark Tower series finally making its way to the big screen, Stephen King decided to take on another pseudonym — that of Beryl Evans, the fictional author of Charlie the Choo-Choo, a children’s book he mentioned in The Waste Lands. Under Evans’ name, King wrote and published an actual version of the book, which tells the story of Engineer Bob and his best friend Charlie, a train engine brought to life.
Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America (Parks and Recreation)
If you’re missing Leslie Knope, it might be time to reach for a copy of her fictional-book-made-real. What is a love letter to the city of Pawnee also becomes a vehicle for jokes as Leslie not only chronicles her hometown’s hilarious history, but also fleshes out the show’s world.
Ultimate Storm (Castle)
With Richard Castle already an in-show bestselling author, it only made sense to publish the novels he wrote over the series’ eight seasons. What’s more, thanks to the real-life existence of Castle’s Derrick Storm and Nikki Heat books, the titular (and fictional) mystery novelist was able to make a contribution to The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook.