Bobby looked down the list in his father's hands.
"So this year, I'm not doing Divination so I don't need a copy of Unfogging the Future, though I think there's a copy in the library if I wanted to give it a try, but it sounds a bit silly to me - don't tell Mum though, I think she tries to read tea leaves anyway without having a copy of the book on how to do it..."
He went through the list, confirming the ones his dad had guessed would be needed... "yes, Numerology and Grammatica is for Arithmancy, I think it relates to what we would call physics, and the rules of magic, but I don't know if wizards ever had a Newton or an Isambard to help them with science or construction. Ancient Runes though... that's a bit complicated to explain. As far as I can make out, Spellman's Syllabary is a bit like an encyclopedia of runes, but the school will have some copies that students can share, it's just better if students can bring their own, I think. The Rune dictionary is a bit like the Oxford dictionary, it just tells you what runes mean what, and that one we definitely have to have. The last book - Magical Hieroglyphs and Logograms - is a bit optional too but one of my friends in the year above who's been doing it reckons it's really helped her out. It just sounds really interesting anyway though, since it has so many examples of how the different runes work - it's a bit like the Egyptian hieroglyphs in the pyramids, where a single picture can mean a word. It's a bit barmy, though, when we have the regular letters that everyone seems to use, even wizards."
"The main bookshop to go to here is a place called Flowers and Blooms... no, that can't be right, that doesn't sound like a bookshop... ah, there it is, Flourish and Blotts," Bobby exclaimed, pointing down the street. "That's where all the textbooks are for sale."
"Just one thing, father, when we go inside, stay close to me. Last year there was an angry book or two trying to bite mother. Magical books aren't always like normal books." With that, he set off for the magical book store.