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Whether by magic or by haunting, books are many times portrayed as being able to fly. This is usually done by the book flapping its pages like the wings of a bird. If in a video game, may be used as a minor mook.

See also Books That Bite.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In one episode of Doraemon, by using the 'Hypnotizing Megaphone', Nobita and Suneo make their comic books take on the characteristics of birds, specifically those of swans, so that the books can fly away from being dumped by their owners' mothers. Cue all the books flying south and just not coming back even when their owners want them to, as swans are migratory birds and the time is winter.
  • The Book of Darkness from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, which is shown as capable of hovering around from one place to another on its own. Subverted and Played for Laughs in the Movie a la Carte manga, where it's revealed that the book is actually being held up by an invisible Reinforce Eins (who trips at one point).

  • The Necronomicon in Army of Darkness does this.
  • The haunted library in Ghostbusters (1984) has books moving themselves from shelf to shelf by levitation.
  • In MirrorMask, books will hover back to the library of their own accord if they feel rejected. This is used to effect a quick escape, by choosing large books and standing on them.

  • In Terry Pratchett's Discworld, the Librarian of Unseen University makes it perfectly clear that if you want to consult the books on flying and levitation spells, you've got to catch them first. He will lend you the very long stepladders, however, as they're generally to be found flying around in the roofspace somewhere.
  • In The Magicians, Brakebills School of Magical Pedagogy has a library infested with these things, courtesy of an Awesome, but Impractical sorting system; quite apart from making it difficult to find anything, it also produces a ridiculous amount of wear and tear on the spines.

    Live Action TV 
  • In Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, the title book makes its exit at the end of almost every episode by flapping off down the high school's corridors.

  • Just like the movie it's based on, in the pinball machine for Ghostbusters, there are flying books in the library. Your task, when you reach the area, is to eliminate them.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons adventure OA7 Test of the Samurai. When the magical Book of Hsi is activated it flaps its pages and flies around.
  • Magic: The Gathering has this card.
  • Call of Cthulhu supplement Dreamlands, adventure "The Land of Lost Dreams". While in the title place a PC may be hit on the back of the head by one of a flock of flying books. It's a book he had a chance to read but didn't, and had been trying to find again ever since.

    Video Games 
  • Epic Mickey has a level in the Lonesome Manor, where, as an extra mission, Mickey can chase down flying books and spray them with paint, gumming up their pages and making them fall out of the sky so they can be collected.
  • Super Mario 64 has a few of these show up in the original Big Boo's Haunt
  • In Banjo-Kazooie, Cheato, the big book of cheat codes hovers in place while flapping his pages.
  • Some earlier versions of Harry Potter's video game have flying book present as enemies (they try to ram you out of certain platforms) and others serving as platforms.
  • The haunted castle setting for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has a library with hostile flying books.
  • The library chapter in Drawn: Dark Flight not only has books flying around, but one of the puzzles involves catching some of them with a butterfly net.
  • Eternal Darkness: One of the Sanity effects in the Roivas mansion involves books in the library flying between the shelves.
  • The Grimoires from Nier can fly.
  • Secret of Mana has animated books that flutter around. They also flip their pages to cast spells.
  • In RuneScape, flying books can be found in Daemonheim as minions of the feared libraromancer Lexicus Runewright.
  • In the Sega CD game based on Bram Stoker's Dracula, Dracula's castle's library has books which fly horizontally across the screen, as well as more which come towards you from the background, as obstacles.
  • In Ghostbusters: The Video Game, "book bats" are minor mooks in the library level. It also has golems made from books, and the levitating books from the movie appear too.
  • There are several enemies of this type in Wild ARMs 1.
  • In BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm, a few of these are seen in the Lake of Fanfiction.
  • Aria's Story has sentient books as the main NPCs, and they get around by floating and flying their book wings.

    Web Comics 
  • Axe Cop at one point features an evil flying book, who turns out to be a robot.

    Western Animation 


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