Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library Book) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-20 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 1 user ratings

"This is the new audio dramatization, narrated by Eddie Redmayne who plays Newt Scamander in the movie. Thus, naturally I had to have it. :D

In this new edition, there is an extended foreword, some explanation as to how the different ministries around the world keep magical creatures secret, as well as 6 new creatures (some from the movies, some known now because of Ilvermorny's history).

The dramatization led to quite some chuckleworthy moments when Newt describes the movie quirky creatures. A point of pride was the repeated mention of the Black Forest (one creature even originating from there). *lol*

It's a lovely rendition of the book, this time without Harry's, Ron's and Hermione's comments of course. Nevertheless, since the printed versions of this updated edition also contain illustrations, I've also ordered the hardcover edition (and wished GoodReads would let me shelf all of them separately since they all give a unique reading experience, but alas). Since these schoolbooks are for Comic Relief, I don't mind spening money on so many different editions at all.

Thus, if you want to enjoy 1 hour and 40 minutes back in the world of Newt and Harry and do good simultaneously, this is for you.

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" This was such a cute little book. A great way to revisit Harry Potter. I try to read a Harry Potter book every December, so this was a nice, quick read during the summer. I would have liked to have had a bit more story as this was really just more of an encyclopedia. A must for any Harry Potter fan. " said.

" Harry and Ron <3 <3 And loved all the Hagrid jokes!!ROFLMFAO xD " said.

"★★★☆☆ • Review also posted on Wordpress! • spoiler-free review!

My main complaint with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is that the majority of the beasts are found in Europe and North America. I think we can all agree that J.K. Rowling doesn't know what diversity is (at least, I hope you do), and that also becomes noticeable while reading this. I know diversity of people is much more important than animals (obviously!), but it does prove once again how she looks at her series: it takes place in predominantly white countries.

Another reason why I didn't love this, is because no concept art was included. Even though the beasts' appearances were described, I still had a hard time visualising some.

The film adaptation created some new creatures that weren't mentioned in this book. Since it is supposed to be written by Newt Scamander himself, it makes no sense that he didn't include them. While I understand why they made new ones for the film, it undermines that we should consider anything mentioned in this book as cannon.

conclusion: This was a nice book, but I couldn't visualise some of the animals and wished more art had been included. Furthermore, too many animals are only found in Europe and North America, which is unrealistic and shows what the world looks like according to J.K. Rowling's imagination.
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" I originally picked up this book thinking it was the screen play for the movie Fantastic Beasts, but was surprised to find it a "textbook." However, I really enjoyed the book. I loved reading about beasts that I recognized in the movie and in the Harry Potter series.This was a book that Harry used for one of his classes. " said.

"Some people love their jobs and JKR is definitely of of them. Reading her books, you can just sense how she loves writing, creating characters, inventing names and laying out clues which fool the readers.

Well, there weren't any clues in this one, as it is not actually a story, but it is so well done, so ... what's the word for it ... so real, in a way. She had given a thought to every detail, even down to the price of the book (4,99 pounds, or 1 Galleon, 11 sickles).

Like in Tales of Beedle the Bard Dumbledore writes the introduction, but the rest of the book is written by Newt Scamander with notes (not official notes, but this edition is based on Harry Potter's own copy of Fantastic Beasts you see) by Harry, Ron and Hermione. And those notes are hilarious - happily enough, since proceeds from this book goes to Comic Relief.

As for the book itself, it gives short descriptions of all kinds of magical creatures, some once known by muggles but now surviving only in fairy tales (unicorns, fairies, elves), others known only to the wizarding world (Kneazle, puffskein etc). It is kind of reassuring reading this book, because now I know that the Dodo is in fact not extinct and that the Loch Ness monster is not a sea serpent or anything of the kind.

Yes, always believe everything JKR tells you. Because you know, it's fun. Geeky = fun.

There is a long and very interesting introduction discussing the differences between a being and a beast and how those classifications have caused disputes in the wizarding world for ages (Centaurs, for instance, refuse being classified as beings). This introduction is a very welcome addition to the wizarding world introduced to us by JKR, and as it is all written with warmth and humour this little book (about 90 pages) becomes a very charming read for those of us caught up in that magical universe.
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" Super cute. Too short for a higher rating, but definitely worth a read, especially now that the amazing Newt has his own franchise. " said.

" Harry Potter changed my life. If I hadn’t read Harry Potter when I did I would not be the same person today. What I am today, in a part is due to Harry. I cannot really say enough to make you understand how much Harry Potter means to me. " said.

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