18 Jul 2019

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Book Review / Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

An approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the Wizarding World. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books - the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail ... Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist. This is an essential companion to the Harry Potter stories, and includes a new foreword from J.K. Rowling (writing as Newt Scamander) and six new beasts!

Published:     1st June 2001
Publisher:  Arthur A Levine Books
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Part of the Hogwarts Library, Harry Potter
Source:  Owned


This was such a fun read.  I decided to pick this up as an audio book partly because I thought that would be more entertaining and partly because the copy that I purchased was read by Eddy Redmayne, who played Newt Scamander in the movie adaptation.  

This copy of Fantastic Beasts was more of an encyclopedia of exactly what the title says it is - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Normally, I would not have found that very interesting to read but listening to it and having it been told by Eddy Redmayne just made it come to life for me, interesting and very funny in places also.  

Such an enjoyable quick read that I would highly recommend picking up the audio version.