A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The book was published as a fundraiser for a real charity called Comic Relief, a point that is highlighted in the introduction by (fictional character) Albus Dumbledore.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and its companion, Quidditch Through the Ages, have raised millions of dollars for children's charities around the world, under the auspices of Comic Relief U.K. Both books are meant for fans of the Harry Potter book series that they complement. Kids will find more of J.K. Rowling's imagination and humor on display here as she describes 85 magical beasts, some based in mythology and some of her own invention.
Is It Any Good?
Rowling's imagination seems to know no bounds -- this little volume contains descriptions of 85 creatures, some based on mythology and some entirely the author's creation. Though the descriptions are lively, reading Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them cover to cover can be a little dry for all but the most fanatical Potter fan. Most kids skim through to read all the clever margin notes that Harry and friends have written (the most fun part of the book). These will make sense only to those who have read the novels, and so constitute a sort of in-joke that kids enjoy. Many then go back and read the introductory chapters and a few of the descriptions, leaving the rest for use as reference when reading or rereading the novels.
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