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Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Harry Potter's textbook details 85 funny magical beasts.

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age 10+

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age 10+


The book was nice but the film was much better. Some complicated reading

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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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