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Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them



Rowling's humorous Magical Beasts 101 for charity.
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Parents need to know that this book 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 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.

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This facsimile edition of Harry's textbook for his Care of Magical Creatures class (complete with his, Ron's, and Hermione's margin notes) consists of an alphabetical listing of magical beasts with a paragraph or two of description for each. The listings also give the Ministry of Magic (M.O.M.) classification for the level of danger posed by each creature.

The book also contains a forward by Albus Dumbledore, and chapters on the definition of beasts, history of Muggle awareness, and other basic information.

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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 this cover to cover can be a little dry for all but the most fanatic 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what this book brings to the Harry Potter series. Do you get more out of the Harry Potter books from reading this one? Families can also talk about charity and how J.K. Rowling uses her fame to help people. What other famous figures in the media spotlight try to help those in need?

Book details

Author:J. K. Rowling
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Bt Bound
Publication date:January 1, 2001
Number of pages:42

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Kid, 8 years old July 21, 2012

Educational is a no, But Awesomeness is a go.

I don't really know if it's "Educational". It wants you to think it is, so never belive it. But that doesn't mean it's not a AWESOME book. It is a really great book. Really. I've read it a TON of times.Trust me :)
Teen, 14 years old Written bysingingsuperstar2120 April 9, 2008

Hmm... A bit boring

This book is a guide to all of the magical creatures to Harry Potter's world. J.K. Rowling writes this book under the pen name Newt Scamander or something like that. I personally think this book is pointless. It is apparantly a very important book in Harry's world, as it is a required text book for Hogwarts students and a good book to have around the house (for wizarding familys). But, it is very short and does not give enough information. Also, it does not give information that is vital to the series, such as wether or not wizards and part humans can cross breed, as in elves and humans and giants and humans. Additional info that would be good in this book is wether or not Crookshanks is part kneazle, etc. This book basically has information you could find out from reading the series, and it is so useless I find it just a marketing scheme for complete Harry Potter nuts.
Teen, 13 years old Written byXDMorsemordreXD December 29, 2011

Fun Read!

A great books which further details J.K Rowling's marvelous universe!
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