Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [NOOK Book]

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is an A to Z listing of magical beasts—those you've heard of and some new ones, and their classifications. Written by Newt Scamander (aka J. K. Rowling), it's on the required book list for all Hogwarts students and a much-revered text by Hagrid, groundkeeper and Care of Magical Creatures teacher.
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Overview

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is an A to Z listing of magical beasts—those you've heard of and some new ones, and their classifications. Written by Newt Scamander (aka J. K. Rowling), it's on the required book list for all Hogwarts students and a much-revered text by Hagrid, groundkeeper and Care of Magical Creatures teacher.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Two new books penned by J.K. Rowling will help tide over Harry Potter fans as they await book five, and raise money for a good cause: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander, an A to Z listing of all beings magical (and required reading for all first-year Hogwarts students), and Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (a "renowned Quidditch expert"), the official handbook of the wizard's sport of choice, both with a foreword by esteemed Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore. Rowling wrote the books to raise funds for Comic Relief in the U.K., a charitable organization helping poor and disadvantaged people in Africa and the U.K. (not affiliated with the U.S. Comic Relief organization). Many printers and paper suppliers are joining in the effort by donating their services. ( Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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J. K. Rowling's two new offerings have immediately catapulted to the top of all the bestseller charts. These are must-purchases for Harry Potter fans. All proceeds will go to Comic Relief UK, a group that helps fund needy children in the world's poorest cultures. Quidditch looks like a well-worn library book, complete with a replica of "Property of Hogwarts Library" stamp, wrinkles, a list of borrowers and due dates, and a dire warning from librarian Irma Prince about consequences for defacing or mistreating the book. Professor Dumbledore has written a thorough foreword that explains why Muggles are about to learn the sport of Quidditch. The pages are crammed full of pure imaginative delight. The history of the sport, from the first flying broomstick in A.D. 962 to the development of the Nimbus 1000 racing broom, roles of the players, techniques, and more are included. Fantastic Beasts is actually Harry Potter's own copy of the book, reproduced. It is generously inscribed with comments and notes from Harry, Dan Weasley (his book fell apart), Hermione, and others. This is the 52nd edition of the book, which is a study of magical beasts (MAGIZOOLOGY), beginning with an explanation of what actually constitutes a beast. The beasts themselves are described and then rated with an M.O.M. classification (Ministry of Magic): X = boring, XXXXX = known wizard killer, impossible to train or domesticate. These two slim volumes will have to tide Harry Potter fans over until the next installment of the Harry Potter series, which is due out in November. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Scholastic, 42p, illus,19cm, $3.99. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Rita M. Fontinha; Lib. Media Spec., Norwood H.S. Norwood, MA, May 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 3)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-These slim paperbacks are made to look like actual Hogwarts tomes, complete with creased covers and plenty of marginalia scribbled by Harry and other students. Fabulous Beasts, a facsimile of Harry Potter's very own textbook, contains descriptions of 75 magical beasts, written in a wonderfully dry yet droll style by a renowned magizoologist. Quidditch is the facsimile of a Hogwarts library book, which had to be literally pried from the hands of librarian Madam Pince. It gives a comprehensive history of the game and its rules, as well as a rundown of each of the 13 league teams of Britain and Ireland. Harry Potter fans who pride themselves on knowing every minute bit of Hogwarts trivia will devour both books. From Professor Dumbledore's introductions to the price listed on the back cover (14 Sickles 3 Knuts), readers will find a wealth of detailed magical lore and laugh-out-loud humor. Neither book is as gripping as the actual series, of course, but fans who are waiting for the fifth installment will be entertained by these volumes in the meantime.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781100417
  • Publisher: Pottermore Limited
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Harry Potter Series
  • Sold by: Pottermore Shop
  • Format: eBook
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 910 KB

Meet the Author

J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
A phenomenon like Harry Potter does not come along very often. The young wizard and his eager companions Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley have inspired countless children to delve into reading with a fervor rarely seen, and we have J. K. Rowling to thank for that! Rowling has created a fantastic world of wizards and muggles, ghosts and trolls, and good and evil that has completely revitalized a love of reading in both kids and adults all over the world.

Biography

As the often told story goes, J. K. Rowling was on the brink of poverty, receiving welfare when her first Harry Potter book catapulted her into a stratosphere of stardom rarely enjoyed by any writer. While accounts of Rowling's destitution have been greatly exaggerated, her story is still something of a rags-to-riches tale not unlike that of her most famous creation.

Yes, Rowling did briefly receive government assistance after returning to her home country of England following a stint in Portugal, but that ended when she took a fairly well-paying teaching job. Rather than financial hardships, the period between a 1990 train ride from Manchester to London -- during which Rowling first conceived of a "scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard" -- and the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was marked by setbacks of a more personal nature. Her mother passed away. She divorced her first husband, leaving her to raise her daughter alone. The writing career she'd always desired was becoming less and less viable as her personal responsibilities mounted.

Then came Harry, the bespectacled boy wizard she'd first dreamed on that fateful train ride.

The success of the first Harry Potter novel (given the slightly less lofty title of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.), in which the orphaned, seemingly ordinary boy discovers that he is not only a possessor of incredible powers but already a celebrity among fellow wizards, was far beyond anything Joanne Kathleen Rowling ever dared imagine. International praise poured in. So did the awards. Rowling won England's National Book Award and the Smarties Prize for children's literature. The series spawned an equally successful and hotly anticipated series of films starring the young megastars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson and featuring such venerable British actors as Maggie Smith, John Hurt, John Cleese, and Alan Rickman.

Rowling is responsible for introducing several new words and terms into the English lexicon, such as "muggle" (a civilian lacking in wizardly powers) and "Quidditch" (a fast-paced sport played while riding broomsticks). Perhaps most satisfying of all for the mother and teacher was the way she single-handedly ignited the literary pursuits of children all over the globe. Kids everywhere couldn't wait to get their hands on Harry's latest adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is no small feat, considering that the novels tend to be exceptionally lengthy for books aimed at such a young audience (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is just a few pages shy of a whopping 900 pages!). Rowling has said that she conceives of her novels as "real literature," despite the fact that they are written for young people. Perhaps a testament to the literary merit of her books is the fact that they are nearly as popular with teenagers, college kids, and adults as they are with the grammar-school set.

With the massive popularity of her Harry Potter novels, Rowling has achieved similar fame and fortune -- for better and for worse. According to an article in a 2004 edition of Forbes magazine, Rowling's wealth was estimated at 576 million English pounds. In U.S. currency, that made her the very first billionaire author. The downside of that success is the unwanted attention she receives from Britain's notoriously relentless paparazzi. As Rowling lamented to Jeremy Paxton of the BBC, "You know, I didn't think they'd rake through my bins, I didn't expect to be photographed on the beach through long lenses." Rowling has also come under fire from Christian groups who object to her depiction of wizardry and witchcraft and certain critics who contest the "literary merit" of her work. Of course, one must always keep in mind that no one ever achieves Rowling's level of celebrity without having to listen to the griping of naysayers, none of which has impeded her continued success seriously.

Although Rowling could surely sell countless copies of Harry Potter books for as long as she is able to put pen to paper (and she does write much of her work in longhand), she initially conceived of the series in seven installments and has, of course, realized that plan with the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. "There will be no Harry Potter's midlife crisis or Harry Potter as an old wizard," she once told the Sunday Telegraph. As for what life after Harry Potter might entail for Rowling, she has suggested quite a number of possibilities, including ideas for adult novels and possible tie-ins to the Hogwarts universe involving periphery characters. Whatever Rowling chooses to do, she has forever guaranteed herself a place alongside Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, and L. Frank Baum as one of the most beloved children's authors of all time.

Good To Know

Rowling's parents met on a train, coincidentally from King's Cross station to Scotland. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when Rowling was 15, her mother died in the early 1990s. Rowling has a sister, Di, two years younger than she, who is an attorney.

Rowling's publisher requested that she use initials on Harry Potter covers, concerned that if they used an obviously female name, the target audience of young boys might be hesitant to buy them. Rowling adopted her grandmother's middle name, Kathleen, for the "K".

Rowling made a special guest appearance as herself on the hit cartoon show, The Simpsons.

With great success often comes great controversy. Rowling's Harry Potter books landed on a list of banned books because of their depiction of wizardry and witchcraft. However, Rowling regards her place on the list as a feather in her cap, as past lists have included works by such literary giants as Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, J. D. Salinger, and Harper Lee.

Rowling ran into a bit of potential trouble in the wake of stepped-up airline restrictions. While traveling home from New York, she refused to part ways with the manuscript of her still in-the-works final installment of the Harry Potter series during bag inspections. Fortunately, she was allowed onboard without further incident.

In 2001, two Harry Potter tie-in books were published: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander. For those wondering who the mysterious Misters Whisp and Scamander are, well, they are actually both J. K. Rowling. The author donated all proceeds of her pseudonymous books to the charity Comic Relief.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Joanne Kathleen Rowling (full name), "Jo"
    2. Hometown:
      Perthshire, Scotland
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 31, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England
    1. Education:
      Exeter University
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Foreword by Albus Dumbledore ..... vii
Introduction by Newt Scamander
About This Book ..... ix
What Is a Beast? ..... x
A Brief History of Muggle Awareness of Fantastic Beasts ..... xiv
Magical Beasts in Hiding ..... xvi
Why Magizoology Matters ..... xx
Ministry of Magic Classifications ..... xxii
An A-Z of Fantastic Beasts ..... 1
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    For those of u that dont know how much it costs

    FYI it costs 3.99

    29 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2010

    A must read

    This book is wonderful. Once again, J.K. Rowling shows her genius regarding the world of Harry Potter. I love the inserted sarcastic comments from Harry and Ron and the forward by Dumbledore; they really give the book a more authentic feel, as if you actually reading Harry's personal school book.
    It's a wonderful book and a great addition to any Harry Potter fan's collection.

    20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    HaRrY PoTtEr FANATIC!!!!!

    It's a wonderfully fulfilling and boastful thing to be able and describe to people what a Horkylump is, or a Biting Fairy, or the different breeds of Dragon. Though fairly short, this book gives detailed descriptions of the whimsical creatures that JK Rowling has included in the Harry Potter series.

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    Very dedicated Harry potter fan

    this is a good book it is quite short but gives alot of background on the wizarding world wildlife

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    ASOME!! - A MUST-HAVE!!

    I got this book from the libary. It is asome! I want to own it so badly! Me and my friend are both big hp fans, but we both know so little about anything but the 7 books, so this book was a great find. Defaently a must-have!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    $3.99

    it only costs $3.99 people!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    You absoloutely must read this book

    I have this book in real life but i lost it. It came with a book called quidditch through the ages that is really boring. This book actually has scribbles written in it by harry and ron. In the beggining it says harry loves moaning myrttle and chudly cannons rule which is obviosley written by ron. Hermione also wrote to ron that he should write in his own book that he should have bought instead of dung bombs. :)

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    If you like this

    Search quidditch and you will find Quidditch Through the Ages. Its so cool to read what Harry Potter reads!!!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Mya B.

    Guys. If u have to go through pottermore...why does that matter? If its not working buy the non digital...duh. *rolls eyes* wow guys...seriously.... GET THIS BOOK! IF U DONT WANT TO GO THROUGH POTTERMORE GET OFF UR LAZY BUTTS AND GO TO A BOOK STORE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! Geez. This book is amazing.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    READ THIS BOOK!

    This was a great book. It was short and I wanted a little more information but it's still great.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Anonumos

    I am a huge fan of hp, idk, should i get this book it looks good also if u love hp get the series its great

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Love it

    I have this hard cover book and it is soooooooooooo awsome. It has desriptions of all the different magical creatures in the harry potter books. It is handy when you are reading to be able to look up what gnomes are, or why centars are classified as "beasts" insted of "beings". This book has funny notes by harry and ron in the margens about how harry loves moaning myrtle and how ron lost his pet puffskein. It is a great but short book and i would really advise that you get it. Happy reading!!!:-):-) p.s. the hardcover is 42 pages.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Full to the brim with magical beasts

    I love this. While waiting to go to the library to get the next HP book, I read this, and Quidditch of the Ages. A Must for die hard Potterheads!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!

    OH MY GOSH!!!! This book is amazing! I love harry potter and i was sad that the series ended but now there's another book! Thumbs up deffenetly!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    To Nicholas

    Yes, it is very good. I have it in paperback and want it on my Nook. You should get it. Harry's notes are hilarious.
    If you want to reply, reply to Nora.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 15, 2013

    Popper

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    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    REAL PRICE!!!

    $23.99

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    OMG! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!

    J.K Rowling is the best author in the world!!! All of her books are a must have. I would love to meet you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    O.O

    Amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Amazing!

    I would give this book 10 stars! A really amazing book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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