Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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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: 9780439295017
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/12/2001
  • Series: Harry Potter Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 7.32 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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 June 9, 2008

    A reviewer

    My friend has this book and I love it. I am going to get it. I thougt the side notes that Ron and Harry made were funny. I love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2003

    Side Notes by Harry and Ron

    I really liked the side notes scribbled into the book by Harry and Ron. I'd like to have a whole book of them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2013

    SPIN OFF MOVIE!!!!! YEAH!

    SPIN OFF MOVIE!!!!! YEAH!

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    Super fun for all Potter fans!

    I love how this book delves into the world of Harry Potter. Harry and Ron's side notes are so funny. This is a very cool book, and a wonderful addition to any Potterhead's collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    great

    I love this book !!!!! I also love the side notes by harry & ron

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2007

    Fantastic writing and where not to find it...

    I finally got around to reading this book yesterday after my partner ordered it for me. I expected another funny read from JK, but the prose was rather dry. I could understand why Ron and Harry had snarky comments written in the margins. Their notes were about the only entertaining parts of the book, except for the entries that discussed creatures from the series. I would've liked to see fuller descriptions and anecdotes of these animals rather than read about creatures that were never in the series. It's not as if we'll ever remember their names, anyway. JK could've done better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2004

    7 BOOKS ISN'T ENOUGH!!!!!!

    i can't get enough harry potter. I've read him since before he became a national sensation!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2001

    LOVE ALL YOUR BOOKS

    i love all of jk rowling books its the best!! IF i were you get all her books when there out make sure you read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them & Quidditch through the ages in MARCH

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