Classic Books from the Library of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: Quidditch through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander contains descriptions of 27 magical beasts, written by a renowned magizoologist.

Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp, gives a comprehensive history of the game and its rules as well as a rousing description of the top teams in the sport.

(Both books are graced with the doodles of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and other students at Hogwarts who couldn’t resist.)

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Overview


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander contains descriptions of 27 magical beasts, written by a renowned magizoologist.

Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp, gives a comprehensive history of the game and its rules as well as a rousing description of the top teams in the sport.

(Both books are graced with the doodles of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and other students at Hogwarts who couldn’t resist.)

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Fans of Harry Potter will love the chance to really get inside the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Now, straight from the Hogwarts School Library, come two textbooks used by Harry and all his fellow wizards-in-training. Written by J. K. Rowling under two delightful pseudonyms, Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them come packaged in a fabulous box set.

Did you know that in 1938 the wizard Zacharias Mumps set down the first full description of the game of Quidditch? Written by a renowned Quidditch expert (and "the author of many Quidditch-related works"), Quidditch Through the Ages reveals everything readers need to know about the most important sport in the wizarding world. From the evolution of the flying broomstick and the rules for playing Quidditch to the changes in the sport since the 14th century (up until today) and details about all the Quidditch teams of Britain and Ireland, this book is a must-have for Quidditch fans old and new. Well researched and filled with diagrams, definitions, and more, Quidditch Through the Ages is what every wizard-in-training needs to be a pro.

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them offers a complete listing of all the fantastic beasts that exist in Harry Potter's world. From the Acromantula ("a monstrous eight-eyed spider capable of human speech") to the Yeti ("also known as Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman"), here's well-researched information on where they come from, what they look like, what they eat, and, most important, what to do if you ever meet one face-to-face. This indispensible textbook also includes insight into Muggle awareness of fantastic beasts, information on why Magizoology matters, and much more. Adding to the fun and authenticity, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them features scribbled comments in the margins from Harry Potter, the previous owner of this book, as well as his friends Ron and Hermione.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439321624
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Series: Harry Potter Series
  • Edition description: Boxed 2 Book Set
  • Sales rank: 760
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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
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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    Good read

    As a Harry Potter fan, I had to read this. I was not disappointed!.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2008

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    Another collectible

    This is a set of 2 small books which are quite entertaining for the Harry Potter fan. Keep in mind these are not part of the Harry Potter series, so do not expect the same quality of them.<BR/>The only thing I did not like of these books is the front size (small).

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2008

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    Classic books from the Library of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

    This is a good book for any Harry Potter fan. The way J.K. Rowlings uses the books to show us more of the world of Harry Potter. The magical creatures, with Ron's notes scribbled in. The information about Quidditch that was never there. This is a really good addition to my Harry Potter collection.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2008

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    0MG!!

    Great book!! I completely recommend this!! It's so funny!! Buy it and you won't regret it!! =D !!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

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    Quiddatch was interesting, Beasts was a bore

    Beasts was great for about 10 pages. Then the beasts were detailed and I felt as if I was in a classroom again. Snooze. More illustrations might have helped, and the notes by Harry and Ron were about the best thing in the book. My husband felt the same. Quiddatch was interesting throughout.

    The only good thing about this overpriced purchase is that 20% proceeds go to the ComicRelief foundation.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Prof. Snape Wouldn't Have Anything Bad to Say

    I believe that these two books were extremely informational. I didn't understand Quidditch entirely until I read Quidditch Through the Ages. Fantastic Beasts and where to find them was so great that i've read it 8 times. Some of the creatures in there are so bizzare! I hope you buy the books it will help you in the long run.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

    harry potter

    i think harry potter is the best and is my favorite book it has every thing from advanture to love potions

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2008

    potter rocks!

    OMG i love these books!The series itself i've read at least 10 times!Personally i think J.K. Rowling should write most of the books mentioned in the series'The Standard Book of Spells,A History of magic, The Dark Forces:A Guide to Self-Protection etc.' these boooks should definitely be in your purchasing list.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    Magical Reading for Muggles and Magic-Folk!

    Simply fantastic. My kids can't get enough Harry Potter material. What can I say...neither can I! I purchased this as a package with a couple of other wonderful books: 1. Twilight 2. Nose Pickin' (and 50 Other Ways to Tickle Your Brain!)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2002

    Fabulous compared to Extremely Fab.

    I'm a really big Harry Potter fan. I enjoyed reading the books, though Quiddich through the ages was a little dull, but i still LOVED reading about all of the creatures in Harry, Ron, and Hermione's world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2002

    I love All the Harry Potter Books!

    Both books were really interesting. They didn't take long to read at all. Quidditch Throu... tells how Quidditch began and how it got its name. Fantastic Beasts... gives a detailed description of all the beasts in the Harry Potter Books and some that weren't mentioned. They were both great to read if you've already read the Harry Potter Books 1-4. If you are having doubts as to whether you are going to buy them, don't worry because they have interesting and in some cases funny things written in them. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    I thought both of these books were very interesting and always k

    I thought both of these books were very interesting and always kept my interest. The notes that Ron, Harry, and Hermione had written in Fantastic Beasts made it entertaining and funny. The Wizarding World that J.K. Rowling has created never ceases to amaze me. I'm happy to have more Harry Potter books to add to my collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Highly recommended

    If you love Harry Potter books this is a nice addition to the collection

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

    I read the beast one. It was ok but was just like reading a list

    I read the beast one. It was ok but was just like reading a list and had no thought. Save the disappointment and be happy with the 
    amazing HP novels. This book really isn't worth the money.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    As amazing as everything else JK Rowling does!

    I love these books :) They are great, just like everything JK Rowling has done. A great addition to my collection!

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  • Posted December 24, 2010

    A Taste of Hogwarts

    I think J.K. Rowling did a fine job with these extra books. It really gave me a something else to grab a hold to in the land of Potter. I loved being able to extend my Potter collection with these fine books. I learned where the snitch originated from and what Harry,Ron, and Hermione talk about during class. A great gift for any Potter Fan!

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

    Great for anyone that is interested in the wizarding world!

    *I thought these books were truly great because they really give more insight to the world of Harry Potter- things that would be too tedious to read in the Harry Potter books, but perfect as their own books. I don't think these books were boring at all, especially not with the little bits of comic relief thrown in for good measure. Well done , Rowling, well done.*

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

    Great, i actually loved it.

    I have both books from years ago, purchased at different times at book fairs while i was still in either elementary or junior high school (i forget, but it was seriously a LONG time ago). The books were lovely, obviously not as exciting as the series because, well, they are meant to be the students' textbooks. When are textbooks ever so exciting? It was adorable how Harry and Ron (I'm not sure about Hermione) wrote in parts of the books, reflecting their teenage boy-ness haha. You should get it if you want to add to your harry potter collection, I guess, but I loved it to just learn more about everything really. Lastly, there's only so much one person can create out of their imagination so please don't be disappointed when a few paragraphs are given to a creature (or something) instead of a whole chapter. The books are meant for light reading, not full, mind boggling analysis of everything. Pardon my grammar! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    For Harry Potter Fans

    I picked up these books after reading Harry Potter 1-7, and Beedle the Bard, and still having an inkling to read MORE about Harry Potter. Although it is fun, it's not as thrilling as the books, and I suppose you can use it as a reference to the Harry Potter books, when some of the creatures are mentioned, but the descriptions of the creatures are only 1 or 2 paragraphs long, which is disappointing. Considering that these should be "Hogwarts" books, i assumed they would be filled with lots more excting concent and not just scribbles from "harry and ron" A tad disappointing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    It was ok.

    The book were in excelent condition obviously. It was fun to read them, but not nearly as much fun as i thought i would, perhaps it was my fault and had my hopes too high after the Deadly Hollows...I think i was craving for more. I would still recommend it though, because it gave another insight to Harry's life.

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