Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

by J. K. Rowling, Newt Scamander


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ISBN-13: 9781338132311
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 3,238
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Newt Scamander was awarded the Order of Merlin, Second Class, in 1979 in recognition of his services to the study of magical beasts, Magizoology. Now retired, he lives in Dorset with his wife, Porpentina, and their pet Kneazles: Hoppy, Milly, and Mauler.

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories and translated into 79 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films by Warner Bros. She has written three companion volumes to the series in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in aid of Comic Relief; and The Tales of Beedle the Bard in aid of her children's charity Lumos. Her website and e-publisher Pottermore is the digital hub of the Wizarding World. She has recently collaborated with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany on the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, which is now running at The Palace Theatre in London's West End. J.K. Rowling is also the author of a novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, and, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the author of three crime novels featuring private detective Cormoran Strike, which are to be adapted for BBC television. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut.


Perthshire, Scotland

Date of Birth:

July 31, 1965

Place of Birth:

Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England


Exeter University

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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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Gwen-M More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a good book it is quite short but gives alot of background on the wizarding world wildlife
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. It was short and I wanted a little more information but it's still great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would personaly suggest that you get this book. It will help you understand the movie better, and help you forsee what will happen in upcoming movies. I would like to say that this is not the 2001 edition, and there are some diferences. In the 2001 edition it has handwitten notes from Harry, Ron, and Hermione. it also has a bit featuring a seven-year-old Newt. and has illustrations by Joanne Rowling. But there is also a wee bit of a discrepency between the book and the movie, in which it says that Newt graduated. In the 2017 edition it debunks rumers spread by Rita Skeeter. It also Has six new beasts. It has more illustrations but, they were not done by Joanne Rowling. And it says that Newt left hogwarts, rather than graduated hogwarts. Personaly I enjoyed both editions. If you would like to buy the 2001 edition you could probally find it on ebay or amazon. I read this book shortly before doing a school project on extinction and had points docked for acidently calling a dodo a diricawl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, not what I expected though
Anonymous 16 days ago
TheLiteraryPhoenix 3 months ago
I hear that the newer editions of this book have more illustrations and detail, and that's awesome. I'm reading the original for-charity release, so my experience was a little different. I'm just... completely disinterested in this book. I like the other two Hogwarts Library books a lot, but Fantastic Beasts reads like a textbook and I was utterly bored. I've actually lowered the score from my previous one when I was a kid. A lot of these entries are very vague and unhelpful, especially on the magical creatures that Rowling pulled from mythology. Many of the entries are littered with anecdotes, some of which are interesting, but many of which are not. Additionally, the book has Ron and Harry's scribblings in it. If they were more frequent, this could have been interesting, but they're only a couple of snide comments about Hagrid and some Chudley Cannons graffiti that really didn't add anything to the enjoyment of the book. I support the original publishing of the book, because Rowling's royalties were donated to charity, but honestly, if you're looking for a compendium of magical beasts... there are more interesting, more detailed ones out there.
18876111 4 months ago
*12/30/18 update: I loved reading Harry and Ron's notes again. The Hagrid references are hilarious. I loved this book, especially Harry and Ron's notes. I gave it four stars because I was hoping for more. I would have liked if there was more information about some of the beasts and if more beasts were included in the book. Despite the length of the book, it was informative and fun to read.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Dont buy only 13 pages and five dollars can read the free version same thing disappointed waste of money
Anonymous 5 months ago
I honestly rather the fantsic beast movie better than the harry potter movies, but is still ABSOLUTLY LOVE THE HARRY POTTER MOVIES!!
mojacobs on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book and its companion Quidditch through the Ages, were published in aid of Comic Relief - a very nice initiative, I thought. To my surprise, Quidditch through the Ages proved to be the most entertaining one of the two.
RogueBelle on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A really great bestiary. Entertaining for any HP fan, and extremely useful for those of us who write fics! FB adds even more colour to Rowling's well-crafted world, fleshing out details that are only mentioned in passing in the novels themselves, and adding in all sorts of delightful supplementary material.
milti on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I loved it mostly because of the doodles.
Clanky on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book was okay, but really just a means of cashing in on Pottermania. With a little more thought, it could have been more interesting and thorough.
MusicMom41 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is the companion volume to [Quidditch Through the Ages] and is another clever and delightful look at the world of Harry Potter. I especially enjoyed the ¿introductory material¿ which gave a history of magizoology and how the classifications of ¿beings¿ and ¿beasts¿ evolved. A young person who read this in elementary school might find biology in high school more comprehensible and interesting with this background. Recommended for die-hard Harry Potter Fans
TrebleClef on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I'm not even a fan of Harry Potter, really, but I found this to be amusing and cute (especially with Harry and Ron's notes). Nothing deep or compelling, just something to pick and peruse. Definitely a must-have for the Potter fanatic, which is probably who it was made to exploit anyway.
MidnightTears on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I adore this book! The hand written notes by Harry, Ron, and Hermonie add a wonderfully real element. You truly feel as if you're flipping through one of Harry's school books. I reccomend this book to anyone who had enjoyed the Harry Potter series.
391 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I thought "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" was a really clever addition to the Harry Potter canon. The notes in the margins are hilarious.
gabriella_26 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Very cool. I think it was very cool and fasanating.
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Anonymous 8 months ago
Waaay too short. Hopefully a new “extended “ (greatly) edition will be created. I think it could fill volumes with elaboration on just the existing beasts. But thanks anyway for this “tasting”.
JulieQ on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Truly fantastic.A wonderful compendium of the beings & beasts in the world of Harry Potter, and the difference between the two with very informative discriptions on each.
Redthing on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Interesting, but extremely short. Some pictures/drawings would have been awesome!