Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

by J. K. Rowling, Newt Scamander

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A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books - the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail ... Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur magizoologist. Dip in to discover the curious habits of magical beasts across five continents …

Comic Relief will give the money it gets from the sales of this book to projects helping some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.

Please note: This is the 2017 edition of Pottermore’s Hogwarts Library ebook, featuring bespoke cover artwork from Olly Moss and a new foreword from J.K. Rowling. Pottermore’s official screenplay to the 2016 Warner Bros. movie – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay - is available separately.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781105757
Publisher: Pottermore Publishing
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Sold by: Pottermore Limited
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 18,749
File size: 23 MB
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Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

J.K. Rowling is the author of the record-breaking, multi-award-winning Harry Potter novels. Loved by fans around the world, the series has sold over 450 million copies, been translated into 78 languages, and made into 8 blockbuster films. She has written three companion volumes 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 Lumos), as well as a film script inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital company Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy her new writing and immerse themselves deeper in the wizarding world. J.K. Rowling has written a novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, and also writes crime novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
As well as receiving an OBE for services to children’s literature, she has received many awards and honours, including France’s Légion d’Honneur and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.


Perthshire, Scotland

Date of Birth:

July 31, 1965

Place of Birth:

Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England


Exeter University

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 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 6 months ago
My faveret beast is the niffiler!
StrangeBrewReviews 7 months ago
This yet another book that I read every time I finish with the Harry Potter series, and one I almost dread reading. I don't care for the topic, I find it boring and normally zone-out when "beasts" are discussed. And like Quidditch Through the Ages, once I begin reading it, I'm instantly drawn in and can't imagine why I disdain the book so much. Then the cycle starts again. This is yet another example of just how amazing J.K. Rowling is. She's taken a topic I don't like but made it into a book I enjoy reading. Its basically a run down of all the beasts in the wizarding world and gives descriptions on appearance, food preferences, and more. Its this kind of read that makes me wish J.K. Rowling would create more Hogwarts textbooks. Just like the Harry Potter series itself, it quickly draws you in and for a moment you forget this isn't an actual reference book. The only real issues I had are: 1) I didn't quite like all the doodling that "Harry and his friends" made throughout. I know its meant to be a fun add-on, but for me, it was a little annoying. Although I always chuckle when I get to the graffiti on Glumbumble. Yes, its a little immature, but still funny. 2) While its not a big deal, it again, annoys me. When students are tasked to write an essay, they do so on rolls of parchment. However, even in the wizarding world, books are books. So instead of saying "See below" or "See above," in regards to another beast, I think it would've flowed better it the page was referenced instead.
Anonymous 7 months ago
A little hard to read and kinda boring but otherwise great.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Liked the book. Any Harry Potter fan would like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it will be good # lets go
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love everything Potter, but I was expecting a book with a plot and storyline. Nope. Still fascinating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Dont buy only 13 pages and five dollars can read the free version same thing disappointed waste of money
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
I loved it mostly because of the doodles.
Clanky on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.