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Fantastic beasts and where to find them [Paperback]

Newt Scamander AKA J.K. Rowling
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March 12 2001
As featured in the first year set texts reading list in "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is an extensive introduction to the magical beasts that exist in the magical, non-Muggle world. Some of the animals featured in the A-Z you will have already met in the existing Harry Potter books: for example Hippogriff, Flobberworm, Kappa - others you certainly won't: read on to find out exactly what a Chizpurfle is, why there are so few Erumpents, or why one should always beware of the sinister Lethifold. As Albus Dumbledore says in his introduction, this set text book by Newt Scamander has given the perfect grounding to many a Hogwarts student. It will be helpful to all Muggles out there too. On reading the book you will also find that Harry, Ron and (in one instance) Hermione - couldn't resist grafittiing the book, and adding their own personal hand-written opinions.
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If you're a Harry Potter fan and are desperate to fill the gap between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the next instalment (sorry folks, no date as yet but as soon as we know we'll tell you), then this JK offering could be the answer to your Potter prayers.

JK Rowling takes her enviable ability to turn paper into gold to the next level by cleverly teaming up with Comic Relief 2001 to bring Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (a set text during Harry's first year at Hogwarts) and Quidditch Through the Ages (Harry's favourite book), to the masses--and all the money goes to charity.

To be one of the first to lay your hands on these books, simply order now. And on Friday, March 16 just watch as the money you pay goes into the Comic Relief coffers... --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers 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.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Anne B.
Format:School & Library Binding
This is a just a charming little book, absolutely in the marvelous JK Rowling style that we have all learned to love. This book served the marvelous purpose of sucking my children into reading the whole series. My older son was quite intimidated by the size of the main books, until this one came out, when he was about 10. He loved all the trivia in here and lept on to the larger books with alacrity so he could find all of the animal characters in them. It made Harry Potter seem like Pokemon to him. The younger one followed his older brother's example and became an even more enthusiastic fan.
I just have one little gripe. The book is out of date. It lacks descriptions of some of the main magical creatures in the series, e.g. blast ended skrewts, thestrals, and the serpent who is Voldemort's companion. A new edition is in order. Now such an edition might seem a bit tricky, because the other was supposed to be the edition with Harry Potter's handwritten notations in the margin, but the necessity for the new edition could easily be attributed to a magical printer's error.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun book for any Harry Potter fan to own Sept. 16 2003
Format:School & Library Binding
This cute little book was actually part of a pair (along with Quidditch Through the Ages) produced by J.K. Rowling for the charity Comic Relief. Written in a tongue in cheek manner, this book claims to be a copy of a textbook shared by Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, complete with margin notes and doodles! Purportedly written by one Newton "Newt" Artemis Fido Scamander, this book discusses magical creatures in J.K. Rowlings world, treating them all most seriously, and telling you a surprising amount about them.
This is a fun book for any Harry Potter fan to own. It's a good, light-hearted read, and I must say that I found the glimpse into J. K. Rowling's world to be quite fascinating. I hope that some more of these creatures find their way into future stories, as they are quite interesting. Buy this book!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll be a Blast-ended Skrewt.... Jan. 29 2004
Format:School & Library Binding
This is a reprint by Obscurus House of Newton Artemis Fido Scamander's classic magizoological reference work. Forward by Albus Dumbledore. This particular edition is the first to be offered to the non-wizarding public.
The introduction covers the classification of magical creatures into beings, beasts, or spirits. The history, politics, and fine points of this division is examined.
Next, there is a section on the concealment of magical beasts from the non-wizarding public. This includes the establishment of safe habitats, as well as the use of disillusionment charms, memory charms, and other techniques. The activities of the Office of Misinformation in spreading false information are also examined.
The Ministry of Magic classifications of all known magical creatures from XXXXX (known wizard killer) to X (positively boring) are listed and defined.
The main body of the reference lists all known magical creatures alphabetically. The M.O.M. classification, physical description, habitat, behavior, and distribution are clearly and concisely noted for each entry. These entries are: Acromantula, Ashwinder, Augurey, Basilisk, Billywig, Bowtruckle, Bundimum, Centaur, Chimaera, Chizpurfle, Clabbert, Crup, Demiguise, Diricawl, Doxy, Dragon (all breeds), Dugbog, Erkling, Erumpent, Fairy, Fire Crab, Flobberworm, Fwooper, Ghoul, Glumbumble, Gnome, Graphorn, Griffin, Grindylow, Hippocampus, Hippogriff, Horklump, Imp, Jarvey, Jobberknoll, Kappa, Kelpie, Knarl, Kneazle, Leprechaun, Lethifold, Lobalug, Mackled Malaclaw, Manticore, Merpeople, Moke, Mooncalf, Murtlap, Niffler, Nogtail, Nundu, Occamy, Phoenix, Pixie, Plimpy, Pogrebin, Porlock, Puffskein, Quintaped, Ramora, Red Cap, Re'em, Runespoor, Salamander, Sea Serpent, Shrake, Snidget, Sphinx, Streeler, Tebo, Troll, Unicorn, Werewolf, Winged Horse, and Yeti.
I have only two questions concerning this edition: 1) why are there so few illustrations, and 2) why no Blast-Ended Skrewts?
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By A Customer
Format:School & Library Binding
I hate to give away some of the books more interesting points, but I LOVE the way this book is written to explain away muggle sightings of magical beasts such as the Loch Ness Monster, and other creatures featured in muggle "fairy stories" such as fairies, unicorns, trolls, etc. It also explains how such creatures can really exist without our knowledge. The Foreward by Dumbledore that mentions the "Thiefs Curse" on anyone reading the book who did not purchase it is also cute. The notes by Harry, Ron, and Hermoine are amusing as well.
Another benefit for any reader of Harry Potter books is that it gives one a greater understanding of why creatures like the centaurs in the first book and the mermaids in the fourth book mostly want little to do with humans. Of course this portrayal of the centaurs behavior is only in the book and not the movie, and therefore wouldn't be at all intriguing to someone who has only seen the movie, but only to a true addict like myself. I can't wait till the 5th book is released - I WANT MORE!
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Format:School & Library Binding
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" truly is an excellent companion to the Harry Potter books.
Written in J.K. Rowling's consistantly humorous style, the book is interesting, and to prevent the information from becoming boring, there are lots of funny remarks and comments supposedly "written" by Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, two of the Harry Potter books' main characters.
It is also fascinating - if you observe the book carefully, you will see how much effort has been put into it to make it look like it really DID come right out from Harry's world.
This book is a must for Harry Potter fans everywhere, but should only be read after completing the main books, as otherwise it will not be as easy to understand. Also, from purchasing this book, you will have the pleasure of knowing that you have helped a great cause, no matter where you might be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars But I loved this book
It came within a couple days, so fast!! But I loved this book, all of Harry's notes are amazing
Published 1 month ago by April Turgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful book
Another wonderful book to add to my collection. While I was sad there was no drawings of the Beasts, I was still happy with the book itself. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick service.
Ordered this book last Wed, and received it this Tuesday. Quick service indeed!

Looking forward to reading through the pages as I have wanted this Harry Potter companion... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jim Julal
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what i was looking for!
I loved this book so much! The way JK wrote it was awesome...because it is really just like a text book that some kids decided to write in xD I think every potterhead should have... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alyssa
3.0 out of 5 stars excellent service
the book is not what i expected kind of like a very small comic book the kids mite like it anyway tho.
Published 9 months ago by Karen Avery
3.0 out of 5 stars could have spent more time writing this
Why are most of the magical creatures living in great Britain? i would have thought they should be a little more spread out
Published 9 months ago by Gabriel Lafferty
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun book.
A good short book to read; if you've enjoyed Quidditch Through The Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, you'll love this. I wonder if Luna Lovegood will write one as well?
Published 14 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars J. K. Rowling has an impressive imagination.
I got a real bank out of this short book, enjoying the 'facts' and stories immensely! Harry Potter fans...this is a must read!
Published 16 months ago by Sheila McVicar
5.0 out of 5 stars An A-Z of Fantastic Beasts
If you've read all the Harry Potter books, or even a few of them, and would like to know more about the Wizard World in which Harry, his friends and millions of other wizards get... Read more
Published on May 25 2012 by Omnes
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little read.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a great little read. I read it in 30 minutes but it's still a good value for your money. Read more
Published on March 31 2012 by Lo
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