Harry Potter Schoolbooks Box Set: From the Library of Hogwarts: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Quidditch Through The Ages Hardcover
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These books are very short and filled with information that fills in and enhances the novels of the Harry Potter series. I have found that the information within them rounds out Rowlings magical universe.
If you are looking for a novel however these are not for you. They are reference books describing some of the magical creatures in the Harry Potter series or explaining the origns and rules of Quiddich. Good easy fun.
I would also like to add that these books would be ideal for a child who does not like to read but likes the H.P movies. They just might entice the non reader to pick up the H.P novels.
The books, however, are totally awesome. Like Tolkien's "Silmarillion" on a much smaller and more whimsical scale, they provide glimpses into the larger imagined world in which HP is embedded. They do not merely parrot what we know from the books; there are tons of fun nuggets of information and mysterious hints.
"Fantastic Beasts" gives us the 411 on our familiar friends the dragon, the acromantula and the flobberworm, as well as tons of new critters like the Lethifold. The margins have hilarious "comments" by Harry and Ron, slyly referencing the published HP novels. This is a must-have reference for fanfic writers in need of story ideas.
"Quidditch Through the Ages" is a very cool look at the history of Quidditch, full of Rowling's usual lighthearted social satire (i.e. Americans neglect Quidditch in favor of their homegrown broom sports :) This book in particular gives us the feeling of having been ripped from a larger unwritten history of Harry's world.
As far as I'm concerned, once she's done with books 6 and 7, Rowling can keep writing these nuggets for the rest of her life :) I would love to see her write "Hogwarts, A History" or "A History of Magic" by Bathilda Bagshot.
Quidditch Through the Ages, penned by Quidditch expert Kennilworthy Whisp explains the ultimate sport of wizards from top to bottom, giving the centuries-old history of the game as it has evolved. First and foremost, he explains why wizards and witches employ brooms to fly on in the first place, and then he proceeds to give an account of the changing rules of the game from its early days of primitive baskets set atop poles to the standardized and world-sweeping format of today. Of most significance and interest is the story of how the Golden Snitch was introduced into the sport. Different strategies and maneuvers are named and explained, the thirteen Quidditch teams of England and Ireland are identified, some of the seven hundred types of fouls are explained, and some of the most memorable games and individual performances are detailed (including the Tutshill Tornados' Roderick Plumpton's amazing snag of the Golden Snitch only three and a half seconds into a game back in 1921).Read more ›
The little notes written by Harry, Ron and Hermione were very cute and further enhanced the books. Also the forwards by Albus Dumbldore were quite funny. All in all the book give the reader deeper peak in to Harry's world.
These book have made the wait for book five seem a little bit shorter, and I highly reccomend them to all Harry Potter Fans.
Most recent customer reviews
i thought the tales of beadle the bard were included as well. I must not have read the description carefully.Published on Dec 31 2013 by mama oz
A great companion set for any Harry Potter library. This edition has the hard-cover sleeve and the great Marie GrandPre illustrations also.Published on Dec 27 2011 by KT_TO
Harry Potter is a very popular series, and for any fan of the series, this is a must have. It will give you more information about the world of "Hogwarts" and you will feel good... Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Chrissy
This is a great "While you wait for book 6" collection. It has the spirit of the Harry Potter books.
The writing is as good as the harry potter books. Read more
I haven't even finished the books yet, but I am already very much delighted by them. Each book has a forward by Albus Dumbledore, and "Fantastic Beasts" is supposed to be a replica... Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by F. Ali
In these books, we see Rowling's abilty in the craft of fiction writing. Beneath the fun exterior of these book lurks Rowling changing style, word choice, and tone to emulate a... Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by David H. Hessler
If you consider yourself a fan of Harry Potter, you must get these two books! As it was JK Rowling herself who wrote these, they include a much needed background into the various... Read morePublished on April 14 2004
These two books are great to help you wait for the next installment of the Harry Potter series. Two of Harry's schoolbooks, complete with margin notes by both Harry and Ron. Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by Clew
When waiting for the next Potter book, these are great books to read. Quidditch Through the Ages is insightful and interesting, while Fantastic Beasts is worth reading just for the... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004
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