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Quidditch Through the Ages & Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [Paperback]

J. K. Rowling , Kennilworthy Whisp , Newt Scamander
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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March 2001 Harry Potter
Now you can read two of Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbooks--Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, penned by J.K. Rowling herself under two delightful noms de plume. All proceeds from the sale of these 64-page paperbacks are being donated to Comic Relief, an organization which "exists to tackle poverty and promote social justice by helping disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa to realize their aspirations and potential."

Quidditch Through the Ages--charmingly reproduced as if it were a facsimile of the copy from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry--starts with the history of broomsticks, describes the evolution of Quidditch through the generations, and includes the rules of the game as well as a chapter on modern-day play. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the most complete A to Z listing of magical beasts that exists, and includes their classifications. From Basiliks to Jarveys to Werewolves, this book covers all the magical beasts you've only heard of and will introduce you to a host of new ones you haven't.

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Now, the classic books from the library of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry--Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages--are available in hardcover in a sturdy boxed gift set. (These books are written by J.K. Rowling herself under the pseudonyms Newt Scamander and Kennilworthy Whisp.) Finally, Muggles will have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats, and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl. The Quidditch textbook explains where the Golden Snitch came from, how the Bludgers came into existence, and why the Wigtown Wanderers have pictures of meat cleavers on their clothes. Both books, designed to look like Harry Potter's actual, used Hogwarts textbooks, feature silly scribblings from Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Proceeds from the sale of this gift set will go to improving and saving the lives of children around the world. Harry Potter fans, rejoice! (All ages) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Scholastic Inc.'s net proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Harry's Books fund established by Comic Relief U.K. to help disadvantaged children in the poorest countries of the world. J.K. Rowling is donating all royalties to which she would be entitled. The purchase of this book is not tax deductible. Comic Relief may be contacted at: Comic Relief, 5th Floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP, England. Comic Relief in the United Kingdom is not affiliated with the organization of the same name in the United States.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning July 10 2004
If your children are Harry Potter fans and read these books the odds are very good that they will throw quotes and 'facts' from these books at you at every opportunity.
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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For DIE-HARD fans only May 2 2002
I was really looking forward to "reading" this books, especially after finishing the fourth book in the Harry Potter series.
I finally got them. I loved the box they came in, and the presentation of the books.... they DO look like REAL library or student books. I also really liked the "graffiti" by very famous Hogwarts students on them.
Still, these were not books I could actually read. I found them a bit dull and boring. They were written in encyclopedia form, and there are no stories in them.
If you are getting them to either read them yourself, or to your kids, I do not reccommend them. But, if you are a Harry Potter fan, who MUST have anything Harry Potter, then these books are a sure bet.
Finally, I am glad I got them, because they look really nice in my collection, I just wish I had known what they were about before I bought them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality is amazing March 14 2014
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hogwarts crest
jkr signature imprint on the spine
books are hardcover and beautifully designed
royalties go to charities
better than the older soft cover versions! plus the tales of Beedle the Bard that matches design of other two!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a Harry potter fan June 18 2014
By Katrina
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As a huge fan and like most who retread the books every so often , it is nice to read into more of the magical world. Only downfall is the length. Each book could have more, but I always want more when it comes to Harry potter! I can't wait to see how ' magical creatures" turns out as a tv series !!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed! June 17 2014
By Karie
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As soon a I got this set I was so excited to open it. The books are semi small but make up for it with the stories and humor!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! May 16 2014
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Absolutely love it! I read them all in the first 2 days of me receiving them! So thrilled to have these in my collection <3
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4.0 out of 5 stars boxed set amazing May 15 2014
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i love how these books are available to us muggles!!! LOL learnt so much already about the amzing creatures and i wish i could play quiddich now!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection! May 6 2014
By marie
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This was a fantastic addition to my Harry Potter hard cover collection :) Beautiful set. Great quality! Worthy of JK Rowling's work :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not done reading them yet
So far so good - I haven't finished the books yet thus far it's like I have been taken back to Hogwarts before Harry Potter. I am enjoying them.
Published 2 months ago by Ashley Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for the Harry Potter fan in your house
I bought this for my daughter and she loved it so I bought another as a birthday gift for a party she was going to. All the kids loved it as they had not seen it before. Big hit!
Published 3 months ago by Laura J Carleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Very very very cool boxed set. This edition is beautiful and the books are very interesting for a fan of Harry Potter :)
Published 6 months ago by Émilie Bonneau
3.0 out of 5 stars a touch pricey for 2 books
i thought the tales of beadle the bard were included as well. I must not have read the description carefully.
Published 6 months ago by Tanya Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Supplement to the Books
A nice companion to the books. As per the description, you get the history of Quiddich with some notations from characters, etc. Some good creature descriptions/explanations too. Read more
Published 7 months ago by George Edelstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Value
Very high quality! Would highly recommend for any Harry Potter fan. My daughter was extremely happy to recieve this set as a present.
Published 8 months ago by Matthew I T Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hogwarts books
This is a really neat book set for Harry Potter fans, it was exactly as the seller described. The only problem is one of the corners got bent I believe in shipping, other than that... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Emily
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