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Quidditch Through the Ages & Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Paperback – Mar 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Arthur a Levine (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439284031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439284035
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,072,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
I was kind of cynical when I bought these; I figured JK was trying to cash in on her success. But at least she's cashing in for charity, and I was desperate for *something* HP, so I bought it.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Although not a necessary addition to everyone's personal Harry Potter library, these two little books are quite interesting and a lot of fun to read. They are both quite short, totaling less than sixty five pages apiece, but they are wonderfully put together and made to look like copies of real books from the Hogwarts library. None other than Albus Dumbledore himself writes the introduction to each book, explaining how and why these books are being made available to Muggles for the first time and explaining how proceeds from each book go directly to a fund, set up in Harry Potter's name by Comic Relief UK and author J.K. Rowling, which is dedicated to help children in need throughout the world.
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).
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Format: Hardcover
Although I was a little disapointed at the short length of the books when I first opened them, but I was not disappointed by what I found inside. The books proved to make reading the other four Harry books more intersting. I had a great deal of fun going through all of them after I read the school books, finding all the little references to creatures and quidditch terms I had missed or had not fully understood the first time. They are also full of a kind of humor that seem almost untentional making them even more endearing, espeically in Quidditch. Fantastic Beasts makes reading Hagrid's care of magical creatures lessons and the Magical Menagerie all that much more great because now you have better knowledge of the creature inside.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
If your a true fan of Harry Potter and his delights, then you'll probably enjoy these two books. It's imaginative that the books look like they came from Harry's world. The first book, "Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them", reads like a dictionary with names and discriptions of Rowlings fictionized versions of magical animals in Harry's world. It shows how J.K. Rowlings has a gift for detail. The book goes as far to show a rating system that catergorizes the beasts from "Known wizard killer/impossible to domesticate" to "Boring". There's also cute little notes scrawled in the margins by Harry, Hermione, and Ron. The second book wasn't as interesting. First it didn't have the little side notes because it's suppost to be a library book from Hogwarts and "Madam Pince has been know to add unusual jinxes to the books in her care". It explains how Quidditch came about, the history of brooms, and where the golden snitch came from. "Quidditch Through The Ages" reads like a text book, but it's still neat. Once again it shows how J.K. Rowlings can get lost in Harry's world and make it more rounded. The books are worth getting if only for the donation to Comic Relief. As the great Albus Dumbledore said "If you feel that this is insufficient reason to part with your money, I can only hope most sincerely that passing wizards fell charitable if they ever see you being attacked by a Manticore".
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