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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.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 4-8-These slim paperbacks are made to look like actual Hogwarts tomes, complete with creased covers and plenty of marginalia scribbled by Harry and other students. Fabulous Beasts, a facsimile of Harry Potter's very own textbook, contains descriptions of 75 magical beasts, written in a wonderfully dry yet droll style by a renowned magizoologist. Quidditch is the facsimile of a Hogwarts library book, which had to be literally pried from the hands of librarian Madam Pince. It gives a comprehensive history of the game and its rules, as well as a rundown of each of the 13 league teams of Britain and Ireland. Harry Potter fans who pride themselves on knowing every minute bit of Hogwarts trivia will devour both books. From Professor Dumbledore's introductions to the price listed on the back cover (14 Sickles 3 Knuts), readers will find a wealth of detailed magical lore and laugh-out-loud humor. Neither book is as gripping as the actual series, of course, but fans who are waiting for the fifth installment will be entertained by these volumes in the meantime.
Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (July 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408803011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408803011
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Mary-Ann Russon on May 9, 2002
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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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2003
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "siggirljo" on June 16, 2004
Format: School & Library Binding
This book would be great for any HP fan. Although small and thin, the book contains information that any HP fan would thoroughly enjoy. You would have to have seen the movie or read the books to understand and relate to the humor in this book. As a HP fan, I really thought this book was a good buy!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By avid_reader on December 15, 2004
Format: School & Library Binding
First I would like to say how much I enjoyed this book, despite its shortness. It offers insight into animals we have already seen and some that we will(hopefully). While I wish that the descriptions were much, much longer, it offers a breif description of many animals from around the world.

Some people are complaining that certain animals are not in this book. Here is why:

Voldemorts snake: It is a Basilisk

Thestral: Look under "Winged Horse." Only one sentence though

Blask-Ended Skrewts: Because Hagrid bred these monsters illegally, he is the only one to know this and has not registered them with the MoM

The only monster that I can think of right now that is not included is the boggart, though I am sure that there are others. I think that Rowling should write some more books like this one in order to give us more info into the world of HP. I would like to see one on things like vampires, hags, and goblins, since they are not in this book because they are termed "beings" (able to speek and comprehend the human language), and one on the MoM and wizards in other countries (schools; MoM's; and habbits, such as flying carpets in the middle east).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blake Petit VINE VOICE on March 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
There isn't too much to say about this slender volume. J.K. Rowling wrote this book in 2001 (along with Quidditch Through the Ages) as a companion to her enormously popular Harry Potter series, as well as to benefit the British charity Comic Relief (not related to the American charity of the same name). The book is presented as one of Harry's textbooks, complete with notations and scribbles by himself and his friends. After a long and quiet amusing forward by "Albus Dumbledore," the book presents an alphabetical listing of many of the magical beasts and creatures that inhabit Harry Potter's world. The book is mostly played for fun, but it does offer a little more information about the creatures themselves and the history of Harry's world, something any hardcore fan of the series will certainly appreciate. I really picked this book up again for the first time since buying it in 2001 as a warm-up for a planned re-read of the entire series prior to the release of the final book, and it was nice to get a little more detail as I started my reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
This thin little volume is an excellent supplement to the popular Harry Potter series. All of the magical species mentioned in the series are covered in this book, along with many more. Each animal is described physically, with notes on its temperament and magical ability. Also included are "Beings" such as Merpeople.

The book is arranged alphabetically. Each creature is also classified by the level of danger that it brings: Expert Wizard Needed, Competent Wizard Should Cope, etc. Harry's notes, handwritten of course, pepper the pages. Example: On the page where Chaemera eggs are mentioned as being an Untradable Good, Harry notes that "Hagrid'll be getting some next."

All in all, a worthwhile purchase.
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