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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2001
While I love Harry Potter books, I can't say that I appreciated the cheapness of the publication of these pamphlets. Everything about the production of these little things was tacky, including the teeny tiny printing. Get a clue, publishers!! At least the proceeds go to charity or I would feel really ripped off.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2001
First of all, I'm tired of hearing everyone calling them textbooks used by harry potter. Only ONE, the magical beasts and where to find them is a text- Qudditch through the ages was a book given to Harry by his friends. Second, I was disappointed by Magical Beasts- for a textbook, it is extremely brief, has very few drawings, and even fewer anecdotes. I was not expecting an entire anatomical and habitat description of the animals, but still, a little more detail would have been very nice. The few dispersed notes from harry and gang was a nice touch, but too few. I've scribbled a lot more in school books back in my day. Quidditch through the ages was also a little too brief- although they reference several hundred possible fouls in the game, they only list a handful- Finally, I would recommend the books as some of the better merchandise you can buy- especially since the profits are to go towards charity. However, if you're buying these books for your kids, I seriously doubt many of them will come close to enjoying them. They are a novelty item, and part of the harry potter world, but completely seperated from the storyline.
>o'
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on May 19, 2015
kinda wimpy. not much to them
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15 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2002
I know Rowling wrote these for a good cause, and I admire her for that, but geez, these books are definitely nothing special.
I just found them tedious to read. I ended up skimming the Quidditch one, as I'd just read "Fantastic Beasts" before it and was already bored out of my mind.
The highlights of the books are the little notes and messages that Harry, Ron and Hermione write in them, but those are few and far between.
Overall, I found these about as interesting as a real schoolbook. I would reread any of the Harry Potter novels in a second, but I can't imagine myself ever reading these two books again.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2014
My 8 year old granddaugjter has finished all the "Harry" books, at least once, some as much as 3 times. She had not seen these books before and was very excited when she opened the package and sat down to read one of them immediately (3 days ago) but has not picked it up again, so it seems that the excitement was short lived.
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2001
Reading these two short books, it is hard to believe that they are written by the same woman who wrote all the Harry Potter masterpieces. These books are dull, very contrived and not very closely linked to the Harry Potter stories at all. I was hoping to read something to keep me happy until book 5 was released but I came away very disappointed. I appreciate that JK Rowling is being hugely generous in donating all her royalties to charity but I can't help but feel that these two little books were brought out in a bit of a hurry with little thought. I realize that JK Rowling didn't want to spoil the surprises contained within book 5 but what she did come up with were very weak. She would have been better to write the book 'Hogwarts: a History' which the character Hermione always mentions in the series. This would have held more relevance and have been more linked in to the story. However, having said all that, your buying these books will benefit starving children in Africa and I think that is worth a slightly disappointing book.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2006
Needing a potter fix, I ordered these books. Nothing much new revealed here, be comforted that at least your money went towards one of JK's favorite charities
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2013
Not very good. I'm a big Harry Potter fan, but this isn't a story, more like a dictionary. Move on.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2001
First of all, I'm tired of hearing everyone calling them textbooks used by harry potter. Only ONE, the magical beasts and where to find them is a text- Qudditch through the ages was a book given to Harry by his friends. Second, I was disappointed by Magical Beasts- for a textbook, it is extremely brief, has very few drawings, and even fewer anecdotes. I was not expecting an entire anatomical and habitat description of the animals, but still, a little more detail would have been very nice. The few dispersed notes from harry and gang was a nice touch, but too few. I've scribbled a lot more in school books back in my day. Quidditch through the ages was also a little too brief- although they reference several hundred possible fouls in the game, they only list a handful- Finally, I would recommend the books as some of the better merchandise you can buy- especially since the profits are to go towards charity. However, if you're buying these books for your kids, I seriously doubt many of them will come close to enjoying them. They are a novelty item, and part of the harry potter world, but completely seperated from the storyline.
>o'
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2001
I thought these were ok books, but they were a bit... well, more than a bit dissapointing. Quidditch Through the Ages was a good book, but Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them seemed very rushed, and was nowhere near as thorough as it should have been. Also, it was very inaccurate. Several times in the Harry Potter books it mentions beasts or whatever and says that they are in this book. Naturally they are not described. Anyways, the money goes to a good cause, so...
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