Harry Potter Schoolbooks: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them / Quidditch Through the Ages Hardcover – Box set, November 1, 2001
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- Publisher : Arthur A. Levine Books (November 1, 2001)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 98 pages
- ISBN-10 : 043932162X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0439321624
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Grade level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #471,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am reviewing this set of books about five to seven years too late and I haven't read them in some time. This review is not going anywhere at this point, so. . . . bottom line, pretty good and you should buy them if you are a Potter fan and you just can't get grip on the end of the whole Potter book series and you need a little bit more. It's better than the Tlae sof Beedle the Bard anyway.
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).
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander is a compendium of all the fantastic beasts currently known, from the Acromantula to the Yeti. Prior to the actual listings, Scamander explains the criteria by which some beings have come to be labeled beasts (it's more complicated than you might think) and devotes some time to the obvious question as to why Muggles seem to spot such creatures only rarely. Each listing also carries the classification assigned each beast by the Ministry of Magic, which is important information given that these beasts range from the harmless to the controllable to the incredibly dangerous. Along with fascinating descriptions of the animals we have already encountered in the Harry Potter books, there are some real jewels of information included here, solving several Muggle mysteries such as that of the true identity of the Loch Ness Monster. Fantastic Beasts is a copy of Harry Potter's own personal copy of the book, and its margins are dotted with little notes ranging from the mundane to the bitingly funny written by Harry, Ron, as well as Hermione. Now, if we could only get our hands on A History of Hogwarts; I'm sure Hermione has a copy they can use for the printing of a Muggle edition.
Quidditch Through the Ages is a nice way of getting to know the development of the game wizards love to play, explained in a way that introduces us to the story line while giving some laughs about the loony wizarding world.
Fantastic Beasts was my favorite, it gives you an explanation of several cretures we have seen in the novels and some we have yet to see, in alphabetical order, some with pictures and all of them with a classification according to how dangerous they are. The best feature is that the book has some notes writen by Harry and Ron, wich give a funny twist to the schoolbook look.
The only reason I didn't gave it the five stars is because you can see the books lack the deep literary genius of the novels and because you finish reading them with the feeling you could have enjoyed some more of the emotional situations seen in the novels.
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Hilarants de bout en bout, on sent que Mme Rowling a pris beaucoup de plaisir à écrire ses "faux".
Inutile de gacher notre plaisir d'autant que le profit des ventes part pour l'Association pour l'enfance de Mme Rowling.
Vous savez ce qu'il reste à faire...