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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  139,494 ratings  ·  2,044 reviews
A copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them resides on almost every wizarding household in the country. Now, for a limited period only, Muggles too 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.

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Paperback, 64 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Obscurus Books/Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Merlin's beard!!!

Gotta catch 'em all...Poke-Magic!!!

This reference book about the magical beasts in the world of Harry Potter is truly fantastic!

While I have no doubt that the decision of doing movie adaptations about this reference book is basically to keep "milking" the magic cows of the Harry Potter's saga, now that I finally read the reference book, I have to admit that there is a lot of material here to be used on movies and even showing several creatures that you never read about on the
“Warner Bros. announced on 12th September 2013 that J.K. Rowling would be making her screenwriting debut with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, the first in a new film series which is part of their expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling. The films will be inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.”
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Mohammed Arabey
"ملحوظه قبل الريفيو : هذا الريفيو قد تراه مجرد هراء..ولكن اذا استحملت معي لنهايته ستعرف مقصدي"
الكتاب الذي بين يديك نسخه مطبوعه من نسخه تستخدم في عالم لا نعرف عنه شئ
عالم "مختفي" او متخفي بين طيات عالمنا نطلق عليه مجرد "خيال" او "فانتازي
ربما قرأت عن هذا العالم في روايات تدعي انها قصه حياه الولد الذي عاش "هاري بوتر
حسنا, تلك النسخه انما هي مطبوعه من احد كتب مدرسته...مطبوعه من نسخته الخاصه
لذلك لا تتعجب كثيرا اذ ماوجدت "شخبطه" في الكتاب تخص هذا الـ"هاري" واصدقاءه
Some people love their jobs and JKR is definitely of of them. Reading her books, you can just sense how she loves writing, creating characters, inventing names and laying out clues which fool the readers.

Well, there weren't any clues in this one, as it is not actually a story, but it is so well done, so ... what's the word for it ... so real, in a way. She had given a thought to every detail, even down to the price of the book (4,99 pounds, or 1 Galleon, 11 sickles).

Like in Tales of Beedle the
I really wish she would publish a spell book
Sep 12, 2013 Shruti marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition


Reading this is like being a Hogwarts student yourself. I know I'm too old to get a letter from an owl, but whatevs... I'm still waiting for my Hogwarts letter.
Mohammed Arabey
How can we say it is A Good Fiction?

For me one of the elements that make me fall in love easily into a fiction book is how realistic it can be.
ofcourse not the"non-fiction" realistic, but real enough that makes the world very fantasy and at the same time acceptable to imagine it easily.
I don't know how to explain but just look at that world J.K.Rowling "AKA:The Queen of United Magic Kingdom" creates..Wizard and Witches lives deep in London, across the UK and even all over the world.
They got the
Originally read: December, 25 2004 through December 26, 2004

Re-read: January 13, 2008 through February 6, 2008

What a wonderfully, delightful book! So clever and interesting, cute, fun, (highly humerous what with all of Harry's and Ron's notes!) and informative.:) Also interesting reading it after knowing all that occurs in the serious. It was fun to revisit some of my old theories (many of which never amounted to anything, but still...);>
So much fun to read and I adore all the creatures, "be
9 3/4
Harry Potter changed my life. If I hadn’t read Harry Potter when I did I would not be the same person today. What I am today, in a part is due to Harry. I cannot really say enough to make you understand how much Harry Potter means to me.
Keri Payton
(From my blog: Quill Café)

In accordance with the FTC, I would like to disclose that I purchased this book. The opinions expressed are mine and no monetary compensation was offered to me by the author or publisher. I did not write this review while under the influence of the Imperius Curse, or the threat of either the Cruciatus Curse or Killing Curse.

There are an abundance of magical creatures in existence. I'm sure you know of a few: dragons, unicorns, fairies, griffins...

What you may not be awa
Crazy Uncle Ryan
This is another fun supplementary book to the Harry Potter series. The thing I enjoyed most about it is the fact that it contained Harry Potter’s notes doodled in the margins. Like “Quidditch Through the Ages” this book demonstrates how much Rowling has really done to create the Harry Potter universe by giving some fun insights into the creatures that exist in the Magical world. Considering the fact that all the proceeds from this book go to a charity that helps poor children throughout the worl ...more
Dylan Williams
Once again, a vey biased review haha - I just love everything about the Harry Potter universe. ALthough it is still extremely interesting (to harry potter fans) and a very quick read!
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
I'm a huge JK Rowling fan but this one was just kinda ehh for me. I think for what it was it was cute as an add on for the series.
Sep 14, 2013 Angie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter scholars
Shelves: fantasy
9/14/13 review
After hearing that this book will be the basis for a new film series, I couldn't help but crack it open again, even though it'll be at least 3–4 years before we see a movie. There is a lot of potential for some great movies in here, and I'm so excited J.K. Rowling is letting it happen.

10/19/10 review (3 stars)
I wonder just how many of these creatures are based on real legends and how many J.K. Rowling made up. I think a lot of them are based on legends and myths throughout the worl
Carmen Maloy
Oct 22, 2007 Carmen Maloy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All HP fans
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,
Megs Mayo
Aug 15, 2007 Megs Mayo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter Fans
I just can't get enough of the Harry Potter universe, and was thrilled when the set of Qudditch Through The Ages and Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Fantastic Beasts book is full of fun knowledge of the beasts found inside the books, and gives a little background and origin. Four stars only though because there are only a small amount of pictures (and as someone who is used to the D&D Monster Manuel, I love pictures to go with my monster descriptions. Also, there are notes from th ...more
This book was a quick, entertaining and funny read. It was written how you would think a quick guide for younger school kids would be written and it is also written in an in-universe way (e.g. having references to other books) not like something just there to make money.
I would have preferred more details of course, but that is simply because I gravitate more towards zoology.
If you look for a quick and relaxing book, this is it.
Lisa Vegan
I adore all the Harry Potter books but was somewhat disappointed in this book. I actually could have done without it. But it gave me a bit of a Harry Potter fix. Now that the series is over, I'm hoping that if Rowling publishes a HP Encyclopedia, it will be better than this. Otherwise, I'd really just rather reread the series of 7 Harry Potter books.
Wart Hill
Always a fun read. Not sure which I enjoy more, the actual text or Ron and Harry's interjections :)
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oooh! I found Harry Potter's copy of the book "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!" on the intanet (actually, internet. Just trying to sound like I have the awesome British accent - I am never going to be good at that)

This book is home of almost 60+ beasts found in the famous Harry Potter series (with Potter's funny descriptions and comments of each beasts --that is almost on every page). haha!

Harry Potter and his friends needed this book in
I just love this, okay. Read this in Dutch before, but seeing as the English version is really different with the names of the beasts, it counts as a read. Maybe even a re-read... Anyway.
Information that makes you laugh once in a while. This is my kind of thing. Loved it, again :D
J.K Rowling is a genius. I am such a big fan of harry potter and this makes the series live on. I will love harry potter always.
The Lady Inquisitor
Way too short,but i really liked the little interjections of Ron,Harry and Hermione. Die-hard Harry Potter fans will probably enjoy it.
Feb 07, 2008 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves HP or magical creatures
I read this first in 2004 so reading it again now that I've finished the series brought even more fun and interest to the material. It was amsuing to remember so many of my theories for which fantastical beasts would make an appearance in the final few books--I was so wrong!--and I just find the whole concept of this book absolutely darling, and so clever. I especially enjoy those magical creatures that occassionally wander into Muggle worlds, and the muggle-confusion and wizard-magic-ing that f ...more
Review also posted at The Honest Bookclub.

On the whole, I don't think it would be as grueling to have Hermione's enthusiasm for studying when the subjects in question are magical, whimsical and in most cases downright fascinating.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them reads like a unique blend of encyclopedia and a collection of fairytales. The frequent references it makes to the more mundane "Muggle beasts" makes it all the more diverting. Its perspective on how the Muggles mislabel magical cr
Dani St-Onge
On The Hogwarts Library Boxset:

The true charm of all three of these books lie in the small details. The names of students who have borrowed it before you, the scribblings of the Golden Trio or Albus Dumbledore's notes. The scope to which these short companion books expand the world, (noting countries that may not even have been mentioned in the main series, tracking the history of the wizarding world, cataloging it's less human inhabitants and sharing the tales some of the characters might have
This was a cute little book detailing the magical creatures that exist in the world. Unfortunately, as a Muggle, I'm unlikely to see any of them anytime soon.

I particularly liked Harry and Ron's little notes in the book. It was a cute addition.

This is awesome! And I really like Ron's, Harry's and Hermione's notes on the sides, they make the book believable in a way ^_^
And I'm really grateful for the book because now I know how to recognize different types of dragons :D
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