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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
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Jun 12, 2009

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Another quick read for Harry Potter fans, part of the box set that also includes Quidditch Through the Ages. This one is fairly straightforward; it's a brief encyclopedia of magical monsters that inhabit the Potterverse, some of which play major roles in the story, some of which are mentioned once or twice in the books, and some of which are debuting in these pages. With, of course, a few creatures from Greek mythology thrown in for good measure, a touch that I personally appreciate.

There isn't a whole lot to this little book, being that it has less actual content than the Quidditch companion. Much of it isn't really all that related to Harry Potter, either. There are "Ministry of Magic ratings" for each beast that labels their lethality, along with a few clever allusions to the main books. There are also "handwritten" notes by Harry, Ron, and Hermione scrawled in the margins of some pages, as this book is ostensibly a copy of Harry's school textbook. These notes are the best part of the book, but they are sadly few and far between.

Ultimately, there isn't much here unless you are a Harry Potter fan and completist. Since I fall under that category, this sits on my shelf and gets a read from time to time.

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