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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

(Hogwarts Library #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  376,631 ratings  ·  11,717 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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Hardcover, Hogwarts Library edition, 123 pages
Published November 8th 2012 by Bloomsbury (first published March 1st 2001)
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Hermione Granger My favorite Part was the notes my Ron and Harry, thought I think Ron was rude by writing on Harry's book. I added my personal opinion. I personally th…moreMy favorite Part was the notes my Ron and Harry, thought I think Ron was rude by writing on Harry's book. I added my personal opinion. I personally think you should read it if you want to know more about the creatures in our magical communtity. (less)

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Miranda Reads
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This is INSANE. I love it.

Seriously, this is in the top 5 audiobooks I've ever listened to.


First of all, it's read by Eddie Redmayne who played Newt Scamander in the movie.

He read the more recent version (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Illustrated Edition) so it really felt like "the author" was reading us a copy of his personal book - simply fabulous!

(Aside: could you imagine getting Emma, Rupert and Daniel to read their parts from the original? That would be just too aweso
Miranda Reads
* Cue the inhuman shrieks of joy *

As a longtime fan, I am just reveling in this latest illustrating the HP books trend. Especially considering J.K.'s original bestiary gave scant descriptions of (some) wholly unknown and many extremely quirky creatures. Literally, over the moon.

In the new edition, Newt Scamander's forward is quick to mention that all proceeds go to comic relief - a truly admirable Muggle charity. In addition:
I was permitted to reissue the book only on that a disclaim
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Trixi #WATERFLAME
Shelves: lol, classic, fantasy
As a proper witch (muggle born), I was required to have a copy of this book as Professor Dumbledore declared in the foreword that “no wizarding household is complete without a copy of this book.” So I wasted no time and got myself a copy at Flourish and Botts!

My very own duplicate of Harry Potter’s copy and I enjoyed it a lot especially Professor Dumbledore’s foreword! You only have to read a part of his foreword to be convinced to read the book. But what I enjoyed even more were Ron’s, Harr
Ahmad Sharabiani
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library), Newt Scamander, J.K. Rowling

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2001 book written by British author J. K. Rowling (under the pen name of the fictitious author Newt Scamander) about the magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe.

The original version purports to be Harry Potter's copy of the textbook of the same name mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the US), t
Merlin's beard!!!

Important: This is the original reference book, published by JK Rowling and not the 2016's novelization of the movie with the same title.


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 admi
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(3.5?) I really loved the intro but I was disappointed that there was no picture of each beast.
Still, it's always nice to go back in that universe!
Kai Spellmeier
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Sean Barrs
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-reads, fantasy
J.K Rowling is a clever witch. She conjured up a beautifully imaginative world when she wrote the Harry Potter series, and she only cements it here.

I love the fact that we actually get to read a physical book that appears in her universe, as if we were students at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s a great idea and I think only add depth to her story. It also shows how early on she was thinking about Fantastic Beats (the movie) and reading this adds a little more to that brilliant
Mohammed Arabey
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: werewolves, faeries, magic
“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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Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic
Did you watch the trailer of the movie adaptation of this book and think, like me, that the book is about a bunch of magical creatures escaping into the world and wreaking havoc, threatening the balance between magical and non-magical relations? Did you imagine action and chaos?

"The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school."

I swear, that's what I thought I was going to be reading about. I
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
draco dormiens nunquam titillandus - Never tickle a sleeping dragon.

Holding Harry's book is a feeling that has got one word- ecstatic. Reading about the Fantastic Beasts was a hell of an experience. At one point I felt I'm into Greek Mythology, at another I was into Egyptian.

It left me wondering about all those creatures that will now rule on my dreams and some on my nightmares.

It was fantastic to become a Hogwarts' Student again. It was marvelous to wear the robs and playing with the wands aga
Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really wish she would publish a spell book
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find it amazing how J.K. Rowling came up with all of these amazing creatures, not only what they look like, but what they do, their classifications, and the amazing introduction about what classifies a beast; as well as doing research to back up her qualities of these creatures. This was phenomenal, and as I said before about Quidditch Through The Ages, this book deserves all the stars simply because of all the wondrous effort and love that was put into it. Please read these little extra Harry ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2016-shelf
I guess I expected something a little more.

I mean, there's a whole movie out there now that I still need to watch, but this, aside from a few humorous anecdotes, is just a short encyclopedia!

Not that it didn't have it's moments, of course, particularly how some wizards use ghouls as pets and talking points at parties, or Ron's funny scribbled interjections in the text, but on the whole it was just a what's-what breakdown of the magical creatures seen through the movies.

I give it a three for she
Aria ・❥・Biblioaria ˚ · .
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. ...more
Nov 24, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition


The sad realization that reading Hogwarts Library books is as close to feeling like a Hogwarts student as it will ever get.

Mohammed Arabey
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mean, what's better read after reading Prisoner of Azkaban?

PS: so far the Art much lower than what I expected 😢.... No offence to the current illustrator, but why not Jim Kay? Who's doing a very good work at Potter series?
Vanessa J.
What happens when you see: 3 stars review + J.K. Rowling + Harry Potter world?

But see, the thing is, no matter how funny the handwritten notes in the book were, no matter how much I giggled at them and the introduction and every time they mentioned the word "Muggle", the content of the book itself was... boring.

Hey! Don't make those faces at me! I'll explain: The thing is, I'm not entertained by reading tye descriptions of the 75 so far known species of fantastic beasts. Sure, they're interestin
Oh, the hogwartiness and yet the outside of all that, that Newt brings to this is a breath of fresh magic! I loved seeing and hearing about the animals and his passion for them. He's like a small Hagrid. I love that. I know my husband's gonna love this bc he's like a tall, skinnier Hagrid too. I loved the rating system, so you knew what to expect. I wanted to read this book, not the scripted, nor see the film- first. I wanted this to be my first experience with this branch of HP or the Wizarding ...more
Liz* Fashionably Late
For just a few hours, you can pretend to be a Hogwarts student and trust me, it's the best feeling in the world!

PS: Dungbombs rule.
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

Well, one thing is for sure. Hogwarts is my dream school. Everything magic-related is my thing. And this book would have been a treat to study (dragons are far more fascinating than bacteria).

On the other hand, if I had to learn all this stuff, I'm sure I would have not liked it that much anymore. :D Because having to never worked for me in school. I tended to hate everything that was mandatory.

Anyway, this is a fun little read that will take you back to the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Listened to the incredible audiobook narrated by Eddie Redmayne (AKA Newt Scamander AKA my husband) while also flipping through the stunning illustrated edition and WHAT A TIME. I absolutely adored it.

Also can i plz have a pet Romanian Longhorn dragon & a pet kneazle plz and thank u.
Emily B
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really cool audiobook! Very short but sweet.
I loved the extra little sounds of the creatures and learning a bit more about the world of magic.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too much fun!

I took my children to see the Harry Potter films when they were little and so I’m familiar with J.K. Rowling’s fantastic world building. TBT why I enjoyed this was it reminded me of reading the Monster Manual in my Dungeon’s and Dragons days, although this is made better because of Rowling’s pithy and charismatic prose.

Told from the perspective of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, this is a Hogwarts textbook that catalogues and describes fantastic beasts. There is a novelization of the
Shawna Finnigan
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my fourth? maybe fifth? time reading this book. Before I got Goodreads, I didn't really log all of my rereads so I'm not sure how many times I've read this one. Fantastic Beasts is a textbook written in a textbook format, so it's not for everyone, but as a massive Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts fan, this book is one of my favorites. I listened to the audiobook this time around and the audiobook made it all the more special since it was read by Eddie Redmayne (Newt in the Fantastic Be ...more
Mariah Roze
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally picked up this book thinking it was the screen play for the movie Fantastic Beasts, but was surprised to find it a "textbook." However, I really enjoyed the book. I loved reading about beasts that I recognized in the movie and in the Harry Potter series.

This was a book that Harry used for one of his classes.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this awhile back. No idea why I didn't mark it. Love anything jkr ...more
Gerasimos Reads
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own

Harry Potter changed my life and the memories I have associated with it can never be changed or tarnished no matter what its creator says or does. Her comments have caused me so much pain and disappointment and even if one day she realises how ignorant and hateful she has been it is now too late to amend the harm she has caused. Nevertheless, like Daniel Radcliffe said, the relationship between a reader and a book is sacr
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