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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling

Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Author: Newt Scamander (JK Rowling)
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Length: 88 pages
Published: 2001
 
 Part two of the Harry Potter companion set that JK Rowling wrote for Comic Relief (which I bought and read six months apart, oops) comes in the form of Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them, the ultimate guide to the many magical creatures that live in Harry's world.
 
I liked Quidditch Through The Ages (review here). But I loved Fantastic Beasts. I find it quite difficult to get into books that don't really have a plot, which neither of these books do, yet I was really intrigued by the content of Fantastic Beasts, more-so than that in Quidditch. I think this might purely be because of the fact that in my opinion magical creatures > magical sport, but regardless, I found it so easy to flick through the pages.

True Harry Potter fans will love the 'triple-threat' action that this book features, due to 1. JK's wonderful writing style, 2. Harry and Ron's sarcastic comments handwritten through-out the pages and 3. simply reading such rich, detailed information about all of the beasts and magical creatures that are quite possibly lurking around our Muggle world.
The book is split into two parts, the first part giving a summary of the history of fantastic beasts, the second part being an encyclopaedia of sorts. It even features the Ministy of Magic's danger classification. The second part was definitely my favourite part to read, and I loved imagining all of the creatures based on the descriptions given. I definitely had a little nerd thrill every time I recognised a creature that was featured in the books (like the Basilisk). My favourite entries, though, go to the Kelpie and the Moon Calf. The Moon Calf is a little flat-footed creature with bulging eyes that dances in the moonlight (HOW CUTE), and the Kelpie is a shape-shifting water demon that drags travellers underwater and eats them (HOW... CUTE)
 
Overall, I really love this little book. It's the perfect Harry Potter companion, along with Quidditch and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (which I can review if ya like). Fantastic Beasts is set to become a film trilogy (screen-written by Queen JK herself), which I'm SO excited for as it's about the author of this book's journey discovering all of the magical creatures featured. 5/5 stars. xx
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If you liked Fantastic Beasts, I'd recommend Quiddich Through The Ages by JK Rowling.  
 


5 comments:

  1. I never thought I'd be interested in these spin-off books but it actually sounds pretty cool especially with Ron and harry's comments!

    Amy at amynmore.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I found them slightly difficult to really get into because there's no real plot, it's just information, but they're such sweet little reads! x

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  2. Yeah I tend to dip in and out and just read the interesting bits in books like that. I'd probably just look for Ron and Harry's comments tbh!

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  3. Since I found out you got this book, I have been looking forward to this review more than anything else!! haha. Oh my god I NEED this book. Thanks for the review. I am now on my way to read your other review :) Is there anymore books like these? From the Potter world? That you know of?
    It'sMyLife

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    1. Aw thank you! I'm glad you liked it. Other than this one and Quiddich Through The Ages, there's The Tales of Beedle the Bard which is the collection of childrens stories that Hermione has in the Deathly Hallows. Other than that, there are a few unofficial things, but no. I really want her to bring out a spell book though! That would be amazing.

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