Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Book Review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them by Newt Scamander (J.K Rowling)

Name of Book: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Author: Newt Scamander (J.K Rowling)

ISBN: 0-439-29501-7

Publisher: Scholastic

Part of a Series: Harry Potter

Type of book: animals, guide, reference, magic, children, wizards

Year it was published: 2001


A copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them resides in 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.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to improving and saving the lives of children around the world, which means that the dollars and Galleons you exchange for it will do magic beyond the powers of any wizard. If you feel that tis insufficient reason to part with your money, I can only hope most sincerely that passing wizards feel more charitable if they ever see you being attacked by a Manticore.

Albus Dumbledore


There aren't any characters but only creatures and its a reference book.


There are different kinds of creatures in the Harry Potter world.


This is mostly information in different creatures within the Harry Potter universe, and of course you will see notes from Harry Potter and his friends in some sections here and there. (Not the whole book.)

Author Information:

Newton ("Newt" Artemis Fido Scamander was born in 1897. His interest in fabulous beasts was encouraged by his mother, who was an enthusiastic breeder of fancy Hippogriffs. Upon graduation from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Mr. Scamander joined the Ministry of Magic in teh Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. After two years at teh Office for House-Elf Relocation, years he describes as "tedious in the extreme," he was tranfered to the Beast Division, where his prodigious knowledge of bizarre magical animals ensured his rapid promotion.

Although almost solely responsible for the creation of the Werewolf Register in 1947, he says he is hte proudest of the Ban on Experimental Breeding, passed in 1965, which effectively prevented the creation of new and untameable monsters within Britain. Mr. Scamander's work with the Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau led to many research trips abroad, during which he collected information for his worldwide best-seller Fantastic Beasts and where to find them, now in its fifty-second edition.

Newt Scamander was awarded the Order of Merlin, Second Class, in 1979 in recognition of his services to the study of magical beasts, Magizoology. Now retired, he lives in Dorset with his wife Porpentina and their pet Kneazles: Hoppy, Milly, and Mauler.


When the time will come, I will try to use it when I'll be reading Harry Potter books because often I will forget or wonder about the creatures in the books. I found this to be a wonderful reference guide to various creatures mentioned in Harry Potter and if you can't keep straight who's who, I would advise to have this book.

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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