Original Language: English
Publisher: Raincoast (Can) / Bloomsbury (UK) / Scholastic (US)
Publication Date: 2001
Page Count: 42
Two new books penned by J.K. Rowling will help tide over Harry Potter fans as they await book five, and raise money for a good cause: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander, an A to Z listing of all beings magical (and required reading for all first-year Hogwarts students), and Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (a "renowned Quidditch expert"), the official handbook of the wizard's sport of choice, both with a foreword by esteemed Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore. Rowling wrote the books to raise funds for Comic Relief in the U.K., a charitable organization helping the poor and disadvantaged in Africa and the U.K. (not affiliated with the U.S. Comic Relief organization). Many printers and paper suppliers are joining in the effort by donating their services. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (aka J.K Rowling) was written, along withquidditch through the ages by Kennilworthy Whisp, to raise money for the comic relief foundation in 2001. As of July 2008 the books were estimated to have made over $30 million for the Foundation.
Fantastic Beasts acts as a wonderful addition to the Harry Potter realm and adequately complements the series as we learn about many magical creatures mentioned within the series. By reading Fantastic Beasts we gain a fuller knowledge of the magical world our favourite hero faces. Included are several well known mythical creatures (mythical only to muggles) such as dragons, fairies and unicorns.
The encyclopaedia is made more endearing as it is brought to us through the eyes of Harry, Ron and even Dumbledore. A foreword is teasingly written by Dumbledore, sharing information with fellow Wizards and dangling tantalising ‘fiction’ before Muggles. As Dumbledore states, Fantastic Beasts is one of the few Wizarding books being made available to Muggles, for the sake of laughter (Comic Relief). It is also particular copy chosen to copy.
Harry Potter’s school book was chosen, for his familiarity to Muggles (and Wizards) and for the amusing anecdotes contained inside; written by Harry and Ron. The small notes, pictures and comments reflect incidents that occur within the first three books.
Fantastic Beasts is a quick read for any Harry Potter fan who wishes to delve again into his reality or to gain a better understanding of the happenings in the book.