Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (not screen play)

by JK Rowling

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“Imperfect understanding is often more dangerous than ignorance.”

Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Author: JK Rowling
Publisher: Pottermore
Book: Novella
Genre: Fantasy
Found:  Harry Potter/ Red Nose Day
Rating: 4.5 Voodoos

A brand new edition of this essential companion to the Harry Potter stories, with a new foreword from J.K. Rowling (writing as Newt Scamander), and 6 new beasts! It is read by Eddie Redmayne who plays Newt in the new movie.

***Important note: This is an updated version of the originally released “textbook” by this name, not the new screenplay.***

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail…Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist. Dip in to discover the curious habits of magical beasts across five continents…


The fact that this was read by Eddie Redmayne in character as Newt just makes this pure gold. This is, of course, why I bought the audio book and I really do recommend it.

This is an updated version of the original little red book which means that there were new creatures in there. Creatures from the film! Thunder birds etc.
It even addresses ‘accusations’ levelled at Newt by Rita Skeeter, which was just hilarious and a nice little tie in to all the other trouble she has caused.

There isn’t much to be said about this one to be honest as it was only around two hours long. I listened to this one on normal speed as Eddie speaks at a more normal and consistent rate and 1.2 was way too fast. I listened to it while shovelling snow and it made me laugh a time or two.

I will probably listen to it again some time and actually make note of the bits I liked, but it was a good one to listen to while doing tasks because if you missed an entry it didn’t matter, you didn’t loose all understanding – in fact you probably didn’t even notice!

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