Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)

Eight stars

Having read the seven (formal) novels in the Harry Potter series, I decided to take a moment and peruse some of the ‘textbooks’ that are mentioned throughout the series and have been published for us Muggles to read. J.K. Rowling has done this and presented an exceptionally well-developed short piece. Mostly tongue-in-cheek, Rowling offers her readers something interesting to complement the stories in the Potter series, while also shining some light on many of the creatures who grace the various pages of the Harry Potter tomes.

Newt Scamander has penned fifty-two editions of this text for use at the various wizarding and witchcraft institutions over the years. He seeks not only to offer the reader a better understanding of what a beast might be (as opposed to a being), but also differentiate them from one another. With the largest section being dedicated to listing many of the beasts that wizards and witches might encounter, Scamander provides the reader with an understanding of their habitat, level of danger, and a brief history, wherever possible. While this is a textbook, the writing is fairly intriguing and would be of much use to those who were attentive throughout the Harry Potter novels.

Kudos, Madam Rowling, for this insightful (and humour-filled) piece. While I do not review textbooks, I could not help but add my few cents to this piece.

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