Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them It's thin, flimsy, and cheap -- and yet, for fans of boy mage Harry Potter, this limited-edition companion book, benefitting Comic Relief U.K., is indispensable.… Fiction Kids and Family Scholastic Books
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Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Harry Potter, Quidditch Through the Ages, ... | HARRY'S 'BEASTS' Rowling has come up with another winning Potter creation
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HARRY'S 'BEASTS' Rowling has come up with another winning Potter creation

Details Writer: J.K. Rowling; Genres: Fiction, Kids and Family; Publisher: Scholastic Books

It's thin, flimsy, and cheap -- and yet, for fans of boy mage Harry Potter, this limited-edition companion book, benefitting Comic Relief U.K., is indispensable. Penned by Rowling under a silly pseudonym, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them purports to be a doodle-marred text from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With its richly detailed history lessons and witty debate parsing the differences between ''being'' and ''beast,'' plus a compendium of 85 magical creatures that's chockablock with Rowling's trademark wordplay (''Glumbumble'' is a standout), ''Beasts'' adds a vital new dimension to the Potter mythology. What could have been a castoff pulses with Rowling's care for her creation.
Originally posted Mar 21, 2001
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