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{October 10, 2013}   {Review} Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

41899From Goodreads: A copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them resides on 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 this is 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

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I think this is a good read for the hardcore fan, and it boggles my mind that Rowling can be this detailed about her world. It’s phenomenal, really, and I must give her kudos for extending her amazing Harry Potter series as far as writing the textbooks as well!  Brilliant! And there are so many interesting beasts in this world… Unfortunately for me, this text also reads very much like a textbook, which is the point, of course, but doesn’t really interest me.  I liked how there are little notes here and there written by Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and I liked learning about the animals and the questions behind whether certain beasts were really beasts, but overall, it was a bit boring, in my opinion.  However, it has sparked my interest in re-reading the wonderful Harry Potter novels, and watching the movies all over again…

Here’s my question, though.  I’m hard-pressed to understand how a movie will be made out this textbook.  I picked up this little novella when I heard the news the Rowling was making another movie, but I just don’t see how it will be a movie as opposed to showing visuals of the encyclopedia like book.  Thoughts?

Two stars.

2 stars

I was given a copy of this novella by a student.

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