I was super excited when I read on the Raincoast Books website that there was going to be a re-release of Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (JK Rowling, $26.99, Raincoast Books, Bloomsbury). I am a huge Harry Potter fan and I can’t seem to get enough of Harry Potter’s world.
This book – green and gold with a dragon/serpent on the front – is the wizard’s version of this book. In a foreword by Scamander, the author tells us that in 2001, a reprint of the textbook was made available to Muggle readers to raise money for Comic Relief, a well-respected charity. Scamander was permitted to re-issue the book only as long as he put in a disclaimer in telling Muggle readers the book was a work of fiction.
This book clears up some of the many lies “journalist” Rita Skeeter claims in her biography Man or Monster? The Truth about Newt Scamander; the definition of beast; a brief history of muggle awareness of these creatures; and ministry classifications before diving into a listing of creatures themselves.
It impresses me how much work likely went into creating this book. Not only does the book talk about some of the creatures we learn about through the Harry Potter series including the various types of dragons and the Flobberworm, we also learn about new creatures obviously just created for this book including the jobberknoll, used it truth serums and memory potions, as the Lethifold or Living Shroud, which features an eye-witness account from one a survivor.
A copy of this book was provided by Raincoast Books for a honest review.