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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: 001 [Hardcover]

J. K. Rowling
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Jun 2001
As featured in the first year set texts reading list in "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is an extensive introduction to the magical beasts that exist in the magical, non-Muggle world. Some of the animals featured in the A-Z you will have already met in the existing Harry Potter books: for example Hippogriff, Flobberworm, Kappa - others you certainly won't: read on to find out exactly what a Chizpurfle is, why there are so few Erumpents, or why one should always beware of the sinister Lethifold. As Albus Dumbledore says in his introduction, this set text book by Newt Scamander has given the perfect grounding to many a Hogwarts student. It will be helpful to all Muggles out there too. On reading the book you will also find that Harry, Ron and (in one instance) Hermione - couldn't resist grafittiing the book, and adding their own personal hand-written opinions.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Arthur a Levine (Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439321603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439321600
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JK Rowling takes her enviable ability to turn paper into gold to the next level by cleverly teaming up with Comic Relief 2001 to bring Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (a set text during Harry's first year at Hogwarts) and Quidditch Through the Ages (Harry's favourite book), to the masses--and all the money goes to charity. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was J.K. Rowling's first novel - she plans to write seven novels in all featuring Harry Potter. JK Rowling is the winner of the 1998 Bookseller's Association Author of the Year Award, and the 1999 Nibbies Author of the year Award, both the first time these awards have been given to a children's author, plus the Nestle Smarties Award (three times), the Children's Book Award, and the Young Telegraph Book Award. Film rights have now been optioned by Warner for the first two Harry Potter stories, and the film of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is due in November 2001. Total sales of Harry Potter in the Uk, Canada and Australia currently total over an incredible 16 million copies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious! 25 Mar 2002
By A Customer
This book is about all the different beasts in the world. I loved hearing about the riddiculous Puffskein and the deadly Lethifold. Another addition to the quality of the book are the fun comments and pictures scribbled in the book by Harry, Ron and Hermione. I highly reccomend this book to anyone who is looking for more information on Harry's world.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing... 26 Mar 2001
This book is great fun! The little comments from Harry and his friends give it a personal touch of humour. It also helps enhance your knowledge of the wizard world, for instance, it reveals that Hogwarts is in Scotland... and the true powers of the phoenix... If you have to choose between this one and the Quidditch one (although at 2.50 each... get both!!) then I'd recommend this one. It's easy to read, light hearted and a great addition to the Harry Potter novels. ROLL ON ORDER OF THE PHOENIX!!!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 26 Aug 2003
By A Customer
For all Harry Potter fans, this book is absolutely fantastic! It's a great reference guide to all the magical creatures in the magical world, and it's a great read! Extremely good value for money, and proceeds go to Comic Relief. What more could you ask for?
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All this for just 14 Sickles & 3 Knuts..... 11 April 2001
By A Customer
Another wizardaecious book from the quick-quill of that wonderful witch Rowling Ravenclaw and Sorceror Scamander.
Ron and Hermione delight in doodling all over Harry's text book, but his only retaliation comes under Rons grafitti-art for =CHUDLEY CANNONS= when he replies "...write a decent team in my book for a change Weasley..." (you can almost hear Harry's heartfelt sigh.....)
Loved the graffitti...all it needed was a dirty fingerprint!! Liked the hangman game also...- Ron should have got that after his run-in with Aragog!
However, my absolute favourite bits were the Thief's Curse (for those who read without buying!) and Albus Dumbledore's kindly reassurance to all Muggles that these "amusing" creatures are all entirely fictional and therefore cannot hurt you, before he adds in an aside to wizards "Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus" (which my pidgin Latin translates into "Never tickle a sleeping dragon"!!)
Reassuring?? hmmm.....
Of these pernicious beasts, my particular favourites included: the Billywig (whose dried powdered sting is used in Fizzing Whizzbees) yeuch! Muggles have these sweets too, but call them Flying Saucers. (Last time I eat one of those!) :p Also the Puffskein who enjoys eating tasty wizard bogies and would be a great pet for Muggle children who always have their fingers up their noses!!
Also loved the doodle of Goyle as a troll and the naughty word, which I bet Ron circled! Finally, I have to say that inflation is up at Gringott's as Amazon only charged 4 Sickles & 9 cheap at half the price!
BTW, if Rowling Ravenclaw reads this...can we have a future copy of "Hogwarts: a history" please? as I'd like to find the source of Hedwig's name. Toot toot!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finally an intresting text book ! 24 Mar 2001
By A Customer
One of a pair of books writen for comic relief - these are more of an aide to the aspects of the wizarding world that a short story - so if you are looking for more information on magical creatures than you ever got from Lockhart, Lupin and Hagrid's lessons this is a good place to come. The forword is elequently penned by Albus Dumbledore and the introduction section then leads into a comprehensive guide to fantastic beasts (that should help you recognise some of Hagrid's pets !). As with most textbooks - it does have several scribbled notes in from pupils - Check out Harry and Ron's notes in the Dragons section !. Definately one for the collection and with 3 more Harry books to come doubtless will come in useful later !
Francesca Jackson - Gryffindor
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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J.K Rowling has done it again! This book explains all the beasts in Harry Potter kingdom along with illustrations and that bouncy J.K Rowling style of writing we all know and love. This book is also very funny! It is basically published with Harrys and Rons scribbles in it. Ron, apparently, is sharing the book because his one teared. 'Why don't you buy a new one then?' Hermione writes underneath. 'Write in your own book' Ron writes back. 'You bought all those dungbombs last week, you could have bought a book.' Hermione argues. DUNGBOMBS RULES! puts Ron.
Basically an esential purchase. buybuybuybuybuy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect Anti-Depressive 17 Mar 2001
By Silke
I am almost 60 and an avid reader - and I tell you, its marvellous fun to read, but also, I think, she is really, truly one of the real great writers. I just hope she will continue publishing these little text books every now and then, because how else am I ever to read the interesting facts in all those books she refers to in her foot-notes. There are only 3 Harry Potters left to come, I wonder what she'll write after that. One last remark: No matter how wonderful the descriptions of the beasts are, the introduction is a masterpiece and I hope, once the world has been alerted to that, Comic Relief can ask much higher prices für these true juwels.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 11 Mar 2001
Once again Rowling has worked her magic, this could have been a boring book, but trust me it isn`t!
You may recognise a couple of the creatures names (sorry you`ll have to buy it to find out!).
Plus Harry and co have annotated the texts which makes it a funny read!
Don`t forget it`s for comic relief!
Trust me you`ll enjoy it and it`s a bargain...
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