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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Read by Eddie Redmayne
Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. 

Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail... others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist. 

Narrated by Eddie Redmayne, this is the first audio book edition of Scamander's textbook ever to be released. Having starred as Newt Scamander himself in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, who better to narrate this Hogwarts Library book from one of the wizarding world's most famous Magizoologists? Eddie's film credits include The Danish Girl, My Week with Marilyn, Les Misérables and The Theory of Everything, for which he won a Golden Globe, an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor. 

Dip in to discover the curious habits of magical beasts across five continents…. 

Please note: This A-Z textbook is enhanced for audio with original sound design. This audiobook includes "audio footnotes" which have been treated with a sound effect to differentiate them from the main narration. 

15% of the proceeds* received by Pottermore Limited from this audiobook will be made available by the publisher to Comic Relief and Lumos Foundation for their work with children and young people to help them have a better life. 20% of these monies will be used by Comic Relief and 80% will be used by Lumos Foundation.

Comic Relief is a registered charity in the UK with charity nos. 326568 (England/Wales) and SC039730 (Scotland). Lumos Foundation is a registered charity in the UK with no. 1112575.

*Proceeds means the cash-price or cash-equivalent price less sales taxes.

©2017 J.K. Rowling (P)2017 J.K. Rowling

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  • Em
  • 2018-09-22

If you're a Harry Potter fan you'll love this!

It's so adorable. A wonderful listen. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Eddie does a great job.

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Cute short story

Really liked learning about the different beasts of the Harry Potter world! A very fun listen.

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why listen to a reference book on magic creatures?

well voiced, but kind of boring since it just lists all magical beast. why listen to this? it doesn't have story..

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Expected it to be like the movie, still amusing.

Expected the movie story but it's the book Newt wrote. Amusing to say the least.

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Fantastic

Fantastic book! the only negative I can think of is the amount of referenced books I wish I could also listen too!

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Great if you're a big harry potter fan

This book is an A-Z of magical creatures in J.K. Rowling's magical world. It reads kind of like a textbook. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a HUGE Harry Potter fan or anyone who just wants to know a little more about the world that the author has created. But please keep in mind that it is a 'textbook', it is not a story book like the original Harry Potter book. If you are looking to see a version of the movie, this is probably not for you, as this is the 'textbook' that will be eventually be 'written by the main character' at the end of the first movie. That being said, I am a huge Harry Potter fan and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about creatures I didn't know existed in the original series and learning more about the ones I did know existed.

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no, thanks

great narrative, good chapter 1 and 2, but for the fantastic beasts... I think it's better with drawings

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  • kim
  • 2018-12-03

it's just the "reference" book

it's just the reference book at Hogwarts library not the Jk Rowling screenplay, don't get fooled as I was.

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My favourite of the Hogwarts Library

Hands down, this is my favourite of the Hogwarts Library so far. It reads from A-Z like an encyclopedia and the sound effects and Eddie Redmayne’s narration make it come alive. It’s become one of my favourite audiobooks to re-listen to when I need a brief mental escape. Highly recommend

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Glad this was an audio book.

Loads of great info that I'm glad was read to me. Now to watch the movie.

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  • A. Bunnell
  • 2017-04-19

whoops

For some reason I thought that this was an actual story. Guess I should have read the description a little bit more completely. It's probably fun to sit with your kids and look through the different creatures, but doesn't make for a very interesting audible experience

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  • Jenerek
  • 2017-04-28

Better as a physical book

I knew it would be written like a guide book, but it just wasn't as engaging as I'd hoped it would be.

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  • jcheek17
  • 2017-05-03

Absolutely Pointless

Would you try another book from J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander and/or Eddie Redmayne?

Yes

What was most disappointing about J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander ’s story?

The whole book. I can't believe someone thought it was worth the time to make an audiobook out of an encyclopedia of magical creatures.

What does Eddie Redmayne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is a good narrator.

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  • Flo
  • 2017-05-05

Wonderfully read, great information

This book is very pleasing despite my hesitation to order it. Easy short listen and will enhance your beastly knowledge.

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  • Mariel
  • newark, NJ, United States
  • 2017-05-11

Loved this audiobook

Thank you so much for this audio book. Eddie Redmayne was just outstanding. I have read the book as well and wow this audiobook just took it to another level.

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  • Inkish Kingdoms
  • Inkish Kingdoms (Wordpress)
  • 2018-12-03

There isn't much story here... but that narrator!

I honestly have never wanted to read this book nor purchase any version. I do have the screenplay because I mean the cover is beautiful! But besides that, it does not call my attention fully.

However, I saw that Audible published this title a few months ago and I heard the preview... and oh my god! This is just one of the best narrations and productions I have heard in my life. There is nothing better than read, but when you listen a book that is full of special effects and sounds of dragons, pixies, fairies, merpeople, and other fantastic beasts that you can come up with... it is just another story and another world!

For more about this or other reviews! Check out my profile! Inkish Kingdoms!

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  • Jolene
  • 2018-11-15

A new twist on a childhood favorite!

I enjoyed the original Fantastic Beasts textbook as a child and also am madly in love with Eddie Redmayne and thought he made the perfect Newt Scamander in the film adaptation so this updated audiobook was an immediate must-have. While it isn't really much of a story due to the textbook description format, it was still a delightfully entertaining quick listen. It included some new creatures that weren't in the original book and also had some updated musings from the "author" that I can only hope are foreshadowing for the new movies. #FairytaleTwists #UnlikelyHero #Magical #Nostalgic #Animal #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Travis
  • 2018-11-12

Good Narrator, No story. Its only informative.

It was a good book if your someone that wanted to learn more about the creatures in the Harry Potter world, however it isnt the same experience you get when you read the Harry potter books. I was expecting the book to be like the movie, to have a story behind it. It was very well narrated tho.

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  • Chris
  • 2017-04-11

There is no story just a list of creatures

Probably my fault for not listening to the sample I thought it was the story of the new feature film it is not it's just a simple list of beasts nothing more. Unless you a huge Harry Potter head it's not worth your time.

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  • MamaBear
  • 2017-05-10

bad recording

The sound kept cutting in and out. I thought it would interest me but to be honest I fell asleep listening to it.

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