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Publisher's Summary

"A glance through Muggle art and literature of the Middle Ages reveals that many of the creatures they now believe to be imaginary were then known to be real."

As every fan of the Harry Potter stories knows, the shelves of the Hogwarts Library are home to all sorts of fascinating books. There are three in particular you might have heard mentioned by certain Hogwarts students and that you can add to your listening list too, including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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.

Flipping through the pages of Newt's famous journal, you'll journey around the globe and discover the many and varied creatures that he made it his life's work to study and protect. Some of the beasts will be familiar to fans of the Wizarding World - the Hippogriff, the Niffler, the Hungarian Horntail...while others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

Who better to narrate this stunning catalogue of magical creatures than Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts movies? 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.

Fans of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are sure to enjoy the other Hogwarts Library books: Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

Comic Relief, operating name Charity Projects, 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 (England/Wales). Fifteen percent of the proceeds* received by Pottermore Limited from this audiobook will be made available to the charities for their work across the UK and globally including helping children and young people have a better life. These proceeds will be shared 20 percent for Comic Relief and 80 percent for Lumos Foundation.

*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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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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  • 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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  • CJ
  • 2020-02-12

Just a Reference Book

When I first purchased this I was anticipating a story but I was surprised to find that this book is indeed a wizarding textbook. I didn't find much value in this other than the introduction seeing as the rest is just information about some Fantastic Beasts.

It could be a good listen for a /very/ die hard Harry Potter fan, but for me it's something I'm definitely not coming back to.

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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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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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A Great Short Read

This is a great short listen. Eddie Redmain does a great job reading the book.

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Amazing😍

I loved this so much! The magical animals were amazing and the descriptions were fun to listen to. I enjoyed this audiobook a lot.

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Wow! I truly got Teary eyed.

Fantastic story. And that Newt reads it is just over the top. Thank you so much for this little treat. Short but so so so good.

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Great insight to the magical creatures

Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander reading "his" work is wonderfully soothing. I listen to this book while working - I truly enjoyed listening to Himself account for every magical creatures in alphabetical order - describing each creatures abilities or lack there of in His soothing lovely voice.

Recommended for background noise while remote working from home 🙂😊

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  • Inkish Kingdoms . com
  • 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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  • A. Bunnell
  • 2017-04-19

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mariel
  • 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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  • J. Cheek
  • 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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  • Chris-Racheal Finken
  • 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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  • Jessica D
  • 2017-04-26

Meh.

I found it hard to engage with this one. I guess I was expecting more of a narrative; the fictional-expository style didn't capture my attention despite Eddie Redmayne's excellent reading. I chuckled here and there, but I can't say I'm this book was so short.

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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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