Review: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander & J.K. Rowling


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander’s classic compendium of magical creatures, has delighted generations of wizarding readers. Now, in this updated edition with a new foreword by Newt himself and the unveiling of six beasts little known outside the American wizarding community, Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Thunderbird lives, what the Puffskein eats, and why shiny objects should always be kept away from the Niffler.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s international charity, Lumos, which will do magic beyond the powers of any wizard. If you feel that this is insufficient reason to part with your money, one can only hope that passing wizards feel more charitable if they see you being attacked by a Manticore.


This book was adore-able, I had a smile on my face the entire read. I enjoyed the preface and introduction where some of the snarky-ness I associate with Newt seamlessly bleed into the pages. I think my hands down favorite part of the book were the footnotes, where you could find the obscene recounts from Uric the Oddball, which had me giggling or snorting.

This was a super quick read and my only misfortune is that I wanted more, surely there are far more magical creature then stated in the book. Otherwise I felt like I learned so much more about the variations of beasts and what a beast even is. Who knew magical politics were so complicated? It was a delightful read and if I had to pick a favorite beast, I would say it was the Snidget.


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