Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

by J. K. Rowling

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Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 177

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a spin-off from the books in Rowling's Harry Potter series and is intended to be one of the books Harry and his friends use themselves. This book is among Harry Potter's own schoolbooks, with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them purportedly written by Newt Scamander, an expert in "magizoology." This book is a bestiary, hailed as the most complete listing of imaginary creatures available and containing both familiar beasts, such as unicorns and dragons, and unfamiliar ones, such as Flobberworms and Mackled Malaclaws. Rowling lists these beasts in alphabetical order and provides detailed information about each one, as well as including a rating indicating how dangerous each of these beasts is to non-magic folks, or Muggles. Rowling intended for these books to seem like real textbooks, textbooks that readers of the "Harry Potter" books may already find familiar. Fantastic Beasts was mentioned in Rowling's first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, where it was required reading for first-year students in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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