Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander {Book Review}

If you’ve come across this post because you thought it’s about the movie of the same name, I’m sorry to say you’re wrong.


It has some connection to it. While it says it’s written by Newt Scamander, it’s actually a pen name that J.K. Rowling used for the book, and a smart one too. It makes the book feel more real. The book is briefly mentioned in the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. How cool is it, getting to actually read it?

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

Book Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander #bookreview #harrypotter #booktwitter #booktwit #bookblogger

Challenge prompt: A book with a red cover
Originally published: 2001

Pages: 115
Format: E-book

Plot from GoodReads:

A copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them resides on almost every wizarding household in the country. Now, for a limited period only, Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats, and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl. 

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to improving and saving the lives of children around the world, which means that the dollars and Galleons you exchange for it will do magic beyond the powers of any wizard. If you feel that this is insufficient reason to part with your money, I can only hope most sincerely that passing wizards feel more charitable if they ever see you being attacked by a Manticore.


I have to give J.K. Rowling a huge round of applause for the imagination and creativity she fashioned into the book.

This book explains the origins of the beasts as well as some legends. There are so many beasts that were never mentioned in the other books or movies, and it just showed you how much bigger the magical world is, beyond Harry and Hogwarts.

There were some many things to learn about, and to wonder about, and I often sat thinking what on earth could have inspired some of these ideas, to make them sound ever so slightly realistic and believable.

This book can be read even if you haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books. Although I have to warn you, you might end up being tempted to dive into them all.


I loved reading about magical creatures that were never mentioned in the books, and learning a little more about those that were mentioned, it opened the wizarding world to a whole other level for me. Newt’s passion for these creatures is undeniable.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.97 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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