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  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • A Harry Potter Hogwarts Library Book
  • By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (3,343 ratings)

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

By: J.K. Rowling,Newt Scamander
Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
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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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Shards of Pottery!

This "book" is probably a must for Potter completists.  However, it's worth mentioning that at the time of writing this review the linked Amazon reviews are a mixture of reviews about this book and the other books pertaining to "Fantastic Beasts" including the screenplay which could be confusing..  

When you get a series as special as the Harry Potter books which captured the world's imagination it really makes sense to further explore the world and its artefacts and I'll admit to being a sucker for this kind of thing at times.  This does just that and unless you've been hiding under a philosopher's stone somewhere you'll already know that it isn't another book about Harry Potter himself.  Rather, it's one of the text books used at Hogwarts brought to life in some detail. Just for clarity then this is not the screenplay or even the story of the film, either of which would be rather excellent!.  This is primarily an A-Z of the magical creatures of the Harry Potter world.  

Each creature is explained in turn including its Ministry of Magic classification.  There are various sound effects that add depth and at times amusing anecdotes about them.  The performance given by Eddie Redmayne is as you would expect given his acting talent and involvement with the film; very good. After all this is not a story per se but a text book upon which stories were built.  So it's not an easy one to read and get involved in as a narrator.

For a full credit it is of course a short book but given that so much of the proceeds are going to such worthwhile causes the whole thing makes sense for fans of Harry Potter who just want that little bit more of the magic.  I do think that the latest physical versions of the book may be a better option though.  I am a huge fan of audiobooks of course and often prefer the format to the written word but the beautiful presentation of the physical books and inclusions of extras such as handwritten notes purportedly by the characters means in this case the audiobook works less well for what is after all a reference book rather than a story.

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strictly for fans of Harry Potter

it's a guide to magical beasts, and as such it's not very riveting for muggles. otherwise, as all the Rowling 's books, it's an easy and insightful read. interesting addition to wizarding world. and you gotta love Redmayne, he's simply amazing. I have to admit- it's pretty thrilling to hear his voice reading me a book!

for foreigners: while english is not my first language, there was no struggle in understanding and separating the words, even though made up or uncommonly used names often present themselves with a level of difficulty for me.

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fantastic

a lovely book with a great insight into the world of the Harry Potter, beautifully read too.

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Please listen to a sample first and don't assume this is the story or indeed the screen play of exactly the same name which anybody would expect. This is nothing more than a list of creatures being described. Desperate times and a real shame
17/03/17

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Disappointed

It's not a story, more of a reference book. Not what I had expected. Quite disappointed. Wouldn't have used the credit otherwise.

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Amazing!

Amazing and enchanting story as usual by J.K. Rowling and wonderfully read by Eddie Redmayne.

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Good addition to the Harry Potter world

Would you consider the audio edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to be better than the print version?

I really enjoyed it espically with it being read by Eddie Redmayne, me and my daughter played the audio book whilst readying through the book itself

Any additional comments?

The only people giving this a negative review are people who don't know what the book is meant to be,

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Not worth a credit!!

Would you try another book written by J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander or narrated by Eddie Redmayne?

I know this is for charity... but many people will think that a audiobook that lasts less than 2 hours shouldn't cost a whole credit. With the movie release pending on DVD many will assume that this is the audiobook of the movie.

Would you ever listen to anything by J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander again?

Not at this price

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nope

Any additional comments?

Most expensive 1 hour 40 mins of my life!

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If this doesn't make you smile go get some Prozac

Lovely. Just truly lovely. I never think the wizarding world needs anything more but jk rowling always proves me wrong. And thank god she does

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Phoebe Smith

I loved listening to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Eddie Redmayne did a great job of reading it and I loved learning about magical creatures.

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  • A. Bunnell
  • 19-04-17

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
  • 28-04-17

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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  • Jerrbear
  • 14-03-17

My own fault- this is not the story from the movie

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I snapped this up based on the title, assuming that it was the book version of the recent motion picture by the same name. I got about half way through it before I figured out that it was not going to get to the story. This is OK for what it is, a catalog of descriptions of magical creatures listed alphabetically, but I assume the print version has pictures that go along with the descriptions, which would be great.

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  • Inkish Kingdoms . com
  • 03-12-18

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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  • J. Cheek
  • 03-05-17

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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  • Striker
  • 18-03-17

A Textbook Plucked from Harry Potter's Backpack

This was a good addition to the world of Harry Potter. Big fans of the book series will probably enjoy this book, but it's not really a story... If we were to pluck a textbook of magical creatures from Harry Potter's backpack, it would be this book.

This book reads just like a modern textbook, except this one is about magical creatures. Listed in alphabetical order, the book describes all of the magical creatures we read about in the Harry Potter books, as well as many we never really heard about.

The audio performance was very good, but I had some issues with the recording in some places...
Some of the creatures had "notes" that in a textbook would be something in the margin or at the bottom of the page. Though well performed, these "notes" were all of a different audio quality (almost muffled) than the rest of the narration. It as like the narrator went back and recorded the "note" sections while holding their hand over the microphone...

This was overall a very good listen. As a huge Harry Potter fan, this was a great addition to one of my favorite book series. 5 Stars!

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  • Gillian
  • 15-03-17

Fantabulous Beasts For The Hardcore Fan!

Make no mistake--there is no story here; rather it's Newt Scamander's textbook. But it's chock full off wondrous beasts that are sure to delight fans. You'll find the familiar; you'll find the new and awesome. And you'll even find a bit of the wizarding world outside of Harry Potter's Great Britain. Beasts from Africa, Asia, even America (where there's a bit of history with the wizarding's American President).
Eddie Redymayne does a fantastic job reading what is essentially Harry's school work (reminds me of people saying someone's voice is so good they could read the phonebook). He puts awe and spellbinding wonder into each beast and its history.
This book made me do something I haven't done since I was a kid: stop and make up stories myself about each creature.
It was a nice ride, a journey into a ticklesome safari.

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  • Mariel
  • 11-05-17

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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  • Flo
  • 05-05-17

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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  • Chris Finken
  • 11-04-17

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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