One of my goals for 2016 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. I have a goal of reading 100 books this year, along with me!
‘Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them’ by Newt Scamander a.k.a. J.K. Rowling was incredibly entertaining. This is a textbook that students at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry must have, mentioned in the first novel, ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’. The foreword is written by none other than Albus Dumbledore himself and is heartwarming to read. The ‘handwritten’ notes and doodles by Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione throughout the book are a fun touch in this, a duplicate of Harry’s book.
It was a fun read- and an inlighting one in the world of Harry Potter. It lists magical creatures and beasts in alphabetical order and ranks them on a scale of ‘boring’ to ‘Known wizard killer/impossible to train or domesticate’. It was fun to read about creatures we have been exposed to in Harry Potter’s universe such as the Basilisk, Acromantula, Pixie, Flobberworm, Niffler, Werewolf, Hippogriff, Dragon, Grindylow, Merpeople, Centaur, Ghoul, and the Phoenix.
Equally if not even more interesting was learning about the new creatures we had not been exposed to such as the Jobberknoll, a small blue bird that utters no sound until its death when it ‘lets out a long scream made up of every sound it has ever heard, regurgitated backwards.’ Their feathers are used in Truth Serums and Memory Potions. Other interesting creatures are the deadly Quintaped, Chimaera and Lethifold. Then there are the slightly more cuddly beasts like the Snidget- the original snitch, and the Mooncalf- a shy creature that emerges from its burrow only at the full moon and performs ‘complicated dances’ which often leave geometric patterns in wheat fields which puzzle muggles.
The best part of this book is that it’s sale benefits the charity Comic Relief. ‘Over 80% of the cover price of each book sold goes directly to poor children in various places around the world. According to Comic Relief, sales from this book and its companion Quidditch Through the Ages have raised over £17 million.’ This novel is currently being made into a film of the same name. I am VERY excited to see it- especially since J.K. Rowling is writing the screenplay!
That’s book 9 of 100! Read all the reviews here.
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Book 9: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander