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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a companion book to the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. It isn't one of the main seven books about Harry but a book about the magical insects, animals and beasts in the series. The book purports to be Harry Potter's textbook, written by the character Newt Scamander, who is credited as the author of the book. Both textbook and Scamander are mentioned in the first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Fantastic Beasts was written alongside another companion book, Quidditch Through the Ages.

The book was written at the request of Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis, who approached Rowling about the possibility of her writing a story for the charity.[1] In an interview with the BBC, Rowling said, "When Comic Relief asked me to write something I thought I would just love to write the two books. I did two because I had two in my head and I couldn't really decide between Quidditch and Fantastic Beasts, so I decided to do them both."[1] Each book was originally sold for £2.50, with £2 being given to Comic Relief.[1]

In 2009, Comic Relief announced that the sales of Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch Through the Ages have raised over £17 million.[2]

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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 9+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 7+

The book is totally clean except from little notes from Harry Potter and Ron Weasley like Ron hates spiders and Harry loves Moaning Myrtle etc. Reading may be hard for younger ones as it uses made up words which can confuse them. But strong readers over nine should be able to manage it.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Potter magic helps charity" BBC News. March 12, 2001.
  2. "News" Comic Relief. July 16, 2009.

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