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Publisher's 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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Hardcore Nerds, Ahoy!

Listen up nerds, if you're umming and ahhimg about whether $15 is reasonable to pay for something less than 2 hrs long on here, let me put your minds at rest. It is absolutely worth it.

This new edition includes more information, incorperating the wider world of the new film franchise, and is absolutely beautifully narrated by Eddie Redmayne, who let's the character of Newt postively shine through his reading. The book is fun and enjoyable, though should really be reserved for hard core nerds. This is not a story, it is for all intents and purposes, a textbook - and an encylopedia at that.

If hearing an -albiet engaging and interesting - formal introduction and history lesson followed by the alphabetical listings and descriptors of 50+ magical creatures isn't your cup of tea, this isn't the book for you.

However, if you're a Harry Potter nerd who simply Can't Get Enough, it's perfect. The entries are funny and throughly enjoyable, and the backing soundtrack of the various habitats sets the scene beautifully.

An all round A plus job!

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Hardcore fans will enjoy

Newt Scamander reads the A-Z descriptions of 81 magical beasts.

The most entertaining part of this audiobook was the location ambient backing tracks and actual sounds of the beast that accompany each beast description.

I felt as though those sounds alongside Eddie's reading really draw you into the experiencing the magical world just that tiny bit more than just reading the book on its own.

It gets an Outstanding from me.

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I like the book a lot it is very interesting to hear it from someone else

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Entertaining and overall pleasing

A bit too short, might be missing some creatures I think. But it is thoroughly entertaining. I was disconcerted by the change in style with the notes using a crackling audio but got used to it during the book. Audio effects to set the scene were nice and helped gave varying character to the book. Eddie Redmaynes did a great job with the voice acting.

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Loved It!

The narrator was great the story was great and overall it was wonderful. It was great to learn about all the different kinds of beasts and were to find them.

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Lots of detail

It was great and I loved how even though it was short it told us a lot about magical beasts.
I loved how they got the actual actor who played newt scammander to read this audio book.

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Thanks newt

I didn’t know about beast until I listened to this book
I just love the facts and beasts
(I wish if you added dementors)

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thoughrt it was like the movie but disappointed

not like the movie at all just an a to z of creatures and no story line

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Great Audiobook

finished in 1 sitting. Great stories from J.K (and of course Newt) plus an excellent performance by Eddie. 10 out of 10

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Superb!

I really looked forward to this book & Eddie Redmayne did not disappoint! I just wish it could have been longer! 😊

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  • Inkish Kingdoms . com
  • 03-12-2018

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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  • A. Bunnell
  • 19-04-2017

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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  • Jolene
  • 15-11-2018

A new twist on a childhood favorite!

I enjoyed the original Fantastic Beasts textbook as a child and also am madly in love with Eddie Redmayne and thought he made the perfect Newt Scamander in the film adaptation so this updated audiobook was an immediate must-have. While it isn't really much of a story due to the textbook description format, it was still a delightfully entertaining quick listen. It included some new creatures that weren't in the original book and also had some updated musings from the "author" that I can only hope are foreshadowing for the new movies. #FairytaleTwists #UnlikelyHero #Magical #Nostalgic #Animal #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Mariel
  • 11-05-2017

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
  • 05-05-2017

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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  • Jenerek
  • 28-04-2017

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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  • J. Cheek
  • 03-05-2017

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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  • Chris-Racheal Finken
  • 11-04-2017

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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  • MamaBear
  • 10-05-2017

bad recording

The sound kept cutting in and out. I thought it would interest me but to be honest I fell asleep listening to it.

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  • Jessica D
  • 26-04-2017

Meh.

I found it hard to engage with this one. I guess I was expecting more of a narrative; the fictional-expository style didn't capture my attention despite Eddie Redmayne's excellent reading. I chuckled here and there, but I can't say I'm this book was so short.

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  • Kat
  • 29-03-2017

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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  • Simon
  • 14-03-2017

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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  • Phoebe
  • 06-09-2020

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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  • Abi Chipperfield
  • 29-08-2020

So good

These fantastic beasts are so fantastic it is great to know them though my favourite beast is the crupp they sound adorable and so does the kneazle

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  • Maria Groening
  • 03-09-2020

amazing voice

Mr. Redmaynes voice is wonderful. The encyclopedia is interesting and it would be nice to see some of the listed animals in the next movie.

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  • hollietaylor67
  • 20-03-2017

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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  • Lioris
  • 18-03-2017

Utterly amazing!! Highly recommend

Loved every bit of it any Harry Potter fan will love. Money goes to an amazing charity lumos highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-2017

fantastic

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

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  • Andi
  • 31-08-2020

Absolutely fabulous

The same as I said about philosophers stone I find it difficult to read after the things j.k Rowling said on social media. I try not to think about it because it was
Outrageous. But otherwise I love it

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  • Kalina
  • 14-03-2017

Amazing!

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

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