Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them follows the story of author Newt Scamander in 1920s New York City. The screenplay was written by #JKRowling, and is believed by some to be the first film in the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' franchise to not be based off of a book. But, is it really?
As many already know, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them was a short book written by Rowling that was released in 2001 — even though the cover of the book credits the authorship to Newt Scamander. Instead of weaving a fictional narrative like its predecessors, #FantasticBeasts was actually just like the book of the same title existing in the Harry Potter universe. It's an informational book about some of the Wizarding World's Fantastic Beasts and, as the title suggests, where to find them.
The book features 85 different mythical creatures in the #HarryPotter universe, from the Leprechaun to the Unicorn, and even from the Basilisk to the Hungarian Horntail dragon, which at the time of publication had yet to appear in the central Harry Potter books.
'Fantastic Beasts' Is So Much More Than a Textbook
Fantastic Beasts (the book) opens with a foreward by Albus Dumbledore who, per his character, ends with the Hogwarts motto, "Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus" (Never tickle a sleeping dragon).
Another cool aspect of the book is the doodles and notes written on it by Ron Weasley. His notes almost always carry a comedic effect, making it seem less like an educational book and more like a book following Ron's struggle to avoid educating himself, which is about ten times better if you ask me.
The True Magic of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'
While you might quick to assume that the book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them was just a cash grab on Rowling's part, it was actually an act of charity. She wrote Fantastic Beasts at the same time she wrote Quidditch Through The Ages. 80% of the money made from each of these books was given to the U.K. charity Comic Relief, which is a charity that works to fight poverty around the globe.
This totally fits J.K. Rowling, as she will often give a lot of her money to different charities. In fact, Rowling lost her place on the Forbes billionaires list because of how much she has donated to charities over the years! Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages earned over £17 million for Comic Relief. That is where the true magic of the books lie.
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The book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is available on Amazon for less than $7, if you are interested. It is a comedic read, even though it has little to do with the narrative in the film. If you don't get it because of the movie, or because of the information you will find in it, at least get it for Ron's notes. It's worth the little bit of money you'll put into it.
If you need a little more magic in your life, check out our mashup of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' and 'Beauty and the Beast' below!