Book Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

J.K. Rowling is undoubtedly responsible for sparking my passion towards reading and writing. As a child her Harry Potter texts were the first books that I truly immersed myself within, and my love for this series continues to this day. I have re-read each and every Harry Potter book at least five times, and I will likely read them several more times throughout the duration of my lifetime.

When I learned that Rowling was to be releasing an additional text (following her book The Casual Vacancy), I was definitely excited. I understood that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was to contain evidence of magic and wizardry that compares to the magic and wizardry apparent in her Harry Potter series, therefore I quickly assumed that I would enjoy reading this book. I never got around to visiting a book store and purchasing the book, however, so when I received the book from my parents for my twenty-second birthday, I was quite content.

I am approximately half-way through the book as of right now, and I absolutely love it. I received a copy of the book in the format of the original screenplay, meaning the story reads like a play, and while I typically fail to be a fan of reding screenplays, this particular version is enjoyable. Rowling’s main character Newt is positively witty, sarcastic, oblivious and hilarious, and he reminds me a bit of Ron Weasley. Rowling ensures to incorporate into this text the same spells that are used in the Harry Potter books, and being able to detect this reoccurring trope is, for me, comforting in a way.

I have yet to complete the text, but I am sure I will enjoy reading it right to its conclusion. If you are a Harry Potter fan I recommend giving this book a try – I doubt you will be disappointed.

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