Ummm, which book reviews are attached where?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter) - Newt Scamander, J.K. Rowling

I was eyeballing the reviews attached to this book page before I wrote mine. I pulled the page up by the ISBN and my book matches the one described. However, the reviews are all about the screenplay version, which I'm pretty sure is a completely different animal. The book I read, and am reviewing, is basically the textbook from Hogwarts, not the movie in book format.

 

That being said, I enjoy this book a lot. I got around to reading it again because I showed my daughters the movie and then tipped them to the fact that I had the book. Just in case they wanted to read it, ya know. What I like most about this book is that I can totally see this being a used textbook that Harry received. The "notes" written in the margins are amusing and relate to the various adventures from the series. The descriptions of the creatures themselves are informative but not professorially dry for the most part.

 

Having read this book well before the movie came out I resisted watching it for many, many moons. So when I finally gave in a watched the movie, I was pleased that my mental picture of Scamander's mannerisms was reflected quite a bit in the screen version. The fact that Rowling wrote both has no small part in that.

 

Don't go into this version thinking of the movie. Go into it thinking of the Hogwarts classes and students. It totally fits in there.