BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Win a copy of the magical smash-hit Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in book format!)
fantastic beasts and where to find them OWLconnected reader Rebecca reviews spin-off book set in the Harry Potter universe.


Do you like Harry Potter?

Okay, okay, silly question. We're already 99.999999999% sure the answer is yes.

(If you're part of the 0.000000001% of readers who said no, you're officially excused from this post. We promise to have more cool stuff for you to read on Monday!)

This post isn't exactly about Harry Potter, but it's pretty close. It's about the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. You may remember the movie version being in theatres last fall.

Like many great movies, Fantastic Beasts started out as a book—and we got our hands on three copies of that book. One we sent to reader Rebecca, age 12, for review. The other two... well, we'll get to that! First, check out Rebecca's book review below.

According to Rebecca

I liked the way all the creatures are described—the book is detailed enough to visualize the creature and how they look. Also, I like how they included past or present day legends within the creature descriptions.

If I was being picky, I would say I don’t like the use of footnotes. It would have been easier to understand if the information from the footnotes were incorporated in the text. Overall, there is very little to dislike.

I find the book very interesting. I’m a Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts fanatic, and this book provides additional information on the creatures in both stories.

Also, it is a quick read but is still packed with tons of images and interesting information. Did I mention I was a fanatic?

Rating: 9.75/10 (Harry Potter reference). Real rating: 9.5/10.

Enter the Fantastic Beasts GIVEAWAY!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them book

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

Those other two copies we mentioned earlier? They're up for grabs! All you have to do for a shot at winning one is go to the comments and answer this question:

What is your favourite Harry Potter book or movie?

Contest is open to residents of Canada only. Contest closes on Monday, July 31st at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be randomly chosen. Prize courtesy of Raincoast Books. Full contest rules and regulations can be seen here.


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  1. I haven’t watched the movies or read the books yet however now have this movie and am looking forward to watching it and starting the series.
    Thank you

  2. My favourite Harry Potter book and movie is definitely the first one: Harry Potter and the philosophers stone!

  3. My favorite Harry Potter book is, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban because at the very end of the book there is a major plot twist that I completely wasn’t expecting! 😆

  4. My favorite Harry Potter book is Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince because it has so much action and drama 🙂

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