Book review: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

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A quick note before I begin: This isn’t the screenplay! That’s a totally separate book that has about a million holds on it at my library, but eventually, I’ll read it. This is the textbook from the Harry Potter universe.

Another quick note before I begin: I haven’t seen the movie! I know! What kind of Harry Potter fan am I?!

Anyway, two notes aside, Fantastic Beasts is a quick, entertaining encyclopedia of all the magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe. I enjoyed all the side notes and being part of this world even for a little while longer.

I listened to this on audio and Eddie Redmayne did an excellent job. The studio also did an excellent job, making this right up there with the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to. There are sound effects, voice effects, and little musical interludes, ensuring that the book (which is essentially just a catalog of magical species) never gets boring. I can’t comment on the physical book but the audiobook is definitely worth your time.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

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