Audiobook Review, Fantasy, Young Adult

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (aka J.K. Rowling)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Full disclosure… Almost anything that relates to the Harry Potter series is going to get five stars from me. And this book was no different.

Let me start by talking about the structure of the book. When I saw previews for the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I assumed the book was the written form of the movie. I was wrong. The book is written like an actual reference textbook that would be used in Hogwarts. It is not a story.

That being said, I wasn’t mad about it. I think it’s so clever of J.K. Rowling to keep growing the wizarding world of Harry Potter by creating additional texts that are outside of the original series but still related. I enjoyed her creativity in creating the various “beasts” that were detailed throughout the text. And at times I caught myself chuckling at little at her little hints of humor.

The audiobook was unique as well in that there were sound effects throughout that gave the listener an idea of what some of the beasts would sound like.

As it’s a super short read/listen, would highly recommend for anybody looking for a short story or just needs a break from long novels.

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