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"Newt's masterpiece had been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry ever since its publication and must take a substantial amount of credit for our students' consistently high results in Care of Magical Creatures examinations — yet it is not a book to be confined to the classroom. No wizarding household is complete without a copy of Fantastic Beasts, well thumbed by the generations who have riffled its pages in search of the best way to rid the lawn of Horklumps, interpret the mournful cries of the Augurey, or cure their pet Puffskein of drinking out of the toilet."
Albus Dumbledore[src]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a book written by Newt Scamander detailing the field of Magizoology, the study of magical creatures. It was a standard textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since it was written in 1927.[1][2]

A copy of this book cost two Galleons at Flourish and Blotts.[3]


An advertisement for this book

The book was first released in early 1927, and a book launch was held on 19 March 1927 at Flourish and Blotts at seven o'clock.[4]

Harry Potter purchased this book on 31 July 1991 in Flourish and Blotts in Diagon Alley, whilst he was buying supplies for his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that year with Rubeus Hagrid.[1] Harry's copy was also protected by the Thief's Curse.[2]


The final draft manuscript of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, 1927

"If Newt Scamander hasn’t found it, it’s not worth finding."
— Description[src]
  • Introduction
    • About This Book
    • What Is a Beast?
    • A Brief History of Muggle Awareness of Fantastic Beasts
    • Magical Beasts in Hiding
    • Why Magizoology Matters
    • Ministry of Magic Classifications
  • An A-Z of Fantastic Beasts

Beasts included in the book

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

Care of Magical Creatures
Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts
Hagrid's Hut · Forbidden Forest · Care of Magical Creatures classroom · Magical Creatures (club) · The Paddock
Professors Silvanus Kettleburn · Rubeus Hagrid · Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank (substitute teacher)
Textbooks The Monster Book of Monsters · Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Creatures studied at Hogwarts
Blast-Ended Skrewt · Bowtruckle · Chimaera · Crup · Diricawl · Doxy · Fairy · Fire Crab · Fire Dwelling Salamander · Flobberworm · Fwooper · Glumbumble · Gnome · Golden Snidget · Griffin · Hippogriff · Imp · Jackalope · Knarl · Kneazle · Moke · Murtlap · Niffler · Occamy · Porlock · Quintaped · Streeler · Thestral · Unicorn