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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] By 1932, Eulalie Hicks also set this book as a required textbook for all her fifth year students at Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[3]

A copy of this book cost two Galleons at Flourish and Blotts.[4]


(L-R): Bunty, Newt, Leta, and Theseus at the launch party held in Flourish and Blotts

In 1918, Obscurus Books commissioned Newton Scamander to write Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.[5] The book was first released in early 1927, and a launch party was held at seven o'clock on 19 March at Flourish and Blotts in Diagon Alley, where the Magizoologist was accompanied by his childhood friend Leta Lestrange, his older brother Theseus Scamander and his assistant, Bunty.[6]

Second edition of the book

In or prior to 1932, a second edition had been published.[7]

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]

In 2017, a new edition featuring a foreword by Scamander was avaliable. He provided new details about the part he played in capturing the Dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald and added six new creatures to the A to Z of Fantastic Beasts. He wrote it was "To appear only in "For Wizards" version". He then added an "Editor's note" stating the Muggle version had to include the "gaff" of it being "obvious fiction".[8]


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

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  4. Pottermore
  5. Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
  6. (see this image)
  7. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (see this image)
  8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2017 edition)
  9. Scholastic Harry Potter site - Series Information
  10. 「ハリー・ポッター」シリーズの「ファンタスティック・ビースト」仕様のクリスマスツリーが、当店前のOO広場に展示中です。書籍はもちろん、11/17から12/25まで当店1F・4Fにて雑貨販売も予定しております。ぜひお立ち寄りください。 - Twitter favicon.png 丸善丸の内本店's official account on Twitter
  11. Tree of Fantastic Beasts ― 魔法動物の樹 ― 映画『#ファンタスティック・ビースト』シリーズに登場する魔法動物たちが隠れている、作品の世界観を表現しています🌱 魔法動物たちの不思議なツリーを背景に記念撮影も📸 🕛観覧時間:6:00~23:00 📍場所:丸の内オアゾ1F ○○広場(おおひろば) - Twitter favicon.png Japanese Wizarding World's official account on Twitter
  12. \ #クリスマスツリー も乞うご期待🎄/ #丸ビル のメインツリーでは、3Dホログラムディスプレイで映画の名シーンを再現した演出のライティングショー、 #TOKYOTORCHPark では、巨大ツリー型イルミネーションが登場 🚂📜🧙🏻‍♀️🐍 #ハリポタの魔法20周年 - Twitter favicon.png Marunouchi.com's official account on Twitter
  13. 【ワーナー公式】ニュース|『ハリー・ポッターと賢者の石』映画公開20周年記念! "Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2021 「ハリー・ポッター」魔法ワールドからの贈り物"開催 at Warner Bros. Japan
  14. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - The Printorium
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