Written under the pseudonym Newt Scamander, it is meant to be a copy of the in-universe book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The premise states that the book has been released in the Muggle world to help raise money for needy causes.
There are many editions of the book. To mark the release of the 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film, three new book covers were designed by Pottermore, Bloomsbury and Scholastic, and Rowling added new information. Each new edition was released 14 March 2017.
There is also an audio book edition narrated by Eddie Redmayne, who portrays the author Newt Scamander in the film adaptations. He read the book in character. It was released on the same day as the redesigned covers.
- About the Author
- Foreword by Albus Dumbledore
- Introduction by Newt Scamander
- Ministry of Magic Classifications
- An A-Z of Fantastic Beasts
When the book was published in 2001, it contained creatures that had yet to appear in the later books. For example:
- Fire Crab
- Horned Serpent*
- Mackled Malaclaw
- Red Cap
- Fire Dwelling Salamander
- Sea serpent
- Golden Snidget
- Wampus cat*
- Winged horse
The beasts marked with * were added in the 2017 edition.
On 28 September 2016, Pottermore released the redesigned cover for the eBook edition of the book designed by Olly Moss. On 5 January 2017, Pottermore announced that Bloomsbury and Scholastic had also redesigned the hardcover edition of the book. The Scholastic edition was designed by Headcase Design. The Bloomsbury edition was designed by Jonny Duddle and features a Puffskein on the back cover. An eBook, audiobook (narrated by Eddie Redmayne and featuring some sound effects), and Hardcover editions were published on 14 March 2017. Part of the proceeds will go to Comic Relief again as well as Lumos, Rowling's charity.
In March 2017, a new edition by Pottermore began featuring new information about six new beasts (the Thunderbird, Wampus cat, Horned Serpent, Hodag, Hidebehind and Snallygaster), and included some corrections, a new foreword "by Newt Scamander" and interior illustrations by Tomislav Tomic, replacing the previous foreword "by Albus Dumbledore" and illustrations by Rowling. A Deluxe Illustrated Edition and an Illustrated Edition illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill was released by Bloomsbury in July 2017.
- Some editions were featuring the price in wizarding currency in the back covers.
- This book is available in the Muggle world (which would appear to be a breach of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy even if Dumbledore writes that everything is "fictional"), for the purpose of raising money for charity.
- While Albus Dumbledore's foreword states that the book is used to find the best way to rid the lawn of Horklumps or cure pet Puffskeins of drinking out of the toilet, the companion book actually does not reveal how to fix these problems. Perhaps even odder, for all that "Where to Find Them" is a part of the title, the book contains very little indication on where the creatures can, in fact, be found. This, and the absence of some creatures (such as Cockatrices) from the book, can be explained by the Ministry of Magic having required that some information be purged from the muggle edition of the book, so as not to put the Statute of Secrecy under too much pressure.
- The American editions of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages were not Americanized. The publisher Arthur A. Levine stated "… those are exactly the same – we didn’t have time or anything… Did I change the spellings? I might have… I might not have… Because, of course, the conceit is that it’s a British school book anyway. It’s not narrated…". A note about Comic Relief by Rowling is unique to the American edition and the text of the ‘Foreword’ has also been changed slightly to identify the charity as ‘Comic Relief U.K.’
- In 2013, J. K. Rowling announced that she had begun to write a screenplay for a feature film to be titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which would focus on Newton Scamander and would take place seventy years before the events in the Harry Potter novels. The said film was released on Friday, 18 November 2016.
- The prefacing About the Author indicated the book was in its "fifty-second edition" in the editions prior to 2017.
- While the real-world original edition is said to be the fifty-second edition in-universe, and the altered 2017 version (due to the additions and different foreword) is presumably another edition, both bear the same markings by the hands of Harry Potter and his friends. It is unknown which of the two editions was canonically owned by Harry.
- This does not happen in the updated American edition, in which all the doodles and comments by Harry and his friends are removed.
- Eddie Redmayne has recorded the new Fantastic Beasts audio book as Newt Scamander
- First look: Olly Moss redesigns Fantastic Beasts cover for Pottermore
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Deluxe Illustrated Edition - harrypotter.bloomsbury.com
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, (Foreword by Albus Dumbledore) - "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, […] or cure their pet Puffskein of drinking out of the toilet."
- J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013
- "JK Rowling to write new Harry Potter-inspired film series based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" at The Independent
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