Genre: Textbook

5-Watertowers TracyReaderDad Book Reviews(Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Textbook)

A great textbook that is informative and interesting.  You can buy a copy here, but, for this review, I borrowed a copy of “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them” from Harry Potter.  Interestingly, it did require a reading spell (Thank you, Hermione) before I could read the text. I am a Muggle after all.

Newton (“Newt”) Artemis Fido Scamander was born in 1897, and, as a child became fascinated with fantastic beasts (while dismembering Horklumps from the family garden).

After graduating from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Newt Scamander joined the Ministry of Magic in the “Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures” eventually ending up in the “Beast Division” where he quickly rose to prominence.

Asked by Augustus Worme of Obscurtus Books to write a textbook covering magical creatures, Scamander started traveling the world on his holidays in search of “fantastic beasts”. The textbook that resulted describes 75 beasts and two “beings” that prefer to remain in the “beast” category: Centaurs and merpeople.  Some of the other beasts covered in this textbook include the: Winged Horse, Yeti, Acromantula, Basilisk, Gnome, Dragon, Crup, Fairy, Jarvey, and Kelpie.

The book also explains how these magical creatures are protected from Muggle sightings (read the book to find out how), even though some have been seen: The Kelpie is a large serpent from Scotland, and the Yeti lives in the snow in the Himalayas (Muggles know them as the Loch Ness monster, and Abominable Snowman).

The textbook has been so successful, that is was made into a movie in 2016, with four or five more movies planned.


Posted by Mike Pihlman

I am the Director of a 501c3 non-profit that awards college scholarships to Tracy, CA scholars in honor of my daughter's best friend, and our part-time daughter, Carol Phan who we lost on Sept 18, 2010. I am a: Book Review (, Technology (, and Movie Review ( blogger.

One Comment

  1. […] The magical world of Harry Potter returns in this prequel set in 1926, 70 years before Harry, Ron, and Hermione, stepped foot in Hogwarts. If you do not remember, “Deathly Hallows” it might be a good time to re-read it, or re-watch the movie, as there is information in that book, or movie, that serves as a backstory to “Fantastic Beasts” (i.e. the story of Dumbledore, Grindelwald, and Aberforth as kids). See my Book Review of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. […]


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