By Aaryaman Akhouri

In wake of the upcoming movie adaptation, I decided I would review Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This book has a slight relation to the Harry Potter series, which is one of my favorite book series of all time. The book is written by the author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, but it’s written under the pseudonym, “Newt Scamander”.  The book does not tell any type of story, but instead it describes the engaging animals from J.K. Rowling’s magical world.

This book is undeniably made for diehard fans of Harry Potter and it’s a very good book, but what about its flaws? J.K. Rowling is an amazing author that has the ability to know how to write interesting characters and great story lines. That’s where this book stumbles. Earlier, I wrote that this book has no story and that it’s more of an informative book. Long story short, this book has no interesting characters, however, I consider that a very minor flaw because it makes up with letting the reader know more about fascinating and magical creatures from the Harry Potter world.

The book also has writing scribbled onto some pages, in order to make an illusion that Harry and Ron Weasley are writing note, which can be distracting. The book can also be slightly boring if you are not familiar with the world of Harry Potter. However, even with these flaws, the book is very good and I would give it an 8.4/10. I am very excited to see how J.K. Rowling and David Yates adapt this story to the big screen.



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