Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
By J.K. Rowling
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2016.
Genre: Fantasy 304 pages
Grade Level: Grades 4 and Up.
Okay, so I saw the movie first and on the way home stopped and bought a copy of the book and finished reading it that evening! I loved the movie and wish the book was more than a script.
This is a Harry Potter, prequel of sorts which takes place in New York City in 1926, when Newt Scamander a Brit gets off an ocean liner carrying a worn leather suitcase that has more than a change of clothes contained within. His goal is to release a creature that had been captured from Arizona some time ago. But a dark force is at work and when Newt’s arrival is timed with the havoc, he becomes suspect number one by the MCUSA—the Magical Congress of the United States which keeps the magical wizards safe.
Readers will be mesmerized, in only the way that J.K. Rowling can do it, when Newt and muggle Jacob Kowalski step down into that worn piece of luggage. Readers will be introduced to new creatures some that cute and loveable and others that look quite fierce. Tie-ins to Harry Potter? Newt went to Hogwarts where he had Professor Dumbledore and he had a relationship with a Leta Lestrange.
Hang on to your hats and keep your wands at the ready—this book is filled with adventure, mystery and the magic of J.K. Rowling.