Thursday, 4 January 2018

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Illustrated Edition

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book review
Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic!
 
This glorious new edition of Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (considered a classic throughout the wizarding world) features an extraordinary array of magical creatures, from Acromantula to Yeti via ten different breeds of dragon - all beautifully illustrated in full colour by the brilliantly inventive, Greenaway Medal shortlisted Olivia Lomenech Gill.

 Famed Magizoologist Newt Scamander's years of adventure and exploration have yielded a work of unparalleled importance, admired by scholars, devoured by young witches and wizards, and even made available to Muggles in the early years of this century. With this dazzling illustrated edition, readers can explore the magical fauna of five continents from the comfort of their own armchairs. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is essential reading at Hogwarts.

This new edition features the fully updated 2017 text - which includes new profiles of six magnificent beasts that inhabit North America and a new foreword by J.K. Rowling, writing as Newt Scamander.

I received this illustrated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them as a gift at Christmas. I'd been toying with the idea of adding it to my Christmas list but decided against it due to the limited amount of space we have left on our bookshelf. When I saw it in person though, I instantly regretted not asking for it. Little did I know that Josh had already bought it me though and I'm so pleased to have it in my collection as it's just beautiful. I'm a huge fan of wonderfully illustrated books like this and for the first time the original version of this book has been fully brought to life with Olivia Lomenech Gill's out of this world art work. 

I have of course got the original version of Fantastic Beasts but I love that this has also been updated with a brand new foreword and new magical beasts. Not that I couldn't justify buying it anyway but I just think it's nice that the actual text has been updated too for the new release as it adds something extra for long time fans of the wizarding world like me who constantly crave new material in written form (not on Pottermore!)

I highly recommend that fans, both new and old, of the magical universe add this book to their collection as you honestly won't be disappointed in the breathtaking imagery. I can hand on heart say it's one of the most beautiful books I own and I'll treasure it in my collection for a long time.
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