Friday, October 18, 2013

Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)

  Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are two Hogwarts school books copied and sold to Muggles like us, so we can understand the wonders of the Wizarding World. If you're missing the Golden Trio (Harry, Ron and Hermione), Dumbledore and J.K. Rowling herself, then you may want to pick up these books and delve right back into the magic. 
  Whoever put these books together and decided to sell them to everyday Muggles (like you and me) is a genius! The books are beautifully made, with genuine passages, letters from the "writers" and convincing details from the Hogwarts Library. 
  One of the many things I love about J.K. Rowling is that she donates enormous amounts of money to charities. So, with every copy of Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sold, a large sum goes to Comic Relief, a major charity based in the UK which strives to "create a just world free from poverty." Humor is a key theme in J.K. Rowling's Hogwarts Library books and I've got to tell you, they had me chuckling throughout. 

  Quidditch Through the Ages is just how it sounds; Quidditch throughout history! How it started, the different variations of the game, the many teams all over the world, etc. If you're a fan of Quidditch, this is the book for you! If you don't favor it, or it's not your favorite Wizarding World subject, this book will surely change your mind. It's very insightful, fun and it provides that extra bit of magic you need after you've finished Harry's story. 

  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a Hogwarts school book of magical and mystical beasts from A-Z, their capability of danger and harm, their strengths and weaknesses, and- as the title insinuates- where to find them. 
  I found this book to be absolutely precious! Our mass market copies are "copied" from Harry Potter's own school book, so as you're learning about unicorns, salamanders, hippogriffs and snidgets, you'll find doodles from Harry and Ron themselves. (Most being sarcastic and flat out hysterical.)

  I read both of these Hogwarts novels in one day! They're brief, fun and a wonderful trip back home to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 


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