Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

by David Yates (Director)

Other authorsJ. K. Rowling (Writer), David Heyman (Producer), Steve Kloves (Producer), Lionel Wigram (Producer), Eddie Redmayne (Actor), Ezra Miller (Actor), Dan Fogler (Actor), Alison Sudol (Actor), Katherine Waterston (Actor)
Video Recording, 2016

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Warner Brothers (2016)


It opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

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LibraryThing member Glennis.LeBlanc
Audio book review. Normally I don’t listen to audios unless I have already read the book since I’m usually doing other things and I don’t want to miss a detail that might get blocked by my GPS telling me to turn in a few miles.

This is a quick short audio read by Eddie Redmayne who plays Newt Scamander in the movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. There is a bit of history of what is a beast and what isn’t at the beginning, but the body of the book is just a list of creatures and the facts about them. The nice part with the audio is there are sound effects along with the reading of the text so it makes it a bit more entertaining. A cute listen and I think I certainly enjoyed it more than if I had bothered to read the slim volume that has been out there for years.
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LibraryThing member wyvernfriend
Found this story of the past of the Harry Potter World was interesting and fun. Newt and his suitcase were interesting, his affection for the creatures palpable; Jacob (aside from the fat jokes) coped well with the strange world of the wizards well (and I did like the end). It was enchanting and fun and I want more.
LibraryThing member infjsarah
I really enjoyed this - fun with great characters and animals.
LibraryThing member DrLed
Holding a mysterious leather suitcase in his hand, Newt Scamander, a young activist wizard from England, visits New York while he is on his way to Arizona. Inside his expanding suitcase hides a wide array of diverse, magical creatures that exist among us, ranging from tiny, twig-like ones, to majestic and humongous ones. It is the middle of the 20s and times are troubled since the already fragile equilibrium of secrecy between the unseen world of wizards and the ordinary or "No-Maj" people that the MACUSA Congress struggles to maintain, is at risk of being unsettled. In the meantime, the voices against wizardry keep growing with daily protests led by Mary Lou Barebone and fuelled by the increasing disasters ascribed to a dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. At the same time, by a twist of fate, Newt's precious suitcase will be switched with the identical one of an aspiring No-Maj baker, Jacob Kowalski, while demoted Auror, Tina Goldstein, arrests Newt for being an unregistered wizard. To make matters worse, with the suitcase in the wrong hands, several creatures manage to escape to unknown directions. Before long, this situation will catch Senior Auror Percival Graves' attention who will target both Tina and Newt amid panic caused by an invisible, devastating and utterly unpredictable menace that still wreaks havoc in New York's 5th Avenue. Is there a hidden agenda behind Graves' intentions and ultimately, what will happen to the remaining magical creatures still loose in the streets?

—Nick Riganas
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LibraryThing member LVStrongPuff
The audible book for this is amazing. I loved it so much I have listened to it 3 times. Eddie Redmayne as the narrator is just wonderful. I loved learning about all the different beasts. After watching the movies I could actually picture some beasts while listening. I loved the extra effects that were going on in the background while Eddie Redmayne spoke. This really is a wonderful audible book.… (more)

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