The Hogwarts Library

The Hogwarts Library is by J.K. Rowling and features the books Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. 

41899Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

A copy of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them resides in almost every wizarding household in the country. Now Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Comic Relief, which means that the pounds and Galleons you exchange for it will do magic beyond the powers of any wizard. If you feel that this is insufficient reason to part with your money, I can only hope that passing wizards feel more charitable if they see you being attacked by a Manticore.

– Albus Dumbledore

Let me start off by saying that I am really excited this book is getting turned into a movie – even though I wasn’t entirely convinced that they could turn this “textbook” into a full length movie, let alone the announced THREE movies. If you haven’t seen the trailer you can see it here –> Fantastic Beasts Trailer . If Eddie Redmayne can’t convince you to read this book or see the movie, then you’re missing out! Also, I pre-ordered the bound version of the script that is being released in November!

There is only one way to describe this book – pure magic. It lets readers indulge in a small part of the wizarding universe. I think what makes it more real is that this particular copy is property of Harry Potter, so there are small scribbles and notes throughout the book that add so much more character and depth to this  very “nonfiction” book. I enjoyed this very short book very much, but there are so many creatures, I can’t pick a favorite. Although I am secretly hoping that they create a HarryPotterGo app, because I would catch these fantastic beasts all day long!

111450Quidditch Through the Ages

Did you know that: there are 700 ways of committing a foul in Quidditch? The game first began to evolve on Queerditch Marsh – What Bumphing is? That Puddlemere United is oldest team in the Britain and Ireland league (founded 1163). All this information and much more could be yours once you have read this book: this is all you could ever need to know about the history, the rules – and the breaking of the rules – of the noble wizarding sport of Quidditch.

Like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I enjoyed this other glimpse into the wizarding world! It is amazing that Rowling has an explanation for everything! Everything you need to know about the history of quidditch is in this book. Other insights include why brooms were chosen and why they were made a specific way; teams around the world; different “broom games”; and rules and regulations of the sport everyone (witch, wizard, and muggle) has come to love and appreciate!

16122245The Tales of Beedle the Bard

The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains five richly diverse fairy tales, each with its own magical character, that will variously bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril.

Essential and enjoyable reading for Muggles and wizards alike,The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a uniquely magical volume. With illuminating notes by Albus Dumbledore.

We first hear about this book in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when Hermione receives a copy from Dumbledore’s will and then we later hear the story of the The Three Brothers.

It’s a little weird how this is seen as children’s literature, but these are the “fairy tales” for the wizarding world. The tales are surprisingly creepy, but extremely well-written and fully developed. Just like the previous two, this is a wonderful addition to my Harry Potter stack of books.

 

Truth be told, I kinda wish I was a wizarding child. But let’s be real, I’ve been waiting for my Hogwarts letter since I first read Harry Potter in third grade. I simply adore that J.K. Rowling didn’t write these three book to earn more money, but rather for a purpose. Proceeds from the sale of these three books are donated to Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children. Great books for a great cause and for a Potterhead looking to indulge in more of the wizarding world.

Up next on my blog, I’ll be reviewing NYTimes Bestseller, The Help by Kathryn Stockett! Until next time bookworms!

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