When J.K. Rowling announced that Cursed Child will be released as a book, everyone went gaga and excited to have their hands with the script novel.
I haven’t had my own copy yet, but I will have soon. As a celebration of being a huge Harry Potter fan, my book recommendation for July is non-other than one of J.K. Rowling’s books!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (299 php)
You might see the trailer of this upcoming movie and you might wonder, what is the book all about? Is this another book-based film?
The answer: NO
This 86 page book is entirely about the magical creatures that you’ve seen in past Harry Potter films and the rest you will meet for the first time soon on the big screen.
It is written by Newt Scamander; he was an expelled student from Hogwarts, but later on worked in the Ministry of Magic. He was an incredible magizoologist. He was never seen in HP films, but his name appeared, though in the Marauder’s Map. (Check Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them tells the history of Magizoology and introduced 85 magical species found around the world.
*Ministry of Magic (MOM) Classifications*
xxxxx- Beast that are consider a wizard killer/ impossible to train or domesticate.
xxxx- Beasts that are dangerous, requires specialist knowledge but skilled wizard may handle them.
xxx- Beasts that competent wizard should cope.
xx- Beasts that are harmless and maybe domesticated
x- Beasts that is boring
~Meet ‘some’ of the Fantastic Beasts~
- Acromantula (xxxxx) > A monstrous eighty-eyed spider capable of human speech. Remember Aragog from Chamber of Secrets? He is the perfect example!
- Ashwinder (xxx) >A thin, pale-gray serpent with glowing red eyes that only lives for an hour. What freak me out: They are found worldwide!
- Basilisk (xxxxx) > A brilliant green serpent that have large yellow eyes. Anyone looking directly into these will suffer instant death. Poor Moaning Myrtle…
- Centaur (xxxx) > The centaur has a human head, torso and arms joined to a horse body who is being intelligent and capable of speech. Where is Professor Firenze now?
- Dragon (xxxxx) > The most famous of all magical beasts and the most difficult to hide. The Hungarian Horntail is the most dangerous of all dragon breeds. Hagrid’s Baby Norbert on the other hand is a Norwegian Ridgeback which nowadays one of the rarest dragon breeds.
- Hippogriff (xxx) > It has a head of a giant eagle and the body of a horse. It still broke my heart when Buckbeak was about to be executed.
- Kappa (xxxx) > The Kappa is a Japanese water demon that inhabits shallow ponds and rivers. Often said to look like a monkey with fish scales instead of fur and they feeds on human blood! Vampire beast?
- Leprechaun (xxx) > More intelligent than fairy, but nevertheless mischievous and they can only be found in Ireland. They produce a realistic gold-like substance that vanishes after few hours!
- Moke (xxx) > A silver-green lizard reaching up to ten inches in length and they have the ability to shrink at will but consequently never been noticed by Muggles. I wonder if we will able to see a Moke in the film.
- Nundu (xxxxx) > This east African beast is arguably the most dangerous in the world. A giant leopard that moves silently despite its size and whose breath causes disease virulent enough to eliminate entire villages. Scary!
- Phoenix (xxxx) > The phoenix is a magnificent, swan-sized, scarlet bird with a long golden tail, beak and talons. It is a gentle creature that has never been known to kill and eats only herbs. My favorite beast!
- Runespoor (xxxx) > A three-headed serpent that was once a favorite pet of Dark Wizards. Each of the Runespoor’s heads serves different purposes. The left head is the planner which decides where to go and what to do next. The middle head is the dreamer and the right head is the critic that will evaluate the efforts of the left and middle heads with a continual irritable hissing. They are the only known magical beast that produces eggs through its mouth. I’m interested to see a Runespoor on big screen!
- Unicorn (xxxx) > It is a pure white, horned horse that said to have magical properties and unicorn is very difficult to capture. Bad Quirell!
- Werewolf (xxxxx) > Humans turn into werewolves only when bitten. There is no known cure. Who would forget Lupin?
For some this book is just a waste of time and money but of you are a truly Potterhead, you should not miss Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them. I’m actually excited for the film, which will be out by November. I can’t wait to see the beasts that will be shown and the backstory about Newt Scamander!
August Book Recommendation is about local authors and stories because it is Buwan of Wika! Proud of our Filipino language! Watch out for it by the end of the month, I will be featuring not one but THREE BOOKS!