Listening to Eddie Redmayne Read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them by J.K. Rowling

Narrated by Eddie Redmayne

Publication: March 14th 2017 by Pottermore

Format: Audiobook Length: 1 hr 40 mins

ASIN: B01N9VMWMZ

I was SO happy to hear that there would be a Fantastic Beasts audiobook read by Eddie Redmayne. His narration was fun, quirky and delightful. It’s as if the character, Newt Scamander, was written for him. I loved every minute of this audiobook. Eddie reads the book with charm and personality, bringing Rowling’s words to life.

If you’re interested in the fantastic beasts of the Potterverse, you’re going to want to get your hands on this audiobook. The book is read out in alphabetical order. Each entry goes into detail about all the various magical beasts as well as explaining things like why Centaurs are classed as beasts despite their intelligence, why the Golden Snidget has been replaced by the Golden Snitch in Quidditch, and all the different types of dragons.

I thought the sections explaining the Ministry’s way of organising beasts were particularly interesting. I never thought to question how they would classify Merpeople, trolls, giants, werewolves and such, but the explanations provided in this audiobook were extensive, and they made me appreciate the detail Rowling goes into. In addition to this, the book also goes into how dangerous each creature is considered by the ministry.

Fantastic Beasts is by no means a comprehensive guide, as explained in the introduction. There are many other beasts that exist in the Potterverse that have not made it into this book, but, you will find most of those so far exposed by Rowling in all seven Harry Potter books and the Fantastic Beasts movie have been included. I was, however, left curious as to why Dementors were not included and whether or not an Obscurus counts as a magical creature.

A great audiobook for Harry Potter fans.

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The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy

The Wildings

The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy

Series: The Wildings #1

Publication: July 7th 2016 by Pushkin Press

Format: Paperback Pages: 326

ISBN13: 9781782691051

A small band of cats lives in the labyrinthine alleys and ruins of Nizamuddin, an old neighbourhood in Delhi. Miao, the clan elder, a wise, grave Siamese; Katar, a cat loved by his followers and feared by his enemies; Hulo, the great warrior tom; Beraal, the beautiful queen, swift and deadly when challenged; Southpaw, the kitten whose curiosity can always be counted on to get him into trouble… Unfettered and wild, these and the other members of the tribe fear no one, go where they will, and do as they please. Until, one day, a terrified orange-coloured kitten with monsoon green eyes and remarkable powers, lands in their midst—setting off a series of extraordinary events that will change their world forever.Goodreads.

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James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing (James Potter #1) by G. Norman Lippert

James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing by G. Norman Lippert

Series: James Potter #1

Publication: August 22nd 2012

Format: eBook Pages: 552

ASIN: B00918MVYU

‘What’s it like to be the son of the most famous wizard of all time?

James Potter thinks he knows, but as he begins his own adventure at Hogwarts, he discovers just how much of a challenge it really is to live up to the legend of the great Harry Potter. As if it wasn’t enough dealing with the delegates from the American wizarding school and figuring out the mysteriously polite Slytherins, James and his new friends, Ralph and Zane, begin to uncover a secret plot that could pit the Muggle and the Magical worlds against each other in all-out war. 

Now, with the help of Ted Lupin and his band of merry mischief makers (The Gremlins), James must race to stop a war that could change the world forever. His only hope is to learn the difference between being a hero and being the son of a hero.’ Goodreads

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