by Newt Scamander (J. K. Rowling)
published: March 12, 2001
published by Obscurus Books, 18a Diagon Alley, London
in association with Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Press
42 pages plus 22 pages of introductions and a special foreword by Albus Dumbledore
illustrated by J.K. Rowling
Rowling wrote this book along with Quidditch Through the Ages for charity. All proceeds will be donated to Comic Relief. Click on the book cover to the right to order these two books through Amazon.com. The book is designed to look like a Hogwarts textbook. It has slash marks on it as if some fierce creature has taken a swipe at the book with its claws. There is a sticker on the front with the words "Property of:" followed by Harry Potter's signature. The book is mentioned in PS5 as one of the textbooks Harry is required to purchase for Hogwarts.
related resources in the Lexicon
facts & trivia:
- There are scribbled notes in the book, scrawled there by Harry and his friends.
- On the inside front cover is a bookplate: This book belongs to:"
followed by Harry's signature again.
Underneath that is written the following exchange:
"shared by Ron Weasley because his fell apart"
"why don't you buy a new one then?"
"write on your own book Hermione"
"you bought all those dungbombs on Saturday.you should have bought a new book instead."
- On the title page is a game of hangman between Harry and Ron, who has lost the game. The word,
which he didn't get, was ACROMANTULA. Next to
the little stick figure is a drawing of a spider with the words "you die Weasley." There is also a game of
tic-tac-toe and the words "Harry loves
- On the index page is written: "CHUDLEY CANNONS" under which is written "write a decent team in my book for a change Weasley"
author's comments about the book:
"When Comic Relief asked me to write something I thought I would just love to write the two books," Ms Rowling told the BBC. "I have always supported Comic Relief...I did two because I had two in my head and I couldn't really decide between Quidditch and Fantastic Beasts, so I decided to do them both."
Q: Why were there no pictures in your books?
A: Actually, I drew some pictures for book one and the publishers didn't want them. They felt that putting in pictures implied the books were for younger children but I drew the pics for Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts, so that was fun.
from an interview with Raincoast:Why did you want to write Quidditch Through The Ages and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them?
They are two titles that appear in the novels - Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is a book that Harry buys to go to Hogwarts so it's one of his school textbooks and Quidditch Through The Ages is a library title. I always write more than I need for the books so bits of them were just written for my own fun. So when Comic Relief asked me to write something I thought I would just love to write them, I just thought it would be so much fun and I was completely correct. It was more fun than I've had writing the others.
How did these books come about?
I got a letter from Richard Curtis who started Comic Relief saying would you consider writing us a short story? And then he cunningly said something like "I'm sure you won't, we'll still love your books, even if you don't but just thought we'd ask". Which is a very clever way of asking someone to do something. But I didn't really need much persuasion as I have always supported Comic Relief, and I think they do fantastic work, so I wrote back and said yes but I'm not good at short stories particularly not short Harry stories I tend to ramble on, so how would it be if I wrote a couple of the titles that appear by title in the novels so that's how it all started. And I decided to do two because just because I had two in my head and I couldn't really decide between Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch so I thought we'll do them both.
In the UK, almost all the money raised is going to Comic Relief (UK). Is the same thing happening in other countries, where Comic Relief is not so well known?
Yes, they will be happening in other countries. Money raised outside Britain will be going into an international fund to help children in some of the poorest countries in the world, and it's been absolutely miraculous that everyone who would usually take a cut from the production of a book to give their services for free. So almost all the money from the books will be going into these funds.
When people buy the book, how much money will be going to charity?
Everyone who would usually take a cut from the book is giving their services for free and they're donating what would've been their proceeds to Comic Relief which means booksellers, paper suppliers, publishers and my royalties, everything will be going to Comic Relief, over 80% of the cover price will be going to Comic Relief.
How much money are you hoping to raise?
As much as possible loads, millions and millions. The important thing to remember is that for every book bought it will make a difference a real difference in someone's life, someone living in poverty. So the important thing to remember is that by buying one book, parting with your pocket money you will make a real difference to someone probably of your age living elsewhere in the world.
What do you like most about Comic Relief UK?
Lots of things I like about Comic Relief. They have a Golden Pound principle which means that every pound that's given to them, or any money that's given to them, will go directly to the causes involved. And it's fun. There is something wonderful about the idea that laughter should be used to combat real tragedy and poverty and suffering and it just is the most wonderful thing.
Did the books take you a long time to write?
Not a very long time; I wrote them right after I'd finished Book 4, so compared to Book 4, which as you probably know is a very, very long book, they didn't take long at all.
One of them has extra stuff written in it by Harry. What's all that about?
That's Harry and Ron graffiti-ing the book, as you do to your schoolbooks. You do doodle on them, I always wrote all over mine. Teachers reading this will not be happy that I'm saying it but you do, don't you? So they've just scribbled things on them and said rude things in them, the name of their favourite Quidditch team and stuff in the book.