Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a book written by renowned British author and creator of the beloved Harry Potter universe, J K Rowling, about the magical creatures in the Wizarding world. It has been written under the pseudonym of Newt Scamander since in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, the first novel of the Harry Potter series, it is mentioned that Harry Potter owns a copy of the textbook of the same name written by Newt Scamander. It was published in 2001, by Bloomsbury in the UK and Scholastic in the US.
As mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the book, which is on the textbook list of first-year students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, is written by Magizoologist, an expert in the study of magical creatures, Newt Scamander. It includes the history of Magizoology and descriptions of 85 magical creatures, which Scamander has collected through years of travel all over the world. The foreward of the book has been written by Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts, where he states that the book serves as an excellent reference for Wizarding households as well as Hogwarts. The book also features comments and doodles added by Harry Potter’s best friend Ron Weasley.
In 2013, Warner Bros announced that a film adaptation of the book will be released as the first of a trilogy, of which the screenplay will be written by Rowling herself. It will focus on the life of Newt Scamander and the first film will be set in 1920’s New York, seventy years prior to the events in the Potter series. The film, starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, is set to be released on 18th November 2016.
Some of the magical creatures listed in the book include, Acromantula, Basilisk, Dragon, Ghoul, Gnome, Griffin, Hippocampus, Hippogriff, PhoenixUnicorn and Werewolf.
Hogwarts’ motto is “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus”, which means “Never tickle a sleeping dragon.”