Oh, I’ve seen the movie when it was released and I quickly went to the store to get my copy of the lovely manual – Thank you for the lore, the additional Harry Potter universe addition and the new and fantastic characters!
— Scholastic (@Scholastic) July 10, 2017
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them represents the fruit of many years’ travel and research. I look back across the years to the seven-year-old wizard who spent hours in his bedroom dismembering Horklumps and I envy him the journeys to come: from darkest jungle to brightest desert, from mountain peak to marshy bog, that grubby Horklump-encrusted boy would track, as he grew up, the beasts described in the following pages. I have visited lairs, burrows and nests across five continents, observed the curious habits of magical beasts in a hundred countries, witnessed their powers, gained their trust and, on occasion, beaten them off with my travelling kettle.”
So starts a magical tale of Newt Scamander and his book which goes about defining monsters and creatures and posing the existential question:
We now ask ourselves: which of these creatures is a ‘being’ – that is to say, a creature worthy of legal rights and a voice in the governance of the magical world – and which is a ‘beast’?