After reading this book, I asked myself again and again, should I review this book, if yes, how do you exactly review a book that is just “Wow”. As the title suggests, the book is a spin-off from the popular Harry Potter Series, having featured as one of the textbooks in the series. The book features 50 odd beasts, details about them, how dangerous they are according to the Ministry of Magic, and such. But the best part lies in the fact that it is “illustrated”.
Every page on the beasts is accompanied by a beautiful illustration of the beasts, sometimes their surroundings or other related content. Standalone, the book is really clever. Rowling uses tidbits from real life tales, and news and beliefs and spins glorious stories around them – with the beast at the center of it all. They are fun to read and absorbing as anything – readings on Diricawl, Kelpie, Yeti are of particular note. Other beasts, especially the ones rated XXXXX are particularly delightful to read about. But it is the illustrations by Gill that bring them to life. They are not only beautiful to look at, but most of the times detailed, sprawling across the pages as if owning them, drawing the readers towards them.
The book is, for sure, a treasure-mine for Harry Potter fans but even for others it is a must-read if only to look at the illustrations as they are completely mesmerizing and will leave you asking for more of not only Newt’s knowledge but the artist’s drawings of them as well.