Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

I’m writing this at night, to post in the morning, and right now I’m so tired I can barely think straight.  A friend was in town, so I took this weekend off from both reading and writing, which means I’m terribly behind on both Nanowrimo and my goal of reading all the Harry Potters before the movie comes out.  With eight days to go (fortunately two of those days are a weekend, unfortunately, the office I work at is not closed for Veteran’s day) I am at the end of Goblet of Fire, with the longest book of the lot up next and then two more just as long as Goblet.

Thankfully, I started reading Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them while waiting for Prisoner of Azkaban to come in the mail (all of my copies are at my parents house on the other side of the country).  I can’t believe it’s Thursday already and time to talk about another book, but Saturday will for sure be Goblet of Fire (and hopefully by then I’ll be halfway through Order of the Phoenix).

Fantastic Beasts is cute.  Rowling created it to raise money for Comic Relief (a great organization who put on Red Nose Day in the UK–definitely the most fun charity organization out there… also in the US now).  I probably wouldn’t have liked it if it hadn’t been created for charity.  It’s cute, but as a book on it’s own, it’s not entirely captivating.  This is the second time I’ve read it (the first being when my parents bought me the book, which had to be back in 2001) and I don’t feel like I was missing out waiting nine years to read it again.

I love the notes that Harry, Ron, and Hermione scribble in the margins.  I enjoy learning about animals that are referenced in the series books–werewolves, hinkypunks, troll, phoenix, basilisk, dragons, acromantula.  These parts were especially entertaining in conjunction with Harry and Ron’s commentary, because we know exactly what Harry and Ron are thinking.  The introduction gives a fascinating look into the intricacies of magical government.  I especially enjoyed the entry on the Lethifold, because there were a handful of stories alluded to with enough detail that I was given the impression of a full story.

My quick posts, never end up being quick.  I probably need to turn on my inner editor.  But for now, I’ll get back to reading, because I don’t like to fail at my goals.

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