Study Guide

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Chapter 3: Introduction - About This Book

By J.K. Rowling

Chapter 3: Introduction - About This Book

  • We begin at the beginning with an introduction written by Newt Scamander himself.
  • Mr. Scamander starts by reflecting on all the years of hard work that have gone into writing this book and its updated editions.
  • It all started when he was just a seven-year-old boy, dismembering Horklumps. Gross. From there he travelled across five continents and to hundreds of countries observing the habits of magical creatures wherever they lived.
  • Wow. The guy is super dedicated.
  • Mr. Scamander got the chance to travel all these places because of Mr. Augustus Worme.
  • In 1918, he was the owner of Obscurus Books and he wanted someone to write a compendium of magical creatures.
  • Mr. Scamander was just a lowly Ministry of Magic employee, so he pretty much jumped at the chance to earn a little extra money travelling the world searching for new magical species to study.
  • Kind of like Eat. Pray. Loveā€¦but with way more Hippogriffs.
  • Fantastic Beasts has been such a success over the years, so the whole point of this introduction is to answer some of the questions Mr. Scamander has been getting about his book and the fantastic beasts in it since he first published this guide way back in 1927.