Study Guide

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Youth

By J.K. Rowling


Okay, we know it's not exactly right to call the Harry Potter series a bunch of kids books (mostly because an angry mob of adult fans will come yell at us), but these stories are definitely all about young people growing up and facing challenges they might not be ready for yet.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is no different. In it, Mr. Scamander remembers his own childhood and thinks about his young readers today. He mentions their lives and concerns and gives them hints for staying ahead of the magical creatures they might encounter out in the wide world. Hint: Billywigs are cool, but you might want to stay away from those nasty Erklings.

Questions About Youth

  1. Do you agree that Fantastic Beasts is an important book for wizard children to read? Why or why not?
  2. Does Mr. Scamander view children and adults differently in terms of what they need to know about fantastic beasts?
  3. Why do you think Muggles have turned stories about magical creatures into fairy tales for their children?

Chew on This

Mr. Scamander clearly sees knowledge and education as important tools for young people to possess.

Children, in general, need to be more wary of magical creatures than adults, as they're less knowledgeable and more vulnerable to attack than adults.