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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Illustrated | Review

2017 was the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Can you believe it?! 20 years since that orphan under the stairs walked into our lives. Incredible. To celebrate the 2-decade mark, Bloomsbury worked with a collection of people to put together a couple of brilliant books. One of them was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Illustrated.

The book is much like the textbook, where magical creatures are catalogued and described, with images and important notes so that wizards don't get killed while approaching them. Similar to the illustrated versions of Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets and recently Prisoner of Azkaban, illustrated by Jim Kay, Fantastic Beasts is a beautifully created piece of art work. I was super excited to hear that Olivia Lomenech Gill was illustrating Fantastic Beasts and couldn't wait to see a slightly different spin on the creatures we all know already through the books.

The book doesn't disappoint. Each creature is painted with such talent, a small description of the creature is given, and a note here and there. While it's definitely an information book- there's no plot, no characters, no setting - it does give you fantastic (heh heh) background to the animals in Harry's world. If you're a HP fan, then this is definitively a fun addition to your bookshelves.

Have you had a flick through Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Illustrated? 
Let us know what you think! 

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