The book I’ve chosen this week for my weekly Friday meme combo is Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them (Newt Scamander) by J.K. Rowling. It purports to be Harry Potter’s copy of the textbook of the same name mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first novel of the Harry Potter series. The book was written by Rowling to araise funds for the charity Comic Relief in the UK and has the following short description on the back cover:
A copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them resides in almost every wizarding household in the country. Now Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.
Now for this week’s excerpts:
Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post. If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’
From the beginning of Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them:
(from the introduction) About This Book - Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them represents the fruit of many years’ travel and research. I look back across the years to the seven-year-old wizard who spent hours in his bedroom dismembering Horklumps and I envy him the journeys to come: from darkest jungle to brightest desert, from mountain peak to marshy bog, that grubby Horklump-encrusted boy would track, as he grew up, the beasts described in the following pages.
This sounds like a fun book that should sit well on the bookshelf next to the books in the Harry Potter series.
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
It’s that simple.
From page 56 of Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them:
The Murtlap is a rat-like creature found in coastal areas of Britain. It has a growth upon its back resembling a sea anemone. When pickled and eaten, these Murtlap growths promote resistance to curses and jinxes, though an overdose may cause unsightly purple hair. Murtlaps eat crustaceans and the feet of anyone foolish enough to step on them.
This sounds like a beast that is worth avoiding! My daughter just bought this book, along with another HP textbook, Quidditch Through the Ages. I’ll probably get around to reading them at some point, just for the fun of it.