Scholastic Corporation, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, will publish an updated edition of the bestselling and collectible companion book to the Harry Potter books, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with a new foreword by JK Rowling, writing as Newt Scamander, and a new cover by Headcase Design on March 14, 2017.
The book will be published simultaneously with Bloomsbury UK and the Pottermore eBook edition.
Originally published fifteen years ago, now this book has been revisited by the author to bring the original classic up to date with new content that reflects the exciting developments in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. The book served as the inspiration for the Warner Bros. major motion picture of the same name which marked J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut. Scholastic published the screenplay on November 18, 2016, and the book went to the top of bestseller lists nationwide.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its publication. Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations and is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world.
Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Introducing six new beasts, readers will have fun spotting them among the much-loved favorites. J.K. Rowling’s new introduction, written from the viewpoint of Newt Scamander, offers tantalising hints about the Magizoologist’s adventures and relationships. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail. Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.
Proceeds from the sale of this edition will go to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s own international charity Lumos, charities which help the world’s most vulnerable children and young people, to help them have a better life.
Scholastic will also release a re-packaged edition of the Hogwarts Library Box Set which includes the new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as well as Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, with a new case by Headcase design.
Since 2001, Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them have raised nearly £20 million for Comic Relief- a magic amount of money that is already hard at work changing lives. Money raised through the sale of this new edition will be invested in children and young people around the world, preparing them to be ready for the future – to be safe healthy, educated and empowered. They are particularly interested in helping those children who start their lives in the most difficult circumstances, where there is conflict, violence, neglect or abuse.
Lumos is an international non-profit organisation founded by J.K. Rowling to help the estimated eight million disadvantaged children in orphanages around the world to be returned to their family or placed in a loving family environment.