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Review – Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures

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Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures
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Summary

Author: Pottermore Publishing
Format: Ebook
Pages: 69
Release Date: August 22nd, 2019
Description:
A history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic.

This non-fiction short-form eBook features content which is adapted from the audiobook Harry Potter: A History of Magic – inspired by the British Library exhibition of the same name.

Well-known folkloric creatures like giants, dragons and merpeople, and lesser-known beings such as Acromantula and Hippogriffs, all play a key role in Harry Potter’s journey. In the past, naturalists and explorers travelled the globe to encounter weird and wonderful creatures that enhanced our knowledge of the world and pushed forward the development of science. Nevertheless, it seems part of human nature to want to believe in the unbelievable: from the bestiaries and cabinets of curiosities of the medieval period onwards. We think that truth and myth are easily distinguished today, but magical creatures and the stories around them continue to fascinate us – and they are as central to the Harry Potter stories as Harry, Hermione, and Ron.

This eBook short examines the colorful characters and curious incidents of the real history of magic, and how they relate to the Hogwarts lesson subjects of Care of Magical Creatures from the Harry Potter stories.

 

Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures

Before I begin my review, I just want to be clear on one thing. Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures was not written by J.K. Rowling. It was written by Pottermore, but is inspired by Harry Potter: A History of Magic. This, sadly, is not a new eBook further fleshing out the world of Harry Potter, or anything like that.

Rather, the series has been focused on exploring the folklore and historical influences on this wonderful and beloved world. Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures is the fourth and final novella in the series, and like the first three, it takes a focus on just one of the many subjects offered and Hogwarts.

JK Rowling - Harry Potter A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures (August 2019)
Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures (August 2019)

As mentioned above, this entire series was inspired by Harry Potter: A History of Magic. And, rather ironically, that book was inspired by the British Library’s exhibition on influences for Harry Potter. So technically there’s no new information to be found here, though it has been neatly organized and put into context of the series itself.

Writing

Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures is a novel full of facts and tidbits. Like the first three eBooks in the series, it’s talking about the real-life or folklore influences in the series. Though one could argue that there is more folklore than historical influences, in this case.

This is the only eBook in the series to focus entirely on one subject—magical creatures—but it actually makes quite a bit of sense. For one thing, there are an immense number of magical creatures both in the world of Harry Potter and in folklore. For another thing, the popularity of the Fantastic Beasts franchise probably had a part to play in this.

This novella was upbeat and informative. You might think that it would be dry, but you’d be wrong. Perhaps it never had the chance to become dry, given that it didn’t stay on any one specific subject for any real length of time.

Like the rest of the series, this eBook included quotes and phrases from the Harry Potter series, to add context to the creatures being discussed. Unlike the rest of the series, there seemed to be an absence of behind-the-scenes facts. But at least it also included more original drawings by J.K. Rowling, which is always appreciated.

Development

Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures was split into six sections. Given how many different types of magical creatures there are in folklore, this made quite a lot of sense. This gave an orderly sense to all of the material that needed to be handled. And of course, it will make it easier to reference back to, should you ever feel the need.

It’s always interesting to see what does and does not make it into a collection such as this one. They’ve included everything from unicorns to trolls, and even non-magical creatures like cats and toads. The final segment of the book focuses entirely on the literature surrounding these creatures: bestiaries. Newt Scamander would have been very proud of the collection listed.

Conclusion

Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures is an interesting and fun read. Especially for any fan looking to learn a bit more about the real-life or folklore influences on J.K. Rowling’s writing.

Like the others in the series, this eBook is not meant for an expert in the field. For that, you’re going to want to find a more in-depth book. But it is a great starting point, for the Harry Potter fanatic, if nothing else.

 


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About the author

Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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