Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
by J.K. Rowling
read from 20 to 21 December 2016
for review with spoiler: see Goodreads
My main complaint with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is that the majority of the beasts are found in Europe and North America. I think we can all agree that J.K. Rowling doesn’t know what diversity is (at least, I hope you do), and that also becomes noticeable while reading this. I know diversity of people is much more important than animals (obviously!), but it does prove once again how she looks at her series: it takes place in predominantly white countries.
Another reason why I didn’t love this, is because no concept art was included. Even though the beasts’ appearances were described, I still had a hard time visualising some.
The film adaptation created some new creatures that weren’t mentioned in this book. Since it is supposed to be written by Newt Scamander himself, it makes no sense that he didn’t include them. While I understand why they made new ones for the film, it undermines that we should consider anything mentioned in this book as cannon.
conclusion: This was a nice book, but I couldn’t visualise some of the animals and wished more art had been included. Furthermore, too many animals are only found in Europe and North America, which is unrealistic and shows what the world looks like according to J.K. Rowling’s imagination.