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Well with all my school work at the moment, it is nice to have a little look at what school work is like for Witches And Wizards. Us poor muggles have to go through the same exams as as the Hogwarts students (Even if they are in different subjects!) So in first year, the students study 'Care Of Magical Creatures' in which the students have to learn basics about the different weird and wonderful (plus exceptionally dangerous) creatures out there. I am a very big Harry Potter fan so it seemed approriate to buy it!
It was originally released a few years back when I was just 13 (awww) and of course, I had to have it! So my £3.99 got me this amazing Harry Potter textbook. All the proceeds were to go to the famous "Comic Relief" charity, which wonderful work continues to this day. On this particular show, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunder's did an excellent sketch on Harry Potter which is still to this day one of my favorite comedy sketches of all time.
Now the book itself is a small, and skinny (a bit like Harry in the Philospher's Stone!) Now I knew I was getting it but I had only ever seen screen shots of it. I was so happy to see that on the front they had sticker saying "This Belongs To Harry Potter" that just made it more special for me personally. The front cover also has the title of the book, and fake rips and gold edging to make it look more magical. The book says it was written by Newt Scamader (however us Muggles know the truth!)
It was a done sale as soon as I saw it though. I opened it to the first page and it has on it again that it belongs the Harry Potter. But below it in a different handwriting it says it is "shared by Ron Weasley as his fell apart!"Then throughout there is three different types of handwriting all having their own little conversation. At the bottom it just says (in Ron's handwriting however) "Dungbombs Rule." You could definately tell they were just little first years when they got this book!
The next page is a formal looking page, a bit like you would have in a textbook oddly enough, which mentions there is a foreword from the headmaster at Hogwarts School, Albus Dumbledore. Great! Now you keep flicking through the next few places and you see Harry and Ron have been busy graffting the book in their time when they are supposed to be studying (don't we all know what that is like?) There are some really funny ones and also a couple of games of hangman to add to it.
Now Dumbledores explanation is really good and excellent, even for those muggles who do not know much about the Harry Potter world to read. He even mentions "Comic relief helps those in the muggle world who are suffering." J.K wrote it excellently and really put the spirit of Dumbledore into her foreword. Now you finally get to the best bit, learning about all these amazing creatures.
Acromantula is the first one that comes up in the book. In Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets, you may remember the giant spiders. I was very scared reading it never mind seeing them on the big screen! Each creature has a 'X' rating of how dangerous they are ranging from 1 X (not dangerous at all) to so many X's you should just stay away from them all toghether. Ron, who in the book is simply terrified of spiders, has already left his mark, adding many more X's to the rating. Poor Ron.
The next creatures are listed in alphabetical order. There are some familar ones to Harry Potter fans such as Hippogriffs (Book 3, 4, 5, 6) Merpeople (Book 4) and even Crooshanks who is a certain breed of cat. Some of the creatures are backed up with lovely little basic illistations, although the reader can grasp quite easily what they look like from the descriptions alone.
Example Of A Creature (Copyright of J.K) KNARL Classification: XXX "The knarl is usually mistaken for a hedgehog by muggles."
Afraid you will have to read the book to find out the rest. This if found in the Harry Potter series. This is the sort of 'school textbook' style which she uses.
I've mentioned the graffiti in the beginning, all through the book there is little snippets of Harry, Ron and sometimes even Hermiones handwriting ranging from Ron supporting his favorite quiddich team, to Hermione telling them to get back to work!
You can get it from many shops, however it will be harder to get it brand new as it was released a few years ago. However I have seen it in my Local WHSmith, Border Books, Waterstones and Amazon seem to have hundreds of copies, prices starting from just 1p. If bought new, £2 from each sale will still go to Comic Relief. A wee funny note is that it is priced as 14 sickles and three knuts! This is a fab little book for any Harry Potter fan out here. It is basically just a wee reference book, but is really interesting to read, small and enjoyable for fans of the series.
Or just buy it incase you come across a Werewolf, it tells you what to do!
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