Top 3 Reasons 2016 is a Great Year for Harry Potter Fans

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Movie and Book

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - book cover
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander, written by J.K. Rowling. Scholastic

There's already a lot of buzz about the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, to be released November 18, 2016. It was inspired by the book of the same name by J.K. Rowling and features an original script by Rowling. The intriguing new Fantastic Beasts movie trailer has added to the excitement.

The Book: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Excitement over the movie has led to a renewed interest in J.k. Rowling's book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, vaulting it to the bestsellers list. However, don't expect the movie to be much like the book. The book was created by Rowling as one of two schoolbooks used by Harry Potter and the other students at Hogwarts.

The book is presented as a textbook written by Newton ("Newt") Artemis Fido Scamander, who is now retired after such a distinguished career that in 1979 he received the Order of Merlin, Second Class. In his book, Scamander provides descriptions of 75 species of fantastic beasts. Each description contains a Ministry of Magic (M.O.M.) classification and other information.

The Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The movie, which stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, is set in 1926 when the magizoologist is still a young man. After a global expedition, a brief stopover in New York leads to all kinds of problems, thanks to a Muggle (known as a No-maj in America) named Jacob, a lost magical case and the escape of some of the fantastic beasts Scamander collected on his expedition.

While reading the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them won't give readers any information about the plot of the movie, it does provide a terrific introduction to the fantastic beasts.

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New Illustrated Editions of Harry Potter Book One and Book Two

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Book Cover of Illustrated Edition
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay. Scholastic

The first illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released on October 6, 2015 to the delight of Harry Potter fans around the world.  For example, the annual Book Night celebration, a worldwide event for Harry Potter fans, was celebrated in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2016, and the illustrated edition was a big hit at the February event, according to The Jakarta Post.

The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with more than 100 illustrations by artist Jim Kay, has also attracted a number of young readers new to the series. While the story has always appealed to a wide range of readers, I think the illustrated edition will be particularly attractive to visual learners and to those reluctant readers who have trouble visually written descriptions and find illustrations particularly helpful.

Recently, Scholastic revealed the cover of the illustrated edition of the second book in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (pictured). Each year, Scholastic will release a new edition of the next book in the series, until there is an edition illustrated by Jim Kay for the entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.  Book two, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, will be released globally on October 4, 2016 and will contain more than 115 color illustrations.

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More Harry Potter Content From J.K. Rowling and Others

J.K. Rowling - Photo of Harry Potter Author
J.K. Rowling, Author of the Harry Potter Series. Scholastic

Between new Harry Potter-related work from J.K. Rowling, including content on Pottermore.com, new Harry Potter coloring books and Fantastic Beasts movie tie-ins, there's a lot available in 2016 for fans. These include:

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child—Parts I & II (Special Rehearsal Edition): Script based on a new story by J.K. Rowling, scriptwriter Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany. Set 19 years after the end of the series, the play will debut in London's West End on July 30, 2016. (book release date: July 31, 2016)

  • Scholastic 2016 Harry Potter Coloring Books:

    Harry Potter Magical Creatures Coloring Book (release date:Jan 26, 2016), Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book (release date: March 29, 2016), Harry Potter Postcard Coloring Book (release date: April 26, 2016), Harry Potter Poster Coloring Book (release date: April 26, 2016), Harry Potter Magical Artifacts Coloring Book (release date: June 28, 2016), Harry Potter Magical Creatures Postcard Coloring Book (release date: June 28, 2016)

  • Movie Tie-In Books for Fantastic Beasts and Other Harry Potter Movies: Scholastic and Warner Brothers Consumer Products will be launching a new publishing program in September 2016. It will include children’s books based on the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as the Harry Potter series movies. (Source: Scholastic new release, March 29, 2016)