Eddie Redmayne narrates the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Hogwarts Library book

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After grossing over $233M domestically and over $812M globally, Newt Scamander’s ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ textbook has become quite popular with us Muggles. If you loved the film and have yet to read the original text, Pottermore will offer an audiobook version made just for you. The company announced today that the Hogwarts Library book, written by J.K. Rowling as Magizoologist Newt Scamander and narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne, will release as a digital audiobook this spring. The book will be released on March 14, 2017 but is available for pre-order.

Featuring six new beasts, a new foreword by Newt Scamander, and elaborate sound design, the recording will be available at the Pottermore Shop and other leading digital retailers on that date. It is also available for preorder today at audible.com.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its publication, and made Scamander a well known authority on the topic of magical beasts. Newt Scamander’s collection serves as an introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world, and includes such iconic beasts as the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, and the Hungarian Horntail. Fans should remember those particular beasts from the original novels and films. Though the publisher did state that a few of the beasts in the collection, “will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist”. This essential companion to the Harry Potter stories has been revised by J.K. Rowling, bringing the original classic up to date with new content that reflects the exciting developments in her Wizarding World, with the release of the movie event of 2016, which was inspired by the original edition of the book.

“Before I was cast in the film, David Yates told me about Newt and this textbook. I found it so funny and so enchanting and really wittily written. But it wasn’t until I started reading it out loud for the audiobook that I realized how tricky and poetic J.K. Rowling’s use of sounds and language can be. There are some really great tongue twister words in here! Occasionally, I had to stop recording just because I was incapable of saying the words without either laughing or getting my tongue in a muddle. I enjoyed the challenge and hope listeners can sense that in my narration.” said Redmayne, who starred as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the 2016 film inspired by the original edition of this Hogwarts Library book.

A proportion of the proceeds from this audiobook will go to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s own international charity Lumos, charities which help some of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people, to help them have a better life.

This is a separate book from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay,” which were released as eBooks and print books in 2016. Both of the titles were written by J.K. Rowling, but the Original Screenplay is the actual screenplay from the feature film. The screenplay was published for fans of the original book series that may have wanted to add the title to their Harry Potter collection. The new edition of the Hogwarts Library book first appeared as the title of one of Harry Potter’s school books within the Harry Potter novels. It was published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books and Scholastic along with Quidditch Through The Ages in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. The new edition will feature a new foreword and content by J.K. Rowling.

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