Weekly Roundup: Wizarding World Books

Weekly Roundup - Books

The wizarding world of Harry Potter has always been one of the bestselling book series of all time. With its great success and chart-topper franchise, acclaimed author J.K. Rowling has continued to write other fantasy books about this magical universe. This weekly roundup features 3 of her books I’ve read last weekend: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Tales of Beedle the Bard. (I promise, no spoilers!)

1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Fans celebrate as the release of the latest installment of the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was made available internationally last July 31, 2016. This publication is actually the rehearsal script of the 2-part play of the same title written by Jack Thorne based on the original story of J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany. Everyone began exciting about it when the announcement of a theatrical version of a new HP story has spread across UK, and eventually the world.

Heads up, Reaction, and Observation:

  • The book is not a novel. It is literally the script of the play. It has pure dialogue, some narration, and no footnotes. It is concise and easy to read as it was divided to 2 acts and multiple parts.
  • The hardbound is beautiful. Without the paper cover, it exposes a black buckram with the golden winged nest logo of The Cursed Child at the center. It somehow reminds me of Tom Riddle’s diary.
  • There are new characters as this was set 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. We already know that Harry Potter now works at the Ministry of Magic, married to Ginny Weasley, and has 3 children.
  • The Cursed Child has the tone and story flow similar to the first seven books of the series. There are light scenes and funny moments. Ron always cracks me up!
  • The plot is very interesting. It has the engrossing mystery which kept me guessing who is what and how is that all  throughout reading the book. Please buy it if you’re eager and curious. Don’t search it up on Wikipedia.

 2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

While this is not a prequel or sequel of the Harry Potter series, enthusiastic fans are already anticipating this book-turned-into-movie tale in theaters on November 18 worldwide. It features Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who authored the book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – which is the ultimate guide to magical creatures in the wizarding world (although they are also visible in the muggle world as explained by Scamander).

Heads up, Reaction, and Observation:

  • The book is, of course, written by J.K. Rowling. It was only shown as if Newt Scamander is telling his tales about the beasts. It also has the foreword by Albus Dumbledore. The published material we have now is the printed copy of Harry’s with his (plus Ron’s and Hermione’s) scribbles – which we all know is also done by Rowling herself.
  • This is an A-Z list of all fantastic beasts. It is somehow an almanac of magical creatures at that time. This explains why Harry’s (our) copy is the 52nd edition of the book.
  • The setting is both in the wizarding and muggle world.
  • It really has no plot. It only contains the definition, classification, and catalogue of magical beasts. That’s why I am more enthralled with the movie as to how it will tell-tale Newt Scamander’s adventures.

3. Tales of Beedle the Bard

This is one of the wizarding classics mentioned in the series. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we have already heard about the Tale of the Three Brothers taken from the book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard. This is a collection of stories dedicated to young wizards and witches.

Heads up, Reaction, and Observation:


  • Again, it is all written by J.K. Rowling. The book is translated by Hermione Granger from the ancient runes, with an extensive commentary from Albus Dumbledore.
  • The illustrations were also made by Rowling. She really knows how to draw – very intricate!
  • The book in the movie seems thick but actually, it only has five stories. They are short but deep. What makes the book long is Dumbledore’s explanation and remarks.
  • It resembles fairy tales but, these anecdotes do not only focus on love, it also shows that having magic doesn’t always mean being great.

And that’s basically it! I actually couldn’t get hold of Quidditch Through the Ages (meh) which is why I didn’t feature it. Reading these books reminded me how amazing and wonderful J.K. Rowling is. I think I repeated her name multiple times in this post just to emphasize and admire her for producing this franchise. Hahaha! And to Potter fans out there, let’s wait patiently for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film and be hopeful for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie! 🙂

All smiles,

Donna, the daydreamer


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