I'm not sure, but I heard that the original 'Fantastic Beasts & Where to find them' from the Hogwarts Library Set has been pulled off the shelves? That the old version will no longer be available and a different version of it is going to be released?

Is there an official source for this information if it's true?

This is the edition that I'm talking about:

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    Interesting question, when the movie was first announced I got confused because I already knew about this book and couldn't see how that could become a movie, then when more details about the movie came out I realised the movie has nothing to do with the book. Apparently they noticed how confusing this was going to be as well. Although it would've been better to think of a different name for the movie imo...
    – Kevin
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 12:31
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    Was this a US edition? Because I remember the original Comic Relief version (UK) being red. Or was this another, earlier edition that I was unaware of?
    – DavidS
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 14:05
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    You missed an opportunity for a great Title: "Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them" & Where to Find Them?
    – loneboat
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 16:29
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    I always thought the red book was about beasts and the green one about quidditch. But there are versions with opposite colors. So confusing.
    – Oriol
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 7:08
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    @loneboat: Even better would be Where to Find Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 16:16

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Looks like it:

But with the selection of Fantastic Beasts to become the foundation for a trilogy of films, and Scholastic’s new deal with Warner Brothers to publish it as part of the spin off works from the upcoming first movie, the new edition of Hogwarts Classics finds itself down a book. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is no longer included. Instead the Hogwarts Classics set is now just two slim volumes: Quidditch Through the Ages and Tales of Beedle The Bard.

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    oh i wish they didn't do that.. ! thank you for your answer !
    – Anu7
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 7:06
  • The page also continues to say that the "different version" of FB&WtFT will have a new foreword by JKR, but it doesn't mention any other changes.
    – Mr Lister
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 7:34
  • oh .. will wait and see then !
    – Anu7
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 9:55
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    Bummer... glad I have this and Quidditch Through the Ages already!
    – TylerH
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 15:39
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    They are re-releasing them. You can pre-order now: target.com/p/hogwarts-library-hardcover-j-k-rowling/-/… Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 16:26

I thought I'd leave some specific information regarding the old and new versions of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in hopes that it might be useful to some who haven't seen the original book.

You can buy the 2009 version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Amazon (US) via third party sellers as of this writing on 19.01.17, for $4.32. There is also a version dated June 30, 2015. Also, a version from December 4, 2008 for $8.22 for the hardcover version, available directly from Amazon (US). There are a variety of versions dated in 2016.

The new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is due out on March 14, 2017, and is currently available for pre-order at Amazon (US) for $6.99 for the Kindle and $7.38 for the hardback edition. Amazon doesn't charge your account until the book ships.

I've pre-ordered the new Hogwarts Library from Amazon (US), which will include the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as Quidditch Through the Ages and Tales of Beedle the Bard, for $23.38. It's a nice looking set and is also due out on March 14, 2017.

So, yeah, there's a few links that might be helpful!

  • Thank You for compiling this info ! :) this is great ! I have the original Hogwarts Library Set and am planning to order one for a friend (I honestly done know if the new version will have the doodles by Harry & Ron) before the old edition is completely gone !
    – Anu7
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 9:53


Someone asked this to J.K. Rowling on twitter, and she confirmed. You don't get more official than J.K. Rowling.

bruno chiaro: book shops 'frustrated' as @jk_rowling 's original Fantastic Beasts book pulled from shelves for next year edition 😔 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/10/book-shops-frustrated-as-jk-rowlings-original-fantastic-beasts-b/

J.K. Rowling: A new edition is in production, with extra material (including foreword by Newt). All my royalties will go to @comicrelief, as before.

(Note that Scholastic's website claims that some of the royalties will also be going to JK Rowling's charity Lumos)

  • The "original" book has been permanently pulled off shelves. The one releasing in March will be a different version.
    – ibid
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 19:23
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    Thank you for this information. Officially from Rowling herself !
    – Anu7
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 4:51

Yes, the very original version is out of print, but the new version is going to be very, very similar, just "updated."

As per Pottermore's announcement (https://www.pottermore.com/news/updated-edition-of-fantastic-beasts-library-book-will-include-new-magical-creatures) it will include six new beasts (for example the Thunderbird is not in the original) and some more on Newt Scamander to make it a closer tie-in to the movie.

Overall, the important point that I fear isn't as clear in other answers is that it is meant to be the same book, simply updated.


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