“Imperfect understanding is often more dangerous than ignorance”: First Edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them; Signed by J.K. Rowling

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay.

Item Number: 53012

New York: Arthur A. Levin/ Scholastic, 2016.

First edition. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Minalima. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. This example was signed at Lumos, which is a non-profit international children’s rights organization, with a photograph of Rowling laid in. Laid in is the original ticket to the event held at Carnegie Hall.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was written about the magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe. It purports to be Harry Potter's copy of the textbook of the same name mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first novel of the Harry Potter series. It includes several notes inside it supposedly handwritten by Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger, detailing their own experiences with some of the beasts described, and including in-jokes relating to the original series. It was made into the 2016 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. A spin-off and prequel of the Harry Potter film series, it was produced and written by J. K. Rowling, in her screenwriting debut, and inspired by her book of the same name. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander with Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Ron Perlman and Colin Farrell in supporting roles. It is the first instalment in the Fantastic Beasts series, and the ninth overall in J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World, which is the franchise that began with the Harry Potter films.