Fantastic Beasts
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  1. Why do you think J.K. Rowling included the voices of familiar characters like Dumbledore and Harry instead of just having the book written entirely by a new character—Newt Scamander?
  2. Does the fact that this story has no plot make it harder to read (or less interesting)? Why or why not?
  3. What do you think Mr. Scamander's adventures around the world were like? Why do you think he includes so little of his personal stories in his entries?
  4. How would this book be different if an American wizard wrote it? A Japanese wizard? A Nigerian wizard?
  5. Why do you think Dumbledore address this book to Muggles and then denies that magic exists?
  6. Why is Dumbledore so fond of Newt? He went so far as to argue against Newt's expulsion from Hogwarts, and it can’t just be because he has tremendous hair.
  7. Why do you think J.K. Rowling decided to write a screenplay (or screenplays) based on this particular book?
  8. J.K. Rowling recently introduced a new American wizarding school with four houses named after four fantastic beasts…which are not found in this volume. Why do you think Mr. Scamander left them out? Is it time for a 53rd Edition?
  9. What’s up with Newt’s suitcase? It looks like it’s operating under your typical Undetectable Extension Charm, just like Hermione’s beaded handbag, except it also seems to be housing various other dimensions
  10. How did Tina’s sister Queenie become such an accomplished Legilimens? Legilimency (basically mind reading) comes across as something of a Dark Art. Dumbledore could do it, sure, but it’s a skill predominantly linked with people like Voldemort, Snape (he was undercover, but still), Bellatrix, and Draco Malfoy.