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Cover Face-Off: The Illustrated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Deepali Agarwal

Staff Writer

Deepali Agarwal has a Master’s in literary linguistics, which means that every person she’s ever known has, at some point, asked her to ‘edit a thing’ for them-- ‘just see if it reads okay?’ She doesn’t mind, because she believes that the world can be fixed one oxford comma at a time. Deepali lives in Delhi, the capital of India, where cows are sacred, but authors and poets exist and write brilliant things. She works as an editor with OUP India’s School ELT division, where she moves apostrophes, looks up pictures of cats, and talks about children’s books for eight hours. The rest of her day is spent reading, thinking about Parks and Recreation, and wondering if there exist jobs for English majors that pay more than peanuts. Twitter: @DeepaliAgarwal_

There are simply too many books by the name of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in the world—you have the original red hardcover, the new green cover with a dragon, the minimalist orange cover, the pretty blue screenplay from the movie, and we’re not even counting editions from other countries!

The illustrated version of the book releases today, so here’s a cover face-off for you. Do you prefer the UK version by Bloomsbury which displays a blue Occamy?

or the red US version by Scholastic which sports a majestic Sphinx?

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For a sneak peak into the illustrations to be found inside, visit Pottermore’s exclusive first look! Different magical creatures have also been revealed on social media across the past few weeks under the hashtag #releasethebeast. Take a look at this gorgeous photo: