Eddie Redmayne to Narrate J.K. Rowling’s Essential Companion to Harry Potter Stories, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Redmayne’s Narration Now Available for Exclusive Preorder at

NEWARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable
audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today announced that the
Hogwarts library book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,
written by J.K. Rowling as Magizoologist Newt Scamander and narrated by
Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne, is available for the first
time as a digital audio book, and can be preordered now. Featuring six
new beasts, a new foreword by Newt Scamander, and elaborate sound
design, the recording will be released by Pottermore on March 14, 2017.
Visit audible.com/FantasticBeasts
to order the audiobook in advance.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been an approved
textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its
publication. Newt Scamander’s masterpiece is an indispensable
introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Some of the
beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the
Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail. Others will surprise
even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

This essential companion to the Harry Potter stories has been revised by
J.K. Rowling, bringing the original classic up to date with new content
that reflects the exciting developments in her Wizarding World, with the
release of the movie event of 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to
Find Them
, which was inspired by the original edition of the book.

“Before I was cast in the film, David Yates told me about Newt and this
textbook. I found it so funny and so enchanting and really wittily
written. But it wasn’t until I started reading it out loud for the
audiobook that I realized how tricky and poetic J.K. Rowling’s use of
sounds and language can be. There are some really great tongue twister
words in here! Occasionally, I had to stop recording just because I was
incapable of saying the words without either laughing or getting my
tongue in a muddle. I enjoyed the challenge and hope listeners can sense
that in my narration,” said Redmayne, who starred as Newt Scamander in Fantastic
Beasts and Where to Find Them
the 2016 film inspired by the original
edition of this Hogwarts library book.

“We are thrilled to offer Audible listeners, the most voracious readers
there are, the opportunity to enjoy a brilliant performance of yet
another essential component of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World seamlessly
through the Audible service. We look forward to bringing even more
listeners to this richly imagined universe through our effortless and
affordable service,” said Andy Gaies, Audible Chief Content Officer.
“Ever since we first made the Harry Potter series available on Audible
in 2015, they have been consistently among the highest rated, most
downloaded, and most listened to audiobooks in our store.”

Pottermore will make a proportion of the proceeds from this audiobook
available to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s own international charity
Lumos, charities which help some of the world’s most vulnerable children
and young people, to help them have a better life.

Pottermore, the digital entertainment, news and e-commerce company from
J.K. Rowling, is the publisher of the Harry Potter digital audiobooks. The
Pottermore Shop
, the company’s digital retail arm, will continue to
sell the Harry Potter digital audiobooks.

Audible, the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable
audiobooks and other spoken-word content, invented and commercialized
the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the
forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. Audible
members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of
the year. Two thirds of new Audible members are first-time audiobook


Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com,
Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium
digital spoken audio information and entertainment, offering customers a
new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created
to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and
utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 325,000
audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters,
entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business
information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of
spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store.

Note to Editors

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a Hogwarts Library
book, which is distinct from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:
The Original Screenplay,
which were released as eBooks and print
books in 2016. While both were written by J.K. Rowling, the Original
is the authentic screenplay of the feature film Fantastic
Beasts and Where to Find Them,
published to coincide with the movie
release in November 2016. The new edition of the Hogwarts Library
book first appeared as the title of one of Harry Potter’s school
books within the Harry Potter novels. It was published by
Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Scholastic and Pottermore along with Quidditch
Through The Ages
 in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. The new
edition features a new foreword and content by J.K. Rowling.


Esther Bochner, 973-820-0781