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THREE Different Books!
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2016
EDIT: There is some confusion b/c the reviews are being combined for three different books with the same name. I'm redoing my review b/c I bought the 2009 book and got re-routed to the wrong version.
The 2009 book is the TEXTBOOK. It has Harry Potter's notes "scribbled" in the margins. It's not a story; it's a very brief encyclopedia of magical creatures.
The 2016 book is the SCREENPLAY for the movie. Note: if you want to beef up the story, read Rowling's 4 Magic in America excerpts on Pottermore.com (for free). I think the lack of background and coming to care for the characters through a series of books is what made the movie seem wanting for some fans.
The 2017 book is a RE-RELEASED VERSION OF THE TEXTBOOK, and as I'm hearing (b/c I've only bought the first two), it doesn't have Potter's notes scribbled in it. It's sold formally with the 3 book Library set, which includes the Tales of Beedle the Bard and the History of Quidditch.
I hope this clears up the confusion! Happy Reading!