Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
Author: J. K. Rowling
Publish Date: November 18, 2016
# of Pages: 304
(**Warning** Possible Spoilers)
(From Goodreads) J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.
When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.
Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.
Let me start this review by saying I have yet to see the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie. I’m not sure if that means I need to turn in my Harry Potter fan card, but there you have it. In general, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve watched a movie in the past year. (Less television, more books!) So since I haven’t seen the movie, this story was new for me.
Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them: The Screenplay takes you on a quick jaunt through New York many, many years before Harry Potter’s birth. The story follows Newt on his quest to procure a new creature and to return another creature to the wilds of Arizona. Along the way he gets into some hot water with America’s version of the Ministry of Magic, and a fun cast of characters is introduced. My favorite characters are the leads: Newt, Tina, Jacob (a no-maj muggle), and Queenie.
Lives are saved. Lives are lost. There’s some mystery and some romance. While Rowling’s voice comes out in the screenplay, I didn’t find the story as compelling as the Harry Potter stories. That could be a byproduct of it being a different median—screenplay versus novel—but I thought the story was somewhat shallow. That said, I’m interested in watching the movie, so a movie night date-in might be in order for my house this upcoming weekend!
See below, my faithful dog helped me read this book.
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