Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by JK Rowling | Review

Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 
Author: J.K. Rowling 
Pages: 293
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Book
Goodreads rating: 4.44 Stars
Published:  November 18th, 2016

Source: Hardcover/bought


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

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed HP and the Cursed Child, but Fantastic Beasts was above and beyond the other screenplay. Maybe because I could picture it a little more vividly since I'd seen the previews for the movie (though I still haven't actually watched the film yet). After reading this and getting sucked into the world of Newt Scamander and his brilliant case of creatures, I truly hope the rumors of a 5-movie installment are true - I'd love to read the screenplays for all of them!

I'm normally not the biggest fan of screenplays, since they tend to leave almost gaps in what's going on, and aren't too incredibly descriptive (at least not compared to a novel!). I will, hands down, read any subsequent Fantastic Beast screenplays.

Newt is a wonderful, trusting character who sees the beauty in all magical creatures (even the really scary ones). You can just feel his love for them through the pages, and the world in his suitcase sounds amazing! He is respectful and kind, but will do what he needs to in order to save the creatures he cares for.

This was a wonderful, quick read. The only downside: I wish it was longer!!

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