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Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay - J.K. Rowling

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
Series: Fantastic Beasts The Original Screenplay Series #1

My rating: {★★★★☆}

YA Fantasy Fiction
Published November 18th 2016 by Arthur A. Levine Books

Source: Review copy sent by Publisher
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.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Will there ever be anything that I don't love about the Wizarding World? I certainly hope not!

I watched Fantastic Beasts, the movie, before I read this screenplay and now I'm even more impressed with how well the actors managed to convey everything on the screen. I'm really looking forward to reading and watching Crimes of Grindelwald as well although I haven't quite managed to convince myself which to do first.

Even through this is a script, it's very easy to learn about and become attached to these characters and the fact that this is intertwined with history and characters that we already know and love make this a must for any Harry Potter fan to try.

It's also FUN to see camera angles and focuses and envisage in your head the transitions etc. It's another style of reading, but I think that it pushes the limits of the imagination even further.


Newt is a wonderfully Hufflepuff character who is a refreshing lead and this is not the end to the new angles that JKR has taken in this - there's POC in positions of power, there's a lot of girl power (including Queenie who is a female legilimens but isn't your regular kickass heroine) and it's all organic and has soooo much depth. I love the directions we are going here!

Even if you're one of those people that hasn't read, watched or even heard of Harry Potter (are there still people like that out there?) you could easily enjoy this story. Wizarding World fans will also enjoy the aspects drawn from the already established universe.

This is a really fun and interesting addition to the Harry Potter franchise!

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