Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Original Screenplay
by J.K. Rowling
“J.K. Rowling invites you to explore a new era of the Wizarding World…
Explorer and Magizoologist Newt Scamander has just completed a round-the-globe trip in search of the most rare and unusual magical creatures. Arriving in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when Newt’s case is misplaced and some of his fantastic beasts escape into the city, 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, and is now a major movie starring Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. Set over fifty years before Harry’s story begins, and featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this tale of friendship, magic and mayhem is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.”
Obviously I know all about this book, as I have seen the film a couple of times and read the book that Newt writes with the same title. You do not need to have seen the film to read this, but I would say that the filming terms could be confusing for some people.
Newt arrives in New York city with a briefcase that can be ‘muggle-worthy’ to pass inspections, but a seeing as animal noises keep coming from the case we know there is something else in there. Newt ends up meeting Jacob and by accident they swap cases, adventure and hilarity ensue, but there are darker forces at work in New York City.
I love the Fantastic Beasts film, and being able to read it was fabulous. I could recall exactly which bit was happening and see it in my head as I was reading. Because I love it so much I was hooked and did not want to put it down or for it to finish.
Favourite part has to be Newt and Jacob in the suitcase and in Central Park. I also loved reading the MACUSA scenes and learning about the differences between UK and USA policies.
My favourite characters are Newt, Jacob, Tina and Queenie, they are all so different but get along great, I hope we get to see more of them into later films.
Talking of later films, the second film Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald is released in November, I am hoping that we will get that screenplay as well.
I would recommend to this book to anyone, whether you are new or old to Harry Potter, have seen the film or not. 4 out of 5.