Synopsis: 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.
Review: Since this is the book that it is, this won’t be so much a review of the plot as a review of my thoughts while reading. As with all the other Harry Potter books, I ended up seeing the Fantastic Beasts movie before reading the book. In this case, I definitely preferred doing it this way. I remember watching the movie and being so excited to be back in the Harry Potter universe, and it was truly an excellent film.
Publishing the book for Fantastic Beasts as a screenplay instead of a novel was an interesting idea. Being able to read the script a few months after was a great opportunity because I was able to understand little details I didn’t catch in the movie.
Not only was it great to read what the actors read while filming, but the book was so visually appealing. The beautiful drawings on the cover and each of the pages throughout the book made reading it feel even more magical like it fit right in with the Harry Potter universe.
I’m interested to see if J.K. Rowling continues to publish the screenplays for the future movies in the series, and where this series goes. There are so many possibilities for where the story can go, and I can’t wait to find out what Rowling has in mind. Until then, I’ll probably be creating my own possible scenarios.
Final thought: If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter, do yourself a favor and find a way to watch the movie and/or read this book. Just do it.