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 know I’m probably the last person to fangirl about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but it’s better late than never to screech about my intense love for Harry Potter and Newt Scamander and the Niffler and the wizarding world. So prepare yourself for flailing, omigosh-ing and straight-up keyboard-spazzing.
Let’s get the cover feels over and done with first, shall we? I mean, just look at how gorgeous it is! The dark blue that is reminiscent of Newt’s coat and the gorgeous gold that embellishes the matte finish makes Fantastic Beasts a must-own for every Harry Potter fan. But beneath the beautiful jacket is a Death-Eater black hardback book with golden writing on the spine and a cute little Niffler on the front. I WANT A NIFFLER.
And of course, the inside of the book is just as stunning. The layout is neat and easy to read, and I found that I was transported to New York in 1926, living alongside Newt and Tina. Reading a J.K. Rowling book is always so magical and transportive, whether they be the original Harry Potter novels or The Cursed Child or even this screenplay, and there’s nothing I love more than losing myself in the narrative and being whisked away to a land where magic is real and anything is possible.
While I’m writing this, I’ve currently watched Fantastic Beasts five time. I KNOW. Only five times? I hear you ask. Yes, but I have plans to see it at least a couple more times before it retreats from cinemas! I saw it once before I read the screenplay, and I can honestly say that I picked up a lot more reading it and then seeing it again. I felt like I understood the narrative a lot more clearly and of course, picked up the names of all the characters — which I feel is sometimes hard the first time around. And of course, the film itself is beautiful, so I just had to feast my eyes upon it some more.
So incase you’re not clear on the whole ‘screenplay’ thing, what this book is is a direct copy of what is said in the movie — plus some film direction and whatnot. But if you’re thinking this book is a waste of time because you’ve already seen the movie, think again. Not only is it a gorgeous addition to your shelf, it’s really fun to be able to picture everything that’s happening in the movie as you’re reading but to also read it at your own pace to ensure you understand every nuance and get the subtle references made that might have passed too quickly in the movie itself. My favourite one is the reference to Quidditch!
“Are you a seeker? A seeker after truth?”
“I’m more of a Chaser, really.”
I fell in love with the actors who played these adorable, lovely characters who I just wanted to hug for hours, and one of the things I love most about having a copy of Fantastic Beasts the screenplay is being able to pick it up at any time, turn to a random page, and relive the wonder and excitement of seeing and hearing my favourite actors say these lines in a film I know I’ll be rewatching for years. I just love Newt and Jacob and Credence and Tina and Queenie all so much! LET ME HUG YOU, CUTIES.
I’m honestly so excited about the next four movies in this spectacular series and I’d even be happy for more. Ten? Twenty? YES PLEASE. As long as they keep making these amazing movies, I’ll keep seeing them. There’s nothing that will ever completely satisfy my need for Harry Potter and the wizarding world in my life, and so I can only try to keep the rabid fangirl that resides within me at bay by reading and watching everything magical J.K. Rowling has provided us with so far on repeat. I WILL NEVER BE SATISFIED.
Have you seen Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them yet? Have you read the screenplay? Do you think it’s better to watch it or read it first? Which character did you love the most? If you could keep one magical creature as a pet, which one would you choose? Which people do you want to see more of in the next four movies? Let’s fangirl together!
Thanks to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!