Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Genres: Screenplay, Fantasy
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: November 18th 2016

4 OUT OF 5 STARS

“See, they’re currently in alien terrain, surrounded by millions of the most vicious creatures on the planet. Humans.”

Newt Scamander doesn’t intend to stay in New York for long but when a series of events leads to his case being opened and the magical creatures inside escaping an adventure ensues. Newt must avoid being captured by MACUSA (the American ministry) while trying to rescue his creatures from the dangerous New York City streets in 1926.

Why bother reading a screenplay when you can see the movie? An often asked question, but I submit that the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay is absolutely worth reading.

While the movie is definitely more exciting, I felt a deeper connection with the characters through the screenplay. The occasional thought or emotional direction included makes the characters feel real. There is also the benefit of being able to reimagine characters whose actors you didn’t particularly like while keeping those you adored.

Furthermore, the book’s design is stunning. The art from the cover is present inside the book as well. Whimsical drawings of magical beasts and delicate designs cover to cover. It isn’t often you see a book this beautiful put together when the images serve no purpose to the story but it is absolutely stunning. Even if reading the screenplay is superfluous to you this book is a necessary to own beauty.

It’s funny, fresh and a sort of grown-up version of the magic we all feel from the Harry Potter series if very much present. Of course this isn’t the story’s best form, it was always intended for the big screen. There are a few discrepancies about magic and the way it’s used that don’t seem to line up with the original canon but overall it’s a whimsical story with a charming and lovable new protagonist for the audience to root for.

At least for Potter fans this book is a must-have to complete your collection. Others might be better off seeing it in theatres and deciding just how much they love the story before deciding to invest in the screenplay.

For Fans Of: Iron Cast

 

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