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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay Hardcover – November 18, 2016
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This particular cast of characters was a pleasure to get to know. I loved seeing Muggles other than the Dursleys in the wizarding world. There's Newt Scamander, a magic zoologist, dorky and loveable. There's Jacob Kowalski, a bumbling Muggle caught up in the mess, learning about the magical world as we do. And then there are Tina and Queenie, beautiful, talented, charming and kindhearted sisters, stuck in menial positions in the wizarding world and wanting more.
This screenplay is wonderful because we get to visit the rich detailed wizarding world again. It was wonderful to see the magical creatures Harry learned about on the written page again. It was wonderful feeling that sense of anticipation opening a new Rowling novel again knowing you won't be able to do anything but read for the next 8 hours. The play was fun, witty, and just brilliant. The hardcover copy is beautiful and will go well with my hardcover copies of the original HP series. I would definitely recommend this book to new HP readers and Potterheads alike.
The 2009 book is the TEXTBOOK. It has Harry Potter's notes "scribbled" in the margins. It's not a story; it's a very brief encyclopedia of magical creatures.
The 2016 book is the SCREENPLAY for the movie. Note: if you want to beef up the story, read Rowling's 4 Magic in America excerpts on Pottermore.com (for free). I think the lack of background and coming to care for the characters through a series of books is what made the movie seem wanting for some fans.
The 2017 book is a RE-RELEASED VERSION OF THE TEXTBOOK, and as I'm hearing (b/c I've only bought the first two), it doesn't have Potter's notes scribbled in it. It's sold formally with the 3 book Library set, which includes the Tales of Beetle the Bard and the History of Quidditch.
I hope this clears up the confusion! Happy Reading!
I would recommend this latest in J K Rowling's publications especially to people who want to see the film or have seen it as well as those whose interest was piqued like mine by the booklet she had written for a charity years ago. I thought the range of characters was wide enough and the main characters well drawn. There was an obvious tie in with the Harry Potter books but we got to see and understand more of Rowling's magical world and the depth of her imagination such as political insights.
I saw the movie on its release day, loved it and posted a review on my blog at swlothian. The book arrived on my iPad the same day, so it was mere days before I started reading. My verdict ... I loved it just as much as the movie. Every page triggered a memory of what I'd seen. I think that having seen it first definitely made an impact on how well the screenplay came to life.
The scenes were already etched in my memory, instantly recalled as I read JK's words. I could clearly see the expressions, the settings, and the characters. I even picked up a few details that I'd missed, but could easily recall them. With the book, I have gained a new companion that lives quietly in my iPad/iPhone (just like the beasts in Newts case). It allows me to relive and remember the amazing story whenever and wherever I want.
For those of you who read the book before seeing the movie, I'm confident that JK's writing will give you more than enough information to see it in your mind. The plot is clever, and the characters are great. Then, when you see the movie (which I'm sure you will), you'll no doubt be captured by the incredible visual feast it delivers, and its wonderful interpretation of what you've already read.
IN A NUTSHELL
The movie or the book - the winner is = both. I already know that this book will be re-read many times in the future, and I can barely wait for the next Fantastic Beasts installments from JK.