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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay Hardcover – November 18, 2016
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With J.K. Rowling focusing on the movie in the writing on this screenplay, I believe allows the movie to be richer. As with many books, the Harry Potter movies were forced to rush you through the books with much editing to contain the movie to less than three hours.
This book is a reflection of what an excellent screen play should look like and exhibits J.K. Rowling's remarkable talent.
I suspect that the Fantastic Beast movie series will be as successful as the Harry Potter series and just as addicting.
Regardless of this, I really enjoyed Newt. He was sensitive and caring, especially towards his magical creatures. I found this really endearing and fell in love with his animals, too.
The pacing was fast and I was able to read this in two short sittings. It seemed like something was always happening. One of my favorite scenes was when Newt and newfound friend, Jacob, go into Newt’s case and see his animals. Though I already had an image of how this would look like, it was still magical to read about the varying creatures and how much Newt really loves them.
One thing I had tough time with was trying to not picture the movie while I was reading. I purposely waited to read the screenplay because I didn’t want to spoil the movie, but now I’m thinking I should’ve read the screenplay first so I can have my own idea how everyone looked and acted. In any case, I really enjoyed the movie, and this was basically the movie in print form. However, I could see this being problematic for those who don’t like to repeat. If you are one of those people, I would caution that the book and movie are basically the same.
Overall, I enjoyed this read, even though the format was something I wasn’t used to reading.
As a warning, there is mention of child abuse, which may be uncomfortable for some and inappropriate for the younger crowd.
I would recommend this fantasy screenplay to fantasy lovers, those who have enjoyed Harry Potter, and to those who don’t mind reading a screenplay.
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.
Tina was American and Newt was a Brit. However, they wound up being able to work through so,e differences and help one another.
If you love the Harry Potter series, you'll have to read this one as well.