- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 - 6
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; 1st Edition edition (November 18, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0325401128
- ISBN-13: 978-0325401126
- ASIN: 1338109065
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,350 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
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.
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.
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.