Book Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling

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Synopsis: J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

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.

My thoughts: 

It took me such a long time to get to this play simply because I didn’t want a cursed child 2.0 experience. But in the end, I’m so glad that I gave fantastic beasts a shot because it was simply amazing. If you are hesitant to pick it up because you are still traumatized by the disaster known as cursed child, don’t be because trust me you will love it with all your heart. 

Reasons as to why I loved this play so much:

– The characters were all wonderful in their own special way. I must admit though, I wasn’t fond of Queenie at first but then she grew on me in the end. I loved how they incorporated a no-maj  I mean muggle, in the whole mess because his reactions to magic was very entertaining to read.

– The fact that it was set in New York City and we got a glimpse of how the American wizards are in comparison to the beloved British wizards that we all know and love was so awesome to read. I genuinely thought every Wizard used the same terminology, but apparently they don’t. It was so weird reading no-maj instead of muggle, and it got me curious on how other wizards from other parts of the world call non magic folks. It was also interesting to read the different rules (ex: american wizards can’t marry muggles), granted that the setting was during the 1920s so not sure if the laws are still the same.

– I loved how we got introduced to new magic spells (or at least the once mentioned I’ve never heard of before), learned about obscurus which I found pretty interesting and got an insight of how MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) is like.

– I knew about a little less than halfway throughout the play that Credence was the cause of the obscurus, however I did not see the whole Graves really being Grindelwald because of polyjuice potion plot twist. I didn’t notice him drinking or carrying around any polyjuice potion, maybe I missed it, so when that was revealed I was so taken aback. But I did not like Graves and found him a slime ball, so him being Grindelwald did make sense.

– The plot was super fast paced and extremely entertaining. I loved Newt as a main character and loved learning bits and pieces about his magical creatures. 

– I wish the ending carried out a little bit longer because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the characters. There was so much I wanted to learn about them. I wanted to know more about Queenie and Tina’s life, about the whole relationship between Newt and Leta Lestrange (I had to read on Wikia to know what happened between them and why Newt got kicked out of Hogwarts). But hopefully we will see them again in the future.

All in all this play was a very quick, very fun read and it got me out of my book slump. I can’t wait until I watch the movie and see how the story plays out on screen. I’m hoping it will be just as good as the play. 

Have you read Fantastic creatures and where to find them: the original screenplay? If so, what were your thoughts on it? And let me know if you saw the movie and if you felt it did the play justice. 

Thanks for reading ❤

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13 thoughts on “Book Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling

  1. I saw the movie first and then read the screenplay. I loved the extra details in the screenplay that weren’t in the movie. Also, this was written by J.K. Rowling while Cursed Child was not. It was really easy for me to tell that Rowling wrote this when I was reading it.

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