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Great addition to the film that is well worth reading

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay
by J. K. Rowling

Rated 5 stars


The magizoologist Newt Scamander only wants to make a short stopover in New York. But when his magical suitcase is lost and part of his fantastic animal creatures escape, Newt is in a tight spot - and not only he.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The original script, based on motifs from the Hogwarts textbook of the same name, is the screenplay debut by J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and globally successful Harry Potter series. This adventure, with its extraordinary characters and magical creatures, is bursting with ideas and is a great storytelling art that is second to none. It is an absolute must for all film lovers and readers - for sworn fans as well as for every Muggle who enters the magical world for the first time.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opened in cinemas in November 2016.

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I already admired the cover in the original edition. I think it's just beautiful and designed very well. I also like the training of some animals very much. The book seems very magical and attractive to me.

My opinion:

After I was so enthusiastic about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and also just loved the film Fantastic Beasts, I was of course very excited about this script and, above all, how it could be read.

The script style was no problem at all and just like with the latest Harry Potter, I quickly got used to it. Getting into the story is easy and the pages just flew by. Afterwards I read the script like a real book and was completely absorbed by the plot.
The only difference here, however, is that, in contrast to normal books and also to the latest Harry Potter book, I "missed" the emotions. Actually, the book wasn't missing anything, but I noticed that it is simply flatter and less emotional, which is clearly due to the script style and the complex writing style associated with it. That's why I don't want to list this as a minus point, but just note it for everyone who still wants to read this book.
The mood and atmosphere came across better compared to the emotions, so that the plot, just like in the film, grabbed me quickly. Newt's fast-paced search for his escaped beasts quickly turns into an amusing story with a serious background for the magical world.
The stage directions and descriptions that help you to better imagine the environment and facial expressions or gestures are successful.
However, I believe that the book is easier to read and the plot to understand better if you have already seen the film and can thus imagine the scenery more easily.
In the book, all directions and dialogues of the film are printed, so that the plot and what is said match one to one.

I liked all of the characters and came across as very personable. Newt and Tina are rather reserved, while the lively Queenie was able to inspire me immediately with her open and warm nature. Jacob also surprised me positively and so in the end I was a little disappointed that in conservative America he is not allowed to have any connection to the magical world, where he somehow also plays an important role in the course of history.
The antagonists were also convincingly designed, gave the plot the perfect polish and revived the well-known and gloomy good versus evil from the other Harry Potter books.
I already liked the colorful mix of the different characters in the film and I honestly have to say that I wouldn't have had anything against a real series of books by the American Magic School.

I found the script to be a great addition to the film and the plot as a nice prelude to the well-known Harry Potter books.
Thanks to the script, I noticed a few things that I didn't really notice in the film. So it could even convey a few important things to me.
The specific links to Hogwarts, Dumbledore and Grindelwald were also positive, but they were built in in such a way that Fantastic Beasts remains an independent story and definitely makes you want more.
The setting is just amazing in my opinion. I really liked New York in the 1920s.
With this book and the accompanying film, J.K. Rowling was also able to get me excited about the American magical world.

Finally, I would like to praise the beautiful and loving interior design of the book. Not only the cover is a feast for the eyes. Every page of the book is something special. There are numerous flourishes and illustrations of the animal beings.


A successful book that is wonderful to read despite the script style. A fantastic addition to the Harry Potter books and the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Worth reading for all those who are not afraid of a different style and want to immerse themselves in the American world of Harry Potter.