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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay Kindle Edition
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...
Inspired by the original Hogwart’s textbook by Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original screenplay marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. A feat of imagination and featuring a cast of remarkable characters and magical creatures, 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 for any film lover or reader’s bookshelf.
The film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will have its theatrical release on 18th November 2016.
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- ASIN : B01ETJABQK
- Publisher : Pottermore Publishing; Illustrated edition (November 18, 2016)
- Publication date : November 18, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 9061 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 247 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,139 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2016
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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 Beedle the Bard and the History of Quidditch.
I hope this clears up the confusion! Happy Reading!
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.
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.
I have to start by saying that I don't like reading plays, scripts, or anything like that. I am a true believer that the best to enjoy such works is to see it acted out. Reading the script after watching the movie was a gratifying experience for me.
What I liked:
1- New Generation: While not focused on the children of Harry and the gang, I really enjoyed reading and watching these new characters. Each and every single one of them was adorable and perfectly portrayed.
2. Excellent characters: Newt, Tina, Jacob, Queenie, Credence, and even Graves were illustrated perfectly and each character had a unique voice and personality that truly benefited the story.
3. New setting: Expanding the story world outside of Hogwarts will always be one of my favorite things to see in the Harry Potter franchise. Yes, I love the school but there's so much lore to be explored outside the castle. The 1920s New York brought a refreshing vibe to the series.
4. The story was simple and self-contained: The premise was simple and easy to follow yet the stakes were high. Very compelling and had me geeking out all the way until the end. The advantage of the script also is that it describes and names the creatures that we see in the film, some of them never addressed on the screen.
5. The twist about Credence: Still one of the best twists I've read and a totally unexpected way to resolve the book's mystery.
What I didn't like:
There isn't much I didn't like about the film and therefore the script. I guess my biggest pet-peeve was the revelation of the book's true villain. I think there was no need to connect this story with that character's story. Nevertheless, I am excited to see what role Newt plays in this broader conflict.
Author: J. K. Rowling
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I love Pickett the Bowtruckle - he's the best!
While the story is excellent, I was a little disappointed to find that this is the exact script of the film. This isn't an issue if that's what you're looking for, but I was personally hoping that there would be some extra tidbits that weren't shot. I guess they're saving them for the delete scenes on the DVD.
Naturally, you miss out on something by reading the script - namely the performance put in by the wonderful actors and the brilliant special effects. However, you do gain the benefit of the stage directions which gave me a new reading on certain scenes, picking up on character motivation (especially for the likes of Credence and Queenie) that I don't think came across so well in the film. In this, I'm now curious to watch the film again to see how my new understanding affects the viewing.
There is little point in reading this if you didn't enjoy the film or the universe in which it's set. However, for Rowling's fans, it's a must buy. The book itself is lovely, with its soft cover and stylised illustrations of the beasts, and is a great addition to any collection.
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