Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Original Screenplay

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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.

Inspired by the original Hogwarts 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 showcasing 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 film lover's or reader's bookshelf.

The film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will have its theatrical release on November 18, 2016.

Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781338109061
1338109065
Branch Call Number: J FIC Rowli
Characteristics: vii, 293 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Minalima Design (Firm)

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black_dog_3147
Nov 25, 2017

This is an amazing book. I feel a little guilty that I love it even more than the original series! Fantastic Beasts and Where To find Them's world is huge, although it takes place all in New York City. It's a fun, exciting, and page-turning read that you will go to over and over again, falling in love with the characters each time. I really loved this book!

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BrandonBlanchard
Nov 04, 2017

The screenplay is quite literally a word for word translation of the movie on which it is based. Unlike Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Fantastic Beasts only adds to the lore of our favorite magical world, and does not arguably damage them like Cursed Child is accused of doing. While there is a plethora of cute art in the book, it does feel like there is so much of it that it adds a good 20-30 pages.

A fun but unsurprising read, good for appreciating the directorial choices and art, but not much else. If you've already seen the movie and are looking for more, do not feel obligated to read this screenplay; you're not missing much.

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EmmaHong2006
Aug 29, 2017

Lovely~
This book ......... is like, um and companion to the harry potter series and I think that harry potter fans( like me) will love it (also like me) it is easy to read because you can easily know who is talking.
I really liked it .>-<.

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JewelReader
Aug 11, 2017

it was ok, but the movie was SO much better. but i dont like screen plays anyway, so that might
be it... /=

JCLBeckyC Aug 07, 2017

Listen to the eAudiobook read by Eddie Redmayne <3

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nimetbeth
Aug 07, 2017

Great book for Harry Potter fans.

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julia_sedai
May 20, 2017

I don't usually read scripts but I liked the movie and found it more enlightening after reading the screenplay. Maybe that's just because I didn't understand it half the time with their accents and the volume was super low because of my sleeping children ... well anyway, I recommend this for Harry Potter fans but it will be more enjoyable if you've seen the movie already. I'm looking forward to the rest of movies. I believe there are going to be 5 all together.

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Dandelion6
May 18, 2017

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (by J.K. Rowling) is about the mystical and magical creatures of the Harry Potter universe. The book was used by the students in the Harry Potter series as a textbook. This book is an encyclopedia, not a chapter book. I wish I went to Hogwarts so I could read the real book with my wizarding friends.

The narrator of the book was Newt Scamander, a magical creature expert. In the book, there are creatures from the “Acromantula”(a giant eight eyed spider) to the “Yeti”(a giant humanoid snow dwelling beast). The book was first released to the wizarding world in 1927.

In Conclusion, I think that this book is really good for Harry Potter fans, or just anybody who wants a good read. I liked the book because it looked really good in my imagination(the book has no illustrations). This book could also encourage people to try to find creatures in the real muggle world. All in all, I rate this book a 10/10!

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danomcd
Apr 18, 2017

I don't usually mind reading a script, but this one I found a little frustrating as well.

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jandt_mcmurray
Apr 13, 2017

Not to be confused with a story about the new movie (I knew this before getting into it), this book is simply a copy of the Hogwarts 1st-year students' textbook by the same name. For those who have read "Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone", you may recall this book being listed among the supplies needed for 1st-years.

That clarification being made, I enjoyed this book. Written as a fictional "science non-fiction" book about magical creatures, it gives a bit of a background on magical creatures & how they came to determine which creatures would be classified as "beasts" or "beings". Then it becomes an A-Z encyclopedia of all of the creatures that Newt Scamander had discovered & researched before this "book's publishing in 1929". Many of the creatures are ones that Harry Potter readers encountered throughout the 7-book series. Listening to the description of those creatures took me back to the time when it was mentioned in a Harry Potter book, making me relive those moments in that story. For that reason alone, I would've enjoyed this book. But that aside, I still would've enjoyed this book as I like drifting off to an imaginary world, picturing "fantastic beasts" as if they were real!

Age recommendation: 10 & up (Some of the creatures are said to have "humans" on their diet. Therefore I would not recommend this book for those readers that cannot yet distinguish between real/not real.)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 6.

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