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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #8
on November 18th 2016
Genres: fantasy, YA
Source: the library
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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…
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.Publisher: Little, Brown Book GroupISBN: 9781408708989
(I have not seen the movie yet)
So, I definitely liked this one better than the Cursed Child.
It was hard to get used to the idea that Harry Potter isn’t in this one – not even a glimmer. Newt is such a great character, as are all the supporting characters. Since this book takes place in the past, it would’ve been nice to see some historical fiction type of elements in the book – you can’t really tell that this story takes place in the past at all – the story would have fit in just fine right now, twenty years from now, twenty years ago, or the early twentieth century it actually does take place. But isn’t it terrific that that’s really my biggest complaint about the book? (my other complaint is the fact that really, all the Harry Potter books are a mystery at heart, with fantasy elements – and this book doesn’t really have much of a mystery. Or at least to me, it didn’t read as a mystery. I’m actually not a fan of mysteries AT ALL, but it just doesn’t quite have the same flavor as the original 7 books).
Let’s see, what else? The book could be longer. I want the adventure to last longer. I wanted this book to be as long as the last 3 original Harry Potter books. The book is a stand alone book – so in theory, this book could help introduce new readers to the fantastic world that is Harry Potter, and that’s an amazing gift given to readers.
I love the fact that some of the terminology in this one is just a bit different, which is very very realistic considering this takes place 60 or so years before Harry’s birthday – for example, the term “no-mag” instead of Muggle.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: