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

POSTED ON January 1, 2017 BY Tia Jenkins IN Book Review

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

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Original Screenplay

by J.K. Rowling
Published on November 18, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.


I went into Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them with pretty low expectations. After going through what I did with Cursed Child, I didn’t want to be disappointed again. But I was pleasantly surprised. The screen play was definitely a lot different than the stage play so that layout was definitely something I had to get used to, but once I did I really enjoyed it.

Fantastic Beasts was also a lot different than I was expecting it to be (I haven’t seen the actual movie yet, though I guess some would say I have since I read the screenplay but it’s not the same). All I’ve seen are the trailers and while I recognized some scenes from it in the book, there was a lot in it that I just wasn’t expecting. Newt was a strange but intriguing character. There were times that I couldn’t get a hold on what his personality was supposed to be like. There were points where I liked him and points where I didn’t. He wasn’t a consistent character and I know that that was probably the point, but it was a little frustrating not being able to keep a firm hold on who he was.

The relationship between Queenie and Jacob was honestly too cute to handle. You could tell that Queenie didn’t get out much and that she had no first hand knowledge on what muggles (or as the Americans called them, No-Majes) were like. Their innocence of each others world was kind of great and the fact that they were the ones who had the romantic thing in this book made it even better. They each got to explore a different world and were faced with decisions they never thought they would have to make.

My absolute favorite part of this was the first time Newt and Jacob go into the case together. The script describes each creature so well and I cannot wait to see them come alive on the screen. The fact that J.K. Rowling could come up with these amazingly fantastic beasts (see what I did there? ;)) is awe inspiring. I feel like the Harry Potter world is becoming the new Star Wars in terms of legacy. HP will always be remembered for years to come just like Star Wars is. And when I learned that there would be 4 more movies…I about lost my shit haha.

The main reason I am so excited for the other movies is because I really want to know Grindewald’s story. I was a little disappointed that he wasn’t in it until the very end. I wanted to see exactly what Johnny Depp could do with this type of role. I can’t wait to see if he steps out of his typical Johnny Depp character and creates something even more amazing.

So all in all, the script was written very well and the characters turned out to be people that I wished I knew in real life. I want to pick Newts brain, I want to be friends with Queenie and Jacob, and I really want to have an in depth conversation with Tina about what it’s like to work for the American ministry of magic. Let’s hope the movie lives up to my expectations!


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4 responses to “Review – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

  1. I saw the movie, and kind of like you with the screenplay – I went in with very low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised though, and really enjoyed it! Credence though…OMG. Devastated.
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