So obviously if I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (twice) I’m a pretty big Harry Potter fan. At some point I’d like to do a book review of all the books but I haven’t read them in about two years and would like to re-read them (for the 20th time) in order to really write a review. I have however recently read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them so here we go!
I’ve read BOTH Fantastic Beasts books. The first is the text book version which was what Harry and his classmates read in school during the books and what I thought the movie would be about. It’s not really a book, but instead just a dictionary of all the magical creatures Newt meets on his adventures.
So now onto the screenplay! I was a little bummed because I got this the same day the movie came out and obviously I saw the movie the day it was released. Which, for a book reader is something I hate…seeing the movie first, but what are you going to do? Anyway, I liked the screenplay, mainly because I’m never reading plays or screenplays so it was nice for a change of pace. It was also a quick/easy read and I felt like I got to know Newt differently compared to the movie (even if it was word for word).
The screenplay is about New Sacmander, a wizard who is was expelled from Hogwarts but loves Magical Creatures and wants to not only study them, but find them and save them if they need saving. He carries them around with him in his (magical) briefcase who arrives to the United States. While he’s there, some of his creatures escape and it turns into him running around in NYC trying to find them all. Meanwhile, Grindewald (so yes, this takes place before there is a Voldemort) is gaining ground on an army and recruiting. What I loved about this is that even though it’s not related to Harry Potter and there are moments where you can connect them together. Such as – Grindwald, the Deathly Hallows, the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them textbook, a mention of Dumbledore and mention of a relative of Sririus Blacks. I remember being in the movie theater and when any of this came about, people would start whispering because of their excitement.
It was such a nice light hearted read compared to Cursed Child. While Cursed Child was fantastic, I found it sad compared to Fantastic Beasts. This was just overall a fun read (I’ve said that too much). Anyway, I hope they do this again, there are 4 more movies in the works so I hope 4 more screenplays, and if so, they come out before the movie!