Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – The Original Screenplay

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

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I decided to read this book for a couple of reasons, the first being that it won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards for Fantasy, and the second is because I’m interested in learning how to write scripts and I figured what better way to learn than to read some.

It was hard for me to feel like the this book was anything super special, since I had already seen the movie several times. Which I enjoyed the movie, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t a fascinating read.

What I liked the most was seeing how particular lines were supposed to be said, it gave insight into the characters that I didn’t pick up on in the movie. I still dislike the romance between Scamander and Tina, while it made slightly more sense in the script it still felt rushed and unnecessary.

But overall I enjoyed reading the script and I gave it a 3.5 star rating (4 on Goodreads)

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