A Non-Spoiler Review
Fans of the ‘Harry Potter’ behemoth franchise have no doubt already queued up to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the new movie set in the Harry Potter universe, and tied into the book of the same name that was featured in the Harry Potter books. The movie is currently trending at around 75% on Rotten Tomatoes, 65% on Metacritic, and an impressive 8/10 on IMDb.
I haven’t yet seen the movie, but from what I can tell it’s not the most impressive script, while still being visually stunning – about what you’d expect, I think, from J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut.
For those who are well and truly hooked, however – or for the Harry Potter-completest in all of us – comes the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – The Original Screenplay, written by J.K. Rowling and put out in a beautiful little hardcover edition. I’m not going to review the contents of the book – as I haven’t read it, and won’t read it until after I see the movie – but rather simply tell you that a) it exists, and b) it’s beautiful.
My copy is a beautiful little hardcover, slightly smaller than a traditional hardcover book, and in a beautiful blue dust-jacket with gold artwork. The book doesn’t contain anything other than the full screenplay of the movie – which is a little disappointing, considering the potential for an introduction from someone involved in the making of the movie, or J.K. Rowling herself, and some additional backmatter. Although, I wouldn’t be at all surprised that they are dolling the extra material out in the most lucrative and expensive way possible. Stay tuned for more books, I guess.
In the end, you don’t need this book, unless you absolutely need this book, in that case …