Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them No Spoiler Screenplay Review

by - Friday, November 25, 2016

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Hey lovelies!


Let’s just wait a moment to allow it all to sink in!

So if you don’t know because you’ve been living under a rock, J.K Rowling released a screenplay of Fantastic Beasts alongside the newly released movie! If you’re familiar with the Harry Potter world, you’ll know all about this but if not, let me just fill you in!

The Fantastic Beasts story is a HP prequel with different characters. However, these characters are mentioned in HP. When this was originally released, it was a ‘textbook’ created by J.K Rowling for charity about some of the creatures in the HP world. However, she recently made into a narrative and story with the characters of the textbook and created the history behind how the textbook came to be! (So basically it is about Newt Scamander’s journey to writing the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them textbook used by Harry in HP).

Kind of confusing but still pretty great!

The screenplay and the movie are the EXACT same thing however I do suggest seeing and reading both! I have yet to see the movie but I finished reading the screenplay just yesterday and knew I had to have it up for you guys because I could not contain my excitement!

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And can I just say how freaking beautiful the entire book is? Not only the hard cover design with the beautiful gold embellished dust jacket and the cute lil niffler on the inside but the entire book with the headers and the font and the small little drawings inside! Even the end papers are gorgeous!
This book is literally a work of art! Inside and out!

It has been written by J.K Rowling ALONE, unlike the Cursed Child play and the book has been designed by MinaLima who were graphic designers on the HP and Fantastic Beasts film!

I know this has been a HUGE intro but one last thing before we start! I didn’t have much of an expectation for this book after Cursed Child because that one let me down however, this one was so fantastic (as the name suggests, haha, see what I did there?) and it is a must read!

This is SPOILER FREE! For Harry Potter AND for Fantastic Beasts!

About the book. 

Book: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Author: J.K Rowling
Pages: 304
Publisher: Hachette 
Australian RRP: $34.99
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… (source)
Genre: Fantasy
Recommended for: Anyone!

This book was sent to me from Hachette however, all thoughts and opinions are my own and this is an honest review.

My thoughts.


So this segment is going to be very short because I don’t have a whole lot to say in terms for writing because it is a screenplay and designed to be watched rather than read.

However, I feel like I could see the magic of J.K Rowling coming through, even though it was not technically a novel and I felt myself getting really drawn into this unique and interesting world! It was really reminiscent because it reminded me of the good times I spent reading Harry Potter!

I feel like reading a screenplay is also quite an odd experience because I’m not someone who understands movie lingo and the way they are made so it can be difficult to understand some of the language used, however, there is a very helpful glossary in the back which makes me extremely happy! Reading a screenplay is also a little different and difficult because you are mainly exposed to dialogue and there is very little world building and scene description.

If there hadn’t been a movie alongside the screenplay, I would have not been able to picture any of the characters because of how little description there was for them!

The screenplay was also very short! I read it in a day! It looks decent sized but because of the huge margins and focus on scene building than actual text, there wasn’t much to read, which was great because I like something that’s short and sweet!

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{ IDEA }

Can I just say how cool it to be exposed to the American wizarding community? I loved how different it was, from Muggles vs No-Maj to the wizarding schools and communities! I liked being exposed to a different world and I feel it was quite well done!

I also liked how J.K Rowling focused on animals in this book! As a huge animal lover myself, I think it was so fantastic to have this suitcase filled with exotic creatures and it was such a unique and out of the blue idea!

{ PLOT }

I can’t say too much about the plot without giving it away but I felt it was a little uneventful, predictable and less intricate compared to the plots in Harry Potter. There was very little going on and there wasn’t a ‘wow’ factor for me.

The plot in FB was very simple and not very intricately woven or astonishing. Although I found the world super interesting, I can’t say the plot had me really hooked in, which is especially disappointing as a plot is the main part of a movie/screenplay rather than the characters which is more for books.

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AHA! My favourite part of the book! The characters in FB were so fantastic and loveable especially Newt, the precious little cinnamon roll!

I loved the depth of the characters, even from the short screenplay! Newt is such a sweet, awkward person. I loved how much he cared about his creatures and the lengths he went to, to protect and care for them! He was also so caring and sweet and loyal and such a true Hufflepuff!

The other characters I feel I didn’t get to know well enough to be able to write something on unfortunately as they were a little dry and not developed as much. I didn’t really feel the romance because I think it was shoved in there a little towards the end for the sake of having a romance however I didn’t hate it!


So can you tell how much I love Fantastic Beasts yet or not? I was utterly charmed and so enthralled and I can’t wait to go see the movie! I highly suggest reading the screenplay too because it is such a unique experience and is a must do!


Have you seen/read Fantastic Beasts yet? Are you planning to? Let me know below! 

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  1. I have seen FB and absolutely LOVED it! I've been debating whether the screenplay is worth it though! I'm happy to hear it's almost exactly the same with the movie, and yes, Newt is very adorable! <3 Lovely review Anisha!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

    1. Thank you so much Tasya! You are the kindest! :) Also, I do think it's worth it just because a) the cover is gorg and b) it's really interesting to read! However, you might want to wait until it comes out in the library instead because $35 is a lot for a book!

  2. Ooh! I had no idea the book was so pretty! Now I want a copy. I was hoping to see the movie this weekend, but I'm not sure it's going to happen. Sigh.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Ooh I still haven't seen the movie yet and I want to so bad! Since I'm super late at replying (sorry!) have you gotten the chance to see it yet?

  3. Yep, you DEFINITELY need to watch the movie. It's really hard to imagine it from the screenplay, but the visuals are absolutely incredible. It's like 100x better on-screen with everything fleshed out.

    1. IM SO EXCITED TO ESPECIALLY BECAUSE THE ACTOR FOR NEWT IS JUST SO DAMN CUTE! And I really hope it is great because I have such high expectations!

  4. I haven't got the screenplay or watched the movie yet but it is in my future lol! I can't wait, I know I'm going to adore it and I love how it covers American society. I'm so glad there's a movie to accompany it though! Lovely review Anisha!

    1. Thank you so much Jeann, you are the sweetest! Also, READ THE SCREENPLAY! IT'S AWESOME! AND NEWT <3

  5. I have yet to read the screenplay but I saw the movie and I loved it! All the beasts were so cute and amazing and omg I want to go watch it again. I also really liked the differences between the American magical community and the British one and I can't wait to learn more from the upcoming movies! Great review Anisha <3

    1. Aww thanks Jananee! AND READ THE SCREENPLAY!!! *proceeds to shove the book at you*


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