Author: J.K Rowling
Date of Publication: 18th November 2016
Synposis: A British Wizard enters New York with an illegal case of magical creatures. Some escape. High jinx ensue.
Like everyone of my generation, I am shaped as a reader by the Harry Potter universe and the writing of J K Rowling. Therefore when I heard a new film series was coming out, based on Rowling’s charity version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I was thrilled. After watching the film and reading the screenplay, I’m still hopelessly and un-apologetically in love with the Wizarding World.
The film, and this accompanying screenplay, do not disappoint in giving the reader a new face to the world we know. A 1900’s setting is genius – the glamour oozes through the pages. I liked Newt as a hero, and found Tina an acceptable foil, but my real obsessions were definitely Jacob (an American NoMaj instead of an English Muggle) and Queenie (Tina’s Legilimens sister). Believe me, just watch / read the scene in the rain and tell me you didn’t feel something…well, magical.
Fantastic Beasts is less about spells than it is about creatures and every reader / viewer would do well to remember this. If you’re looking to see duel upon duel you’ve come to the wrong place. Newt’s strength is his (unusual, for the time) love of the magical creatures he fosters. His adoration of them is infectious and it becomes a pleasure to learn about their differing traits.
This is, in all, a charming read for Harry Potter fans. If you go in with an open mind, the magic of the Wizarding World will rush in to fill the space.