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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Book Review: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Synopsis (From GoodReads):

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.


As with many of you, I am a Harry Potter fanatic.  I have read all the books, seen all the movies, and am always eager for J.K. Rowling to give us more. So when I saw the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them, I was thrilled.  I saw the movie and really enjoyed it.  As for the script of the movie, which is what this piece is, it doesn't really work as a book.  Nevertheless, I did enjoy it.

What I Liked:

When I see a movie with big action scenes, there is often so much happening all at once, that I probably miss some of what goes on.  There were several such moments in this movie, but reading the script really helped me to break down what happened and why.  

I was also able to gain so insight as to why the Queenie would be attracted to Jacob.  Don't get me wrong, but Jacob (as portrayed in the film) is sort of an average joe, while Queenie is a knockout blonde.  Part of Queenie's power is to read minds.  The direction in the script shows Queenie reading Jacob's mind, and seeing the bravery and pain he experienced in WWI.  That small tidbit must have been edited out of the movie, because watching it, I just didn't get their relationship.  Now I understand it.

What I Was Mixed About:
One of the joys of the world of J.K. Rowling, is the array of creative creatures she imagines.  As this story is all about those creatures, I was mildly surprised that there weren't more descriptions of all the Fantastic Beasts.  I supposed that is due to the author wanting the movie's art director to have lots of creative input on how the animals should look on screen.  But if the reader hadn't already seen the movie, this lack of description would make for a very poor reading experience.

What I Didn't Like: 
Money Grab:
As enjoyable as this script was to read, I couldn't help but feel that this book was just one more way to get Harry Potter fans to shell out even more money.  I wish the publisher would have added extra content (such as behind the scenes photos) to the book to make it a truly must have item.


Release Date:  November 18th, 2016

Genre:  Fantasy

Source:  Read With Tessa's GoodReads group.

Format:  E-Book

Recommendation:  If you must own every Harry Potter related book, this is a must have.  If you already saw the movie, save your cash to buy the film when it comes out on DVD.

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