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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

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by J. K. Rowling

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For Newt Scamander’s book about magical creatures, click here.

J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

When Magizoologist Newt


For Newt Scamander’s book about magical creatures, click here.

J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

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.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader's bookshelf.

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Kirkus Reviews
A handsomely packaged version of the dialogue and staging directions for the recently released film. Rowling has expanded her slim 2001 Harry Potter spinoff into a multiepisode storyline, and this is the first. Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in 1926 New York with a bag—much larger inside than out—full of rare creatures. In short order, he not only allows several of them to escape, but falls afoul of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (the local equivalent of the Ministry of Magic). Mad escapades ensue, featuring wizardly duels and encounters with all sorts of exotic fauna from Occamies to Bowtruckles. The script presented here sticks closely to the screen version, but both the printed lines and the italicized stage directions add nuance and details that may elude even close viewers of the movie. Newt's walk, for instance, is described at the outset as conveying "an unselfconscious Keatonesque quality," and a later comment that "Occamies are choranaptyxic" invites more pondering than the live action allows. Also, rather than using images from the film, Rowling's rare and sketchy line drawings in the original edition have been replaced here with decorative swashes on every page and stylized animal forms, all done in elegantly calligraphic pen strokes. A glossary of film terms and partial lists of the film cast and crew are appended. Thin soup compared to a conventional prose narrative—but enough to carry readers along and to give them at least a sense of the characters and their milieu. (Fantasy script. 10-13)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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5.70(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
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9 - 12 Years


Meet the Author

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, which have sold over 450 million copies, been translated into 79 languages, and made into eight blockbuster films. She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in aid of Comic Relief), and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (in aid of Lumos), as well as a screenplay inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. J.K. Rowling has also collaborated on a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts Parts One and Two, which opens in London’s West End in the summer of 2016. In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital company Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy her new writing and immerse themselves deeper in the wizarding world. J.K. Rowling has written a novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, and also writes crime novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Brief Biography

Perthshire, Scotland
Date of Birth:
July 31, 1965
Place of Birth:
Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England
Exeter University

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People are getting mad because it wasn't a "book" to read. Maybe read the title and do some research? It is very clear that it is a SCREENPLAY, aka, a SCRIPT. It was amazing. Go watch the movie if you haven't!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed when I realized this is just a screenplay. I was looking forward to reading an actual novel. It left me wondering if the movie is going to be worth watching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Author: Jennifer Kathrine Rowling ( JK Rowling ) What I Thought: It's a good book, in the textbook form, and it's a good story, but I didn't like that is was in script form. Also, the sample. That is a problem. It is only copyright, cover page, and "(Stage Slides)". Overall, I'm kind of diaspointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought I was getting a BOOK to read. Not the movie dialogue scene by scene. I want to see the movie. But this was miserable to try and read. Tried to return to Nook. Can't do that. I'm stuck with this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It specifically says "The Original Screenplay" on the front cover. A screenplay is just that...dialogue from the film. It would be like what you would have in your hands if you were Eddie Redmayne reading the script to prepare yourself for your role. It's NOT A NOVEL. It was wonderful, in my opinion. But I knew what I was getting. Pay attention the front cover and the fact that it clearly states it's a screenplay and you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic experience reading this. It is the screenplay, not a novel, some people did not seem to realize that. Reading screenplays before seeing the movie is so fun and this is such a lovely story. Would recomend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great back story explaining more of the Wizarding world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It clearly says on the book that its a screenplay. I don't see the reason why people are leaving negative feedback because its their own fault and not the author's or the seller. So far I'm loving this play. And this would be a great gift for anyone that loved the Harry Potter series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It SAYS ''SCREENPLAY'' in the title. That's what it is. It is not a novel. Fantastic Beasts is AMAZING. xoxo Mermaid Caroline
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although not the novel I wanted, Rowling's trip to North America and the introduction of Newt has been magical.
Tired-college-student13 More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing read! Please ignore those who are complaining about the book being in screenplay form. You're not missing out on anything just because it's a screenplay. The emotions, thoughts, actions, and settings are wonderfully written. If you loved the Harry Potter series and "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", then you will love "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".
klugje More than 1 year ago
J. K. Rowling makes a grand debut to screenplays with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Magizoologist Newt Scamander is in New York for a quick stopover, but things change when his magical case is misplaced with and a no-maj (muggle) and some of his fantastic beasts escape into the city. Now, with the help of some new friends, Newt is in a rush to find them before it spells trouble for everyone…. wizard and no-maj alike. With an extraordinary cast of characters, this is an epic, action-packed adventure fans of Harry Potter have come to expect. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this screenplay and am now looking forward to seeing it onscreen.
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling is in the wizarding world of Rowlings but with new characters. I must admit that I do not like reading screenplays, novels add so much more to a story and I think the story would have been a lot more fun and exciting as a novel. But the book is titled as a screenplay so I must rate it as such. So as a screenplay I would give it a 5 Star, but rating it like it is now as a novel only a 4 star. Just saying. I wish there had been an option to read the screenplay or the novel. Anyway, this book has new and exciting creatures, a host of new characters both good and bad that sounds like we will probably hearing more from, a great plot, and good directions with the screen script. The story was fast and exciting starting from page go and didn't stop until the end. Wonderful story, just would like to have seen it in a different format. Beggars can't be chosey can they? Now I can't wait to see the movie! I got this from the library and I was on a long list but I think everyone decided just to buy the book so I was able to get it right away! Yoohoo!
MapleFlower20 More than 1 year ago
It's a screen play, not a novel but i enjoy it just the same
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved it. Newt is such a wonderful character and I can't imagine anyone not liking him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is extremely charming and socially awkward, yet sensitive and loyal - just like a hufflepuff should be. I dont think anyone but eddie redmayne could have portrayed him quite as perfectly. <3
Anonymous 3 hours ago
...gollum only result. See harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban for full and important details!
Anonymous 7 days ago
Black beauty all res.
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Anonymous 22 days ago
Kiss your hand and post this on three other books and look under your pillow
Anonymous 28 days ago
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Anonymous 4 months ago
Fantatic beasts and where to find them is the story (or movie) of Newt Scamander, a British magizooligist who recently completed a year travelling all over the globe, recording information about magical creatures. He arrives in New York, 1926, with a case full of magical creatures. He uses the excuse that he has to buy a birthday present, but he actually needs to take care of some other, far more important buisness. When no-maj (muggle) Jacob Kowalski accidentally leys some of Newt's creatures lose, the two must join up with American witches Tina and Queenie Goldstein to put everything right again, but their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces, threatening to change America and the wizarding community forever. This is a perfect book, full of romance, comedy, action and adventure. It's perfect for all ages, and if this isn,t enough, there's a movie too, ( I don't know how popular it is in America, I'm British) starring Academy award winner Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter books, films or both.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I wouls be sure to tell my freinds about this book; it eould be great for young kids as well as older kids to.
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Anonymous 8 months ago
I like it but it was a little hard to follow along withthe characters.