My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the movie was indescribable, but I’ll do my best. I am generally not very good at sitting through long movies, I get fidgety and I just can’t sit for that long. But I was completely enamored with Fantastic Beasts. The moment I got out of the theater I wanted to walk back in and watch it again. Since that wasn’t an option, instead I went home and read the book.
Obviously, the book is as amazing as the movie. One of the earliest lines in the movie was a little nod to those who are already familiar with the wizarding world and I loved it. Brilliant.
“Mary Lou: Are you a seeker? A seeker after truth?
Newt: I’m more of a chaser, really.”
The illustrations throughout are gorgeous and deserve special note. Beyond that, there’s not much to say without spoilers. As unusual as this may be, it is better to see the movie before you read this because it is a screenplay and not a proper novel. That being said, there were a few notes or scene points that you don’t see in the movie that are written in the screenplay but they don’t divulge any important secrets – in fact some of the descriptions are incredibly vague. For example, a legilimens will respond to things or see memories that go through a character’s head but we as readers and the audience never find out exactly what they experience.
Highly recommended to anyone – but also fans of Harry Potter, fantasy, magic, the era of the 1920’s, animals/creatures and people who realize that J.K. Rowling is the queen. I am so happy that she wrote the screenplay for this title and it was as well done as we would expect from her.