Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Review

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Harry Potter has long been a favourite for many people, whether that be the books or films you have got to love it. When the books and then the films finished, Idevastatedtated thinking that that was the end of harry potter... but of course I was wrong. Since then new additions have been brought out, new books, a film, a play and so much more: it's never ending, not that I am complaining at all!

I was so upset when I didn't get the chance to see the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as it looked so good, but I just couldn't justify the ticket price when I am desperately trying to save. Did anyone else find that the tickets were really expensive? But as soon as it comes out on DVD I will definitely be getting it! However, I don't have to wait too long to find out the story line as I read J.K Rowling's play script which I got at Christmas, along with many other books (which you can read about here). It is actually a surprisingly short book/play, much shorter than I thought it would have to be in order to make it into a film so I am really intrigued to see whether or not they had to add any scenes or if that really is how long a film is. Although now I am thinking about it, it would make sense as when books are adapted into films, so much of their plot has to be cut out.

I really loved the plot of this book and J.K Rowling has done another fabulous job at creating such a weird and wonderful world within ours. The characters were really endearing and I absolutely loved the little beasts Newt (the main character) had in his case, especially the Niffler! As a general overview with minimal spoilers, the book (do I say film or book? I am not too sure...) is set in 1926 New York where Newt has just arrived in the hope of finding some magical beasts to write about in his book. For any avid Harry Potter fans out there, this is the textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Harry uses in the series as well as the book J.K Rowling wrote in aid of Comic Relief. Of course, everything doesn't go to plan but I shall say no more in case you haven't read/watched it.

I have never read a screenplay before, apart from play scripts for stage plays at school, and I really enjoyed how it was a light, easy read and found it very interesting to see how the directions and descriptions of characters are put together to make the film. J.K Rowling has obviously had a lot of experience with films as I believe that she had quite a lot of input into the Harry Potter series, however, this is her first screenplay. Her character and scene descriptions really paint a visual in your head, making it so easy to create this wonderful image of what it would really be like This is one reason why I love reading the book before the film, but also why I am slightly reluctant, as when you read a book, you do imagine what the scene look like; how the characters look and act, so when you see it in a film it can either be the complete opposite of what you thought (and there for the film isn't as good as you hoped) or be exactly what you imaged but better as you can watch it on screen. Harry Potter is one of the few films that I love just as much as the books, and I think this is because they are so close to the books themselves. So here is to hoping the film is as good as the screenplay!

Overall, this was the perfect book to read over the Christmas break as it gave me a complete rest from the challenges of schoolwork and one I would recommend to anyone! Have you read it or watched the film? What were your thoughts?

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  1. I haven't read or watched this yet but it sounds so good! I loved the Harry Potter series when I was younger xx

    1. Haha I still love it now! It is so good and I really want to see the film now!


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