Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Original Screenplay

Book - 2016
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Mar 10, 2021

what the literal heck? COME ON nealranz!!! some people actually like it!!!!

You are so terrible NealRanz, I hate you

Sep 14, 2020

Ugh....waste of time. This is the movie its the text that the movie was produced off of....meanding....
It was a cloudy and so enters from off screen....blah blah blah....

Sep 04, 2020

Not to be confused with the screenplay, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a wonderful textbook filled with interesting creatures of the wizarding world. I really liked how they made Newt Scamander the author, as he was compiling his book in the first screenplay. I also liked the tie-in, with this having been one of Harry’s textbooks. I think that this is a worthy addition for Harry Potter fans, especially those who are eager for more details into the wizarding world. I found this book to be fascinating and intriguing, so I would highly recommend it to other readers, as well! @PenelopeScriptor of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 14, 2020

Great book, it really shows how much thought, effort, and time JKR put into creating the amazing Wizarding World! I especially enjoyed the little comments and doodles scribbled in by Harry and Ron!

May 14, 2020

I really enjoyed this book! Obviously I would have liked it better if it were a book, but it is still really good.

Feb 09, 2019

So, this wasn't originally part of my comment, but I felt I had to say something. There is a charity book written by J. K. Rowling (Though it says 'Newt Scamander on the front) that is a list of all the fantastic beasts that exist in the world of Harry Potter. THIS IS NOT IT. This is the original screenplay by J. K. Rowling.
If you've seen the movie of fantastic beasts and where to find them then you will find this screenplay eerily familiar.

WARNING!!! SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay, so, I read this, and it was SO disappointing! I mean some of it was really cool and some ideas were totally genius, but all in all it was a very disappointing read, that’s probably how I’d feel if I read the newest Harry Potter book, whatever it’s called, but probably not, because my main cause of disappointment was the Government, I mean MACUSA was fine, I guess, but they killed people!!!! What was their PROBLEM? I mean seriously, I feel like the book shames the United States, like seriously!

The lady brings Newt in, TWICE, then the president lady’s all like ‘and you waited until AFTER the guy died to tell us this? And then they just whoop send ‘em to jail, then Graves (Who at this point is assuredly evil.) Orders them killed, both of them! Seriously! Even the girl, who took Newt in, Graves says “and she is going to be executed for helping him", like, seriously dude, and the guys ACTUALLY do it! Without a trial! I mean WHAT?

So I just figured oh, okay they must have been in league with graves or something, (I am still confused by this.) And Graves must have been working in secret or like doing things without Lady President’s permission, but nope, when they escape she actually puts up wanted posters and doesn’t fire Graves or anything at all really, so of course we assume that Graves has been putting the Imperious Curse on them.

So Newt tries to help the kid, and Graves stops him, and the Lady President shows up and annihilates the kid, and then it turns out that she wasn’t controlled by graves, but guess what? The didn’t even TRY to kill Graves, they’re just like ‘whatever, who cares if Grindewald survives as long as a little kid is destroyed.’ And Newt and The main lady, Tina, aren’t sad at all (well besides RIGHT after it happens.)

Then they’re all sad ‘cause they can’t brainwash a whole city, and then Newt (who for some STRANGE reason agrees with the president) is like "I can do it!" and brainwashes the whole city with the thunderbird and a tiny bottle of something death venom, and poisons all the water in the city with it, so basically pretty soon they will brainwash the entire world including themselves, ‘cause they never think, ‘wait a second, maybe there are some wizards on the streets that will be brainwashed,’ or, ‘hey how are we supposed to survive without water?’ besides, Jacob gets brainwashed and they don’t even try to stop him.

I’m not saying that it was a terrible book, like I’m not like; ‘We must burn every copy of this book everywhere!’ Or anything, honestly I feel this way with Harry Potter sometimes too, in fact the romance was super cute, and I loved the creatures, and the idea of an Obscurus, (so Ariana Dumbledore was one too then?) But some parts (for me at least) were overly disappointing

Jan 12, 2019

These little charity books written by J.K. Rowling to help raise money are super cute - and what makes them even more fun to read - are the side commentaries from Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the side margins of the book. This one would later lead to an expansion movie series of the Wizarding World, that is a fun ride. But don't expect to pick up this book and find any story of Newt Scamander - it's all about the creatures in this book.

Jan 09, 2019

As always, excellently written.

Gina_Vee Dec 27, 2018

If you're following along with the screenplay series and the movies for this title, I suggest reading this book a few times or keeping a copy handy so you can keep up with the beasts. Great read.

Nov 03, 2018

Niiiicccee. Me excited for second film! Can not wait to see Maledictus aka Nagini *squeals* and Credence *continues to squeal* oh but let's not forget small beard Dumbledore!

Sep 30, 2018

Need to have. it's like taking care for magical creatures with hagrid or grubbly plank

Aug 26, 2018

Very useful!

Aug 26, 2018


Jun 27, 2018

nice. I like the pigmy puff

Jun 01, 2018

Great fictional encyclopedia for magical beasts, I loved reading it. I don't get why people are saying that it is exactly like the movie, the movie is a story about the "author" Newt Scamander.

Nov 25, 2017

This is an amazing book. I feel a little guilty that I love it even more than the original series! Fantastic Beasts and Where To find Them's world is huge, although it takes place all in New York City. It's a fun, exciting, and page-turning read that you will go to over and over again, falling in love with the characters each time. I really loved this book!

The screenplay is quite literally a word for word translation of the movie on which it is based. Unlike Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Fantastic Beasts only adds to the lore of our favorite magical world, and does not arguably damage them like Cursed Child is accused of doing. While there is a plethora of cute art in the book, it does feel like there is so much of it that it adds a good 20-30 pages.

A fun but unsurprising read, good for appreciating the directorial choices and art, but not much else. If you've already seen the movie and are looking for more, do not feel obligated to read this screenplay; you're not missing much.

Aug 29, 2017

This book ......... is like, um and companion to the harry potter series and I think that harry potter fans( like me) will love it (also like me) it is easy to read because you can easily know who is talking.
I really liked it .>-<.

Aug 11, 2017

it was ok, but the movie was SO much better. but i dont like screen plays anyway, so that might
be it... /=

JCLBeckyC Aug 07, 2017

Listen to the eAudiobook read by Eddie Redmayne <3

Aug 07, 2017

Great book for Harry Potter fans.

May 20, 2017

I don't usually read scripts but I liked the movie and found it more enlightening after reading the screenplay. Maybe that's just because I didn't understand it half the time with their accents and the volume was super low because of my sleeping children ... well anyway, I recommend this for Harry Potter fans but it will be more enjoyable if you've seen the movie already. I'm looking forward to the rest of movies. I believe there are going to be 5 all together.

May 18, 2017

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (by J.K. Rowling) is about the mystical and magical creatures of the Harry Potter universe. The book was used by the students in the Harry Potter series as a textbook. This book is an encyclopedia, not a chapter book. I wish I went to Hogwarts so I could read the real book with my wizarding friends.

The narrator of the book was Newt Scamander, a magical creature expert. In the book, there are creatures from the “Acromantula”(a giant eight eyed spider) to the “Yeti”(a giant humanoid snow dwelling beast). The book was first released to the wizarding world in 1927.

In Conclusion, I think that this book is really good for Harry Potter fans, or just anybody who wants a good read. I liked the book because it looked really good in my imagination(the book has no illustrations). This book could also encourage people to try to find creatures in the real muggle world. All in all, I rate this book a 10/10!

Apr 18, 2017

I don't usually mind reading a script, but this one I found a little frustrating as well.

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