Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
Though intrigued about this movie when I first saw the trailer and heard friends say good reviews about the movie, I wanted to read J.K. Rowling’s original screenplay before watching the movie. Being a fan of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling has an incredible talent for writing in a way that allows readers to picture the story for themselves and madly flip the pages. Even when I didn’t like reading in high school, I was reading her enormously thick books overnight. It’s rare for me to find an author whose books I actually want to read before watching the movies. At first, I was apprehensive about reading a screenplay (it reminded me of Shakespearean plays) with abbreviations like Ext. and Int. for Exterior and Interior and P.O.V. for Point of View, and I didn’t find out that there was a glossary of film terms at the back of the book until I was halfway done. But just like her other books, J.K. Rowling had me finishing this book in one sitting. With the book fresh in my mind, I watched the movie on the same day and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was so entertaining to see the characters, especially the core four, and magical creatures come alive!
“Jacob: Tell me — has anyone ever believed you when you told them not to worry?
Newt: My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.”
Now I can’t wait to pick up J.K. Rowling’s other new book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, from the library and see that as a play or movie too.