There has been so much divided opinion since Harry Potter and The Cursed Child was released at the end of July. For me, it was lovely to be back in the magical world that these wonderful characters inhabited. Yes, there were elements for me that didn’t quite add up but regardless, this was another piece of the world I love so much and that is better than nothing. It is for that reason that I am excited for the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them which is due to be released in cinemas on 18th November (it is starring Eddie Redmayne as main character, Newt Scamander.)
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 . . .
Inspired by the original Hogwart’s textbook by Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original screenplay marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books.
This film is based on the short book JK Rowling wrote especially for Comic Relief. That short book was based on the textbook that is required reading for students of Hogwarts.
At a recent trip to the cinema, I saw the trailer for this film. I’ve only got to hear that music and I am back to when I was reading all the Harry Potter books for the first time. It never fails to make me smile.
To carry on the trend of releasing screenplays in conjunction with their performance counterparts, the original screenplay is being released on the same day.
This is JK Rowling’s first step into writing screenplays for films and the fact that she’s at the helm writing wise comforts me. I could tell that certain aspects of Cursed Child were not penned by Rowling. It just seemed different. That doesn’t make it good or bad for me. Just different. When you spend seven books getting invested in the characters and the style of writing, it’s just then so noticeable when the author changes.
If, like me you are not used to reading in a screenplay format, it does take a bit of getting used to but what makes me more excited about this screenplay release is that the film will be available for a much wider audience.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has had great reviews where the performance is concerned and I think actually seeing the film/play to which the book accompanies helps put things into context. I couldn’t get tickets for Cursed Child and therefore I couldn’t visualize what I was reading which made it hard to keep up with.
I am looking forward to seeing/reading Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. It looks fantastic and I adore the cover.
I’m off to study spells.
Who else is excited for Fantastic Beasts?
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