Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

by J. K. Rowling


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J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

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…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader's bookshelf.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338109061
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 11/18/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 21,088
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, which have sold over 450 million copies, been translated into 79 languages, and made into eight blockbuster films. She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in aid of Comic Relief), and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (in aid of Lumos), as well as a screenplay inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. J.K. Rowling has also collaborated on a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts Parts One and Two, which opens in London’s West End in the summer of 2016. In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital company Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy her new writing and immerse themselves deeper in the wizarding world. J.K. Rowling has written a novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, and also writes crime novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.


Perthshire, Scotland

Date of Birth:

July 31, 1965

Place of Birth:

Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England


Exeter University

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People are getting mad because it wasn't a "book" to read. Maybe read the title and do some research? It is very clear that it is a SCREENPLAY, aka, a SCRIPT. It was amazing. Go watch the movie if you haven't!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed when I realized this is just a screenplay. I was looking forward to reading an actual novel. It left me wondering if the movie is going to be worth watching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Author: Jennifer Kathrine Rowling ( JK Rowling ) What I Thought: It's a good book, in the textbook form, and it's a good story, but I didn't like that is was in script form. Also, the sample. That is a problem. It is only copyright, cover page, and "(Stage Slides)". Overall, I'm kind of diaspointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought I was getting a BOOK to read. Not the movie dialogue scene by scene. I want to see the movie. But this was miserable to try and read. Tried to return to Nook. Can't do that. I'm stuck with this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It specifically says "The Original Screenplay" on the front cover. A screenplay is just that...dialogue from the film. It would be like what you would have in your hands if you were Eddie Redmayne reading the script to prepare yourself for your role. It's NOT A NOVEL. It was wonderful, in my opinion. But I knew what I was getting. Pay attention the front cover and the fact that it clearly states it's a screenplay and you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It clearly says on the book that its a screenplay. I don't see the reason why people are leaving negative feedback because its their own fault and not the author's or the seller. So far I'm loving this play. And this would be a great gift for anyone that loved the Harry Potter series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic experience reading this. It is the screenplay, not a novel, some people did not seem to realize that. Reading screenplays before seeing the movie is so fun and this is such a lovely story. Would recomend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great back story explaining more of the Wizarding world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It SAYS ''SCREENPLAY'' in the title. That's what it is. It is not a novel. Fantastic Beasts is AMAZING. xoxo Mermaid Caroline
Tired-college-student13 More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing read! Please ignore those who are complaining about the book being in screenplay form. You're not missing out on anything just because it's a screenplay. The emotions, thoughts, actions, and settings are wonderfully written. If you loved the Harry Potter series and "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", then you will love "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".
klugje More than 1 year ago
J. K. Rowling makes a grand debut to screenplays with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Magizoologist Newt Scamander is in New York for a quick stopover, but things change when his magical case is misplaced with and a no-maj (muggle) and some of his fantastic beasts escape into the city. Now, with the help of some new friends, Newt is in a rush to find them before it spells trouble for everyone…. wizard and no-maj alike. With an extraordinary cast of characters, this is an epic, action-packed adventure fans of Harry Potter have come to expect. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this screenplay and am now looking forward to seeing it onscreen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although not the novel I wanted, Rowling's trip to North America and the introduction of Newt has been magical.
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling is in the wizarding world of Rowlings but with new characters. I must admit that I do not like reading screenplays, novels add so much more to a story and I think the story would have been a lot more fun and exciting as a novel. But the book is titled as a screenplay so I must rate it as such. So as a screenplay I would give it a 5 Star, but rating it like it is now as a novel only a 4 star. Just saying. I wish there had been an option to read the screenplay or the novel. Anyway, this book has new and exciting creatures, a host of new characters both good and bad that sounds like we will probably hearing more from, a great plot, and good directions with the screen script. The story was fast and exciting starting from page go and didn't stop until the end. Wonderful story, just would like to have seen it in a different format. Beggars can't be chosey can they? Now I can't wait to see the movie! I got this from the library and I was on a long list but I think everyone decided just to buy the book so I was able to get it right away! Yoohoo!
MapleFlower20 More than 1 year ago
It's a screen play, not a novel but i enjoy it just the same
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
This had great potential if it had been written as a novel. With the screenplay format, there is no character development and no background information. I did not like the screenplay format. Only 100 pages of script. Very disappointing. J.K. Rowling should stick to what she does best - write novels.
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18876111 More than 1 year ago
*12/31/18 Update: I just loved reading this again, I loved reading all the little details that you don't see in the movie, and I loved picking up on things that I didn't pick up on before. Reading a screenplay is such a unique reading experience. Disclaimer: I saw the movie before I read the screenplay. I loved the movie and I really loved reading the screenplay. What the screenplay does is add things that you don't necessarily pick up on watching the movie. Reading the screenplay I realized how heartbreaking some of the things in the movie really are. I'm really happy that I have this for my Wizarding World collection
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thois is my favorite move an i really recomend readin tjis after watching the move. It really jeps you inderstand what is going on. And did you know mewt and tina end up getting married? :) look at the about the auther in the back of the fantastic beasts hogwarts textbook!!!! Newtina is the best couple ever!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thats my moues name
alyssayuri More than 1 year ago
Reading this book, you cannot deny yourself imagining the movie in your head. I loved the movie, and I love this screenplay too. I like that I can see what's inside those loaded emotions of the actors who played them. Like Jacob's loaded action when he touched his neck in the end. I also like the small glimpse of how a screenplay should look like. The terminologies in making a movie, the format, and all that. And you also have to admit, that cover is pretty amazing!
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Thought I'd see more book and less screen play... I was wrong
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Movie was better than the screenplay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy, quick read