Wednesday 27 November 2019

Fantastic Beasts: The Original Screenplay Series by J. K. Rowling - A Review

Today we are talking about two very well known books set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter but many years before his existence. Of course I am talking about Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them : The Original Screenplay and Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindelwald : The Original Screenplay both by J. K. Rowling.

These series expand on earlier events that helped to shape the Wizarding World, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that we all love.

Both of them have become movies by Warner Bros Studios and there is a third one on the making and due to be released in November 2021, if I am not mistaken.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them : The Original Screenplay
(Fantastic Beasts : The Original Screenplay #1)

In this book we follow Magizoologist Newt Scamander when he  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. 

I liked the story and how fast-paced it was. It contained a cast of remarkable characters and it was an adventure-packed storytelling. Because it is a screenplay, it read much more quickly than a regular book which is not a bad thing in my opinion. This allowed you to create the scene in your head even if you haven't seen the movie. 

I gave it 4 stars.

Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindelwald : The Original Screenplay
(Fantastic Beasts : The Original Screenplay #2)

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

I liked this one more than the first one. Maybe it was the plot or the characters, I don't know for sure, but I liked that it had more action and mystery in it. With this one I had seen the movie before reading the book and probably this added to my overall experience of the book. It was nice to see my favorite characters to come back and also to discover new ones. 

I gave it 4 stars also. 

What about you? Have you read these books? Have you seen the movies? What do you think? (I know! A lot of questions...)

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!


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