Book Reviews

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Crimes of Grindelwald

Title: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay
Author: J.K. Rowling
Rating: ★★★★

J.K. Rowling’s five-film Fantastic Beasts adventure series continues with the original screenplay for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

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.

This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shape the wizarding world, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.

Let me just start off by saying that I completely adore the book covers. They are aesthetically beautiful in so many ways. And the minor details of the screenplay writing, with illustrations I dote on.

Did anyone notice the symbol on the title screen?!

grindelwald

I’m always scared of the second installment in a series. They tend to be fillers. And I felt like that was the case for me here. I mean, what were Grindelwald’s crimes in the movie? He just escaped. All the good stuff is going to happen in the third screenplay. Obvi. I just had a hard time connecting with this novel. If it were a standalone, it would fail miserably. There wasn’t enough plot to survive on its own.

What is interesting to me is that Newt goes from being Switzerland to actually choosing who to side with. It seemed like that was a personality trait of his to remain neutral, and I felt that his decision was out of character.

Nagini was brilliant! She is the epitome of “cool” and her story is amazing. I would love to see how that plays out more in the next screenplay. What was weird is that there were so many little stories about all of these new characters. It actually lessened the plot for me because it didn’t tie in all that well. It was like, “Let’s try to make this as interesting as we can. We still need to let readers know about blah, blah, blah people, etc.” Just hold your horses, you are allowed to do that in more than one novel!

The nifflers play an even bigger role in this screenplay and I love it! We also see more of Dumbledore. I remember, years ago, there was a suspicion and rumor about him, and we finally receive the long-awaited answer.

dumbledore

Give me more “crime” that was promised in the next installment!

Book Reviews

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Fantastic Beasts

Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay
Author: J.K. Rowling
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

J.K. Rowling is known for having some great quotes, and that didn’t just end in Harry Potter. Continuing into Fantastic Beasts, there is so much wisdom present in some very simple lines. However, these are very deep.

QUEENIE
Are all No-Majs like you?

JACOB
(trying to be serious, almost seductive)
No, I’m the only one like me.

The below quote is something that I definitely need to work on. It rings so true with today’s society of everyone racing from one place to the next and worrying how we are going to be able to accomplish everything we set for ourselves. Sometimes we need to focus on just living in the moment. If we keep ourselves so busy that we forget to breathe, we lose out on potentially great moments. We forget to just live.

fantastic beasts dance

My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.

Probably everyone’s favorite character (myself included) is the niffler. It is absolutely adorable and brings a little comedic relief to the screenplay.

niffler

I really enjoyed this novel. And after the second time reading it, you start to see little things that were missed prior. This was a great setup for the next screenplay, and I think I actually enjoyed it more than The Crimes of Grindelwald. Poor Credence.