The Fantastic Beasts screenplay book doesn’t come for a few weeks, but author J.K. Rowling got an advance copy. Take a look at it.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on November 18. A bound version of the original screenplay, written by J.K. Rowling herself, will be in bookstores the day after, on November 19. Most of us will have to wait until then to get our hands on it, but as the author, Rowling received her copy a bit early. She showed it off on Twitter:
Immediate reaction: it is pretty. I love the faux-gold inlay, and the elaborate designs. It’s a little art deco, which fits the 1920s theme. And if I’m not mistaken, that’s a niffler nestled in the golden curves at the bottom.
This has been a big year for new Harry Potter books. Well, that’s not quite right. This has been a big year for new not-quite Harry Potter books. The script book for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new stage play conceived by Rowling but written by playwright Jack Thorne, came out in July. The Cursed Child book sold like gangbusters, in part because the publisher billed it as “the eighth Harry Potter story.” The Fantastic Beasts screenplay book doesn’t have that kind of marketing, but as something written by Rowling, there may be more reason to get excited for it than for Cursed Child. (Reviews of which were mixed.) Will it be as successful as the Cursed Child book?
Probably not. Part of the appeal of the Cursed Child book was that most fans wouldn’t be able to see the stage play in a timely manner. The book subbed in. But everyone will be able to go to their local multiplex and take in Fantastic Beasts. We’ll be covering both when they come round the corner next month.