I love the Harry Potter Books and as such was keen to read the book of ‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’ by J K Rowling.
At Christmas I was lucky enough to be given the book, a lovely deep blue and gold look lettering, hardback, and it is of the screen play so reads in a very unusual way.I had high hopes.
Just finished reading it! and can really see ‘Newt’ as a Doctor Who…
I am writing as a person who HASN’T seen the film so I didn’t know the story – I think that is a help enjoying it to the maximum as I had that page turning feel to find out WHAT happened
When I first started to read the book, the screenplay format was most odd and I wondered could it be as good as I hoped. ..however it straight away DID have an interesting start. (Newt’s briefcase.)
Also I enjoyed reading the PLAY version of the book ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ (only way available right now) so that gave me hope I would soon disappear in to the story line as it feels inside my head as a reader!
This book was similar in that way to reading the cursed child,. .it is certainly NOT my preferred way to story read though. ..it think it’s not for all enjoyment wise to read it as screenplay. It’s totally different to the comic relief book from years ago that is more of a textbook for Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry. Although I see a new book is coming out that looks like it MAY be an updated and more posh version of that one. (oh no – I might want it!)
Firstly Newt is a great character to step in as our lead as a kind of Harry Potter replacement
He is a kind and funny character. ..interesting and to be honest would make a great Doctor Who – he really reminded me of doctor who as I read, and I wondered if J K Rowling thought of David Tennant in doctor who at any point while she wrote!
….Newt even wears a similar shape coat, but different material, also he gets very passionate when his creatures are threatened and steps into another universe of sorts……. when he steps into his briefcase… – no sonic screwdriver mentioned or talk of a TARDIS though. Would make a great COMIC RELIEF sketch though for TV. (they could have David Tennant as Newt and Eddie Redmayne as the Doctor couldn’t they)
Anyway I digress from telling you about my read… 🙂
The thing I liked best about the book was the humor and the warmth in the story (hope they retain that as the story goes on, those parts add so much to the read) . .. the jewelry shop scene and the mating dance bit were SO funny (and David Tennant could play the comedy of this role brilliantly if they had wanted an older guy) and this should be so FUNNY on the movie (looking forward to seeing it!) …the whole way Newt can step into his briefcase into another world is so cool. I am sure Eddie Redmayne does a fantastic job, I have not seen the movie yet as I said, I think Eddie must be brilliant to get cast in such a funny and dramatic role.
Jacob is a brilliant character to have with him- I was sad then happy at the end that’s all I can say without spoilers but I do hope he can be a continued part of things. ..he should be!
It’s strange it was set in new York when Harry Potter has been so British – a few more Harry world references wouldn’t have gone a miss…but it all flows okay and people adapt. ..how can you not with a whole bunch of magical beasts to discover. So interesting.
The artwork in the book is captivating. ..I stared at the little illustrations lots. ..simple and yet swirly and complex. ..yes that’s my technical terms ha ha.
The book went from humor to NO humor as you can guess following in Harry movie footsteps, and I think the movies will only get more heavy ….I DO hope they retain the lighthearted funny parts though as those bring so much to it as I said earlier.
I really recommend the book and think Eddie Redmayne must be a good actor to portray such an interesting funny reserved character as Newt…I imagine he does a great job and look forward to seeing the movie VERY much.
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