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2017 Reading Challenge Book 37 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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So we are drawing to the end of the books that I had listed down as the ones that I intended to read over the summer (well July and August) and with that came the reading of this beautiful screenplay. However, disclaimer, this review isn’t going to be long because there is only so much you can say about a screenplay.

2017 Reading Challenge, Book 37, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
2017 Reading Challenge, Book 37, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I read this on a Sunday afternoon over the bank holiday weekend because I needed an injection of the wizarding world in my life and this provided me with just that. I had actually forgotten a few of the things that had happened in this film and so returning to it was a great refresher before I inevitably watch the film again.

I will say that it’s impressive that you can get a true sense of who these characters are through the dialogue and stage directions (I am pretty sure they are not called that in a screenplay, but like, I don’t know what else to call them…screenplays are not my thing). I think that also came from the fact that I have seen the film so in most cases I could just imagine the cast. My heart broke a little again for Credence though. And also, still love Jacob.

Also, and I don’t know why I’m surprised by this but, the magical creatures in this somehow felt really real when they appeared. And again, this did come from the fact that I had seen the film and so could imagine what they looked like for the most part, but also Rowling is just so good at creating vivid and real characters, even when they are mythical creatures.

Another thing that I liked about this was that it taught me a whole bunch of screenplay related terms that I just would not have ever bothered learning. It has also reminded me that I really need to read more plays that aren’t William Shakespeare (although given that I am strongly considering doing a Masters in Shakespeare there is a chance that that plan might just go out the window…) because the plays that I have read and got my teeth stuck into have always given me a renewed sense of something. And I like that feeling, so yeah, it reminded me that I need to get my butt into gear and read more plays next year. Oh, and finally, the illustrations in this are small but gorgeous. Mina Lima really nailed it, the cover alone should indicate that.

Would I recommend this book? Sure if you’re a fan of the wizarding world and want to make sure that your collection related to it is fully up to date then go for it, but it’s not a read that is necessarily going to change your world or anything. I liked it because it was the perfect injection of fantasy that I needed in a post Bukowski world.

3/5 stars

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