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“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay” by J.K. Rowling

“My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.”

I must confess I was slightly worried about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay. Mind you, my reluctance had nothing to do with its quality, but with its purpose. To be honest, it was the announcement of the four movies to follow that had me raising an eyebrow in suspicion. There’s absolutely no doubt that the Harry Potter universe is pretty much a self-selling treasure, but does that mean one should explore every tiny little corner of it? What about the space for imagination? While in general I think no one will ever be able to answer that question, in particular, concerning this one book, it could be seen as a new spark.

“Newt… I don’t think I am dreaming.”
“What gave it away?”
“I ain’t got the brains to make this up.”

I have yet to watch the movie, but I enjoyed every minute of the screenplay. Newt Scamander has officially become one of my favourite characters of this magical universe. He is so incredibly Hufflepuff – loyal, patient, dedicated. I will never be over the way he interacted with the beasts, more his friends than anything else, and also with Jacob Kowalski, never considering him to be any less for being a Muggle/Non-Maj. His spirit made me think of the word chances, endless ones.

“Whatever it is, one thing’s clear – it must be stopped. It’s terrorizing No-Majs, and when No-Majs are afraid, they attack. This could mean exposure. It could mean war.”

J.K. Rowling was yet again able to create characters that are almost impossible not to bond with, and a villain that is relevant beyond words. Also, I believe the bridge brought up to connect the narratives feels consistent, smooth – was I the only one grinning at the mention of Dumbledore? To be honest, I don’t see how she is going to expand this into four other screenplays, but if anyone can do it, it’s certainly her.

P.S. How magnificent was Queenie Goldstein? She is right up there with Newt Scamander. She doesn’t have magic, she is magic. Bless her!


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