Book vs. Movie: Fantastic Beasts

Book vs. Movie: Fantastic Beasts

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an interesting book vs. movie to compare. It is actually an original and entertaining screenplay that spins off of a Hogwarts text book of the same name from the Harry Potter series that describes and accounts for all of the known magical beasts in the wizarding world. In this movie, viewers are introduced to the quirky Newt Scamander and quite a few of the incredible beasts that Rowling has imagined. The acting is impeccable and this is the storytelling that can only come from an author like J.K. Rowling.

Book vs. Movie: Fantastic BeastsTitle: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic
Cast: Eddie Redmayne,  Katherine Waterston,  Alison Sudol
Director: David Yates
Screenplay: J.K. Rowling
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: November 18, 2016
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.


Book vs. Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

While this review of Fantastic Beasts doesn’t fit with the typical book vs. movie review that is so customary of this feature, I found it fitting due to the origins of the film. There are so many tie-ins that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has to the original Harry Potter series and Newt Scamander’s book that it is really exciting for any Harry Potter fan. There are references to Dumbledore, Hogwarts and many of the magical beasts from the Harry Potter books and this story really feels like a prequel to the whole series.

❀ Eccentric Main Character in the book

There is no better actor than Eddie Redmayne to portray the eccentric protector and perfectly imperfect Newt Scamander. He really seems to get into the skin of Newt and is just so believable. It is a role that I am sure will be one that defines Redmayne, just as Daniel Radcliffe will always be known as Harry Potter. He is that convincing and fits the role flawlessly.

❀ Movie Has Amazing Special Effects

One of the few movies that I have enjoyed in 3D, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is actually ideal in this type of theatrical experience. The special effects are stunning and there are some moments where the 3D beasts come incredibly close to the audience. In my opinion, if you are heading out to see this one at the cinema, opt for the 3D ticket. Getting up close and personal with a Billywig and a Niffler is well worth the extra money for admission.

About J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is the author of the record-breaking, multi-award-winning Harry Potter novels. Loved by fans around the world, the series has sold over 500 million copies, been translated into over 80 languages, and made into eight blockbuster films. She has received many awards and honors, including an OBE and Companion of Honour, France's Légion d'honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.


About Lori

Avid reader. Contributor to The Candid Cover. Educator.

9 thoughts on “Book vs. Movie: Fantastic Beasts

  1. Bianca @ The Ultimate Fangirl says:

    Definitely excited to see this movie with my mom and my best friend. This sounds so good! Your review made me ecstatic because Eddie Redmayne is amazing. I can’t wait to see for myself on how he did a brilliant job in portraying Newt Scamander. Also, (Ezra Miller, because I just badly want to see in a movie again.)

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    I am so glad that this one worked for you! I am so excited about this movie. I haven’t been to or even seen a movie in a long time. This will be the one that gets it started again, for me!

  3. Ana Karen (@ana_karenm) says:

    I thought Queenie was so adorable, and the beasts where so fantastic and magical and Adorable! I loved everything, but specially the beasts. Some were cute, some super funny, and they were all adorable. I will have to watch it on 3D though.

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