“Fantastic Beasts” Screenplay to Be Published as a Book!

When it was announced that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was being made into a film series, fans soon realized that the new movies would bear little resemblance to the book of the same name that was published in 2001. Much of the community has been excited by the prospect of a Harry Potter universe film that isn’t adapted from a previously published book – if the story was originally intended for the screen, we don’t have to worry about them not getting our favorite parts right. Now, in an unexpected move, Pottermore has announced that Little, Brown UK and Scholastic will be publishing the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts as a book.

The book will be released in hardcover and e-book (Pottermore will publish the digital edition) on November 19, 2016 – just a day after Fantastic Beasts hits theaters. This announcement adds to the growing list of reasons why 2016 is set to be a banner year in Potter fandom. Not only do we have the first Fantastic Beasts film to look forward to, but we also have the West End debut of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the publication of the Cursed Child script, and the Jim Kay-illustrated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

It’s extra exciting for fans that the script is penned by J.K. Rowling herself. Although she outlined the story for Cursed Child, the actual script was written by Jack Thorne, so the publication of the Fantastic Beasts screenplay marks the first time that readers will get to consume a new novel-length story by Rowling, set in Rowling’s wizarding world, since the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007.

Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic’s US Trade Division, said of the announcement,

With any new writing from J.K. Rowling, we know that we are not only engaging her vast fan base, but [we] are also building a new generation of readers. The much[-]anticipated release of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie marks another magical and exciting moment for film lovers and readers everywhere, and we are absolutely delighted to publish J.K. Rowling’s screenplay debut.

What do you think of this development? Do you think J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. have any more surprises in store for us this year?

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