Pottermore announced today that the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be published as a book.
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When it was announced in February than the eighth Harry Potter story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, would have the working script published in book form, the internet went wild. Even though the script is not technically by J.K. Rowling. Even though it’s not actually a novel. Already, the bookstores are prepping for midnight madness on July 31st when the what will probably be the last Harry Potter story, told 19 years later, hits the shelves. Even with all those caveats, it will be an event.
So why in heavens name not to do the same for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them? Though it may share a title with the already published slim volume that preports to be the textbook from Harry’s years at Hogwarts, it too is a new story. Moreover, unlike Cursed Child, it is actually 100% written by J.K. Rowling. And whereas the Cursed Child script, which is the rehearsal version, and after two months of previews (from June 3rd until opening night on July 30th) may actually be substantially different from the finished staged performance piece, the script for the movie is really what winds up on film.
Putting all these factors in mind, it should not come as a total shock that Pottermore announced today that, like Cursed Child, the Fantastic Beasts script too will come to a bookstore near you. Available both as an eBook via the usual suspects, most importantly, Pottermore itself, it will also be available as a print edition via Little, Brown (UK) or Scholastic (US and Canada.)
The script will arrive in stores the day after the movie does in theaters: November 19th, 2016, much like the Cursed Child script will arrive on July 31st, after the July 30th opening of the stage production. It is available for preorder from the following vendors:
Will you be ordering a copy, my J.K. Rowling completionists? Does this seem like more of a big deal than Cursed Child, or less of one? Sound off below.