On “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

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Image courtesy of the-leaky-cauldron.org

I rated the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as a 3/5 stars on Goodreads, though I was tempted to give it 2/5 stars. I thought the illustrations and overall packaging of the screenplay were charming.

But the whole thing just seemed unnecessary.

I saw the film during the Thanksgiving holiday, and I enjoyed it. Even the people with me who aren’t Harry Potter fans thought it was fun.

The screenplay did nothing to enhance my experience of the film after seeing it, but I admit that it might have been different reading it beforehand. As a rule, though, I don’t find screenplays enjoyable. They’re technical objects meant to give instruction to the film’s cast and crew.

Film depends on visuals to advance the plot, so reading a script that was never intended to have any literary value is a waste of time unless the reader happens to be interested in script writing.

Kudos to whoever decided to market the screenplay, though. Y’all are probably rolling in cash.

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