marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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

An adventure of monsters and New York City. It pulls loose of Harry Potter's orbit; no mention of Voldemort at all. It's in Grindelwald's day -- they have wanted posters of him in the opening -- and it does mention Dumbledore once, in a logical situation. But it shifts the story entirely.

Newt arrives, gets his creatures past customs, immediately loses a Niffler, and has to chase it down. This involves a rally by a woman who believes that there is magic; Jacob, who needs a loan to open a bakery; Tina, a former Auror who notices Newt; and a lot of antics in the bank. Tina confronts Newt. Real issues arise when they realize that Jacob accidentally switched their cases. And still more when they find that one beast bit him and others escaped. Meanwhile, there's another creature loose in New York -- not one of his.

It involves his lying about his motives for being there, not Oblivating Jacob immediately because he's a witness, what can happen to some wizard children if they are trying too hard to hide, Tina's sister Queenie and their apartment, cocoa, the adopted children of the woman, Mary Lou, who held the rally, a newspaper magnate and his son, a senator, and more.

Also some very cute illustrations, especially considering they're just ink line drawings.
Tags: fiction reviews: contemporary fantasy

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