I think it’s obvious this had to be read, J.K Rowling could write a sales advertisement and I would want to read it. I haven’t read the Fantastic Beasts book so I definitely wanted to read the screenplay and become familiar with this world. To say I loved this story would be an understatement. It was fantastic and I fell head over heels with Newt Scamander and his creatures. I love animals so this is the perfect magical plot for me, the various animals were intriguing and interesting and I desperately want to see how they are portrayed on the screen. Unfortunately I still have not seen the movie but I will definitely have to, maybe once it becomes available on TV I can watch it in the comfort of my own home.
The book itself is beautiful, a gorgeous royal blue hardback complimented with gold and each page is designed perfectly. The pages have swirls and are designed with drawings of the creatures mentioned in the story. It is beautifully laid out and easy to read, I managed to finish the book in two sittings. Despite it being easy to read there is so much information, characters and action that I took time absorbing all of the storyline.
My favourite character in the plot is Newt Scamander; he is dedicated, caring and fun. He carries a suitcase filled with exotic, magical animals that he can visit and feed. When a muggle see’s one of his animals escape and cause chaos, he is forced to bring him along. Jacob is thrown into the world of magic and it was interesting to see how he coped with it and accepted this crazy new view to the world he knows.
This book is a little different in the sense that it is centred on adults compared to the teenager dominant world of Harry Potter. It also contains strong female characters such as Tina working as an Auror for the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) and Queenie, her sister. I had a love-hate relationship with Tina at the beginning because I found her a little irritating but as the plot developed I started to like her character more. Queenie is a very likeable character and I enjoyed watching her relationship with Jacob develop over the scenes.
The plot is set in 1926 New York, yet for me I found there weren’t many mentions signally the time period. I think it would be obvious on screen with the fashion, the city and more but I think the plot could have been set anytime. The plot was less complicated than the Harry Potter series and it was easy to read yet I found it enjoyable.
Overall I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads, it was extraordinary and fast paced. The plot accelerates from page one with the arrival of Newt Scamander, a fantastic introduction that doesn’t slow. Even at the end I felt the plot was still on a high and I would love to continue the story, I can’t begin to imagine what the second book would contain because there are infinite possibilities. I know J.K Rowling is writing and releasing new books this year but she stated unfortunately it would not be a Newt Scamander novel.