J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts” screenplay to be published as separate work
It’s not exactly a new Harry Potter Book, but it’s as close as you’re going to get for now. It was announced today by Pottermore, the global digital publisher of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, that the screenplay of Warner Bros. Pictures’ feature film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be published on November 19, 2016.
Returning to her wizarding world, the all-new adventure film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books.
The published screenplay will comprise J.K. Rowling’s full script Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a feat of imagination and an exciting adventure, featuring an array of magical creatures and characters.
The script of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be available as an eBook for all major eReader devices. The eBook will be priced at 12.99 USD, 12.99 EUR and 8.99 GBP, in its respective territories. The English language eBook will be available globally for pre-order beginning today from all major digital retailers, on Amazon you will be able to find it on the J.K. Rowling storefront.
Publication of the screenplay closely follows the film’s worldwide release by Warner Bros. Pictures on 18 November 2016. The eBook edition of the screenplay will be published by Pottermore, simultaneously with the print editions in collaboration with Little, Brown Book Group in the UK and Commonwealth, and Scholastic in the US and Canada.
The film itself will be a new and original story by J.K. Rowling. The film was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by the author’s character Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s preeminent Magizoologist.
The film opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander, played by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical briefcase, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.