We are just a few days away from the world-premiere of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the next installment in the beloved “Harry Potter” franchise. For some fans, the literary world of Harry Potter will always reign supreme over the cinematic adaptations, and fans have been buying up the book versions of the film left and right ahead of its release. The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.com here, and is certainly a must-read for Harry Potter fans.
November is one of the busiest times for publishers, the fall season is when all of the heavy hitters release their biggest titles – summer coming in at number-two for classic beach-reads. That being said, it only makes the sales-data for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling” that much more impressive. The book is currently ranked #7 on Amazon’s Best Sellers list for print books (a list that is updated hourly on the site). The book has some serious competition, including titles from Bernie Sanders, Ainsley Earhardt, Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly.
Amazon Books Senior Editor, Seira Wilson, talked about the book’s immense popularity saying, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is already deeply rooted in Harry Potter lore and is exciting as both the first Harry Potter companion book made into a film and for the fact that J.K. Rowling—alone—wrote the screenplay. I expect we’ll see the screenplay edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on many wish lists this holiday season.”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander 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 case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
Joining Eddie Redmayne in the film are Katherine Waterston (“Steve Jobs,” “Inherent Vice”) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Alison Sudol (“Dig,” “Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America,” “Sweet and Lowdown”) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (“Coming Home,” TV’s “Ray Donovan”) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films) as Gnarlak; Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”) as Seraphina Picquery; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Percival Graves.
Fans can catch Fantastic Beasts when it hits theaters on November 18, 2016.