J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Screenplay Set to Be Released by Scholastic

By April 26, 2016

One of the most comforting and confidence-boosting aspects of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, from the beginning has been the fact that not only will it be the first spin-off movie in the Harry Potter franchise, but also that the screenplay would be written by none other than Potter creator, J.K. Rowling.

With the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set to be released later this year in print format as well, it looks like fans of the property can look forward to reading two new Potter scripts this year.

That’s right, Rowling’s official script for Fantastic Beasts will be released digitally through Pottermore and in print in the UK through Little Brown, with Scholastic releasing the print version in the US. The script will be released on November 19th, one day after the theatrical release of Fantastic Beasts, similar to the release of Cursed Child‘s script this summer as well, though while Fantastic Beasts was written solely by Rowling, Cursed Child was not.

Taking place seventy years before the events of the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts follows Magizoologist, Newt Scamander, who ventures into 1920s New York City to continue his research of various magical creatures, before accidentally releasing a large number of them onto the Muggle-run streets of the city.

The film marks Rowling’s screenwriting debut, though she’s no stranger to the format after collaborating and advising Potter scribe Steve Kloves on a majority of the Potter film scripts. It’s a smart move to release the print version of the film in conjunction with it’s theatrical release, and I legitimately wouldn’t be surprised if Fantastic Beasts ends up finding its place in history as the most-read screenplay, by people who have never read screenplays before.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to hit theatres on November 18th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable