Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald | The Original Screenplay | Fantastic Beasts #2

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by J.K. Rowling

WARNING: Because this is the script of the film, this review contains spoilers for both!

After Harry Potter had ended, I was so eager for more. When the first Fantastic Beasts film was announced I simply couldn’t contain myself. I went to the premiere of the film and was slightly disappointed, but okay, it was the first film in the new series; we had to get to know the world, the characters, the beasts. As a first, it was quite good, but the series could go both ways from there. Sadly, for me, it went the wrong way.

I’m going to be honest, the first scene with Grindelwald and the carriage in the sky was amazing. It was a classic and strong Harry Potter beginning. After the opening scene I had such high hopes for this film. Unfortunately for me, the rest of the film felt weak, empty and forced. It’s called “Fantastic Beasts”, but we’ve hardly seen any beasts. It’s also called “The Crimes of Grindelwald”, but we still don’t know what his crimes are. He hasn’t done anything illegal in this movie, apart from killing a few muggles. Why even choose a title like that? With the complex back story of the Lestrange family and Credence’s search for his true identity, I feel like Rowling tried to cram too much in this film, which brought that the film didn’t go into depth about any of the story lines. The “final battle” in this film felt weak, where our heroes defeated Grindelwald, who’s supposed to be the most powerful wizard of that time, too easily for my liking. All they needed to do was stick their wand in the earth, please.

As for the book, it’s the same as the film, obviously. Scripts aren’t a very nice format to read. They are solely about dialogue, which usually are my least favourite part of a book. I love it when authors can create a world, build tension between characters and make them feel an awful lot of emotions without dialogue. All that is missing from a script. Of course, I knew this before I started reading this book, but still it’s off putting. Because I also didn’t like the story all that much, this book simply wasn’t for me.

It’s such a shame, because I was really looking forward to fangirling about a new film series for a few years. Unfortunately, Fantastic Beasts is not going to be that for me.

By the way, I ended up giving this book two stars, because the art work by Mina Lima is just so stunning, I spend most of my time with this book looking at that!

Rating: ⭐⭐

Number of Pages:  287
First edition published: 16 November 2018
My edition: First edition
Publisher: Little Brown, London, UK
Finished reading: 13 December 2018

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