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Book Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by JK Rowling

This book was a Christmas gift from Alex. When people ask me what I want for Christmas or as a present or a pasalubong, I always say “I want a book.” I looove books. I could spend all day reading books but I haven’t done that in years since I stayed in Saudi. I missed my books so much that is why I decided to make a book reading challenge for 2017. You can check the list here. This way, I’d have no excuse not to read every night. In Saudi, you have limited bookstores and their bookstores don’t carry that much books. Your choice is limited. You can’t stay in the bookstroe for too long and read books ala Powerbooks or FullyBooked in the Philippines. And so on Christmas, books was on my wish list.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Alex gave me two books. The other one is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which I actually read first but my husband was reading it also so I decided to read Fantastic Beasts instead. It’s actually a screen play. Its my first time reading something like it. And when I watched the movie, it was funny because the way they talked was what was actually written in the book. No adlibs.

So the story is set in 1920’s New York in the wizarding world of course. Newt Scamander goes to America with a case with him which contains a lot of cute, quirky, lovely and rare animals. So in the first few scenes we see his Niffler getting out of the case and looking for all things shiny and he tried to look for it and found in the bank where he met a No Maj (or a Muggle if your are British) who wants to apply a loan for his bakery. Anyways, some agent from MACUSA (their version of FBI or CIA or Interpol) saw him apparating and he got caught. Unfortunately, he was not able to oblivate (erase his memories about the magic or magical creatures) Jacob and he took the wrong case along with him. To make the story short, he was accused of letting the beasts go out in New York therefore exposing the magical world and causing war and destruction.

Fantastic Beasts exploring New York City

Just like all Harry Potter books, the twist is always unexpected. I can’t tell you what is it or who was the culprit (because I don’t like spoiling you) but it is indeed a new story and not a replica of all the other books. I’m wishing JK Rowling would write prequels before Harry or sequels after this Fantastic Beasts so we get to know and enjoy more of the wizarding world. It was carefully written to be enjoyed by adults and young adults but I got a hard time getting myself into the “screenplay thingy”–maybe because it was my first time to read a screenplay. There is less description (I suppose) of the scenes and events but nonetheless its still as good as any Harry Potter book.

I recommend it for Potterheads and for those who would love to start exploring the world of witchcraft and wizardry. Just be gentle with the script. 😉