Oh, J.K. Rowling, you’ve done it again. You’ve managed to make me cry, laugh and well, cry. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has wrapped around my heart and I haven’t loved a story this much since reading The Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games. I actually had a moment the other day where I was seriously tired and I saw a picture on Pinterest of some of the characters and I started crying. Yep, just like that. And it’s not even like it’s a terribly sad story… in fact, it’s quite a positive one, but oh my, it really has got into my heart and I love it so bloody much! And of course, because of my new love for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I just had to do a post on it – a bit like a review, but I’ll try my best and not spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read the screenplay or are planning on watching the film.
I saw the film first. Which, normally, I would never, ever do. But, honestly, when I saw the film, I was totally unaware that there was a screenplay out. I had no idea that one day I would be completely head over heels in love with Fantastic Beasts. I saw the film mainly because of my love for Harry Potter and the Wizarding World, and if I’m being honest again, I only really went to see it so I could feel that amazing feeling of watching something so magical in the cinema again. I left the cinema feeling just as magical but feeling like I needed to watch it again to really get what was going on. I left the cinema feeling a bit confused! As much as I enjoyed watching the film, it was a lot different to what I was expecting to see. The story of Fantastic Beasts, Newt and his travels, is so much more than the trailer lets on.
I got the screenplay as a Christmas present… which, I hadn’t asked for. It was a total surprise. It had never occurred to me to even check if there was a screenplay, let alone read it. Saying that, I read the Cursed Child screenplay and I loved it beyond words. I loved the style, how it was written and the story. So when I unwrapped Fantastic Beasts on Christmas morning, first I was obsessed with the gorgeous cover, second, I was blown away because I genuinely hadn’t known it existed. As I started reading that very same day, something snapped and I was utterly obsessed, in love and like right now, as I write this, welling up. I must have read the story within a couple of days – there was this one part (the part with the magical umbrella… if you’ve seen it or read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about) that I read endless amounts of time (it’s this same scene that I cry at without fail – how can something be so wonderful and so tragic at the same time?! Gosh, my heart).
What with my sudden love for Fantastic Beasts, I turned to Pinterest to fulfil my growing love once the book had closed. I created a ‘Stories’ board for all my favourite works of fiction and film, which basically means it’s a board full of Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. You can check it out here if you’re interested. I’m beyond excited for the film to be realised and can we just quickly mention how Fantastic Beasts is carrying on even further… I’ve heard there’s going to be five altogether… *places hands together and prays*.
I just wanted to throw this last bit in because there’s a part of the story that really pulls at my heartstrings (we’re going back to the umbrella scene again so if you haven’t seen the film or read the screenplay, maybe just skip this bit). It’s a part of the story that to me is so important. I just had to dedicate a part of this post to it. There’s two characters within the story, Jacob and Queenie, that fall in love. It really is the most wonderful love story ever and just thinking about it now is making me need to clear my throat. What makes it so touching to me is Queenie is a witch and Jacob is a muggle. However, in the time that Fantastic Beasts is set, it is very uncommon for a witch and muggle – wizard and muggle etc – to have romances together. Frowned upon, almost. And as a reader, someone who has struggled with being gay and finding my feet within a world that is often hateful and scary, to be reminded that love can be found within the most mysterious places; in a magical apartment of New York city is so so so lovely. And to be shown that love is even more powerful than magic, to me, is beyond beautiful. So, Joanne, thank you for reminding me that. And thank you for, well, everything.
That would be it for this post! Thank you for reading it and I hope you have enjoyed it. If you haven’t seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them yet, the film is coming out soon so keep an eye for it! I totally recommend reading the screenplay as well because it really is bloody amazing. Thank you so much for reading this post – I can’t thank you enough! If you fancy leaving me a little comment down below, I would love to hear them. As usual, I hope you have the most amazing day EVER! And I shall see you soon.
– Pat xx