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Backlist Blast #23: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Happy Friday Junior, and Backlist Blast day, everyone! Today I’ll be sharing a book that’s been on my TBR since it came out in 2016. My wonderful sister got me this book for Christmas that year, and I just haven’t had a moment to sit down and read it. Part of it is (I think) the fact that it’s the screenplay for a movie that I’ve seen multiple times already. So, A) the format is different from what I’m used to reading, and B) I already know what happens. Do you run into this sort of thing with books? Let me know!

Backlist Blast is a meme created by Milana from A Couple Reads and myself, and is meant to encourage book bloggers to feature and talk about backlist books (meaning books that were published 6 months ago, or earlier). We all get excited about all of the newest books coming out, but many of us also have a looming TBR of books published 6 months ago or earlier that we still need to read!

The main purpose of this meme is to talk about those books, and remember why we wanted to read them in the first place. Another purpose is for readers to find out about awesome backlist books that they might have never heard of before! For more information on the meme, and for optional themes, please see the info page here.

Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
Author: J.K. Rowling
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic)
Published: November 18, 2016

J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.


Although she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she chose K as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen Rowling. She calls herself Jo and has said, “No one ever called me ‘Joanne’ when I was young, unless they were angry.” Following her marriage, she has sometimes used the name Joanne Murray when conducting personal business. During the Leveson Inquiry she gave evidence under the name of Joanne Kathleen Rowling. In a 2012 interview, Rowling noted that she no longer cared that people pronounced her name incorrectly.



5 thoughts on “Backlist Blast #23: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

  1. I’m such a big fan of the HP universe I can’t believe I still haven’t read this new series! I did watch the movied and loved it! Hoping to watch the new one this weekend! 🙂

    1. Haha same here! But at the same time…those books are the movie scripts so I don’t think there’s anything NEW in them. I think I might come across stuff that I missed while watching the movies…but otherwise no new content lol so it’s a struggle!

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