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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay

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At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published November 16th 2018 by Pottermore from J.K. Rowling
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Adina Conroy Definitely not. Have to agree with Enes F and Angelina here. If your only point of reference is the Harry Potter series, I can see how the question…moreDefinitely not. Have to agree with Enes F and Angelina here. If your only point of reference is the Harry Potter series, I can see how the question would come up. For the most part, all of the HP movies follow the books in general. However, because you are taking a large book and cutting it down to a 2 hour movie there are obviously things that have to be left out and changes made by merging scenes or changing the characters making the statements/doing the actions. In my experience, most movies do not follow the books past the characters and part of the plot. Further, by only watching the movie you are not only missing out on the author's point of view, but also seeing what the directors and actors interpret and think will sell in a theater as opposed to what you would get out of the story by reading/listening to the book directly. To summarize: too much missing information and too many changes to consider watching a movie comparabable to reading/listening to the book.(less)
Nicole My suggestion would be to read it even though you didn't like the film. I found that the book made things little clearer because everyone is named.…moreMy suggestion would be to read it even though you didn't like the film. I found that the book made things little clearer because everyone is named. Plus there was some things I didn't catch on to in the film. So the book was very helpful. Not everything is answered in this book, so it leaves you to wonder what the answer it. The story is more complex than her Harry Potter books. Read it, keep an open mind and know that we got 3 more films to answer everything.(less)

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May 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Destroying Everything That Is Good about the Wizarding World - A Guide in 10 Steps

It is likely that you have already seen the Fantastic Beasts sequel this week. I mean, we have waited two years for this, right? No point in waiting any longer. If you have not seen it, you might hold off from reading this review. It contains ALL the spoilers and might ruin the film for you. After seeing it two days ago, I left the movie theatre, not sure what to think. I was angry a
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
I watched the movie last night, then read the screenplay this morning. I’m going back to watch it again tonight. I guess that means I like it, a lot.

Here's three things that made the story REAL interesting:

1. Grindelwald’s leadership


This is the first time we are really seeing his character. And it’s a little more complex than I supposed. Unlike Voldemort, Grindelwald is not inherently evil and he doesn’t appear to desire power for himself (only the fruition of his vision for the world, a bette
Mohammed Arabey
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me exited to be back to the Wizarding World :

Me after watching Crimes of Grindelwald :

This unsatisfyingly, incomplete plot that cast a Confundus Charm on every die hard Potterhead like me.

Fantastic Beasts: The Sequel - Part One

Back in 2016, it was intended a Trilogy..with a promising first movie..

But like the splitting of the 7th HP book, this sequel felt splitted just to make 5 Movies instead of 3

PLUS, the plot's wasted in a Red Herring chase. And if the ending twist's true, that'd be Burning t

I finished this book in under an hour because I just could not put it down.
I don't know how to review this without giving too much away because I genuinely want everyone to enjoy this book as it is.
Okay first off, I was never a fan of Dumbledore in HP and I didn't like him in this one as well. I just find him annoying. And don't get me started on Grindelwald! Such an ass ://
If you haven't already seen the movie or the trailer then I wouldn't spoil it for you but two of the characters from Harr
Helena of Sparta ✰

Ah, well. *shrugs* You've been warned...


I’m sorry, dear Newt. I wish that I could agree with you, but…WHAT. WAS. THAT?!!! I’ve never been angry and disappointed at a Harry Potter film before! What on Earth happened? Was J.K. Rowling actually the screenwriter or is this another case of the Cursed Child?


Let’s start with Queenie, one of my favourite characters. Remember the adorable sweetheart that she was in the first film? Well, sorry! THAT QUEEN
Omar Fadel
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, english, ebooks
"Magic blooms... only in rare souls."

Exactly two years ago, on November 16th, 2016, 10:46 am, I finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for the first time in my life. I was so excited to read its sequel. And indeed I picked the Chamber of Secrets immediatly. I envied those who read Harry Potter before it was done, who wait for the new books to be released. I wasn't aware that two days after that, there was a new prequel long awaited will hit theaters.

Now, two years after, I can feel i
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, magic, politics, romance
Unexpected developments!

This is the original screenplay used for the film "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald". Which is the second movie in the saga, a prequel saga for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


Oh, Newt. You never met a monster you couldn't love.

The previous adventure takes the audience to America, to boldly go where no wizard or muggle had gone before, but in this second story, the action takes us back to the old continent, Europe, to visit England fir
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw the movie last week and knew I had to read the screenplay.
My thoughts are basically the same of the movie. I love Newt Scamander, he's a very interesting and unique character and every time he has a scene I'm happy. I really enjoyed the new characters that were introduced in the story, like for example Leta, Theseus and Nagini. I just think that the Nagini storyline is unnecessary but we'll see how it's developed in the future.
I'm really interested in Grindelwald and Dumbledore's past and
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, z-2018, ya
What the fuck even was that.

I haven't watched the movie yet so this is solely a review of the book, but wow, I'm certainly not rushing to the theatres anytime soon.

The story is seriously a big hot mess though and while I loved the first installment, the follow-up really threw everything I liked about it into a blender. The characters changed in ludicrous fashion, the motivations behind the characters themselves were murky at best, and there was little to no plot development. This feels like the
Tan Markovic
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A few thoughts...

-A filler of the highest order
-Never rated anything Harry Potter related less than 5 stars but here we are
-Film kind of made up for 0.01% of the let down experienced because JUDE LAW


Sabrina Ye
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
3.25~3.5 stars maybe?

Sooo apparently this book will be my last book finished in 2018, since I doubt that I'll have time to finish another book before this year end *sighing*

To put in short, the book doesn't not reduce any disappointments that I got from the movie, but I think it's a okay read cause there are still a few things I like about it.

Brian  9 ¾ ⚡
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it

J.K. Rowling's imagination is beyond words. She uses her talent in storytelling and creates vivid imageries both as a novelist and a scriptwriter, which in my opinion one the best writers in the world.

The Good:

1. The second installment of the Fantastic Beasts was completely different from the first one.

2. More passive, in terms of the movement of the plot arc.

3. Slower than the first one, but much darker and juicier.

4. Newt and Tina obviously an OTP

Jun 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wizarding-world
Of course I'm going to eventually buy this book and go to the cinema to watch the adaptation, of course I'm finding it hard to divorce from JK Rowling after all these years and all the amazing things the Wizarding World has done for me. But as many new books, adaptations and plays come out, Harry Potter started for me in book 1 and ended in book 7. There was no reason to add more, neither before Harry's timeline or after. For some reason I don't welcome all these new additions with the same enth ...more
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Charlotte (The Writers' Crown)
This better not win best fantasy novel again like last year... am just sayin
Denise Bücherwunderland
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gestern habe ich den Film im Kino gesehen und heute kam das Buch an 😏😍. Absolut perfektes Timing! Deswegen habe ich es heute gleich gelesen 😂.
Ehrlich gesagt habe ich die Drehbücher von Band 1 und 2 beide jeweils kurz nach dem Film gelesen 🤔. Deswegen habe ich die Szenen bereits im Kopf. Wäre das nicht der Fall, würde mir die Aufmachung als Drehbuch wahrscheinlich nicht so gut gefallen 😂.

Mehr werde ich dazu nicht sagen 😎, ich werde schweigen 😏😝, weil ich euch sonst bestimmt irgendwie spoilern wü
Adah Udechukwu
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay is awesome and brilliantly written. I loved every moment. Its totally 5 star.
Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic
The revelation about Nagini blew my mind. 🐍😱 BLOODY HELL WHAT?! It never crossed my mind. To me Nagini is just a snake.
Ashley Daviau
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will always and forever love anything that involves the wizarding world in any way. I wish I could live in it and immerse myself in it forever but sadly that’s not possible so I have to settle for these small glimpses into it. This is definitely not my favourite out of all the books involving this world but I still absolutely loved it! I’m loving the new set of characters and getting to know them, although the screenplay format is a bit of a challenge at times. I really love Newt’s magical cre ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I know this might sound weird but I enjoyed reading the screenplay a lot more than actually watching the movie. When I left the theatre after seeing it a few weeks ago, I was so disappointed because the movie dragged on so much, was pretty boring and overall just couldn't match up to the first one. But there were many details in the screenplay that I hadn't even noticed in the movie and it was also such a quick read because scenes that dragged on for several minutes in the movie, were often summ ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inglaterra
"Eh, eh, eh. Todo saldrá bien. Estamos juntos en esto, amigo. Yo te ayudaré. Te ayudaré a buscar a Tina y luego buscaremos a Queenie y volveremos a ser todos felices, como en los viejos tiempos."

Definitivamente ésa es una de mis frases favoritas. De hecho la interrelación de las dos parejas es lo que más me gusta de la saga. Este libro de hecho es una recopilación casi textual de la película, así como el primero al cual le había dado una ojeada por lo que ya sabía que este volumen iba a ser así.
Reem Ghabbany
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay I read this WHILE watching the movie. I actually paused the film every few minutes and read from the book. I enjoyed it. I LITERALLY FANGIRLED WHEN THERE WAS A SCENE AT HOGWARTS and omgg young Dumbledore and professor mcgonagall!! Yes please!
I have so many so many questions and I can’t wait for yhe nexr installment
Oct 12, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
So Nagini is a maledictus... How did she end up with Voldemort? I can't wait until November.
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Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was very upset when I saw everyone is going crazy over watching the new Fantastic Beasts movie on the big screen and I couldn’t because of the unavoidable pressures of so called adulthood. So I watched it after the torrent came and then read the book, oops, sorry, the screenplay!

Frankly speaking, I neither liked the movie nor the screenplay. I wish it was all done in the first part as that was truly magical to me. The Crimes of Grindelwald was nothing but confusing and exaggerating. I was happ
Feb 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: shite
This story was wholly unnecessary. Just a shameless attempt at milking nostalgia off a beloved franchise. But there is a way to do that without insulting the intelligence of your fans, offending them or taking them for a ride. The whole 'let's-see-the-big-bad-origins' plot has been done to death. Look at The Hobbit and Star Wars. And JK really couldn't think not to go down that path? Besides, wasn't it already explained in the deathly hallows??

The queerbaiting, the veiled racism, the tokenism i
Mary S. R.
4.5 STARS! if you're wondering where that half a star went, ask Rowling—she probably threw it in the trash with the timeline 😂
“Regret is my constant companion. Do not let it become yours.”
The second installment in the Fantastic Beasts 5-movie series and a screenplay (not a novel) full of magic!

There are reasons I absolutely appreciated this despite what many might say, and reasons I didn't—I'll be responding to some of the criticisms, too, while supporting others.

One thing's clear: while J.K.
Nat Price
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I can neither watch the movie nor physically read the screenplay, so many thanks to RNIB for providing an accessible audiobook for this so I didn’t have to miss out on all the fun 💚
Canonical-inconsistencies galore and repetitive plot devices (Polyjuice potion, breaking into ministries, prophecies, etc), labyrinthine subplots, all of which either went nowhere or led to many, many questions. Maybe JKR should get assistants to help with her own canon so we fans know which one to believe. Alas, two years to spend in waiting.

PS: Everyone is related!
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“DUMBLEDORE: Do you know why I admire you, Newt? More, perhaps, than any man I know? (off NEWT’S surprise) You don’t seek power or popularity. You simply ask, is the thing right in itself? If it is, then I must do it, no matter the cost.” 22 likes
MELUSINE: Puis-je vous aider?
NEWT: Er—yes, this is Leta Lestrange. And—I’m her—
TINA: Fiancé.
There is an increased awkwardness between them.
NEWT: Tina, about that fiancée business—
TINA (brittle): Sorry, yeah. I should have congratulated you—
The doors to the records office open. They enter briskly.

The doors close behind them, plunging them into darkness.
NEWT: No, that’s—
TINA: Lumos.
NEWT: Tina—about Leta—
TINA: Yes, I’ve just said, I am happy for you—
NEWT: Yeah, well, don’t.
She stops. Looks at him. What?
NEWT: Please don’t be happy.
(in trouble) Uh, no, no. I’m sorry. I don’t . . . Uh, obviously, I—Obviously I want you to be. And I hear that you are now. Uh, which is wonderful. Sorry—
(a gesture of hopelessness) What I’m trying to say is, I want you to be happy, but don’t be happy that I’m happy, because I’m not.
(off her confusion) Happy.
(off her continued confusion) Or engaged.
TINA: What?
NEWT: It was a mistake in a stupid magazine. My brother’s marrying Leta, June the sixth. I’m supposed to be best man. Which is sort of mildly hilarious.
TINA: Does he think you’re here to win her back?
Are you here to win her back?
NEWT: No! I’m here to—
A beat. He stares at her.
NEWT: —you know, your eyes really are—
TINA: Are what?
NEWT: I’m not supposed to say.
Pickett is climbing out of NEWT’S pocket onto the nearest shelf. NEWT doesn’t notice.
A beat. In a rush
TINA: Newt, I read your book, and did you—?
NEWT: I still have a picture of you—wait, did you read—?
NEWT pulls the picture of her from his breast pocket and unfolds it. She is inordinately touched. He looks from the picture to TINA.
NEWT: I got this—I mean, it’s just a picture of you from the paper, but it’s interesting because your eyes in newsprint . . . See, in reality they have this effect in them, Tina . . . It’s like fire in water, in dark water. I’ve only ever seen that—
(struggling) I’ve only ever seen that in—
TINA (whispers): Salamanders?”
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