Give J.K. Rowling’s agent, publicist, or whoever’s in charge of everything she does a raise, because they’re making a mountain of amazingly smart decisions. When it was revealed that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be a play, they realized the money they could make by publishing the play. It was a canonical entry in the Harry Potter lore, after all, and fans would be frothing at the mouth to see what happens next — even if they couldn’t fly all the way to London to do so. The success of that publication must’ve been an indication that Rowling’s readers are willing to read anything from J.K. Rowling, even if it was just a play she wasn’t fully responsible for writing.
Next month, fans will get to enjoy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the next film set in the famous Wizarding World. This time around, the story will take place in New York City decades before the Harry Potter story. It’s also notable for not being based on any solid source material (apart from a fake textbook Rowling threw together), and for the fact that J.K. Rowling herself penned the screenplay for the flick.
Seeing the opportunity for another solid source of income, it looks like either the studio, Rowling’s publisher, or both, decided to publish the Fantastic Beasts screenplay in its entirety. The reveal came via Rowling’s Twitter account, where she shared a photo of an early copy, along with the caption:
“Advance copies never, ever lose their thrill!”
Check out the photo below:
As you’ve probably inferred based on my comments above, this is a smart move to make. While, yes, the film itself will be available in a short month, the fact is that superfans will head to the bookstore in droves to get a look at the words Rowling actually put to paper. As both a cinephile and a bibliophile, this is something that’s right down my alley, as I get to experience the first screenplay from one of the most talented authors working today. If you've ever read a screenplay before, it's a unique form of storytelling in that it's ultimately incomplete, as the story in a script is only really fully told when it's realized on the big screen. With that in mind, it'll be fun to see how one from Rowling will read (I can imagine it'll have extra flourishes to make it more entertaining than most scripts tend to be).
There’s no word yet on when the screenplay will get released, but it’s probably safe to say it’ll either be after the film’s release, or simultaneous with the film’s release, so as to limit the number of spoilers before fans have a chance to see the flick.
What do you think of this news? Will you be one of the fans who will go out and buy this bad boy? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on November 18, 2016.
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SOURCE: J.K. Rowling