We’re all excited for the movie, and now we can almost have the companion screenplay to go with it. Yesterday, J.K. Rowling tweeted a photo of the anticipated book and all its gilded splendor.

Okay, so it’s not covered in real gold but the curling title script and the many fantastic beasts dancing around the cover shine under the light for an eye-catching sight.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the ninth film coming out of the Harry Potter universe. Originally a general textbook for Hogwarts students in the Harry Potter series, Rowling expanded on the idea when approached by Warner Brothers about creating a film version.

The story follows Newt Scamander, a British wizard and writer of the Hogwarts textbook, who accidentally unleashes a host of magical creatures on New York City in the year 1926. The incident worsens already tense relations between the United States wizarding community and the No-Majes—that’s American for muggle. Newt must find and collect the beasts before they destroy the city. Oh, and there’s also an anti-wizard group called the New Salem Philanthropic Society that seeks to eradicate all wizards in the United States. Yikes.

There has been controversy over the film concerning the lack of people of color in the cast, especially for a film set in New York City during roaring twenties. Rowling has also drawn criticism for her portrayal of Native American magic and her use of skinwalkers on the Pottermore website. However, despite these issues, excitement only builds for Fantastic Beasts.

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Rowling is set to make her screenwriting debut with this film as she claims the credits for penning this one. Honestly, who else would be best for it? David Heyman, producer for all eight Harry Potter films, will return as producer for Fantastic Beasts, set to hit theaters on November 18th.

To get your copy of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Original Screenplay companion book, pre-order is available on most online bookseller websites at the price of $24.99.


Written by Lorna Hanson