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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review: | Sight & Sound

Sight and Sound

Having seen the seven-book/eight-film Harry Potter saga to its conclusion, J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers were unable to resist returning to the well and here kick off a prequel series. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (whose proceeds mostly go to charity) is not a novel but a whimsical bestiary – purporting to be one of Harry’s annotated Hogwarts textbooks. This film script (Rowling’s first) is essentially a screen original, furthering the creatrix’s expansion into other media (which also includes co-authoring a one-generation-on stage sequel, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

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