The Crimes of Grindlewald by JK Rowling

Title: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald – The Original Screenplay

Author: JK Rowling

Pages: 315 Pages

Publisher: Little, Brown

The Blurb

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 thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided Wizarding World.

This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shaped the Wizarding World, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

As you may well know, my love for the Harry Potter series knows no bounds. I love it, I love it, I love it. Equally, I am in love with the Fantastic Beasts series. All I want in life is a house with a library and two bathrooms AND for JK Rowling to continue writing back story to the HP series. With Fantastic Beasts I kind of have one, now I am just holding out for the house with the library and two bathrooms (fingers crossed folks).

The Crimes of Grindlewald brings us to a character we first heard about in the Harry Potter series. The eponymous Grindlewald has been spoken of a lot in the Pottermore universe and it seems that we are getting to know a lot more about him and how he approaches wizardy. We are also seeing a remarkable resemblance of thinking to He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named (*coughs Voldemort).

What I love about The Crimes of Grindlewald is that it leaves you wanting more. Something that JK does best.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald – The Original Screenplay by JK Rowling is available now.

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Title: JK Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic Volume Three Amazing Artifacts

Author: Bonnie Burton

Pages: 96 Pages

Publisher: Walker Books

The Blurb

The third title in an interactive series of books that features both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to create the ultimate behind-the-scenes guide to the wizarding world.

From wands and racing brooms to a case full of beasts, the wizarding world is full of enchanted objects and magical devices. With this interactive book, go behind the scenes of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and all eight Harry Potter films to learn how the myriad artifacts of the films were lovingly designed and crafted.

Detailed profiles of everything from the Golden Snitch to Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes and Newt Scamander’s magical case include blueprints, concept illustrations, unit photography and more. Jam-packed with bonus inserts throughout, including stickers, removable extras, lift-the-flaps and many other fascinating items, this book takes young readers on a thrilling tour of the magical artifacts of the wizarding world.

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The Review

The third book in the Movie Magic series may just be my favourite. In it we learn about all the little things that make up the Harry Potter movies – the Amazing Artifacts.

It is shocking just how much effort goes into these movies. Whether it be the thousands upon thousands of labels printed out to make the potions lessons look realistic or the shape of the wands suited to each character, this book offers you insight into the little details that make the world that JK Rowling has created just so special.

In my opinion this book is the most interesting in the series.

JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Movie Magic: Volume Three – Amazing Artifacts by Bonnie Burton is available now.

For more information regarding Walker Books (@WalkerBooksUK) please visit www.walker.co.uk.

Title: JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Volume Two: Curious Creatures

Author: Ramin Zahed

Pages: 104 Pages

Publisher: Walker Books

The Blurb

Thunderbirds and Nifflers, house-elves and Hippogriffs – J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World abounds with magical creatures of all kinds. But how does a Bowtruckle come to life on the big screen? Is an Occamy a snake or a bird? And what’s the truth about Mooncalf poo?

Featuring detailed creature profiles, stunning artwork and captivating insights from the making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and all eight Harry Potter films, these pages reveal everything fans want to know about how these creatures were created. Jam-packed with bonus material – pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, removable posters and other goodies – this book offers young readers a thrilling backstage pass to the wizarding world.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Out of the series of Movie Magic books, Curious Creatures wasn’t my favourite. I think I am more interested in the characters and the artefacts than the magical animals but that doesn’t mean that I am not impressed by the effort that went in to creating them.

Zahed really does show you the depth of knowledge and creativity of the people involved in the movies. It is just personal preference that made this book less exciting for me.

JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Volume Two: Curious Creatures by Ramin Zahed is available now.

For more information regarding Walker Books (@WalkerBooksUK) please visit www.walker.co.uk.

 

Title: JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Movie Magic – Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places

Author: Jodie Revenson

Pages: 96 Pages

Publisher: Walker Books

The Blurb

Featuring all eight Harry Potter movies and the upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this magical book is the ultimate insider’s guide to the films from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World for young fans.

From the gilded halls of Gringotts and Hogwarts to the New York City of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, each page of this book delivers a fun, interactive experience for young readers as they discover how the extraordinary places and fascinating characters of the wizarding world took shape on-screen. Filled with lift-the-flaps, stickers and other engaging inserts, this engrossing book overflows with captivating facts about the movie magic used to create a world fit for witches and wizards. Including insights from the actors who played Harry Potter, Professor Dumbledore, Newt Scamander and many more, this book is a must-have for young fans of the Wizarding World.

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The Review

I am a huge Harry Potter fan. Personally, I prefer the books but I cannot help but love the movies too. I have had JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Movie Magic – Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places by Jodie Revenson sitting on my bookshelf forever and in a bid to make more room on my bookshelves by reading some of the larger books I started the Movie Magic series.

They are fascinating. I know a lot of work goes into making movies but the effort to make sure every character is perfect and every place meets the expectations of the readers is truly breathtaking.

The books in the series have an element of fun to them with moving parts and what not which is always appreciated.

I loved learning more about the characters and what the actors brought to the creation of who they play, whether it is wand choice or contact lenses. The little titbits of information are like catnip to the true Harry Potter fan.

JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Movie Magic – Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places by Jodie Revenson

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fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-themTitle: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Author: JK Rowling

Pages: 293 Pages

Publisher: Little Brown UK

The Blurb

J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this ebook 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…

Inspired by the original Hogwarts textbook by Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. A feat of imagination and showcasing a cast of remarkable characters and magical creatures, 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 film lover or reader’s bookshelf.

The film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them received its theatrical release on 18th November 2016.

(Amazon Blurb)

The Review

I am not going to lie to you. I am a mad Harry Potter fangirl so anything Potter related I am pre-destined to love. However, my love for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling is actually based on more. It is just a wonderful story.

I am constantly saying to friends and other Potterheads that JK Rowling needs to write wizarding history.  I want to know more about The Order of the Phoenix, more about You-Know-Who’s life, more about the Lestrange family. Just more, really. I think that I why I was so excited when the Pottermore series was released in September, why I sat on the hallway stairs waiting for The Cursed Child to be delivered (I was there for 8 hours – it stopped being funny really quickly) and why I was so excited for the release of fantastic beasts.

It is the back story of such a random and little mentioned character in the Harry Potter series but it packs such an impact and drips through to the series in such a subtle way. Newt Scamander has docked in New York with hopes to find a rare creature. What ensues is a series of wacky and magical adventures that has you wishing you weren’t a muggle.

JK Rowling has, once again, delivered another fabulous piece to the Potter puzzle. Heed my words Rowling, WE WANT MORE!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling is available now.

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4-stars