Book Review: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

book review

Publisher: Little, Brown
Publication Date: November 16th, 2018
Is it a part of a sequel?: Yes, Fantastic Beast #2
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Buy Links: Kinokuniya Malaysia | MPH Online
Source: Huge thanks to Pansing Distribution for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.


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.


Let me be honest with you, I haven't watched the movie yet and yes, I keep questioning myself, 'why I didn't watch the movie the day they released it?' But. Yes. There is a but. But, now when I read the screenplay first before watching the movie it makes me even thrilled to watch the movie because I can imagine how amazing the movie will be as the screenplay I read is already makes myself really really excited and can feel the magic from reading it. 

Of course, I've already watched the first sequel of Fantastic Beasts and I could say that Fantastic Beasts 2 even more smashing! I really love it! The part when I saw Dumbledore and McGonagall appeared in this second sequel, gosh that's am I supposed to, eh? It's really great! 

So, Fantastic Beast is wayyyy before Harry Potter. It sets in the 1920s so, that makes Dumbledore and McGonagall...well, should be young, doesn't it? Honestly, in the first sequel, I was a still in the process to like Newt, I mean his suitcase is super magical that makes me want to go down in the suitcase and experience how great it is with all the creatures and he is even better in this second sequel. His willpower to fight along with Tina and bring along with Jacob (Did I say I like Jacob too? oh I didn't and yes I do like him!).

Grindelwald? Duh. Even though he didn't do much but we can feel how evil he is in this Fantastic Beasts although he said he only fight for the right thing for all the wizard and to rule over non-mags but his intention is pure evil (and, you know I saw the trailer the man who played Grindelwald is Johnny Depp really portray that character really well.). 

And Nagini? Isn't that is a snake beside Voldermort but in this Fantastic Beasts is a she? Okay, I seriously need to know about her. Oh, wait! Another character, Leta Lestrange is a fiancee to Newt's brother, Theseus so, is she has a connection, I mean in the family tree like she is a Lestrange family. You know, Bellatrix Lestrange? 

This second sequel of Fantastic Beasts is a total wow me a lot and I kept on like, 'oh, is this? OMG! NOOO!! DO SOMETHING!!!! QUEENIEE WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU COME BACK HERE TO YOUR SISTER AND JACOB!" Can you get what I feel just by reading this original screenplay and I think I could imagine myself when I watch the movie?

Overall, the plot was fantastical, magically AMAZING! All the characters are great, they play their part very well, the world building is great because come on guys, J.K. Rowling never fails to create such magical amazing, fantastic magical world. I love Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, it was packed of everything in it and I do look forward to the next sequel and I need to watch this movie as soon as I can. I hope I don't spoil too much info in this review? 

Psst: I really really really love the book cover of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling!

Psst: I just I realize I made too much typo. I'm really sorry 🙏 I was way too excited when I write this review but I already corrected it. Thank you.