There are couple of things that the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them has done right, as it’s not only an entertaining film, it’s also the product of a well put together marketing machine.
But perhaps the greatest feather in the blockbuster hit’s cap is the fact that it’s done something we wish we could see more big ticket films do: they’ve released the finished shooting script to the public, via e-book and printed book versions that were published the day of the film’s release.
While this may not seem like a gigantic feat to most, it’s certainly something we’re enthusiastic about, and for several important reasons.
First off, being able to read a script helps relive the magic of the movie you’ve just seen not so long ago on the screen. In the case of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the journey of New Scamander through 1926 New York comes off the page and into our minds, reminding us of the visual thrills of David Yates’ masterfully crafted film.
Second, being able to the read the script to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them helps give the audience a better venue to truly appreciate the dialogue and story that J.K. Rowling created to usher an earlier era of her wizarding world into being.
But I think the most important reason, the one we really want to go into detail about, is the fact that reading the script to any film, especially Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, allows the reader access to the most important component of any good screenplay: the stage direction. While the dialogue gets the point across, the subtleties of acting sometimes do not afford complete clarity of the words that are on the page. For instance, the big scene where baker Jacob Kowalski and witch/love interest Queenie Goldstein almost part ways before the film’s climactic battle includes a moment of mind reading on Queenie’s part.
J.K. Rowling’s screenplay being available as a printed product separate from the film it spawned not only gives us a better appreciation of the expansion of the Harry Potter universe, it also got us to thinking about how cool it’d be to see more films release their scripts in printed format as well.