Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,

as you've surely heard, is the latest film set within the Harry Potter universe. The story is inspired by the Hogwarts textbook of the same name, written by the fictional character, Newt Scamander. The writer of the movie, on the other hand, is none other than Potter author J.K. Rowling. While all seven original books were adapted into blockbuster movies, Fantastic Beasts marks Rowling's screenwriting debut.

The movie takes place in 1926—long before Harry Potter and the gang are even born. It centers on Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne), who takes a trip to New York City, where he loses track of his magical suitcase. Some of its contents (the titular fantastic beasts) get loose—and what happens next won't be known until the film hits theaters on November 18. Just a day after that, you can relive all the excitement with your very own copy of the screenplay.

The script will be released as a beautiful hardcover tome as well as an e-book, available from Pottermore.


“With any new writing from J.K. Rowling, we know that we are not only engaging her vast fan base, but are also building a new generation of readers," Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic’s U.S. Trade Division, said in a press release. "The much anticipated release of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie marks another magical and exciting moment for film lovers and readers everywhere, and we are absolutely delighted to publish J.K. Rowling’s screenplay debut.”

You can pre-order the screenplay on Amazon. Not enough Potter? You can also check out the script for Rowling's new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child