J.K. Rowling’s screenplay debut will hit bookstores a day after it hits movie theaters in November.
The script for her new wizarding-world film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” will be released in hardcover on November 19 in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Rowling's digital arm, Pottermore, will simultaneously release an e-book edition.
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The announcement Tuesday comes on the heels of a similar plan to publish the play, “Harry Potter & the Cursed Child Parts I & II,” the day after its world premiere at London’s Palace Theatre on July 30.
The stage play by Jack Thorne is based on a story by Rowling that picks up with Harry Potter, now a father, 19 years after the conclusion of the “Harry Potter” novels.
"Fantastic Beasts" doesn't feature the Boy Who Lived or his offspring. Instead, it follows Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) who in 1926 has just completed a research trip documenting magical creatures around the world.
“Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident—were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical briefcase, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds,” said Scholastic, the screenplay's North American publisher.
Scholastic, which published the seven Harry Potter novels in the U.S., is publishing the North American edition of the screenplay, as well as “Harry Potter & the Cursed Child Parts I & II.”
Watch a trailer for "Fantastic Beasts" here: