The screenplay of the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is now available for preorder in the United States and Canada. The physical copies of the screenplay will be published by Scholastic in the United States and Canada and Little, Brown Book Group in the UK on November 19, 2016. The published screenplay will be a hardcover and will cost $24.99 U.S./$29.99 CDN.
The ebook edition of the screenplay will be published by Pottermore, the global digital publisher of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, on the same day. Pottermore previously served as the home for Rowling’s short stories about The History of Magic in North America. That series of books details the ways in which American magic differs from its British counterpart. In the short stories, Rowling creates the world showcased in the new film.
The new story marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. The books have sold more than 160 million copies in the U.S. and over 450 million copies worldwide. The books are currently distributed in more than 200 territories and translated into 79 languages. The book have also been turned into eight blockbuster films. Scholastic published the seven Harry Potter novels in the U.S. between 1998 and 2007.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set in 1926 and follows the story of magizoologist Newt Scamander, played by Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne. The tale starts as Scamander arrives in New York after a global excursion to find and document magical creatures around the world. The escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts leads to a number of magical and exciting moments for film lovers and readers everywhere. The all-new adventure film will be released November 18, 2016, one day before the screenplay is released.
In addition to writing the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling has also collaborated on the stage play of the eighth story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two. The story is based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne. The play opens in London’s West End on July 30, 2016
Scholastic will publish the Special Rehearsal Edition Script of Cursed Child on July 31, 2016, simultaneously with Pottermore in the UK and US, and Little, Brown Books in the UK. The edition will be available for a limited time, and will be replaced by the Definitive Edition Script at a later date.