This last week was absolutely insane when it came to me trying to decide what to read. I think I have hit the treacherous point in my to-read list… There are just so many books on the list at this point that I am having a really hard time picking and choosing what I want. I tried going in order, but that just made me unhappy because there were so many other choices. Now I’m going out of order and I am still unhappy… my life is chaos. I think I may need to do some literary Spring cleaning.
Anyways, this last week I tried to keep with my theme of trying to mix it up a bit and I decided to read a play. For those of you who are Harry Potter fans, I’m sure you are aware of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. For those of you who aren’t, I’m going to break this down for you a bit.
If you’re not a Harry Potter fan and you are unaware of the story line here is a quick rundown: baby Harry Potter is sent to live with his aunt and uncle after his parents are brutally murdered. Harry lives through many years of neglect until he comes of age and is informed that he is actually a wizard. Like many of the young witches and wizards out there, Harry is sent to a 7 year long wizarding program at Hogwarts. Throughout those 7 years, Harry learns about the wizarding world, his powers, himself, and he goes on many adventures in hope of defeating the wizard who killed his parents. There, simple as that. I fell in love with the Harry Potter series at a young age, I read the books and I own all the movies.
When I first heard about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them I was a bit skeptical because I didn’t know if another tale based in this wizarding world would live up to Harry Potter’s tale. I put it off and I even went against my own rule and I saw the movie before I even picked up the book. I thought the film was great, so the book had to be better, right? I really like how it’s actually based years and years before Harry was even born. There is no issues with the stories crossing and there isn’t any comparison between the two protagonists. Newt creates his own story. I also really like how we get a deeper look into the wonderful creatures that also live in J.K. Rowling’s magical world. She put a lot of time into these creatures and they actually get a chance to shine as we get to know them better.
I’m not finished with this piece yet, but I really look forward to wrapping it up. Since this is written in the format of a play, there is a lot of other factors to take in. So far, I am really enjoying it!