I’ll be honest, I’ve never celebrated Halloween in earnest. I grew up in the Southern Hemisphere where the end of October is synonymous with sunshine at 7PM and spring flowers, which is completely at odds with thoughts of witching hour and horror movies. I always love an excuse to sink into a dark story, though – so I celebrate Halloween by consuming atmospheric books, scary podcasts, and watching thrillers. Read on if you would like to know what I’ve been checking out this October!
Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Author: J. K. Rowling
Rating: 4/5 stars
The review below is spoiler free! Please avoid commenting with big plot spoilers!
If I was a Niffler, I would not covet jewels or freshly minted coins – I would be looting the JKR’s brain for more Harry Potter content. Like all my fellow Potterheads, I can’t help but want to revisit the wizarding world. Simply rereading the book is not enough, I always want more – even though I am aware they will rarely meet my immense expectations for the series.
Needless to say, I was still amongst the first in line to queue up to purchase tickets to Fantastic Beasts. This was in spite of my decidedly mixed feelings on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I ended up adoring Fantastic Beasts in spite of its many flaws. I think being able to experience the movie, rather than relying on a script alone, went a long way in making me appreciate this story. Not to mention that Newt Scamander is the Hufflepuff hero we’ve all been waiting for, and he deserves all of our love.
Personally, the highlight of this screenplay and movie for me is the character of Newt Scamander. He’s at once the quintessential Hufflepuff and a unique character all his own. Remember when JKR explained why all the Hufflepuffs stayed for the final Hogwarts Battle? It wasn’t because they wanted glory, or power, they stayed because that’s what Hufflepuff do – because being good needs no reward. That’s Newt, you feel it every time he interacts with one of his creatures or champion for another character. I also love the dichotomy of his mild social awkwardness, standing right alongside with his confidence and conviction in his passion for magical creatures. Eddie Redmayne totally owned this role, bringing Newt to life with his charismatic and multifaceted performance – I don’t think I would have ended up loving Newt quite as much without Eddie. Continue reading “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Movie & Screenplay Review”
My life isn’t entirely books, I’ll have you believe. Watching TV is also another much favoured method of procrastination around these parts. Thank you so much Tasha of The Bookie Monster for nominating me!
I. Create five Book-TV Pairings.
II. Tag your favourite book bloggers/booktuber.
You Should Watch: Supernatural
Why: Both have scary demons, brothers who would go through hell and back for one another, and super hot dudes. The Demon’s Lexicon also has the perks of having some awesome ladies! Who *gasp* doesn’t die. I love you though Supernatural, mainly you, Dean *swoons*