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J.K. Rowling's ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ screenplay to be published

26 April 2016

London, England – Pottermore, the global digital publisher of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World announced today, as part of their new publishing programme, that the screenplay of Warner Bros. Pictures’ feature film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is to be published on 18 November 2016. Returning to her wizarding world, the all-new adventure film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books.

The published screenplay will comprise J.K. Rowling’s full script Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a feat of imagination and an exciting adventure, featuring an array of magical creatures and characters.

The script of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be available as an eBook for all major eReader devices. The eBook will be priced at 12.99 USD, 12.99 EUR and 8.99 GBP, in its respective territories. The English language eBook will be available globally for pre-order beginning today from all major digital retailers.

Publication of the screenplay closely follows the film’s worldwide release by Warner Bros. Pictures on 18 November 2016. The eBook edition of the screenplay will be published by Pottermore, simultaneously with the print editions in collaboration with Little, Brown Book Group in the UK and Commonwealth, and Scholastic in the US and Canada.

About the film:
A new and original story by J.K. Rowling, the film was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by the author’s character Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s preeminent Magizoologist.

The film opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander, played by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. 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.

About Pottermore:
Pottermore, the digital publishing, e-commerce, entertainment and news company from J.K. Rowling, is the global digital publisher of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. As the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, pottermore.com is dedicated to unlocking the power of imagination. It offers news, features, and articles as well as new and previously unreleased writing by J.K. Rowling.

Notes to Editors:

1.) Filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, home to the “Harry Potter” films for a decade, as well as on location in Liverpool, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first picture in a new film series. Directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter feature films, the film also reunites a number of people from the Harry Potter blockbusters, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

2.) J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories and translated into 79 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films.

She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in aid of Comic Relief; and The Tales of Beedle the Bard in aid of her children’s charity Lumos.

In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital entertainment and e-commerce company Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy her new writing and immerse themselves deeper in the wizarding world.

Her first novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, was published in September 2012 and adapted for TV by the BBC in 2015. Her crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, were published in 2013 (The Cuckoo’s Calling), 2014 (The Silkworm) and 2015 (Career of Evil), and are to be adapted for a major new television series for BBC One, produced by Brontë Film and Television.

J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech was published in 2015 as an illustrated book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, and sold in aid of her charity Lumos and university–wide financial aid at Harvard.

In addition to writing the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling has collaborated on the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, a new play by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. The play opens in London’s West End on 30 July 2016.

3.) The Special Rehearsal Edition Script of the stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two will be published on 31st July 2016, with a Definitive Edition Script following at a later date.

For further information please contact: press@team.pottermore.com

Cover to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Original Screenplay

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