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Langdon Shaw and Mary Lou Barebone plead their case to Henry Shaw Sr

Extract from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

By J.K. Rowling

LANGDON
I’ve got something huge!

SHAW SR
Your brother and I are busy here, Langdon. Working on his election campaign. We don’t have time for this.

MARY LOU, CREDENCE, CHASTITY and MODESTY enter the office. SHAW SR and SENATOR SHAW stare. CREDENCE stands with his head bowed, embarrassed, nervous.

LANGDON
This is Mary Lou Barebone from the New Salem Philanthropic Society and she’s got a big story for you!

SHAW SR
Oh she has – has she?

LANGDON
There’s strange things going on over the city. The people behind this – they are not like you and me. This is witchcraft, don’t you see?

SHAW SR and the SENATOR look dubious – all too used to LANGDON’S harebrained little projects and interests.

SHAW SR
Langdon.

LANGDON
She doesn’t want any money.

SHAW SR
Then either her story is worthless, or she’s lying about the cost. Nobody gives away anything valuable for free.

MARY LOU
(confident, persuasive)
You are right, Mr Shaw. What we desire is infinitely more valuable than money: it’s your influence. Millions of people read your newspapers and they need to be made aware about this danger.

LANGDON
The crazy disturbances in the subway – just look at the pictures!

SHAW SR
I’d like you and your friends to leave.

LANGDON
No, you’re missing a trick here. Just look at the evidence –

SHAW SR
Really.

SENATOR SHAW
(joining his father and brother)
Langdon. Just listen to Father and just go.

His eyes shift, focus on CREDENCE.

SENATOR SHAW
And take the freaks with you.

CREDENCE perceptibly twitches, disturbed by anger in his vicinity. MARY LOU is calm but steely.

LANGDON
This is Father’s office, not yours, and I’m sick of this every time I walk in here…

SHAW SR silences his son and motions for the BAREBONES to leave.

SHAW SR
That’s it – thank you.

MARY LOU
(calm, dignified)
We hope you’ll reconsider, Mr Shaw. We’re not difficult to find. Until then, we thank you for your time.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

By J.K. Rowling