Friday 9th Nov 2018
With the second instalment of the Fantastic Beasts film series just around the corner, there are also many cool behind-the-scenes books to enjoy, that let you explore the film from all angles.
Here’s our handy guide on the books on offer, with some already out, in case the other books on your bookshelf are getting lonely. From colouring books, to kid-friendly tomes, to behind-the-scenes guides stuffed full of exclusive magical Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald insight, there’s plenty of Hermione-style ‘light reading’ to be getting on with.
Fantastic Beasts: A Cinematic Yearbook (UK only)
This colourful book is full of cool activities and glossy posters to enjoy – including gorgeous photo stills from the first and second movies. This treat, published by Scholastic is available to pick up now.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Magical Movie Handbook (UK only)
If we know the Wizarding World, we know that the new Fantastic Beasts film is going to be crammed with juicy details that you’re going to want to watch over and over again. Thanks to this handbook published by Scholastic, the analysis will be at your fingertips. This guide covers the latest instalment and is already out now.
Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts: A Spellbinding Guide to the Films of the Wizarding World
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set to feature many more connections to the world of Harry Potter, such as the reappearance of Dumbledore, shots of Hogwarts, and a new character with the last name of Lestrange. This helpful guide, again, from Scholastic, should help you navigate the Wizarding World timeline easily, with this book full of family trees of key characters from both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, a proper history of Hogwarts, and meticulously researched infographics. Out now.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: A Spellbinding Cinematic Tour (UK only)
Another detailed guide focusing solely on the second movie, Scholastic’s cinematic tour guide helps Fantastic Beasts fans learn about the film with aplomb, with un-foldable pages that will reveal iconic scenes. This book will be released on the same day as the film, 16 November.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Movie Magic
Jody Revenson’s latest instalment of the Movie Magic series guides younger readers behind-the-scenes of the latest Fantastic Beasts film. Expect interactive fun, such as maps, posters, stickers and more. The book is out now, thanks to Insight Editions.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Movie-Making News
Designed to look like a real newspaper, this book isn’t The Daily Prophet, but it’s filled with good news. This guide from HarperCollins (which is available now) examines Fantastic Beasts from behind the camera, looking at intricate stories from the crew that created the magic. It also includes a colour “Late Edition” that offers an exclusive sneak peek into Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and what the future holds for Newt Scamander, Jacob Kowalski and the Goldstein sisters in the new instalment.
Lights, Camera, Magic! The Making of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Featuring an introduction from Eddie Redmayne, this comprehensive behind-the-scenes guide to the second film follows on from the first, once again written by Ian Nathan – and including insights from J.K. Rowling herself and others. Featuring exclusive interviews with the likes of director David Yates and the rest of the cast and crew, discover everything there is to know about Fantastic Beats: The Crimes of Grindelwald, from costumes, to props, to key characters, to special effects. Out on 16 November from HarperCollins.
The Art of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
The Art of... book series is an exciting exploration of the concept art behind the magic of the Fantastic Beasts films – this book is the sequel to the first, once again curated by Dermot Power. Delve deep into the intricate card models, sketches, production paintings and storyboards of the key scenes in the new film – a fantastic treat for the eyes, you could say. This book is also out 16 November.
The Archive of Magic: The Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
How on earth do you make magic look actually realistic, without actually being a wizard? This detailed compendium, from HarperCollins, should give you a few tips and hints – along with gorgeous full-colour spreads, behind-the-scenes photography, and tales from the cast and crew. The book also features a foreword from the one and only Jude Law, while design duo MinaLima provided several items including the gorgeous cover. The ultimate treat for cinephiles and Fantastic Beasts fans alike – this book will also be released into the world on 16 November.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Magical Adventure Colouring Book
Colouring books have been a big hit with both kids and adults over the years – and we imagine colouring in Nifflers is a rather therapeutic practice. Give the latest book in the series a go, and feel free to make some new colour-personalization’s on the characters’ outfits!
So there you have it, a whopping pile of books to flip through to get you in the spirit from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The Warner Bros. Pictures’ film itself will also hit cinemas beginning 16 November.