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So it was my 18th today and yesterday, after I came home from work I was treated to the most amazing surprise party ever. My friends basically decorated my whole back patio in all things Harry Potter. They made signs, logos of all the houses, hung web around the place, put candles everywhere, someone made a snitch, a quaffle and two bludgers, they made butterbeer and they all dressed up as Harry Potter characters, it just goes on. It was just so amazing and I had to share it with all of you. I was so shocked by the extent they had gone to. It was beautiful.
I want to thank you for asking the question and thus having that response become so popular! I don’t mind giving some more information but I did sign a contract saying I wouldn’t say anything that really does spoil the movie, so I have to be careful about that. The music did impress me, very similar to the Hunger Games with scores. It is pretty dark compared to most YA adaptions mainly because of the plot in the story itself. For example, I actually enjoyed maze runner a lot more than the first hunger games film (and I really liked the first one). The thing about this movie is that it completely goes straight into the action with very little exposition, which moves time along pretty swiftly. The movie was about 2 hours and it really fit well with the pace. I thought the ending was fantastic, it immediately dives in for a sequel to come. Thanks for the questions, i love answering them! I just don’t want to spoil the movie because it is so much better than I could actually write about. I have mentioned this to other people but the wait is definitely worth it:)
JK Rowling touched on the topic of this in the interview she did with Emma.
I wanted to ask you about the script that you are writing for Warner Bros. for Fantastic Beasts...
Warner Bros. came to me ages ago and said they wanted to do something with Fantastic Beasts. I could see the potential in it. I knew something about Newt [Scamander, the fictional author of Fantastic Beasts] having written a little something for Comic Relief. I had imagined a little bit of back story for him...
So when Warner Bros. came to me and said they wanted to make a film out of the book I had this simultaneous feeling of "it has a lot of potential," and another feeling of slight panic that "I know some things about Newt and I don't want you to ruin that for me!" because I knew who he was. So then I went away and sort of dwelt on what I knew about Newt, not intending to write a script but just trying to collect my thoughts so that I could at least give them the backstory I'd imagined, so that their vision was true to what I knew.
Then I really did have one of those moments that always make you phenomenally excited as a writer; but also that you know is going to end up being a ton of work. I thought, "Oh my God, a whole plot's just descended on me!" But I wanted to do it as I was really excited about it. I wasn't really thinking about writing the script myself, I thought, you know, I'll give them this plot and then – fatally – I sat down and thought "I just wonder what it would look like..." and wrote a rough draft in twelve days!
It wasn't a great draft but it did show the shape of how it might look. So that is how it all started.
Wow, Warner Bros. must have been so excited.
I think they were kind of stunned. I didn't tell them I had written it in twelve days. I've never written a script. It truly wasn't that I thought I'd be good at it, I just wanted to get the outline of the story down, and that's obviously given me a lot to work with going forward.