J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter empire is about as expansive you as you can get when it comes to a fictional universe. From books and toys to movies and theme parks, Potterheads are offered a rare and immersive experience when it comes to the physical realization of their favorite story.
The latest installment in that seemingly ever-expanding world of magic is the forthcoming, Eddie Redmayne-starring Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We were given our first look at the newest chapter in the Wizarding World saga earlier this month. The film, set in 1926, follows magizoologist Newt Scamander through New York City after a few magical creatures break free of his suitcase.
Not only does the stand-alone installment offer us our first non-Harry-driven storyline, but more importantly, it doubles as Rowling’s screenwriting debut. In honor of the continued magic surrounding the author’s world, as well as her own personal and professional achievements, the Fantastic Beasts script will be released as both a hardcover book and an e-book.
“With any new writing from J.K. Rowling, we know that we are not only engaging her vast fan base, but are also building a new generation of readers,” Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic’s U.S. Trade Division, said in an official statement.
Fans can pre-order a hardcover copy of the Fantastic Beasts script from publishers Little, Brown and Scholastic on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Waterstones and Barnes & Noble. Those interested in the e-book version can get theirs from Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Google and Kobo as a nice companion to the upcoming script tie-in of Rowling’s new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Fantastic Beasts comes out in theaters on Nov. 18—the script will be published the following day.