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Re: NEW PROJECT by JKR: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - The Film

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Before anyone gets excited about rumours of Scamander novels, JKR has taken to Twitter to vehemently deny the possibility.

JKR on TwitterNo, no, no. There won't be Newt Scamander novels. Only movies. Calm down, there!
If there are, then I hope that they are properly novelized. Script -> Novel adaptation has to be as aggressive as Novel -> Script adaptation if it wants to tell the same story. There are as many cinematic story-telling devices that mean nothing on page as there are literary ones that do not work on screen.

Still, the movie did a perfectly good job of telling its story.


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Conclusion seems to be jumping the gun a little bit, given only one "dwarf" was considered! What about the wizarding world's dwarves? Too many data gaps, I expect. I also didn't see a clear description of which Christmas elves were used - important to know how morphology and magical ability characteristics were defined. For instance, it looks like the authors made some assumptions about Christmas elves that may have kept them more in line with dwarves (e.g., "short and stocky" build, "low" intelligence, "no" spell casting or magical energy). And considering the authors' conclusion that Christmas elves and dwarves are bound together by stone crafting ability, only one variable was used to categorize crafting ability, and no analysis was done to see how much of a contribution crafting ability is to the determined phylogenetic similarity. Based on the variables considered and observations for each, I'm a bit stickered as to how Christmas elves grouped so distantly from other elves.

I expect Newt would probably be more of a pheneticist than cladisticist, but I wonder if morphology and function alone are enough to adequately categorize these [mostly living] creatures! Your thoughts? I'd also expect Newt to experiment with the biological species concept quite a bit. Though the existence of half-giants like Hagrid would seem to shoot that one down!


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Certainly, there are pacing issues here. Halfway through the film loses some forward momentum and seems to drag along to show off all the magic, but a part of me finds these flaws excusable when there are scenes inside the case so charming and wonderful that they feel like they could have been directed by Steven Spielberg at his prime.
Perhaps we just have different opinions of pacing issues, but what did you find wrong with the pacing? It seemed pretty balanced to me. You can't always portray storyline/character insight if you're zooming around at a breakneck pace all the time, particularly when you have new characters.


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