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Publisher's Summary

This is a behind-the-scenes audio documentary, recorded on the set of the movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

“This film is a different beast.” (Eddie Redmayne)

Available only in audio, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Makers, Mysteries and Magic lifts the lid on the moviemaking secrets behind the latest installment in J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts series. Narrator Dan Fogler (who plays No-Maj Jacob Kowalski) will guide you through the process of creating the magical on-screen world and explore the story, themes, and characters of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.  

Over 100 hours of interviews with the cast and crew have been used to create this unique audio adventure that’s sure to be loved by fans of filmmaking and the Wizarding World. Across its nine chapters, you will explore themes such as what’s next for Newt Scamander, whether we’ve seen every side of Albus Dumbledore, what makes Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald so dangerous, and what connects the worlds of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts.  

With unrivalled access to the film’s cast, directors, producers, and makers, hear what it takes to build 1927 Paris on a lot just outside London, discover what influenced the design of the Elder Wand, meet the individuals who constructed iconic wizarding world locations including Hogwarts’ Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom - and mastered the craft and artistry required to fill it with authenticity and excitement.     

With contributions from actors including Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore), Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein), and Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein) as well as director David Yates and producer David Heyman.   

Give your eyes a rest and your ears a treat. Take a trip behind the scenes of the Wizarding World like never before.  

Produced by Pottermore Publishing and Audible Originals.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald characters, names, and related indicia are copyright and trademark of Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. Publishing rights copyright of J.K. Rowling.

©2018 Warner Bros Entertainment Inc., 2018 (P)2018 Warner Bros Entertainment Inc., 2018

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  • Welcome to the dream factory.
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  • We’re gonna meet the people who bring the beasts to life.
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  • As far as Newt’s concerned, there’s still a long way to go.
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  • There’s something interesting about working on a J.K. Rowling film.
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  • This relationship involves a lot of chasing”.
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  • And you thought you had problems.

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NOT A BOOK!

What a disappointment! Maybe I didn't read thoroughly the description; maybe I bought too quickly; maybe I simply assumed too much! Still,explain how one "tours behind the scenes" AUDIBLY??? This MAY WELL BE an amazing VIDEO special about the making of this 2nd 'Fantastic Beasts ' movie... But I found it gravely lacking as an AUDIO presentation. It felt like I was listening to a montage of the 'extras' one gets when purchasing a DVD... Who thought this would retail well as an AUDIBLE???? 1. I was honestly expecting a book version of the story... My mistake! 2. I found the narrator too cheeky, too animated for an audio rendition. His verbal 'schtick' was often hard to track and overplayed. 3. Often, the person speaking was not identified; and while I certainly recognize David Yates' name, his voice is not one I readily recognize without minimal introduction, even repeatedly (sorry, David). 4. Lastly, Ms. Rowling has certainly learned her way around the entertainment industry; so much so, that the very thing that drew us to her writings has been eliminated! The elaborate character development and interpersonal relationships she weaved so well... which thoroughly pulled us into the 'wizarding world' -- has been eliminated for a fast track to the big screen! At least her play, The Cursed Child, was given to us as a screenplay... Yet, that was a verbatim script with some stage direction side notes. 'Beasts' just went straight to the Red Carpet! I enjoy the adaptations, the movies... But I wanted a book! I wanted more of what J.K. Rowling built her repression on: in-depth character development!!! Instead I got ONLY THE AUDIO of a 'behind the scenes' television special and I feel cheated. Counting this month's Audible Credit as wasted. I heartily suggest you listen to a sample before you buy.... I preordered ----- a mistake I'll not soon forget.

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Waste of time

This is not the actual book by JKR, it's a hobbled together piece from the marketing department about the movie. I see it has an overall rating of 2 stars which seems very generous.

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Read the reviews. Know before you buy!💖

I read before purchasing the book. I did, and it saved the day! This is NOT the novel I wanted. This IS an entertaining look behind the scenes. All the complaints were valid, unless you actually wanted an entertaining behind the scenes look. Ok, Mr Foglers’ voice becomes a bit tiresome at times, as is the long wait between chapters. But, I enjoyed it overall! Now where is the Novel??!!

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Don’t waste your money

There is no story here! It’s just a bunch of people talking about the characters. Complete waste

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dont waste your time

when I preordered this some time ago I thought it was the actual book , its not .That said gave it a listen anyway and it was awful the constant attempts at humor were painful to listen to. I wish I could get my 5 plus hours of my life and money back.

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Summary of movie?!?

Feeling a bit duped with this one. Not a summary of the story, but rather an “inside Hollywood” broadcast of the film. How did I actually pay for this elongated commercial? Very poor and false advertising from Audibles as to what this actually contained. Such a waste of money.

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Waste of Money

This is not the book. Very, very disappointed. Just blow away my money. Don't waste your time and money.

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So disappointed...

I guess I was looking for something totally different rather than what this is. SPOILER ALLERT of sorts. I guess I expected pure story, not a series of interview snippets with everyone on the show. This is a dramatizations of sorts, noises and talking in the background. Don’t really care about dramatizations. I woke up and listened to the first parts of each chapter while getting ready for the day. Very disappointed. Will listen to this a s far as I can befor I decide whether to return this or not and edit my review.

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Behind the scenes!!

First - watch the movie- then enjoy this book - then watch the movie again to “see and hear” what you may have missed the first time! Loved the insights to all aspects of the creation of the movie!

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Great content, strange editing choices

The content was mostly interesting! I loved hearing all the background info about the costumes and major props used in the film. I did not like the longer pauses in the audiobook, where there were stretches of music between Dan's commentary. I also did not like the lower toned music used in certain parts, like in ch8 I think it was, when talking about Grindelwald. The lower toned background music is distracting especially since I listen on headphones, so I have it cranked up to hear the voices clearly, and the lower toned background music was overwhelming.

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  • R. S. Hack
  • 11-16-18

I wanted the actual book and not a documentary

I am very annoyed that I bought a "behind the scenes" documentary and not the actual story!!!!!
Which wasn't very clear on my phone audible app.
Very naughty Audible!!!!!

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  • nikosholbrook
  • 11-17-18

Rubbish

Very disappointed pottermore. I was expecting an interesting read but it was just someone talking about his job for 5 hours with a £25 price tag on it.

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  • C.H.Longstaff
  • 11-16-18

Utter rubish

Glad i didnt have to pay for this no story only people talking about the film

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  • Jordan Frost
  • 11-16-18

Not the actual story

Very disappointed that this is not the actual story! Would like a refund/my credit back

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  • ProjectOne
  • 11-16-18

documentary of filming. not the book.

I was disappointed to find that I had not purchased the book. but instead the filming documentary. I'm sure if I made it to the end of the documentary it would be good but i don't have the patience for this. I most definitely returned my purchase

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  • kit
  • 11-16-18

This is NOT the book/story!

Can’t tell you how disappointed I am. I genuinely thought I was pre-ordering the book. Nope, this is a “behind the scenes” commentary, which I’ve already seen on Sky.
So disappointed.

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  • Carly D.
  • 11-18-18

Behind the magic!

I love listening and watching to behind the scenes of movies, especially the HP and FB franchise & this did not disappoint, especially after just watching the new film just last night!! And to the people complaining that it’s not the story? Should have read the description first and you would have known before purchasing that is was a behind the scenes audible not the actual screenplay 🙄.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-22-18

Wonderful documentary for any Wizarding fan

I've read the reviews from other people who have bought the audio book and am very very surprised that they've slated it. How much clearer could the title be - it clearly states this is behind the scenes documentary and an insight into how a global phenomena film is put together. Those disappointed really should have paid more attention to the title and description. If it was the screen play, that would have been stated.
Anyway onto my review of the documentary. Wow, what an absolute joy, hearing from various different departments and how the departments work painstakingly together to create the utterly spell binding world our beloved author has created.
I didn't even know alot of those departments existed, let alone what they do - the vehicle department!!!!!! For an out and out Wizarding world/Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts fan, this was utter joy.
Dan Fogler was superb and cheeky and funny.
It was wonderful that unknown people who work within the industry got a small voice and you heard from everyday people who are involved, construction workers, plasterers, transport assistants, etc etc etc. Its extraordinary to realise that some of these talented people have been involved in this franchise for over 20 years and thats the span of their career todate. Its been going for 20yrs and this is the only job they've done. Love it.
Thank you Pottermore for an exciting insight and offering an alternative way to learn more behind the scene details.
Would strongly recommend to any fan who wants to know more.

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  • M. Adler
  • 11-16-18

ENCHANTING!

I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish and I hoped it would last longer! What an amazing insight into this film (I haven’t actually seen it but now I’m going to) It was just enchanting and I loved the documentary elements.

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  • Mr. G. Mcmillan
  • 11-20-18

Didn't know this wasn't the actual book.

this isn't the book. That's what I thought it was. would have liked to know exactly what you are buying.

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  • Justin R.
  • 11-18-18

Not the story just behind the scenes of movie

So disappointed with this purchase, I thought it was the book on the film but instead its more of an early access to what you'll expect on the DVD/Bluray release with behind the scenes and interview to cast/crew of film only different is you'll get the movie and visual magic rather than paying the full price for an audio book just to listen to it.

Will be very hesitant to buy audio books on new films in future.

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  • Gregory M Swain
  • 06-01-21

I thought it was the book

I thought it was the book being read to me. Bitterly disappointed. Angry I wasted my monthly credit on this and the first one!

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  • Jenn Clark
  • 09-15-22

Ehhh

Did not enjoy this one iota. Infact couldn’t finish it, we are huge fantastic bests fans and a car full of 4 lost interest super fast. Which was a huge shame.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-27-22

Great audio book

I really enjoyed this audio book because I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series and both fantastic beast films. I definitely recommend this audio book to all Harry Potter fans because it is funny and tells you a lot about what happens behind the scenes.

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  • Daniel
  • 12-20-21

Not the novel!

despite the cover and truncated title this is not the novel. it's the making of the movie.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-21-20

A whimsical peek behind the scenes.

Enjoyed hearing behind the scenes. Getting inside the characters via the actors was insightful. Disappointing that one of the main actors didn't make even a miniscule appearance.

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