Saturday, September 10, 2016

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 185: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay, by J.K. Rowling

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!

Here's my choice for this week!

 Fantastic Beasts and Where 
To Find Them
The Original Screenplay
J.K. Rowling
 Hardcover, 448 pages
 Thomas Dunne Books
August 9, 2016
  Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

My Thoughts About This Cover

If there's one thing that catches my eye immediately about a book cover, it's patterns, and the ones featured on this particular cover are just SO BEAUTIFUL!! They're obviously inspired by Celtic designs, which I have loved for several years now. I can also see an Art Nouveau influence in them. The combination is just breathtaking!! 

There's a touch of whimsy present here, too. The three-headed snakes are not frightening at all, but just somewhat adorable. I also like the possum, or mole, or whatever animal it is, enclosed in the lower part of this design, as well as the two unidentified beasts (they look like dragons, but I'm not sure) right on top of him. 

I absolutely LOVE the giant serpent that forms the first "S" in the word "beasts", too! I find it  rather whimsical, as well.  Another very creative touch is the extension of the letter "e" in the same word, to form what looks like a claw or fang. 

The colors of this cover are SO perfect, too! The gold used in the designs, as well as the title, tie it to the cover of the most recent HP book, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", which I'm sure was no coincidence!

In short, this GORGEOUS cover has a lot of visual appeal, and it's a totally appropriate one for the fantasy theme!

I can't wait for this book's release, to make it ALL MINE!!!!! YASSSSS!!!!

I'm so happy to share the identity of the two brilliant cover artists -- Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, who are the two components of the graphic design company known as MinaLima Design Studio.

A third artist, Lauren Wakefield, joined Mina Lima in 2007. She too, worked alongside Miraphora and Eduardo on the sixth Harry Potter film. However, Miraphora and Eduardo remain the main designers for the company.

Minalima has been responsible for the aesthetic look of all the Harry Potter films. It's obvious that, thanks in part to these highly talented designers, the HP films have had such tremendous worldwide appeal.  These films are certainly among the reasons I've become an enthusiastic collector of Harry Potter merchandise!!

Miraphora graduated from Central Saint Martins in Theater Design, and then studied Film Design at The National Film School. She has extensive experience in graphic and prop design.

Eduardo Lima graduated in Visual Communications in Rio de Janeiro, and worked for several years in the Brazilian film industry. He moved to London in 2001. There, he began a career in Graphic Design, and also got a job on the Harry Potter production design team.

Since I'm a HUGE Harry Potter fan, I'm very embarrassed to admit that I had not heard of the BRILLIANT creative minds responsible for the beautiful look of everything in the films.... I have also discovered that this AMAZING graphic design duo has been involved in designing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, as well!!

Mina and Lima are now at the top of my list of favorite cover artists/designers!! THANKS & KUDOS TO THEM!!!!!  

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What do you think of this 
week's cover?
Please leave a comment
and let me know!


  1. I also love this cover. I agree with you as to all the reasons that you like it.

    Though it is some ways a contradiction to the sense of whimsy that it portrays, i find that a black background also exudes a sense of quality and elegance in a cover. Thus I would want this cover to adorn a good quality hardcover that In would include in a personal library.

    1. Hey, Brian!

      I'm so glad you love this cover, too, and for the same reasons I do!

      As you know, I prefer dark backgrounds -- whether black or, in the case of this blog, navy blue -- to white ones. White is just SO boring! So the fact that this book has a dark background is a HUGE plus to me! And you're SO right about the sense of quality and elegance that such backgrounds impart to a cover. Of course seeing a book with such a cover would make you want to make it part of your personal library! ABSOLUTELY!! :)

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment!! Hope you guys are having a SUPER NICE Saturday!! :)

  2. This cover!! I could look at this all day -- it just says magic to me as well, you know?

    1. Hi, Verushka!

      Yes, ABSOLUTELY!! It's just SO visually appealing. I'm glad you like it, too!

      Thanks for the comment!! :)

  3. I love this cover, I think it is beautiful.

    1. Hi, Jodi! I'm glad you love it! Thanks for commenting!! :)

  4. What an awesome pick!! Only problem is just that it definitely creates utter anticipation....!!! Also can't wait to read it!

    1. Hi, Mareli!

      I'm SO glad you like this one, too!! Isn't it GORGEOUS? And it does create a feeling of breathless anticipation!!! I can't wait to read it, either!!

      Thanks for the nice comment!! :)


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