Meet six creatures from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

first_imgThis November 18th, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be unleashed in theaters and we’ll be introduced to Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, a collector of magical creatures. Even though the screenplay was written by J.K Rowling and it takes place in the same world as the Harry Potter stories, Potter and his friends won’t be showing up.Since the film is set in 1920s New York City, the ramp up to Fantastic Beasts has thus far been comprised of tidbits about North American magical history, not the titular beasts. With roughly three months to go until release we’re finally getting a look at a few of the magical creatures that will be featured.The photos and information about the movie was debuted by Entertainment Weekly, but for some of these creatures the source text for the film can be used to elaborate.Despite being the basis for what Warner Bros is hoping will be a trilogy of Newt Scamander movies, the original short book that Rowling wrote in 2001 is not available digitally at Pottermore, the official site for Rowling’s digitial publications. Luckily, we have a copy on hand to reference for some extra tidbits of information.NifflerAppearing in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire novel, the Niffler is making his onscreen debut in Fantastic Beasts. The little bag it is holding is where it keeps the treasure it finds. It’s an enchanted bag, so it can hold more than it looks like it can. Nifflers seek out treasure like jewelry or coins (in America, the wizarding coin is the “dragot”) and covet it in the bag/pouch.Harry and his fourth year Care of Magical Creatures class were sent on a scavenger hunt to find buried leprechaun gold by Hagrid as a contest. Each student was given a Niffler to help dig and search. The scene didn’t make it into the film adaptation, so this is the first visual pass at the little buddy.“We saw some great footage of a honey badger raiding somebody’s house with a completely insatiable desire to find food and nothing would get in its way,” said Fantastic Beasts special effects supervisor Christian Manz. In the Fantastic Beasts book, it’s revealed that Nifflers breed in litters of six to eight. Fun facts!BowtruckleThe bowtruckle got only a passing mention in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 movie when Hagrid bemoaned to Harry at Privet Drive “I brought you here sixteen years ago when you were no bigger than a bowtruckle.”The Fantastic Beasts book describes Bowtruckles as woodland creatures that grow no taller than eight inches in height. Even though they are difficult to find in their native Scandinavia, Newt Scamander has at least four of them including actor Eddie Redmayne’s favorite beast of the movie, a bowtruckle named Pickett.“Pickett has attachment issues, so Newt knows he shouldn’t have favorites, but like he loves Pickett to sit in his top pocket,” says Redmaybe. “I felt for him quite badly.” Apparently his name is also a new bowtruckle function which EW hints at by saying “it can be very handy to have around when there are locks to pick.” That detail is absent from the Fantastic Beasts book.ThunderbirdThe Thunderbird is noteworthy for a few reasons, among them its prominent placement in the trailer (“was that a hippogriff?”) and its status as one of the mascots for a house at Illvermorny school of magic. The Thunderbird is entirely absent from the Fantastic Beasts book, so all we have is a quote from Entertainment Weekly as to what to expect from this particular fantastic beast:“The Thunderbird is a large, regal avian creature native to the arid climate of Arizona. Its head is similar to that of an eagle or, in the wizarding world, a Hippogriff. Its multiple powerful wings shimmer with cloud-and sun-like patterns and their flapping can create storms. Thunderbirds can also sense danger. After rescuing a Thunderbird from traffickers in Egypt, Newt named him Frank and promised to return him to his natural habitat in Arizona.”It’s name is Frank.Swooping EvilAs you can probably guess from the name, this creature has not appeared in previously published material. Instead it’s a new creature that appeared in the Fantastic Beasts trailer when Newt threw some sort of orb in the air (yes, it kind of looks like he’s choosing a Pokémon).The new information about the swooping evil actually makes it much more sinister like its name, not like it’s appearance: “when at rest, the swooping evil lives in a green spiny cocoon. But when it spreads its colorful, spiked wings, it is strangely beautiful. It can be dangerous, as it is capable of sucking out brains, but, conversely, if properly diluted, its venom can be quite useful to erase bad memories.”DemiguiseThe demiguise is a creature also seen in the trailer and a few successfully guessed the identity out of the Fantastic Beasts book. These primate creatures originate in the “Far East” and they are peaceful beasts who can turn invisible at will. That ends up making them valuable because their silvery hair can be used to weave ultra-rare invisibility cloaks (not ones as good as Harry Potters, but not everything can be a Deathly Hallow).What the movie is adding to the mythology of the demiguise is that it has light precognitive abilities, so to catch it, you have to do something completely unpredictable. The book hints that they could only be caught by “wizards skilled in its capture,” now we know why…they can feel the future.OccamyLast but certainly not least is the occamy. This creature appears in the Fantastic Beasts book and is the final image released in the new creatures batch, in both incarnations it is very, very dangerous.The book portrays the occamy as aggressive, especially in defense of its young. Occamy eggs are made of silver and worth a lot of money, so wizards are warned to be cautious when encountering an occamy. However, the book lists the occamy as a feathered, two-winged creature that can grow up to fifteen feet in length while the movie version is choranaptyxic, meaning it will grow or shrink to fit the container it is in. That could be bad news if it gets out in the open air, right……guess we’ll have to wait until November to find out.last_img read more

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