If there’s one thing to wholeheartedly expect out of November’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them premiere, it’s the gaggle of magical creatures that the title implies. The Harry Potter films have successfully represented several of J.K. Rowling’s mythical beasts, but this new venture’s plot promises exciting imaginings of more fantastic animals from the faux-textbook we love.
We know about hippogriffs, mermaids, and Acromantula, but there’s a wide world of magical specimens to learn about, and lucky for us Newt Scamander is on the case. Or, he was, back in the 1920’s.
So far, Pottermore has introduced two of the creatures we’re sure to see in the film, but let’s take a gander at some of the magical beasts we’re hoping will also be present.
We first learned about nifflers in one of Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures classes at Hogwarts. These little fluffballs are like living metal detectors with excellent burrowing skills and a love for all things shiny. They are cuddly and fun, but their obsession with metals and jewels will always trump any one-on-one time with their favorite witch or wizard.
The Swooping Evil
We don’t know much about this recently revealed creature, but it seems to be some sort of bird or giant, flying insect. The swooping evil is beautifully colored, and it appears to be curled up into a ball before it spreads it’s wings and shoots down the hallway.
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We can only speculate what other creatures will be featured in the film, but after first viewing of the Fantastic Beasts trailer, the swooping evil was thought to have actually been an augurey. Known as the Irish phoenix, auguries are usually colored in green and black, and tend to keep to their nests unless they sense bad weather approaching. Their cries have been said to be a warning of death, when in actuality they are simply informing you of an impending rain shower.
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Fans of ferrets and profanity rejoice, because if you’ve ever wished your pets could speak, a jarvey may be right up your alley. Though their language is apparently self-taught and incredibly crude, the jarvey would be a fun and comedic creature for Newt and friends to come across in the film.
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Muggles and no-maj folk have known about diricawls for years, though think them extinct. Round-bodied and flightless, diricawls are known to many as the dodo bird. While most think them long gone, this bird actually has the ability to teleport. They vanish and appear miles away from their prior location, so no wonder it’s been ages since we’ve seen them out and about.
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Described as a cross between a monkey and a frog, the clabbert is a forest-dwelling creature that lives in the treetops and feeds mostly on small lizards and birds. Clabberts have a large red pustule in the center of their forehead that flashes when they sense danger.
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One of the most popular of beasts from the textbook is the terrifyingly simple lethifold. The Ministry of Magic classifies the lethifold as a level five danger, the highest possible rating. Lethifolds resemble a thick, black cloak, and they glide along the ground at night in search of prey. Though it can be repelled by the Patronus Charm, most do not survive the attack, as lethifolds often approach their victims while they sleep and swallow them whole.
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In contrast to the hair-raising lethifold, I’d like nothing more than to see a crup on the streets of 1920’s NYC. Crups are extremely similar to Jack Russell Terriers in visage and personality, as they’re just as loyal and protective of their masters, if not more. To own a crup though, a witch or wizard must obtain a license from the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, as crups are aggressive towards muggles and must be controlled to avoid attack.
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One of the more comical creatures noted by Newt Scamander is a strange, spherical fish known as the plimpy. Plimpies live along the bottoms of small bodies of water, and have long rubbery legs with webbed feet. Though not particularly dangerous, if you do find yourself wading the waters of a lake or pond you may find a plimpy or two nibbling at your toes.
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The Quintaped is another beast listed as a level five by the Ministry of Magic, but what better way to represent the creature than in the arms of someone who collects dangerous animals as a hobby? Quintapeds love the taste of human flesh, and can only be found on an island in northern Scotland. Without knowing much about Newt’s magical case of creatures, we may very well spot a quintaped stowaway among his collection.
Did we miss any of your favorite magical beasts from Newt’s adventures? Tell us which creature you’d like to see brought to life in the comments below.
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