With the release of the final trailer for the Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, there’s been a lot of talk about which of Newt Scamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) beasts we can expect to find in the highly anticipated film. Both the film’s official website and J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world supplement, Pottermore, have introduced some of the beasts, while others have still remained unidentified. As anticipation grows for the November 18th release, we’ve compiled a list of all the creatures we know of so far that have shown up in at least one of the film’s trailers.
These blue, beetle-like insects have wings on top of their head and are seen flying above Tina in one of the first trailers, as well as when Jacob falls into Newt’s suitcase. Billywigs have stingers, which can cause giddiness and levitation, and often show up as a potion ingredient. Although none such insect exists, their magical properties may have been inspired by the Fizzy Lifting Drink from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Nifflers are a cross between a mole and platypus, also gaining inspiration from honey badgers according to visual effects supervisor, Christian Manz. They hail from Britain and are obsessed with shiny things, hence the one from Newt’s case playing with gold jewelry and stealing purses. If necessary, they can be subdued with a little bit of belly tickling although this may disturb the treasure hidden away in their pouches.
Not even a foot high, Bowtruckles are twig-like creatures that guard wand-wood trees in the forests of Germany and Scandinavia. Likely based on stick insects, bowtruckles are mainly docile unless threatened, in which case they attack with their long, sharp claws. During Comic-Con, Eddie Redmayne mentioned a Bowtruckle named Pickett was his, and Newt’s, favorite creature, often letting it sit in his top pocket.
The silvery hair of a demiguise is used for creating invisibility cloaks like the one Harry Potter inherited from his father. In the trailers, it’s seen running with something under its arm and dragging somebody along behind it. It was most likely modeled after other supernatural primates like Bigfoot or a Yeti, which some have theorized can turn invisible to avoid detection.
Occamys are fiercely protective creatures that are a cross between a serpent and bird, like the mythical Mayan god, Quetzalcoatl. Jacob is seen holding one of their valuable silver eggs in the trailers. Apparently, their size is dependent on their habitat, meaning if one got loose from Newt’s case it might prove difficult to get it back in again.
Based on existing Native American mythology, Thunderbirds are one of the four creatures that represent the American wizarding school, Ilvermorny. They can sense danger, create storms, and are native to Arizona. According to an EW article, in Fantastic Beasts, Newt rescues a Thunderbird he names Frank, from Egyptian traffickers, promising to return him to his natural habitat.
The word erumpent actually means “to burst forth,” which is appropriate considering its appearance in the final trailer. Jacob is seen running away from an angry glowing Erumpent, which was likely the creature shown under the ice in Central Park. Described as rhinoceros-like in appearance, Erumpents have magical horns containing a deadly fluid causing anything it comes in contact with to explode.
Seen in the newest trailer with its equally terrifying offspring, Graphorns are dinosaur-like creatures with a spell-resistant hide and long, sharp horns. They’re found among the mountains of Europe and are often mounted by trolls who enjoy riding them.
Definitely one of the most dangerous of Newt’s creatures, the Nundu is a giant leopard with a spiky neck that inflates like a pufferfish. The Nundu’s breath is so deadly it can wipe out entire villages much like a Basilisk or Hydra. Since it is found in Africa, the Nundu is likely based on the Swahili fairy-tale, “The Nunda-Eater of People,” about a cat that keeps devouring different animals, and finally, people.
Stemming from the Latin ‘letum,’ meaning death, and ‘fold,’ which describes its cloak like appearance, Lethifolds are quite possibly the scariest of Newt’s creatures. Although it has not been confirmed yet, it’s likely the massive darkness in the trailers that seems to destroy everything in sight. Lethifolds devour people in their sleep and can get larger after taking a victim, all of which sounds like a recipe for disaster.
The mooncalf is a shy creature that emerges during a full moon. A herd of them is seen inside Newt’s case after the Graphorns are shown, standing on a hill beneath the full moon. Their dung is said to help magical plants grow, a quality that’s undoubtedly useful for a naturalist and magizoologist like Newt.
Although it hasn’t been officially identified as such yet, the small pink bird that’s seen flying past the Graphorns is likely a Fwooper. These African birds come in vibrant colors and require a special license. Their song is said to drive the listener insane, so a Silencing Charm must be placed on the birds when sold.
When Jacob (Dan Fogler) opens Newt’s magical case, a Murtlap emerges and attacks him. A rat-like creature found along the coasts of Great Britain, Murtlaps have tentacle-producing growths on their back that are pickled and eaten to become jinx-resistant. Additionally, the tentacles are used as a home remedy for minor cuts as seen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
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