It’s weird to think that just a few days ago, we barely knew anything about the 2016 Harry Potter spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The past few weeks have been a pretty good time for Harry Potter fans overall though. After the announcement that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be the official eighth installment in the franchise, and this week has also brought along a steady stream of new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them information – it’s clear that not only is the world more than ready to be transported back into the Wizarding World, but J.K. Rowling is as well. After the official logo for the movie was revealed near the beginning of the week, Warner Bros. has since released our first set of images from Fantastic Beasts including shots of Eddie Redmayne in costume as Newt Scamander alongside his fellow cast members, as well as some compelling new story and character details just yesterday.
As if the title didn’t make it obvious enough though, yesterday’s details came as further confirmation that the film will be packed to the brim with both new and familiar magical creatures from the Wizarding World, as Scamander accidentally releases more than a few from their captivity onto the streets of 1920s New York City.
EW has officially released some new details regarding the movie’s creatures though, and while the report states that the official creature lineup is still being finalized, here are some that you can expect to see pop up throughout the movie:
- Niffler: A treasure-hunting creature attracted to shiny things, like belt buckles and gold teeth, and a favorite of Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne. “They have this wonderful love-hate relationship,” Redmayne says of Newt and his Niffler. “He’s incredibly aggravating and wonderful at same time. He’s a complete nightmare, yet Newt gets off on his playfulness and single-mindedness.”
- Ashwinder: A pale serpent created from the embers of a magical fire if allowed to burn unchecked. You really don’t want them to lay eggs.
- Lethifold: Particularly deadly. Looks like a dark cloak that glides along the ground and then suffocates its victims in their sleep.
- Augurey: You’ve seen a phoenix before. This is the green-black Irish version, and its mournful cry signals it’s about to rain … or foretells your death. One of those.
- Bowtruckle: A hand-sized stick-like creature that’s difficult to spot and usually lives in trees (which it will violently defend). This particular one lives in Newt’s pocket. (First seen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix).
- Crup: A wizard-bred dog with a forked tail that resembles a Jack Russell Terrier. Very loyal and will eat just about anything (so a bit like a dog then).
- Merpeople: Rowling previously put a ferocious spin on the classic underwater-dwelling humanoid sea creatures. (First spotted in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).
Three words: I. Want. Hippogriffs.
In all seriousness though, this lineup sounds pretty awesome, and each of the creatures seem like they can bring about a different set of problems for Newt and his friends the longer they’re out in the wild. From the list alone though, I honestly cannot wait to see the Augurey. I loved how Fawkes was shown in the original Harry Potter franchise, and the connection that Harry’s character made to it throughout the seven novels (and eight films). The added bonus of its cry signaling rain or your death just makes the creature seem even more interesting, and something tells me it’ll actually play a big role in the movie’s overall story, rather than just being an interesting quirk.
As a die-hard Harry Potter fan too, what I love about all of these details and images, is how much fun this all sounds. I don’t think I’d be alone in saying that I was a little bit skeptical of the idea of a whole trilogy of films dedicated to Newt’s character, but it seems like Rowling is having just as much fun telling his story and filling this world to the brim with her imagination, that I can’t help but smile each time a new detail comes out. There really isn’t any other way to express my enthusiasm at this point, than by saying how good it feels to be a Harry Potter fan again – like it never even left.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to hit theatres on November 18th, 2016.
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