Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2016 British-Americanfantasy film directed by David Yates. A spin-off of the Harry Potter film series, it was produced and written by J. K. Rowling in her screenwriting debut, and inspired by her 2001 book of the same name. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, with Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Ron Perlman and Colin Farrell in supporting roles. It is the first instalment in the Fantastic Beasts series, and the ninth overall in J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, the franchise that began with the Harry Potter films.
In the Harry Potter universe, the book is a required textbook for first-year Hogwarts students, having been an approved textbook since its first publication. It is not clear why students need it in their first year, as students do not take Care of Magical Creatures until their third year. However, it may be used as an encyclopedia of Dark creatures studied in Defence Against the Dark Arts classes. In his foreword to the book, Albus Dumbledore notes that it serves as an excellent reference for Wizarding households in addition to its use at Hogwarts.
The book features doodles and comments added by Ron Weasley. The comments would appear to have been written around the time of the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. These doodles add some extra information for fans of the series (for example the “Acromantula” entry has a comment confirming that Hogwarts is located in Scotland) along with comic relief (such as Ron saying “you’re not kidding” when talking about the Hungarian Horntail being the most fearsome dragon of all, a reference to Harry’s encounter with one in the fourth book).
The cover design of the first edition of the book features apparent claw marks from an unidentified animal.
Newton Artemis Fido “Newt” Scamander is the fictional author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, born in 1897. According to the “About the Author” section of the book, Scamander became a magizoologist because of his own interest in fabulous beasts and the encouragement of his mother, an enthusiastic Hippogriff breeder. In Hogwarts, he was sorted to Hufflepuff house.
After being expelled from Hogwarts, Scamander joined the Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. His career included a brief stint in the Office of House-elf Relocation, a transfer to the Beast Division, the creation of the Werewolf Register in 1947, the 1965 passage of the Ban on Experimental Breeding, and many research trips for the Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau. His contributions to Magizoology earned him an Order of Merlin, Second Class in 1979.
When retired, he lived in Dorset with his wife Porpentina and their pet Kneazles: Hoppy, Milly and Mauler. He had a grandson named Rolf, who married Luna Lovegood (a character who appeared in the last three Harry Potter novels) some time after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
- Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander: an eccentric, introverted British wizard, magizoologist and an employee at the Ministry of Magic. Scamander is the future author of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry standard textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Redmayne was cast in June 2015.Matt Smith and Nicholas Hoult were also considered for the role.
- Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski: a genial No-Maj cannery worker and aspiring baker who is accidentally exposed to the New York City magical community after meeting Newt.
- Katherine Waterston as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein:a grounded, down-to-earth witch and a former Auror employed by the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA). She longs to fight for what is right, but was demoted to a position well below her skill level.
- Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein:Tina’s younger sister and roommate, described as a bombshell, free-spirited, and big-hearted, and is accomplished in Legilimency. The film is Sudol’s feature film debut.
- Colin Farrell as Percival Graves:a high-ranking Auror and Director of Magical Security for MACUSA. He is charged with the protection of wizards.
- Carmen Ejogo as Seraphina Picquery: the President of MACUSA.
- Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone: Mary Lou’s troubled adopted son.
- Samantha Morton as Mary Lou Barebone:a narrow-minded No-Maj and the sinister leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society or “The Second-Salemers”, a group whose goals include exposing and killing wizards and witches.
- Ron Perlman as Gnarlack: a goblin gangster who owns a magical speakeasy nightclub called “The Blind Pig”.
- Jon Voight as Henry Shaw Sr.: a newspaper owner and the father of U.S. senator Henry Shaw Jr. and Langdon Shaw.
- Ronan Raftery as Langdon Shaw: the youngest of Henry Shaw Sr.’s sons, who begins to believe in magic.
- Josh Cowdery as Henry Shaw Jr.: a U.S. senator who holds a rally picketed by the New Salem Philanthropic Society.
- Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty Barebone: a haunted young girl and the youngest of Mary Lou’s adopted children. Wood-Blagrove was chosen for the role following thousands of auditions in an open casting call.
- Jenn Murray as Chastity Barebone: the eldest of Mary Lou’s adopted children.
- Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald: one of the most dangerous dark wizards of all time disguised as Percival Graves to discover the Obscurus.
- Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange: Newt’s former love while the two attended Hogwarts. Leta betrayed his trust, leaving him bitter, but he still carries her picture.
Fantastic Beasts sequel
The year is 1927, a few months have passed since the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Gellert Grindelwald has escaped imprisonment and has begun gathering followers to his cause — elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one capable of putting a stop to him is the wizard he once called his closest friend, Albus Dumbledore. However, Dumbledore will need to seek help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander. The adventure reunites Newt with American friends Tina, Queenie and Jacob, but his mission will test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world.
- Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander:A British Ministry of Magic Employee in the Beasts Division of the Department of Magical Creatures, as well as a self-proclaimed “Magizoologist”. Played a part in remedying the events of a terrorist attack orchestrated on the city of New York in December of 1926 by Wizarding Warlord Gellert Grindelwald. Porpentina’s primary love interest and confidante of Albus Dumbledore.
- Katherine Waterston as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein: A MACUSA Auror who collaborates heavily with the Major Investigations Department. Played a role in thwarting Gellert Grindelwald during the Obscurus incident of 1926. Former criminal, along with Newt. Newt’s love interest.
- Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski: A World War I veteran and current business owner, primary love interest to Queenie Goldstein before having his memory wiped after the events of the attack on New York. A No-Maj.
- Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein: The pretty and vivacious younger sister of Tina, worked alongside her in the Federal Wand Permit Bureau while Tina was demoted for violently attacking Second Salem Priestess and religious leader Mary-Lou Barebone. Primary love interest to Jacob Kowalski, who she still shows interest in despite him being obliviated and the illegality of their relationship. Powerful legilimens.
- Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone:The disturbed adopted child of Mary-Lou Barebone, violently abused and downtrodden, killed No-Maj Senator Henry Shaw Jr, as well as his adopted mother and his adopted sister Chastity. Through the encouragement of a clandestine Grindelwald, sets his Obscurus parasite loose on the City of New York in a rage, causing death and destruction, eventually being (apparently) destroyed/killed by MACUSA Military officials.
- Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald:Wizarding Warlord, commits violent attacks throughout Europe and causes mass chaos in the US, seeks to swell his forces and lead a New Wizarding Order with a strong belief in Wizarding Superiority. Escapes from MACUSA custody. Has shared a long, deep, and mysterious relationship with Albus Dumbledore since childhood, until tragedy struck.
- Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore:An extremely influential and powerful wizard in the British Wizarding Community, known in the British Ministry of Magic and throughout the wider Wizarding World for his academic excellence, current professor of Transfiguration at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Has a long lasting and mysterious relationship with warlord Grindelwald, that ended on a tragic note. Strong ally of Newt Scamander’s, called to resist Grindelwald’s reign of terror.
- Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange:A damaged and confused young woman who still exerts a large amount of control over Newt, who was at one time in love with her, and possibly still is. Risked the life of a student at school, responsible for the outcasting of Newt from some circles of British Wizarding society. From a family famous for the dark arts.
- Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander:Involved in the Auror department of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, fought in World War I, older brother of Newt Scamander. The two share a tentatively friendly relationship, slightly marred by the fact that the two can’t quite understand each other. Has spent the year hunting Grindelwald with a team of British Aurors.
- Claudia Kim:The main attraction of a Wizarding Circus and Freakshow run by the wizard Skender.
- Ingvar Sigurdsson as Grimmson: A powerful bounty hunter.
- William Nadylam as Yusuf Kama:A wizard.
- Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Skender: Head of a Wizarding Circus and Freakshow
- Kevin Guthrie as Mr. Abernathy:A person of authority, primarily in the Federal Wand Permit Bureau, at MACUSA.
Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures.
The following mythological beasts are listed in this book:
- Acromantula –Aragog was an Acromantula, an enormous, sentient spider capable of speech, who made a unique clicking noise as he moved in search of prey. Hagrid raised Aragog from an egg as a Hogwarts student, keeping him inside a cupboard. In his third year at Hogwarts, Hagrid was caught talking to Aragog in the dungeons by Tom Riddle, who alleged that Aragog was the “Monster of Slytherin,” and that Hagrid had opened the Chamber of Secrets. In fact, it was Riddle who had opened the Chamber, and the monster was actually a basilisk.
- Basiliska –basilisk from the Greek βασιλίσκος basilískos, “little king;” Latin regulus) is a legendary reptile reputed to be king of serpents and said to have the power to cause death with a single glance. According to the Naturalis Historia of Pliny the Elder, the basilisk of Cyrene is a small snake, “being not more than twelve fingers in length”, that is so venomous, it leaves a wide trail of deadly venom in its wake, and its gaze is likewise lethal; its weakness is in the odor of the weasel, which, according to Pliny, was thrown into the basilisk’s hole, recognizable because some of the surrounding shrubs and grass had been scorched by its presence. It is possible that the legend of the basilisk and its association with the weasel in Europe was inspired by accounts of certain species of Asiatic snakes (such as the king cobra) and their natural predator, the mongoose.
- Bowtruckle –Bowtruckle – An insect-eating, tree-dwelling wooden creature that is hard to spot. Rowling has written on Pottermore that they are “selective creatures who only inhabit worthy trees. They are alternatively called ‘the wandmaker’s friend’ as the trees they inhabit can be used to make wand’s wood.”
- CentaurA centaur (/ˈsɛntɔːr/; Greek: Κένταυρος, Kéntauros, Latin: centaurus), or occasionally hippocentaur, is a mythologicalcreature with the upper body of a human and the lower body of a horse.
- Chimaera-The Chimera (/kᵻˈmɪərə/ or /kaɪˈmɪərə/, also Chimaera (Chimæra); Greek: Χίμαιρα, Chímaira “she-goat”) was, according to Greek mythology, a monstrous fire-breathing hybridcreature of Lycia in Asia Minor, composed of the parts of more than one animal. It is usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that might end with a snake’s head,and was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra.
- Doxy -A small fairy-like creature that is also known as the Biting Fairy.
- Dragon A dragon is a legendary creature, typically scaled or fire-spewing and with serpentine, reptilian or avian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures around world. The two most well-known cultural traditions of dragon are
- Antipodean Opaleye
- Chinese Fireball -native to China. It is also known as the Lion Dragon.
- Common Welsh Green
- Hebridean Black
- Hungarian Horntail -native to the Hebrides Islands of Scotland
- Norwegian Ridgeback
- Peruvian Vipertooth
- Romanian Longhorn
- Swedish Short-Snout
- Ukrainian Ironbelly
- Erkling-Erlkönig (lit. “alder-king”) is a name used in German Romanticism for the figure of a spirit or “king of the fairies”. It is usually assumed that the name is a derivation from the ellekonge (older elverkonge, i.e. “Elf-king”) in Danish folklore
- Fairy-A small human-like creature with insect wings.
- Fire Crab
- Ghoul-A ghoul is a monster or evil spirit in Arabic mythology, associated with graveyards and consuming human flesh. The term was first used in English literature in 1786, in William Beckford’s Orientalist novel Vathek, which describes the ghūl of Arabic folklore. In modern fiction, the term has often been used for a certain kind of undead monster. By extension, the word ghoul is also used in a derogatory sense to refer to a person who delights in the macabre, or whose profession is linked directly to death, such as a gravedigger or graverobber.
- Gnome-A gnome /ˈnoʊm/ is a diminutive spirit in Renaissance magic and alchemy, first introduced by Paracelsus in the 16th century and later adopted by more recent authors including those of modern fantasy literature. Its characteristics have been reinterpreted to suit the needs of various story tellers, but it is typically said to be a small humanoid that lives underground
- GriffinThe griffin, griffon, or gryphon (Greek: γρύφων, grýphōn, or γρύπων, grýpōn, early form γρύψ, grýps; Latin: gryphus) is a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle’s talons as its front feet. Because the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle the king of birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. The griffin was also thought of as king of all creatures. Griffins are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions. In Greek and Roman texts, griffins and Arimaspians were associated with gold. Indeed, in later accounts, “griffins were said to lay eggs in burrows on the grounds and these nests contained gold nuggets
- GrindylowA grindylow or grundylow is a folkloric creature that originated from folktales in the English counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire.The name is thought to be connected to Grendel, a name or term used in Beowulf and in many Old Englishcharters where it is seen in connection with meres, bogs and lake
- HippocampusThe hippocampus or hippocamp, also hippokampoi (plural: hippocampi or hippocamps; Greek: ἱππόκαμπος, from ἵππος, “horse” and κάμπος, “monster”), often called a sea-horsein English, is a mythological creature shared by Phoenicianand Greek mythology, though the name by which it is recognised is purely Greek. It was also adopted into Etruscan mythology. The hippocampus has typically been depicted as having the upper body of a horsewith the lower body of a fish.
- Hippogriff-The hippogriff, or sometimes hippogryph, is a legendary creature which has the front half of an eagle and the hind half of a horse.
- Horned serpentThe Horned Serpent appears in the mythologies of many Native Americans. Details vary among tribes, with many of the stories associating the mystical figure with water, rain, lightning and thunder. Horned Serpents were major components of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex of North American prehistory
- Imp-An imp is a mythological being similar to a fairy or goblin, frequently described in folkloreand superstition.
- Jarvey .
- Kappa –kappa (河童, lit. river child), also known as kawatarō (川太郎), komahiki (駒引, lit. horse puller), or kawatora (川虎, lit. river tiger) is a yōkai demon or imp found in traditional Japanese folklore.The name is a combination of the words kawa(river) and wappa, a variant form of 童 warawa (also warabe) “child.” In Shintō they are considered to be one of many suijin(水神,“water deity”), their yorishiro, or one of their temporary appearances.A hairy kappa is called a hyōsube (ひょうすべ).In Japanese Buddhism they are considered to be a kind of hungry ogres. Therefore, Sha Wujing, who is a character from the Chinese story Journey to the West is described like a kappa in Japan.Kappa are distinguished as having a small pool of water suspended on top of their head, signifying their life force and habitat.
- Kelpie –Kelpie, or water kelpie, is the Scots name given to a shape-shifting water spirit inhabiting the lochs and pools of Scotland. It has usually been described as appearing as a horse, but is able to adopt human form.
- Kneazle -A cat-like creature with a lion-like tail.
- LeprechaunA leprechaun (Irish: leipreachán) is a type of fairy in Irish folklore. They are usually depicted as little bearded men, wearing a coat and hat, who partake in mischief. They are solitary creatures who spend their time making and mending shoes and have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If captured by a human, they often grant three wishes in exchange for their freedom. Like other Irish fairies, leprechauns may be derived from the Tuatha Dé Danann.
- Mackled Malaclaw
- Manticore -The manticore (Early Middle Persian Mardyakhor) is a Persian legendary creature similar to the Egyptian sphinx. It has the body of a lion, a human head with three rows of sharp teeth (like a shark), and sometimes bat-like wings. Other aspects of the creature vary from story to story. It may be horned, winged, or both. The tail is that of either a dragon or a scorpion, and it may shoot venomous spines to either paralyze or kill its victims. It devours its prey whole and leaves no clothes, bones, or possessions of the prey behind.
- MerpeopleMermen are mythical male equivalents and counterparts of mermaids – legendary creatures who have the form of a male human from the waist up and are fish-like from the waist down, having scaly fish tails in place of legs. A “merboy” is a young merman.
- Moke -A lizard with silver-green skin that is native to the British Isles. The Mokes can shrink at will which is why Muggles can’t see them.
- Mooncalf- The term derives from the once widespread superstition, present in many European folk traditions, that such malformed creatures were the product of the sinister influence of the Moon on fetal development.
- Niffler A small, mole-like creature with a long, Platypus-esque snout that is obsessed with hording shiny objects.
- Occamy -A plumed, two-legged, winged creature with a serpentine body, resembling a cross between a dragon and a bird. Hatched from eggs, the shells of which are made of the purest silver and worth a fortune. Native to the Far East and India. It is choranaptyxic, meaning it will grow or shrink to fit available space
- Phoenix -a phoenix (Ancient Greek: φοῖνιξ phoinix; Latin: phoenix, phœnix, fenix) is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn.
- Pixie-Pixies (also pixy, pixi, pizkie, piskies and pigsies as they are sometimes known in Cornwall) are mythical creatures of folklore, considered to be particularly concentrated in the high moorland areas around Devon and Cornwall, suggesting some Celtic origin for the belief and name.
- Ramora-Remora front dorsal fins have evolved to enable them to adhere by suction to smooth surfaces and they spend their lives clinging to a host animal such as a whale, turtle, shark or ray.
- Red Cap
- Sea Serpent
- Wampus cat
- Winged horse