If you’ve been following J.K Rowling and all her magical stories, you know that her whimsical world is coming to life again on the big screen this fall in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Warner Bros. has already released a couple of trailers for the film that confirm that it will carry over the look and feel of the eight previous Harry Potter movies, but we haven’t really seen much about these titular Fantastic Beasts yet. In the midst of a summer trend with a video game that lets you seek out various creatures and capture them, let’s see what Rowling has in mind when she sends Newt Scamander out to “catch ’em all” later this year
Entertainment Weekly recently put out some images and descriptions of the beasts we will be seeing in the on-screen adaptation, and if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you will not be disappointed! There are six creatures mentioned below in no particular order.
To start, will be one of Newt Scamander’s personal favorites, The Niffler. The Niffler looks like a cross between a mole and a duck-billed platypus. It likes shiny things, so be prepared to hold on tightly to your jewelry and change purse, or else it will end up the pouch of the Niffler’s stomach where it hides all its treasures. “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 visual effects supervisor Christian Manz.
Next, we move onto the Bowtruckle, which can be very difficult to find in large environments because it is very plant-like. The Bowtruckle was one of the hardest creatures for the design team to come up with renderings for taking them over 200 tries. It is said, “The Bowtruckle eats only insects, and is a sweet and intensely shy creature, but extremely loyal, and it can be very handy to have around when there are locks to pick.” Eddie Redmayne explained that a Bowtruckle named Pickett is his favorite creature in the entire film.
The third creature on our list is the Thunderbird, which represents one of the houses in the American wizarding school, Ilvermorny. It’s said that this creature is native to Arizona and that Newt rescues one from traffickers and takes it back to its native land. “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,” reads the description.
Onto our next creature, which is named Swooping Evil, “looks like a cross between a reptile and a butterfly. 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.”
Next on the list is the Demiguise is described as a “primate-like creature that resembles a silver-haired orangutan with large, doleful, black eyes. It has the remarkable ability to become invisible at will, and has precognitive sight. The only way to catch it is to do something completely unpredictable.” It is also said to be a “fundamentally peaceful beast, but it will give a rather nasty nip when provoked or feels threatened.” Its value is extremely important in the wizarding world, seeing as its fur is used to create Invisibility Cloaks!
Last but not least, we have the Occamy. The Occamy is a “plumed, two- legged, winged creature with a serpentine body, making it look like a cross between a dragon and a bird.” They are hatched from eggs made of pure silver, and they are native to India. It is also mentioned that they can shape themselves to fit into whatever space is available.
It definitely seems that Rowling’s imagination isn’t coasting on fumes in expanding her wizarding world, and this is just a sampling of what we’re going to see in the film as it will likely contain all sorts of winks, nods, and Easter eggs to creatures already mentioned or seen in the Harry Potter books, movies, and supporting material. Forget catching Pokemon! These are the creatures everyone’s going to want to catch later this fall.
And you can catch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in theaters, this fall, on November 18.