So “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is not done yet dishing out the surprises. After last week’s handful of information, from plot to logo to first look of the characters on set, the much-awaited Harry Potter prequel now rolls out information on which beasts fans are going to see.
When “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was mentioned in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” it was a textbook for the first years’ Care of Magical Creatures class. As a companion novel to the franchise, there are a total of 85 beasts described in it.
Obviously, the movie cannot squeeze in all 85 creatures in the upcoming film. But Entertainment Weekly confirms there will be at least seven to be featured in “Fantastic Beasts,” three of which have already been seen in previous Harry Potter films.
The Merpeople, of course, is already familiar to those who read and watched “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” They are fiercer versions of the known underwater dwellers.
Bowtruckles were first known of in “Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix” and was also mentioned in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.” In the Eddie Redmayne-starrer, one will live in Newt Scamander’s pocket.
The Augurey, though not technically seen in the movies yet, is a relative of the Phoenix. A green-black Irish version of the colourful fiery Phoenix, the Augurey mournfully cries when it’s about to rain. Or when someone is about to die.
The four other creatures to be known in “Fantastic Beasts” are the Ashwinder, Crup, Lethifold, and Niffler. The Niffler, in particular, is Redmayne’s favourite. He says the creature and Newt Scamander have a love-hate relationship.
“He’s incredibly aggravating and wonderful at same time. He’s a complete nightmare, yet Newt gets off on his playfulness and single-mindedness,” says the English actor.
“Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them” is scheduled for Nov. 18, 2016.