Fantastic Beasts and How Cuddly they Are
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Fantastic Beasts and
how Cuddly They Are
Knarl The Knarl is a creature that greatly resembles
a hedgehog, so much so that there is only one
known (behavioural) difference between them: when
food is left out for a hedgehog it will appreciate and
enjoy the gift; a knarl will see it as an attempt to lure
it into a trap and hence savage the garden of the
householder who left the food. Muggle children
have often been blamed for damage committed by a
They were featured in the Care of Magical
Creatures O.W.L. where students had to locate it
amongst a group of hedgehogs. The trick was to
offer each creature some milk.
Pickett the Bowtruckle Eddie Redmaynes favorite creature
Bowtruckles are tiny, pixie-like creatures made of wood. Bowtruckles have knobbly brown arms and legs, two twig-like fingers at the end of each hand, and flat, bark-like faces. Bowtruckles are tree-guardians and usually live in trees whose wood is of wand quality. They eat woodlice and fairy eggs..
Their little claws can be quite vicious. In Order of the Phoenix, Professor Grubby-Plank says angered Bowtruckes can gouge
at peoples eyes. Their small size and fingers with claws mean
they can be useful in picking locks.
This ability is possibly how our most famous Bowtruckle from
the Fantastic Beasts series got his name.
Newt Scamanders Bowtruckles are named Titus, Finn,
Jeremy, Marlow, Tom, and Pickett. Pickett often lives in Newts
top pocket and is described as having attachment issues. The
other Bowtruckles pick on and bully him because of his
insecurity and neuroses.
(real life) The pouty Bowtruckle
resembles a green stick
insect, like this one
Real stick insects can
regrow lost limbs, a near-
magical ability humans
Of course, Scamander's personal
Bowtruckle, "Pickett", is also a leaf
mimic, much like true leaf insects in
the family Phylliidae. Rather than
fairy eggs and insects,
these camouflage champions feed on
fruit and other plant material.
Demiguise The Demiguise is a peaceful herbivorous beast,
something like a graceful ape in appearance, with large, black, doleful eyes more often than not hidden by its hair. The whole body is covered with long, fine, silky, silvery hair. Demiguise pelts are highly valued as the hair may be spun into Invisibility Cloaks.
The Demiguise, from the far East, looks like a small
ape with long, silvery, silky looking hair. This same
fur allows the magical creature to turn invisible when
it feels threatened.
The hair is prized by wizards and witches because it
can be used to weave Invisibility Cloaks.
J.K. Rowling says the Demiguise is her favorite
beast because of its invisibility powers.
The silvery fur and huge eyes of the Demiguise could have
been inspired by a nocturnal primate such as the Horsfields
Tarsier, from Malaysian Borneo. Tarsiers are elusive (though
perhaps not quite as much), near silent in the trees with the
ability to rotate their heads 180 degrees while seeking
They may not have precognitive sight, but their huge eyes give
them superb night vision and are actually heavier than their
brains, as the largest eyes compared to body size of any
The Runespoor is a large, three-headed snake that lives in Newts suitcase - in a deleted scene from the movie.
Its from the African country of Burkina Faso. The one in the guide is only 6 or 7 feet.
Each head provides a different part of the personality. Produces eggs through its mouth used for potions to improve cognition.
Dougal the Niffler
Nifflers are fluffy black creatures with long snouts and curiously flat front paws, almost like spades. They are commonly found down mines, as they are good at hunting out valuables and sparkly things.
With their fluffy black fur and long snouts, Nifflers resemble
moles. Theyre gentle burrowing creatures that love shiny,
sparkly objects and have magically large inside pouches to
Rubeus Hagrid uses Nifflers in his Care of Magical Creatures
class. Ron Weasley likes his Niffler so much that he asks if he
can buy one for a pet, but Hagrid cautions against it because
Nifflers can wreak havoc.
During the evil reign of Dolores Umbridge, Lee Jordan levitated
2 Nifflers into her office to tear it apart.
Eddie Redmayne has said I have a love-hate relationship with
that little guy.
It appears to have the combination of dark hair and spines of the
echidna, with the bill of the Duck-billed Platypus. And of course, the
They might not have such incredibly sticky fingers, but platypuses
are equally good at seeking. These duck-billed, egg-laying
mammals have the unique power of electroreception, a skill that
allows them to locate prey in deep, silty water.
Their back hair is hard and bristled, which helps the strange
creatures excavate burrows. This gives the platypus a "feathered"
appearance, much like Niffler's.
With its mole-like clawed feet, an extinct platypus-relative called
Steropodon looked even more like Rowling's creation.
The Graphorn is found in mountainous European regions. Large and greyish purple with a humped back, the Graphornhas two very long, sharp horns, walks on large, four-thumbed feet, and has an extremely aggressive nature. Mountain trolls can occasionally be seen mounted on Graphorns, though the latter do not seem to take kindly to attempts to tame them and it is more common to see a troll covered in Graphorn scars.
With greyish-purple skin thats tougher than dragon skin,
Graphorns are massive predators.
Highly endangered, Newt Scamander has the last pair of
breeding Graphorns. The horn is highly sought after for potions
like the Antidote to Uncommon Poisons.
Nundu This East African beast is arguably the most
dangerous in the world. A gigantic leopard that
moves silently despite its size and whose breath
causes disease virulent enough to eliminate entire
villages, it has never yet been subdued by fewer
than a hundred skilled wizards working together.
(possibly until Newt)
It looks like a puffer fish with a spiky balloon-like
appearance. Extremely dangerous, it moves
silently and its breath is toxic and filled with
The ferocious Nundu appears to be a Jaguar crossed with a
cactus, so it may come from the jungle/deseert pairings of
The Nundu appears to have a history inspired
by big cats across the world, as Eldon Elsrickle
kept a cub as a pet, which eventually spelled
his downfall. Stories of large carnivores bought
as cute cubs are well-known throughout the
world, which grow up to be aggressive animals
unsuited to captivity.
Swooping Evil A large, butterfly-like creature that
emerges from a small object, possibly a cocoon Pottermore
New for the movie.
The Swooping Evils wings are
described as spiked while its cocoon
is green and spiny.
Its venom can be diluted to help
erase bad memories or cause
..amnesia for the full strength
It looks like a hybrid between a
butterfly, spoonbill bird, and blue-
"A sickly green creature with sharp little horns had its face pressed against the glass, pulling faces and flexing its long, spindly fingers.
Newt Scamander had several Grindylows in his suitcase.
Remus Lupin ordered a Grindylow for his third year class to
study. After his resignation, he left behind the tank in which the
Grindylow was kept.
The Grindylows of the Black Lake attacked Fleur Delacour, and
A folkloric creature from Yorkshire and Lancashire,
Grindylows are said to grab little children with their long sinewy
arms and drown them if they come too close to the water's
edge. Theyre a bogeyman used as a ploy to frighten children
away from pools, marshes or ponds where they could drown.
The Occamy is found in the Far East and India. A plumed, two-legged winged creature with a serpentine body, the Occamymay reach a length of fifteen feet. It feeds mainly on rats and birds, though has been known to carry off monkeys. The Occamy is aggressive to all who approach it, particularly in defence of its eggs, whose shells are made of the purest, softest silver.
The Occamy is a feathered, two-legged serpentine bodied magical creature with wings. Its wings can be up to 15 feet long.
Its named after Occams Razor, the theory that the most likely
explanation for a strange predicament is likely to be the
Its magical nature gives it the power to be choranaptyxic to
grow or shrink to fit available space.
Professor Gilderoy Lockhart once wanted to make a line of
haircare products using the silver eggs, but the