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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.

  • Bowtruckle

    (real life) The pouty Bowtruckle

    resembles a green stick

    insect, like this one

    from Peru.

    Real stick insects can

    regrow lost limbs, a near-

    magical ability humans


  • Leaf Mimic

    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.

  • Real Life

    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

    insectivorous prey.

    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




  • Runespoor

    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

    carry things.

    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.

  • Niffler:

    Real Life

    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.

  • Graphorn

    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


  • Nundu:

    Real Life

    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


  • Real Life

    It looks like a hybrid between a

    butterfly, spoonbill bird, and blue-

    green parrot.

  • Grindylow

    "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

    Harry Potter.

    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.

  • Occamy

    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 they were too

    difficult to obtain.

  • Occamy: Real Life It has the serpentine body of the Loch Ness

    Monster but the beak, feathers and wings of an

    exotic bird.

    Its indigo plumage and yellow eyes compare to

    the Hyacinth Macaw, which can be found in


    Exotic birds such as the Hyacinth Macaw are

    under severe threat from the pet trade -- wild

    chicks are stolen from nests and crammed into

    small containers.

  • Billywig

    The Billywig is an insect native to Australia. It is around half an inch long and a vivid sapphire blue, although its speed is such that it is rarely noticed by Muggles and often not by wizards until they have been stung. The Billywigs wings are attached to the top of its head and are rotated very fast so that it spins as it flies. At the bottom of the body is a long thin sting.

    Billywigs are small, speedy, round, bright sapphire blue insects

    from Australia. Oddly enough its wings are on top of its head,

    allowing the entire animal to spin around while flying.

    Its sting makes the victim giddy, followed by levitation. Younger

    witches and wizards in Australia often try to catch them to be

    stung on purpose. However, too many stings and the victim will

    hover uncontrollably for days, even permanently if there is a

    severe allergic reaction.

    Dried Billywig stings are used in potions. Theyre also thought

    to be part of the secret formula of Fizzing Whizzbees. The

    wings adorned Xenophilius Lovegoods Diadem of Rowena

    Ravenclaw to induce an elevated frame of mind.

  • Billywig

    It appears to have the compound

    eyes and luminous colouration of an

    orchid bee (top), one species of

    which can be found in the Sierra

    Gorda, Mexico.

  • Mooncalves The mooncalf is an intensely shy creature

    that emerges from its burrow only at the

    full moonMooncalves performs

    complicated dances on their hind legs in

    isolated areas in the moonlight

  • Erumpent

    The Erumpent is a large grey African beast of great power. Weighing up to a tonne, the Erumpent may be mistaken for a rhinoceros at a distance. It has a thick hide that repels most charms and curses, a large, sharp horn upon its nose and a long, rope- like tail. [] The Erumpent will not attack unless sorely provoked, but should it charge, the results are usually

    catastrophic. The Erumpents horn can pierce everything from

    skin to metal, and contains a deadly fluid which will cause

    whatever is injected with it to explode.

    There are not many Erumpents in existence, as males have the

    rather unfortunate habit of blowing themselves up mating



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  • Erumpent:

    Real Life Both the name and appearance suggest an elephant-

    rhinoceros hybrid. However, it appears to breathe

    through a dorsal blowhole; perhaps it also has a

    distant whale relative.

    The erumpent horn is a dangerous ornament in the

    Lovegood household. It is mistaken for the horn of a

    Crumple-horned Snorkack. On cue, it explodes. The

    horn echoes the magical healing properties the rhino

    horn is thought to have, which is causing the poaching


  • Thunderbird


    I wanted to have one thing that was quintessentially American, and the Thunderbird is. I feel a special kinship for birds. I loved Dumbledores phoenix, and I wanted a bird in this film with its own mythology. When the thunder bird flaps its multiple wings, it creates storms, so its a powerful, mythical creature.

    A relative of the phoenix that is native to the desert climate of

    Arizona, Thunderbird feathers shimmer with cloud-like patterns.

    They are said to be able to sense danger.

    A House at Ilvermorny and used as wand cores. In some tribes, Thunderbirds are considered extremely sacred forces of nature, while in others,

    they are treated like unusually powerful members of the animal kingdom

    Newt Scamander rescues a Thunderbird from animal traffickers

    in Egypt. He names him Frank and promises to take him back

    home to Arizona. The 2017 book intro says President Picquery

    made them protected.

  • Real Life

    Its head and crest resemble the

    Harpy Eagle, one of the largest

    raptors in the world, with 3-4 inch

    talons and a 2-meter wingspan.

    From Belize, Brazil, Ecuador and Par


    It is the size of one of the larger

    Pterosaurs (sadly extinct).

  • Pukwudgie

    Isolt Sayre, founder of

    Ilvermorny, was aided by William the

    Pukwudgie A Pukwudgie is a 2-to-3-foot-tall helper figure from

    the Wampanoag (Massachusetts) folklore. They

    resemble humans, but with enlarged noses, fingers

    and ears. Their skin is grey, and sometimes glows.

    Pukwudgies can appear and disappear at will.

    When angered, they can lure people to their deaths

    or fire poison arrows. Their name literally means

    person of the wilderness and they are usually

    considered spirits of the forest.

    In the Ojibwe and other Great Lakes tribes, the

    pukwudgie (or bagwajinini) is considered a

    mischievous but basically good-natured creature

    who plays tricks on people but is not dangerous.

    In the Abenaki and other northeast Algonquian

    tribes, a pukwudgie (or bokwjimen) can be

    dangerous, but only to people who treat him with


    In New England, pukwudgies are capricious and

    dangerous creatures who may play harmless tricks

    or even help a human neighbor, but are just as

    likely to steal children or commit deadly acts of


  • Wampus Cat

    "A fast and powerful cat native to Appalacia. The Cherokee describe a creature that can walk on its hind legs, and outrun arrows. Its yellow eyes

    can hypnotize and read minds.

    In Missouri they call it a Gallywampus; in Arkansas its the Whistling Wampus; in

    Appalachia its just a plain old Wampus (or Wampas) cat. A half-dog, half-cat creature

    that can run erect or on all fours, its rumored to be seen just after dark or right before

    dawn all throughout the Appalachians. But thats about all everyone agrees on. In non-

    Native American cultures its a howling, evil creature, with yellow eyes that can

    supposedly pierce the hearts and souls of those unfortunate enough to cross its path,

    driving them to the edge of sanity.

    Like the Sasquatch, rumors of sightings abound. Its been seen throughout Northeast

    Tennessee, in Eastern Kentucky, in Virginia and West Virginia, and even on the

    campus at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

  • Horned Serpent To the Muscogee people, the crystalline Horned Serpent lives underwater with a single, large

    crystal in its forehead. Highly prized as aids in divination, these dazzling scales and crystals

    could be obtained only by a shaman purified for contact with the dangerous powers of the lower

    world. The horns, called chitto gab-by, were used in medicine. Fragments of the horns were said to resemble red sealing wax and could be obtained only with the greatest exposure to


    Jackson Lewis, who imparted the tale, adds, This snake lives in the water and has horns like

    the stag. It is not a bad snake....It does not harm human beings but seems to have a magnetic

    power over game. It fits into the tradition that the Horned Serpent aids Isolt in her moments of

    need, especially with creating New World magic to protect her family.

    As the embodiment of the Chaotic Force, the Horned Serpent and the Water

    Cougar are traditionally associated with the Lower World and particularly with

    floods and destruction. As principles of the Lower World, they stand in opposition

    to birds of the Upper World.

  • Pixies

    The pixie is mostly found in Cornwall, England. Electric blue in colour, up to eight

    inches in height and very mischievous, the pixie delights in tricks and practical

    jokes of all descriptions. Although wingless, it can fly and has been known to

    seize unwary humans by the ears and deposit them at the tops of tall trees and

    buildings. Pixies produce a high-pitched jabbering intelligible only to other pixies.

    They bear live young.

    In the legends associated with Dartmoor, pixies disguise themselves as a bundle

    of rags to lure children into their play. They adore music and dance. Pixies are

    generally helpful to normal humans, sometimes helping with housework. They are

    not completely benign, however, as they mislead travelers (being "pixy-led) The

    best remedy for this is to turn your coat inside out.

    Theyre not very nice to Neville in movie two.

  • Hippogriff

    Trotting towards them were a dozen of the most bizarre creatures Harry

    had ever seen. They had the bodies, hind legs and tails of horses, but the

    front legs, wings and heads of what seemed to be giant eagles, with cruel,

    steel-coloured beaks and large, brilliantly orange eyes. The talons on their

    front legs were half a foot long and deadly-looking.

    In Fantastic Beasts:

    The Hippogriff is native to Europe, though now found worldwide. It has the

    head of a giant eagle and the body of a horse. It can be tamed, though this

    should be attempted only by experts. Eye contact should be maintained

    when approaching a Hippogriff. Bowing shows good intentions. If the

    Hippogriff returns the greeting, it is safe to draw closer.

    The Hippogriff burrows for insects but will also eat birds and small

    mammals. Breeding Hippogriffs build nests upon the ground into which they

    will lay a single large and fragile egg which hatches within twenty-four

    hours. The fledgling Hippogriff should be ready to fly within a week, though

    it will be a matter of months before it is able to accompany its parent on

    longer journeys.

  • Sphinx

    "The Egyptian sphinx has a human head on a lions body. For over a thousand

    years it has been used by witches and wizards to guard valuables and secret

    hideaways. Highly intelligent, the sphinx delights in puzzles and riddles. It is

    usually dangerous only when what it is guarding is threatened.

    This is often a female monster with the body of a lion, the head and torso of a

    woman, eagle's wings and, according to some, a serpent's tail.

    She was sent by the gods to plague the town of Thebes as punishment for some

    ancient crime, devouring all who failed to solve her riddle. Oedipus solved the

    Sphinx's riddle and was made king as a reward, while she cast herself off the

    mountainside in despair.

    Sphinxes in myth generally guarded passageways and treasure. A riddle is often

    their test. One asks Harry such a riddle in the TriWizarding Tournament

  • Dragons

    Dragons show up in the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament: the Hungarian

    Horntail, the Chinese Fireball, the Swedish Short-Snout, and a Welsh Green.

    Ron Weasley's brother Charlie works with dragons in Romania at the time

    Dragons guard certain vaults at Gringotts Wizarding Bank, and the trio ride the one in

    the Lestranges locker, though they cant control where it flies.

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