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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 the