Thursday, February 9, 2017

4:04 PM

Gilderoy Lockhart Chocolate Frog Card Added To Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Apparate out of this post if you wish to look no further! Universal Orlando released a new addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter chocolate frog card line: the one and only Gilderoy Lockhart! And Potter Talk has its own special reveal below!

In the wizarding world, and now Muggle world, chocolate frogs are a popular snack Harry Potter and his friends enjoyed throughout their years at Hogwarts. What was merely a treat on the page and the big screen came to life when Universal Studios made chocolate frogs available to guests at their theme parks and online.

Each chocolate frog includes gold and purple packaging similar to the ones seen in the films, a card of a famous witch or wizard, and an edible chocolate frog.

So far, the collection of available cards includes the Hogwarts house founders Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, and Salazar Slytherin, and Dumbledore.

Obviously, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to snag one. Who else could make a chocolate frog card more charming than Gilderoy's flamboyant poise and smile? He was, after all, a five-time winner of Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award.

Lockhart's card was first made available at A Celebration of Harry Potter in January 2017; he was a part of the line of exclusive merchandise for the event. The chocolate frogs were on display in specially-marked boxes before going "random" - meaning when guests purchase an official Wizarding World of Harry Potter chocolate frog there's no telling which card they'll get until it's opened. (Fans can share the same elation or frustration Ron Weasley experienced when he collected a card he already owned!)

The front of the card is a lenticular design, which gives off a definition that Lockhart is in 3D. The back of the card is normal plain text and colors.

Sir Kenneth Branagh, who played Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is pictured on the front of the card. He is the only other actor from the film franchise to be featured in the chocolate frog series so far - the other honor goes to Michael Gambon who played Dumbledore. The individuals posing for the house founders' cards are featured in the queue for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey theme park attraction at Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure.

Every card pictures a famous witch or wizard on the front. The back includes more info about the featured historical figure. Lockhart's card reveals:
Wizarding celebrity author, Gilderoy Lockhart, wrote many books on his encounters with dark creatures and received many prestigous awards including Order of Merlin, Third Class and Honorary Member of the Dark Force Defense League. After losing his memory in a series of unfortunate events, he released his final book entitled Who Am I?
His chocolate frog is certainly a commemorative one for witches and wizards who are fans of his work.

It's fun to note that the details about his memory loss are not included on the back of the card, merely referred to as "a series of unfortunate events". Harry Potter fans know that the books reveal that Lockhart's crimes of plagiarizing witches and wizards' tales after performing memory charms was never revealed to the wizarding public. Dumbledore felt he got what he deserved and that Lockhart shouldn't receive further backlash for memories he doesn't remember. Lockhart began receiving treatment St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries still ready to sign autographs for adoring fans.

If you're interested in having a Gilderoy Lockhart card of your very own, they are available exclusively at Universal Orlando theme parks. His edition has yet to be made available online or is known to be available at Universal Hollywood or Japan.

As mentioned above, the chocolate frogs are purchased at random - so there's no telling which card you may get. But you never know! I've had the luck of the draw and managed to snag all four Hogwarts house founders on the first try. I'm still looking for Dumbledore. Each card really is a must-have for Harry Potter fans looking to expand their memorabilia collection!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

12:48 PM

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2017

Universal Studio’s annual celebration of Harry Potter continues to bring the magic to fans of the phenomenal series. For an entire weekend at Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventures, wizards and witches celebrate the books and films with panels, cast q&as and exclusive exhibits featuring Scholastic, Pottermore, MinaLima and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – to name a few.

It was once again my absolute pleasure to be able to experience the event in person. I was only able to attend for one out of the three-day weekend, so the schedule was pretty tight. While celebrity panels were held at Universal Orlando’s sister park Islands of Adventure, I chose to stay closer to the main exhibits. This year Universal converted two of their soundstages into expos which contained props and displays by partners of the Harry Potter franchise.

My gut intuition guided me to go to the most popular expo first that’s been open the past few years. Inside, Scholastic, Warner Bros Studio Tour, the Harry Potter exhibition, and MinaLima (graphic designers for the eight films) all had events for fans to visit.

Every year the expo opens with amazing costumes from the films and theme parks. With Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them released in the fall, costumes of the main cast were on display – Jacob Kowalski, Queenie Goldstein, Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein. Each one was absolutely gorgeous, and the quality of each one was undeniable. Seeing Tina’s costume, in particular, ‘cause her look was my favorite, made me want to style my clothes after hers even more.

Scholastic has been one of my favorite spaces to visit the past few years. Fans share what Harry Potter means to them on a floor-to-ceiling cloth wall. Messages from fans young and older include how the series inspired young kids to read, favorite characters who inspire them and loving memories they’ve had throughout the years.

This year, there was some artwork that really caught my eye. Harry Potter was drawn by none other than the illustrator of the series’ original book covers Mary Grand Pre. She was at the event in person to attend panels and autograph sessions.Other fans left their mark too with an adorable Dumbledore and Draco Malfoy.

Leading up to A Celebration of Harry Potter, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour excited fans on social media with #FollowTheSpiders. Throughout the Universal Orlando park, signage with spiders led guests to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour walk-through. The popular display is a mini-example of what the tour is like at Leavesden Studios in London with wand-makers and make-up artists showing the process of their work during filming. At the end, fans had their picture taken with a mystery character from the movies. Last year, when I attended, I got my picture taken with a death eater. This year, fans had their pictures taken with Aragog leading to the monumental announcement that fans can walk through the Forbidden Forest at the Warner Bros Studios Tour starting this Spring.

The Harry Potter Exhibition is different every single year, and it’s wonderful to see what they come up with. Fans could get their pictures taken with Quidditch gear and finally catch that golden snitch! Individual stands were also set-up with the Quidditch hoop and we could score with Quaffles all day long. James and Oliver Phelps, who played Fred and George Weasley, originally announced A Celebration of Harry Potter back in 2010, and have attended the event nearly every year since. The brothers had other engagements this year, but they sent along a sign Quaffle which fans could enter sweepstakes to win.


Another exhibition was the House of MinaLima – the talented graphic designers who created nearly everything you can think of in the movies: The Quibbler, wanted posters, The Daily Prophet, the Howler, Maurader’s Map, Dolores Umbridge’s proclamations, book covers - the list GOES ON AND ON. The duo brings all of their creations to life with posters framed on the walls, plastered against the floor, and dangling from the ceiling. If fans visit or reside in London, MinaLima has an official location where fans can purchase their work in person too. You don’t want to miss it, if you have a chance!

After this, I headed over to the other expo. With the two separate soundstages of exhibits and panels all day long at both theme parks, it’s hard not to imagine that this will turn into something much longer than a weekend. There’s so much to see and do!

The second expo was much less crowded than the first. I wondered if fans knew that it was there, despite all of the signs and team members showing telling fans it was open. The soundstage included Audible by Pottermore, Lego: Dimensions, Fantastic Beasts virtual reality by Warner Bros and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child walk-through.

Two more props were on display – the Ford Anglia from Chamber of Secrets has so much character. It’s not just a regular vehicle. The front bender looks like a smiling face with the car's curved lines and huge front headlights. It's much more enchanting than a typical Muggle automobile.

There was no way of taking a picture of this Hermione Granger without it just looking creepy. This was the stand-in Ron and Harry visits in the hospital wing when Hermione is petrified by the basilisk in Chamber of Secrets. It looked so much like her, you could almost think Emma Watson would just leap out of the bed.

Audible made its debut at the 'convention'. Fans competed against each other in a round of trivia. Each player listened to random 15-20 second clips of Jim Dale narrating the Harry Potter series, and they had to guess which book it came from. Every player was given a coaster for participating with the scoreboard leader winning a prize pack. I, honestly, could’ve spent all day here. It was so much fun, Audible easily made me a fan. I came in second place on the scoreboard and won a Half-Blood Prince coaster.

The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child walk-through invited fans to look at props from the play. We were instructed to Keep The Secrets and could take pictures but they couldn’t be posted online. Sadly, I’m sworn to secrecy to not to show ‘em – but I will say the walls were decorated with pictures and interviews from the set, lighting, and costume designer.

The props included Scorpius and Albus’ wands, and sconces. It was interesting to see them in person, and I wonder if these wands, or the Fantastic Beasts wands, will one day be available to buy...

The Fantastic Beasts virtual reality exhibit by Warner Bros. was closed by the time I visited it. The queue was very long, and with the Q&A session approaching, the experience had to be cut off.

Since I’m not a big video gamer, I decided to give Lego: Dimensions a chance. Fans played movie, tv, and Harry Potter characters in various lands like Star Wars, Batman’s lair, and Hogwarts. I played Hermione Granger, which is a new unlocked exclusive character, and explored Hogwarts with Voldemort, Batman, and Ethan Hunt. I was a complete newbie to playing, but after some time became quite used to it. The high-definition design of Hogwarts was amazing, and exploring the school grounds both on foot and the Ford Anglia was so much immersive - it felt like you were actually there. It didn’t take me long to walk away and want a game for myself.

After that, it was time for the Q&A session with the cast. This year, Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick, Griphook, etc.) Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) were in attendance. Lewis has attended the Celebration a few times, while the rest were first-timers.

Warwick Davis is always the most positive force at every convention I’ve seen him. He opened the panel with teaching everyone in a lesson of Wingardium Leviosa.

Fans from the audience asked questions to the cast – some of them ranged of fans hitting on Tom Felton asking if he was available, on how Issacs chooses antagonist characters to play, and what the casts’ favorite costumes were. Felton was available, Issacs likes to choose characters who are the furthest away from his personal self, and the group agreed Neville’s sweater at the end of Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Severus Snape's' robes were a definite favorite.

The atmosphere and vibe from the cast were reserved and sprinkled with fun stories from filming. The group also talked about pranks played on set and mentioned the famous one with the fart machine Michael Gambon used against Daniel Radcliffe in Prisoner of Azkaban. Issacs admitted to changing Feltons’ smartphone password, but it backfired when the younger actor couldn’t get into his phone while traveling.

This was my weekend at the A Celebration of Harry Potter 2017! I can’t believe this has been my third time attending in a row. Besides the wonderful panels and exhibits I experienced, there were a few pieces of exclusive merchandise I snagged too. Another post will be coming up soon for that. I can’t wait to see what the next event has in store and keeps the magic alive.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

12:52 PM

A Celebration of Harry Potter Event Features Exclusive Merchandise

A Celebration of Harry Potter kicks off the new year with a magical bang at Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure in Florida. An annual event for Harry Potter fans and guests celebrates the phenomenal franchise created by author J.K. Rowling with panels, an expo, and cast appearances.

Universal Orlando released details of the limited merchandise that will be available exclusively throughout the weekend. Potter Talk has had the privilege of attending the celebration and I look forward to seeing what's available in person.

A special wand (not pictured below) has an exclusive design specific to this year's event. It will only be available in limited quantities this weekend for pre-order at the expo and promises to be a definite MUST-SEE.

Five-time consecutive Witch Weekly’s Most-Charming-Smile Award winner, Gilderoy Lockhart, will debut as a new Chocolate Frog Card. The boxes will be available at the expo, Sugarplums, and Honeydukes, and feature a special sticker indicating the new card for two weeks. And then it will become a random mystery card similar to the Dumbledore and head of Hogwarts houses.

Graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, who designed props, pamphlets, and posters for the film franchise will be appearing this year. The creative design team has new art displays and merchandise, such as charms from the Lumos collection, t-shirts, and more.

These photos are courtesy of the Universal Orlando official blog.






Friday, January 20, 2017

2:15 PM

J.K. Rowling Denies 'Cursed Child' Movie Trilogy Rumor

In 2007, Harry Potter fans around the world reconciled with the idea of a new installment never coming to fruition, hooked on a promise by author J.K. Rowling of "never say never". The last leg of the phenomenon officially wrapped in summer 2011 when the film franchise hit theaters with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ultimately concluding the young Potter's journey against  Voldemort.

No one knew a return to Hogwarts would be in the works five years later when an eighth installment to the series came in the form of a stage-play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in summer 2016And, the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them spin-off soared into theaters just months later in fall 2016 to become one of the biggest movies of the year.

Though not written by Rowling herself but came with her full approval, the story focused on a grown-ups Harry, Ron and Hermione contending with a conflicting friendship between teenagers Albus Potter and Draco Malfoy's Scorpious Malfoy.

Ever since Cursed Child cast it's spell on the London West End, rumors have swirled about the sequel becoming a film trilogy. The idle gossip anticipated Warner Bros. could pursue a Star Wars:The Force Awakens revival with stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint reprising their roles somewhere around 2026 - near the same time Fantastic Beasts series is expected to conclude.

The rumors are getting stopped in their tracks by the creator of the series Rowling denying the development of a Cursed Child adaptation on her official twitter account.
Rowling has spoken out against a Cursed Child film before by correcting a fan about the rumor when the play made it's debut. At the time, producers also hinted the play could hit Broadway in New York City, as the production's home right now is in London.

The translation of the material from stage to film could be a bumpy one - not only would it be expected for previous castmates to sign on again to reprise their roles, but characters in the play like the essential Severus Snape could not be reprised by the late Alan Rickman who passed away last year. Also, a major asset to the play's success is it's spellbinding use of practical effects, something that the possibility of CGI may lose it's luster on the big screen.

However, this is not the first time Rowling has also changed her mind. The Harry Potter series was supposedly completed after the release of Deathly Hallows, only for Cursed Child to be produced. As well news of the Fantastic Beasts spin-off was initially released as a trilogy, only for the author to reveal at a fan event that the series would be extended to five movies.

It's also possible Rowling is simply downplaying the idea of a trilogy, and perhaps Cursed Child could be a singular movie or duology. A cinematic future for the eighth installment is ultimately unknown, but for now, Potter Fever is still catching on.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2:38 PM

Loot Crate Conjures House Pride for J.K Rowling's Wizarding World Crate

Loot Crate the leading subscription service for geeks provides an imaginative crate of magical memorabilia just for Harry Potter fans. The current theme for January is the J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World subscription is Hogwarts House Pride.

Celebrate the love of your house - Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin - with house-specific and Hogwarts-themed items exclusively created for Loot Crate!

Each crate features five to seven magical products, including accessories and apparel, with a total retail value of more than $65. Fans can select a house and choose between three plan options starting at $34.99 plus shipping.

Based on your subscription plan, you can have a dash of magic delivered right to your doorstep - starting now with the wonderfully Hogwarts crate.

Loot Crate offers officially licensed collectibles, apparel, figures, memorabilia, and more that fans and geeks can't find anywhere else.

Check out the official website of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World for more information.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

8:31 PM

A Quick Guide to 7 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' Characters

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is soaring into theaters this weekend. The promising hit of the holiday season is adapted from the 2001 book written by J.K. Rowling, the Hogwarts fictional textbook written and owned by magizoologist Newt Scamander.  This is the first Harry Potter related-movie where we may be more familiar with the magical creatures than the witches and wizards. Here is a quick guide to seven fantastic characters welcoming us back to cinema magic!

Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne)
Scamander is an inexperienced tourist who needs more than a little assistance on the New York City streets when his fantastic beasts are accidentally set loose. Redmayne describes him as "more comfortable with animals than people". Bashful, eccentric, and a bit awkward, the future Hogwarts professor has to abruptly contend against a brewing war between magic and No-Majs (American equivalent to Muggle).
Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein (played by Katharine Waterston)
The film may center on Scamander's adventures, but some critics are predicting the film may offer significant empowerment with the complex female leads. Tina is a dedicated and kind witch whose heart ruled over her head as an Auror. She was subsequently demoted to a secretary for wizard registration. Her ambition to regain her title lands her straight in Scamander's path and she gets to put her career back on its investigative tracks.


Queenie Goldstein (played be Alison Sudol)
Magic within the wizarding world so far is often exhibited by what a witch or wizard may achieve with their wand or extensive knowledge of potions and charms. Tina's younger sister Queenie introduces a new sort of talent to read people's minds. Alison Sudol described her character on Bustle as "compassionate, warm, loving, fun, mischievous, free-spirited soul" who aids her sister in their quest to help Scamander. And she is already becoming one of the new franchises' favorites.

Jacob Kowalski (played by Dan Folger)
Lovable No-Maj Jacob Kowalski quickly drops down the wizarding rabbit hole and accidentally crosses paths with Scamander and his bewitched suitcase. Though he may be indirectly responsible for Scamander's quest, he becomes not just a funny sidekick but an earnest ally.
President Seraphina Picquery (played by Carmen Ejogo)
As commander-in-chief Seraphina has important issues on her hands when Scamander's case unleashes chaos. Assertive yet difficult to read, this political powerhouse is subtly leading a civil rights movement between the wizarding community and No-Majs, especially those who threaten the existence of magical folk.
Credence Barebone (played by Ezra Miller)
Credence may be fans' first introduction to the darker side of a family on the skirts of the wizarding world. His adopted mother and No-Maj Mary Lou leads a sinister campaign against wizards and their extermination. Her son is deeply troubled and mysterious, one whose powers may set him apart from the life he's always known. He's rumored to have a bigger role in the five-film franchise, possibly a pivotal character in the previously Harry Potter movies.

Percival Graves (played by Colin Farrell)
As Director of Magical Security for MACUSA, Graves is somewhat of an authoritarian and specially-skilled Auror. While he is trying to track down Scamander, it is possible that he is hunting for something most Harry Potter fans are familiar with: the Deathly Hallows. Graves also takes a special interest in Credence, possibly manipulating the young withdrawn anti-wizard into something more dangerous.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

11:50 AM

5 Important Details Missing from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone kicked off the epic eight-film saga, and the results were pretty darn close to capturing the book's magic millions of readers fell in love with. Directed by Chris Columbus the first installment includes detailed nooks and crannies from the novel. While most adaptations aren't perfect clones of their original stories but do their best to maintain integrity of the author's work, sometimes it's hard to ignore some small details left on the cutting room floor.

Let's get down to some important changes missing from Sorcerer's Stone. (PSSST. Did you know Columbus intended to make the films longer but test audiences were against the idea?!)

Everyone Knows His Name
Both in the book and movie, Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall with Hagrid leave baby Harry on the Dursleys doorstep so he can lead a normal life until he's ready to find out about his background. What the movie overlooks is how the wizarding world discreetly unveils itself to the boy who lived. Before Hagrid reveals to Harry he is a wizard, witches and wizards discreetly try to praise Harry while out running errands with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. Harry's abilities, though unknowing that they are magical, occur before he sets the Burmese python (in the book a boa constrictor) loose at the zoo - after a haircut he made his hair regrow immediately, transported himself onto the school's roof when Dudley was teasing him, and shrank a sweater.

Harry & Draco's Introduction
In the book, Harry meets his Slytherin rival Draco Malfoy at Madam Malkin's robe shop in Diagon Alley. Malfoy's sharp and rude attitude makes Harry uneasy to extend a friendship. This takes place mostly between the two of them without an audience or authoritative figures. However, in the movie, Harry has a full audience of all the other Hogwarts students when he chides Malfoy about not making friends with the wrong sort. This change could be argued that it works because Harry one-upping Draco in front of his peers stirs jealousy and he later tries to humiliate Potter on multiple occasions which inevitably backfires.

Sorting Hat Song
Among the impressive special-effects that come to life when the students are first being sorted, the occasion itself is compressed in the film. The Sorting Hat performs a song before the school. Only some of the song is included in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire adaptation.

Where In The World is Neville?
When Neville was on-screen, he certainly made an impact - which is why everyone will agree there was too little of him throughout the movies. The 'lack of Longbottom' tradition began in the first movie when his role was minimized to forgetting his rememberall and standing up to the golden trio before they attempt to retrieve the Sorcerer's stone.

In the book, Harry and Draco's beef gets so heated they attempt to duel pass curfew. Hermione tries to stop Harry and Ron, and Neville is forced to tag along when he is locked out of the Gryffindor common room. The duel was a rouse to get Harry in trouble with Filch. SO, Neville is actually with the trio when they discover Fluffy. He also subsequently faces detention with Harry, Hermione, and Draco as punishment for visiting Hagrid after hours, but the movie substitutes him with Ron.

Snape's Potion Challenge
Hagrid warns Harry and his friends in the movie, "Snape is one of the teachers protecting the stone, he's not about to steal it." But "the how" doesn't necessarily come to light. Armed with assumptions about the Slytherin headmaster, the threesome try to retrieve the object before "he" does. Hogwarts teachers set in place different challenges - the devil's snare by Professor Sprout, charmed keys by Professor Flitwick, and the chess game by McGonagall. The movie leaves out Professor Quirrell's obstacle (a troll), and Professor Snape's challenge, which is a logic puzzle involving potions - one that Hermione brilliantly solves.

Bonus Details
  • Harry's grandparents do not appear at all in the Mirror of Erised in the film.
  • Hagrid reveals Harry's a wizard on his twelfth birthday July 31st, but he has to wait until September 1st to travel to Hogwarts. In the movie it can seem like it happens overnight.
  • Peeves the Poltergeist loves to cause trouble for Hogwarts students, but he never makes an appearance in the films.
  • Miss Figg is Harry's babysitter when he's younger. She is not mentioned in the first film, but she later testifies on his behalf to the Ministry of Magic in Order of the Phoenix popping up as one of the neighbor's Harry knows/is an eyewitness to the dementor attack.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

12:48 PM

Starlight Children's Foundation Fantastic Beasts Exclusive Screening

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is just about to hit theaters. An amazing opportunity to see the next wizarding franchise by J.K. Rowling can make the event even more special.

National children's charity Starlight is offering Harry Potter fans a chance to attend an exclusive screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 3D at the Leicester Square IMAX on the opening night.

Here's more information to spread a little magic on November 18th.

While enjoying the cinematic magic of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, you can help a seriously ill child smile this Christmas.

For this special screening in aid of Starlight Children’s Foundation, tickets will be priced at £50pp which includes complimentary popcorn, a bottle of water and hire of 3D glasses. £25 from each ticket sale will be donated directly to Starlight to pay for two children to enjoy a panto in hospital this Christmas.

Tickets are guaranteed to sell out faster than you can say wingardium leviosa so buy yours now http://www.starlight.org.uk/6hM

It’s going to be a magical evening, you’d be a muggle to miss it!

Date: Friday 18th November
Time: 8pm
Location: Cineworld IMAX, 5-6 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7NA

To find out more about Starlight (Registered charity number 2038895), visit www.starlight.org.uk

Thursday, September 29, 2016

2:40 PM

5 Creatures We Can Expect In Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is just around the corner of hitting theaters worldwide. November 18th, to be exact - so mark your calendars!

Self-proclaimed famous magizoologist and textbook author Newt Scamander faces challenges in the no-maj and wizarding world as befriended creatures from his briefcase are accidentally let loose. The film's remarkable trailers have delivered intriguing sneak peeks of the mysterious animals that will fly, crawl, and squirm their way across the big screen. What beasts will be taking over New York City in the 1920s? Here are five majestic critters we can expect to see in Scamander's film debut!

The Thunderbird serves as one of the mascots for a house at Illvermorny, the American boarding school of magic. This wondrous creature is not mentioned in the Fantastic Beasts book, so we have Pottermore to thank for what we know. It's native to Arizona, and like a hippogriff has different bodily combinations such as the head of an eagle. Named Frank in the film, the powerful flap of its shimmering wings can create storms. When he takes flight, it will certainly be a sight to behold!

One of the most anticipated creatures is a fluffy mole-duck-esque scoundrel known as the Niffler. This isn't the first time we've heard of the Niffler: Hagrid gives students each one in a contest for buried treasure in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire book. Known for it's burrowing and adoration of food, jewelry, and money, Nifflers are experts at swiping everything, especially if it shimmers. They are affectionate and gentle but are destructive enough to not make good house mates. Try not to wear any loose-wearing jewelry 'cause one of treasure hunters might just snatch 'em.

If you have film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 down pat, you may recall Hagrid commenting to Harry at Number 4 Privet Drive, "I brought you here sixteen years ago when you were no bigger than a bowtruckle".

Now we'll see just what Hogwart's gatekeeper was talking about! Bowtruckles are woodland creatures growing no taller than eight inches and protect trees that wands are made of. These are particularly rare species in native Scandinavia but Scamander actually finds four, one of which named Pickett comes with him to America. His name may actually be a wider clue into bowtruckles as theeir long sharp fingers come in very handy for picking locks! But don't let this clever skill fool you - they are delicate and shy creatures who are very loyal.

This blue-green winged creature seen literally swooping through a subway station is called a Swooping Evil. Its shape is described as a mix of butterfly meets pterodactyl.  Hopefully Scamander and co. know how to reign this bad-boy in. Swooping Evils have the ability to suck out brains. So any muggle who may be bewildered to see it take majestic flight might also want to take cover!

Another adorable looking creature, next to the mischievous Nifflers, may be the Demiguise. They look very similar to that of an orangutan but have the appetite of a herbivore. But don't let its wistful black doeful eyes hypnotize you. They are very hard to capture due to their precognitive sight. It's silvery hair makes acquiring one doubly-difficult because it can turn invisible at will. Sounds like Scamander has quite the search for fantastic beasts on his hands!

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