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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