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At one point in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander winds up having to make a deal with a goblin named Gnarlak, played by Ron Perlman. Below is an image of Gnarlak from that scene.

Gnarlack and his gross fingers

As you can see (most obviously on the hand holding the cigar, but also on the hand holding his drink), Gnarlak's fingers are all bent out of shape, curling back on themselves and nearly touching the back of his hand. It's... gross, and very noticeable throughout the scenes that Gnarlack is in, and yet no one in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them makes any reference to his unusual fingers.

So why are Gnarlak's fingers like this?

  • I didn't notice this at all… – Fatalize Nov 22 '16 at 10:50
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    Take it easy man! He's very sensitive about his fingers! – Daft Nov 22 '16 at 10:58
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    Nothing in the script; he's a gangster, perhaps someone broke them? – Jason Baker Nov 22 '16 at 12:42
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    @Fatalize really? That was the only thing I could look at during that scene (after realizing it was Ron Perlman and grinning like an idiot). – Florian Peschka Nov 22 '16 at 13:00
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    @FlorianPeschka - I didn't even realize it was Perlman until someone mentioned his name in the credits. That's how distracting the backwards fingers were. – T.E.D. Nov 22 '16 at 13:50
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It's the remnants of a deleted plot element, and may have been related to Goblin cursed treasure.

Although not in the finished movie, Gnarlack's fingers were briefly mentioned in a page from Rowling's original screenplay1 which has appeared on Rowling's new website.

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The Goblin owner of the Blind Pig, Gnarlack, is moving through the bar, tea-towel over his shoulder, cigar in mouth, many of his fingers bent back on themselves, useless.

None of the released materials have directly explained why this is the case, but there is this additional line about Gnarlak's backstory that may be alluding to it.

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Gnarlak: British, huh? Yeah, I'm from the old country myself. Yeah, my whole family's with Gringotts Wizarding Bank, yeah, dey's all in the treasure-and-curse business.


1. Not to be confused with "The Original Screenplay" - the published version which was heavily edited to match the whims of the directors, producers, cast, and test audiences.

  • Although interesting, this doesn't answer the question asked – Valorum Dec 21 '16 at 0:30
  • @Valorum "yet no one in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them makes any reference to his unusual fingers" – ibid Dec 21 '16 at 0:31
  • Indeed, and this would make a wonderful comment. – Valorum Dec 21 '16 at 0:31
  • @Valorum - What's the deal with his fingers? This is covered in my first quote. Why are Gnarlak's fingers like this? This is possibly covered in my second quote. – ibid Dec 21 '16 at 0:34
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    Ah well, if it's got freehand circles then it must be good. – Valorum Dec 21 '16 at 7:31

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