There was a scene, when the Obscurial destroyed one of the buildings, this one where the Niffler (which stole all the gold from the movie) was hiding behind paiting/picture on the wall and they all were attacked by the Murtlap from the case.

After that, police came and asked witnesses if it was a gas explosion and one of them, while trying to say that it was caused by magic got affected with a spell casted Newt.

It was a strange spell that was 'sniffed' by the witness and I remember only one similar scene from HP, in Gringotts, when this spell was used on one of the Goblins when Harry, goblin on his back, Hermione (transformed to Bellatrix) and Ron were trying to get into the bank and as I remember well - it was Imperio.

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Was this spell in Fantastic Beasts Imperio too? If so, why? How? Was it 'legal' those days? :D


It could have been a confundus spell, it confused the witnesses even more and gave them a clear choice of some kind, that of there being a gas leak. Nobody in MACUSA said anything about the unforgivable curses being used while Newt was in New York, even though they might have overlooked this in the movie. And we know from the movies that Imperio gives that weavy smoke but there is no explanation in the movie, so this is more of a guess from my side.

  • Imperio causes smoke? I don't remember anything about that. A blank look in the eyes, sure. No smoke, as I recall. – The Dark Lord Mar 27 '17 at 9:59
  • A bit of mystic powder if I may. In both Harry Potter and Fantastic beasts it is shown that imperio causes a little smoke like powder that the cursed person inhales. @thedarklord – Schneejäger Mar 27 '17 at 10:14
  • Maybe it imperio isn't an unforgivable curse in the USA. – Bernard the Bear Jun 2 '18 at 11:52

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