In the film Fantastic Beasts, Newt is asked whether he's caught all the creatures that escaped from his trunk. He replies in the affirmative.

However in several early scenes we see a bright multi-coloured insect flitting around. This, I presume is a Billywig. We never see Newt recapture this animal.

Is there any evidence that he caught it off-screen? And if so, why was it featured prominently in the early scenes, only to be forgotten later? And if not, does the fact a Billywig is lose in New York tie into future stories in the franchise?

  • Aren't Billywig America's native creatures?
    – user931
    Apr 17, 2017 at 12:45
  • @ILoveYou Billywigs are native to Australia.
    – Skooba
    Apr 17, 2017 at 12:51
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    To someone who hasn't seen FB, that title really sounds dirty.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Apr 17, 2017 at 18:51

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Although there's no further mention of the billywig in the screenplay after Newt sees it fly past the window, in a deleted scene called "Newt Goodbye" found in the Blu-Ray extras, we find Newt's ship steaming away from Ellis Island. A billywig (possibly the same one as earlier in the film) flies toward us from the ship. The implication is that despite his new high-tech security system, more beasts have managed to escape from his case(!)

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After flitting around for a few seconds, it then turns around and appears to return toward the ship.

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The implication is that billywigs have a "homing" instinct.

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    Aren't you assuming too much? Your implication seems pure speculation. Apr 17, 2017 at 16:26
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    @Mindwin - Sure. Maybe it's an entirely different billywig and maybe it's just heading back to the ship to taunt Newt :-)
    – Valorum
    Apr 17, 2017 at 16:27
  • Unfortunately, it seems a seagull got to it first.
    – ibid
    Apr 19, 2017 at 3:54

It is not in the script book or the released film but a deleted scene available on the DVD/Bluray shows Newt's ship steaming away from New York and the Billywig still flying free.

I don't believe there is anything beyond this, but if a deleted scene qualifies, the answer is no, Newt did not catch his Billywig again.

  • I'm really sorry. In advance
    – Valorum
    Apr 17, 2017 at 13:39
  • @Valorum - What does that mean? Are you the down voter? I didn't think this was a bad answer as there is nothing else available. If it's particularly dreadful, I can delete it!
    – ThruGog
    Apr 17, 2017 at 13:45
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    I'm meant that I'm sorry for using your answer is the jumping-off-point to post a better answer that contradicts it. For the record, I'm not the downvoter and I don't know why it attracted one.
    – Valorum
    Apr 17, 2017 at 13:47
  • @Valorum - Ah, well go ahead. For the knowledge!
    – ThruGog
    Apr 17, 2017 at 13:49

According to director David Yates, it was eaten by a seagull.

SnitchSeeker: What do you think happened to the blue billywig that was flying around New York City? Because it wasn’t actually captured back.

David Yates: Unfortunately it got eaten by a seagull. (All laugh) It got gobbled up by a seagull.

David Yates, Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler talk 'Fantastic Beasts' plot points, Obscurus

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