Questions tagged [fantastic-beasts]

Use this tag to refer to the "Fantastic Beasts" series. For questions about the 2016 film use the [fantastic-beasts-where-to-find-them] tag. Always use in conjunction with the [harry-potter] tag and add the appropriate film tag is asking about a specific film.

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Has the original Fantastic Beasts book been pulled off shelves?

I'm not sure, but I heard that the original 'Fantastic Beasts & Where to find them' from the Hogwarts Library Set has been pulled off the shelves? That the old version will no longer be available ...
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How did this Fantastic Beasts character disguise themselves?

Spoilers to follow, obviously. In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we learn that My assumption is that this character stole the identity of the person they are pretending to be, presumably ...
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What were the crimes of Grindelwald?

The title of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald implies that Grindelwald is going to go on a massive killing spree or embark on some sort of major criminal endeavour. However, if I recall ...
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Was Ariana Dumbledore an Obscurus?

Obscuri (Obscuruses?) are described in the wiki as the repressed energy of a child, known as an Obscurial, who is forced to repress their magical talent through physical or psychological abuse. ...
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Is Newt going to be the protagonist in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts?

Newt Scamander is the protagonist of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, the story is about The next movie is going to be set in Paris. Will Newt be there as the main character?
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How could MACUSA exist in 1693 or be in Washington in 1777?

Two brief excerpts from The Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) By J.K. Rowling on Pottermore state the following: The Magical Congress of the United States of America, known ...
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Is there any significance to 'Fantastic Beasts' taking place in the year of Voldemort's birth?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place in 1926. At the end of that year, the wizard who would come to be known as Voldemort would be born. It seems odd to pick the same year out of a hat ...
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What's the deal with Grindelwald's magical skull bong?

Grindelwald is depicted on several occasions smoking from a creepy skull. It's carried with reverence and he uses the smoke to generate images of the future for his audience. The wiki is woefully ...
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When did Dumbledore write the foreword for the Fantastic Beasts reprint?

Is it known how it happens that the 2001 Muggle-oriented reprint of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them carries an introduction by Albus Dumbledore, seeing that he died in 1997? Conversely, if the ...
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Why is there a lack of spoken spells in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

I know that there are some spoken spells in Fantastic Beasts, but they are very limited. For example, Percival Graves seems to speak no spells at all, using his hands very often. Is there are specific ...
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How does the new edition of the Fantastic Beasts book differ from the old one?

In 2016, the publisher Scholastic has pulled the English versions of the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (by Newt Scamander) from the stores, and promised to publish a new version in 2017....
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What's the deal with Gnarlak's fingers?

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. ...
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How do muggles and wizards differ physiologically?

In "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", the main character (Newton Scamander) meets a muggle (Jacob Kowalski) who is bitten by a Murtlap. Then Newt says: How do muggles and wizards differ? If ...
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What wand was used by Mr Graves at the time of Fantastic Beasts?

We know that the movie Fantastic Beasts is set in 1926. From the movie, we learn that at this time, Dumbledore is a teacher at Hogwarts and Grindelwald is lose after escaping a previous arrest. In the ...
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Why did this character join Grindelwald?

I must admit, I entirely did not understand why chose to join Grindelwald at the climax of The Crimes of Grindelwald. She seems like the least likely, given her relationship with Can anyone explain?...
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Who is the Professor McGonagall in The Crimes of Grindelwald?

Spoilers Ahead. If you haven't watched Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald yet, please do not read further. According to this and many other such fan pages, Minerva McGonagall, Harry's ...
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What does "Ilvermorny" mean?

I searched a lot on the Internet for the meaning of "Ilvermorny", including Pottermore, but I couldn't find anything other than wild theories like this. :( Now, I admit that "Hogwarts" doesn't seem to ...
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Why did Newt need to cross the Atlantic by steamer?

In Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, we see Newt traveling across the Atlantic by muggle steamship. Isn't there some way for wizards to teleport that distance, or for some entrepreneurial ...
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Are house elves free in the USA?

When Newt and Tina enter MACUSA, we see a scene of a house-elf being handled over a wand to polish it. Even if it is a "servant" job, a house-elf holding a wizard's wand is seen as outrageous in the ...
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What happened at the end of Fantastic Beasts with Queenie and Jacob?

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, After they do that, But then Then Jacob goes and wanders off, bumping into Newt along the way. But when This is in addition to that This ...
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How can the Lestrange bloodline still exist?

If we believe the story of Leta Lestrange, her brother Corvus No other children of her father were mentioned.. But we know that a few decades later, some Lestranges do exist (mentioned in the HBP) ...
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How did Newt graduate from Hogwarts if he got expelled?

JK Rowling revealed1 on twitter that Newt Scamander got expelled from Hogwarts. J.K. Rowling @JK_Rowling Dumbledore was a young teacher at the time Newt was expelled. He wasn't able to revoke ...
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Why is the in-universe publisher of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" called Obscurus Books?

The in-universe publisher of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is called Obscurus Books, as shown on the title page. It's also referred to in the foreword by Albus Dumbledore. “For the ...
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What happened to the Muggle bank manager that Newt Scamander Petrified?

If I remember correctly, Newt casts Petrificus Totalus on a No-Maj Muggle bank manager. The guy obviously knew what was happening, seeing that he muttered a strained ...
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An elf, a goblin, and a _____ walk into a bar

In the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film, there is a section where Newt Scamander and Tina go into a pub (tavern) full of wizards for rumours. In this pub, they meet a house-elf barkeep (...
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Can wizards and witches be Obliviated?

In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, towards the very end of the movie, a mass Obliviation takes place. As it takes place we see Aurors moving throughout New York as they repair the city. ...
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Is there a "gun control" style lobby against wands in Harry Potter?

Seems like most anyone with enough gumption can acquire a wand, read some books, and learn some pretty gnarly spells, including Killing Curses. This is pretty similar to everyone owning a gun. In ...
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How did Newt know?

This question deals with the ending of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. So the most important stuff will be behind spoiler tags, but it's really one big spoiler. At the end of the story, Newt ...
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Can this connection between Credence and Dumbledore be true?

Credence was revealed at the end of the film to be We know that Albus Dumbledore was born in 1881, that his mother Kendra Dumbledore died in 1900 and that his father Percival Dumblefore was in ...
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In The Crimes of Grindelwald, why is Dumbledore wearing Muggle clothing?

In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Dumbledore is clearly seen wearing Muggle clothing: Why? Why wouldn't he wear robes instead, like all wizards; particularly one of his stature?
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What are these cat like fantastic beasts from The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer?

In the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Official Comic-Con Trailer we see these creatures: Does anyone know what these are?
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Why does everyone think Leta is bad?

In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Leta Lestrange says Why would she say that? We do not have any evidence she acted bad at school, actually quite the opposite, despite her being in ...
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How was Jacob able to use the eggs as collateral?

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt gives Jacob a bag of magical eggs to use as collateral for his bakery. But isn't this breaking the Statute of Secrecy? After all, wouldn't ...
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Students expelled from Hogwarts, breaking of wands, and complete education

Related to this question: What does it take to be expelled from Hogwarts? and Why Couldn't Hagrid Have a Functional Wand? TL;DR - 1a) Do we know of any other students that were actually expelled? ...
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Why does Newt say Lumos Maxima in the Fantastic Beasts trailer?

At the beginning of the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, someone (who I think is Newt Scamander) says the spell "Lumos Maxima". The problem is that Lumos Maxima is not a canon ...
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Can Ministry officials Apparate inside Hogwarts?

In the recently launched trailer of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, there are people Apparating inside Hogwarts grounds. As these people later question ...
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Why does legilimency seem more powerful than before?

In the Harry Potter books, Severus Snape told Harry the following while teaching him Occlumency: "The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on ...
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Was Newt Scamander at some point the real master of the Elder Wand?

Spoiler alert: this question arises from the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, so if you didn't watch it yet and don't want it spoiled, stop reading. I also apologize if the question was ...
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Why didn't Merope Gaunt turn into an Obscurus?

In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we discovered that any witch or wizard with their magical powers repressed eventually turns into an "Obscurial". In the Half Blood Prince, we learned about ...
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Is the sinking liner in the Crimes of Grindelwald the Titanic?

Is the sinking liner in the Crimes of Grindelwald the Titanic? If it is the liner, they got the weather all wrong because it was a starry night with calm waters, not the rough sea and lightning they ...
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Will there be a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them novelization?

Warner Bros is making a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film with a script from JK Rowling. Is there any official word from Rowling or any of the producers at Warner Bros if she or anyone ...
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Why did Grindelwald have Antonio in his cell?

We know that Grindelwald had a baby Chupacabra chained to his chair in his cell. A baby Chupacabra—part lizard, part homunculus, a blood-sucking creature of the Americas—is chained to GRINDELWALD’S ...
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Did Newt ever catch his Billywig?

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-...
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Why wasn't Newt Scamander's wand snapped when he was expelled from Hogwarts?

Newt Scamander was expelled from Hogwarts after he took the blame for someone else's crime. A similar thing happens to Hagrid and his wand was snapped. However Newt still has his wand. How & why? ...
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Why wasn't the "American Ministry of Magic" given its correct title?

Why is the American magical government called American Ministry of Magic in the second movie? To me if anything it should be MACUSA or maybe the American Department of Magic like the real world ...
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What context is necessary to enjoy Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald?

I'm not a Harry Potter fan and have seen the first three or four movies incidentally over the last fifteen-odd years. I haven't read the books and haven't seen Fantastic Beasts. What do I need to ...
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In what ways does the Fantastic Beasts series contradict original canon?

Many people have claimed that the Fantastic Beasts series contradicts the original (7-book) canon. Can anyone make a list of all the contradictions?
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What was the spell Newt cast to find Tina?

In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald we see What the hell was that?! First, it seems like a very advanced magic - how many people can perform the spell? Aurors? Dumbledore? Why they never ...
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Can this inconsistency in the ability of the Summoning Charm (Accio) to summon animals be explained?

J.K. Rowling has wrote on her website that the Summoning Charm only works on inanimate objects, explaining that creatures and humans can only be summoned by summoning objects they are holding or ...
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Was Newt ever referenced in the Harry Potter series?

In the teaser for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, we see that Newt works under/with Dumbledore. I was wondering, In the storyline of Harry Potter, is Newt ever referenced by Dumbledore ...

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