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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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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Why didn’t Voldemort (Tom Riddle) take more advantage of Grindelwald’s rise?

Recently, I had discussions with a friend where we outlined the timeline of the Harry Potter series, with a focus on Voldemort and Grindelwald, and we realized how much they overlap, time wise. This ...
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Is this character’s name a reference?

In the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, towards the end, a character is revealed who bears the name of Now, it is fairly well-known that the actor who played also played the ...
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Will Horcruxes show up in the Fantastic Beasts series? [closed]

Do we know if Horcruxes will make an appearance in the Fantastic Beasts series? Did J.K. Rowling ever mention anything about Grindelwald and Horcruxes?
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Why does the Obscurial not consistently appear as its given shape?

In the film, Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them, Credence, the Obscurial, appears in the first shot as an invisible force causing destruction throughout the city. Then, later in the film, we see ...
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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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When did the last wizarding war happen before "The Crimes of Grindelwald"?

The new Crimes of Grindelwald trailer states The wizarding and non-wizarding world have been at peace for over a century Implying that previously there wasn't peace. ...
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What's the meaning behind Newt Scamander's name?

We know that JKR likes putting not so hidden clues in people’s names. Remus Lupin and Sirius Black are the obvious examples. Do we know if the same is the case for Newt Scamander? Newt: a small ...
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Is there an Australian magic school in the Potterverse? [duplicate]

Is there a school of magic in Australia?
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Are American witches and wizards forbidden to use magic before Ilvermorny?

The British Ministry does not care about underage magic, before students go to Ollivander. Is MACUSA stricter on preschool magic?
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Was Nagini the only snake which could become human?

Recently launched trailer of Fantastic Beast 2: Crimes of Grindelwald has proved that being Animagus (I don't have proper word) was Nagini's inherent quality, not something assisted by Voldemort when ...
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Was Grindelwald involved in WW2?

I don't know a lot about Grindelwald other than what I've seen in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, I believe he rose to power in the early to mid 1940s and studied at Durmstrang. The ...
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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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What did Newt Scamander use to tie up Grindelwald?

My question is, at the end of the movie Grindelwald tries to escape, but Newt uses his Swooping Evil and another creature to secure Grindelwald. What was used to actually tie him up (the brown-gold ...
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How does a Flobberworm differ from a regular worm?

From Wikipedia: Flobberworm – A 10-inch toothless brown worm. So how do they differ from regular worms? what makes them magical?
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What makes a magical beast magic? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter, there are many instances of fantastic beasts. What makes those beasts magic? Why is a Flesh-eating slug magic, for example, but not a Venus Flytrap? Not a dupe of How does a ...
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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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Are the Ilvermorny houses based on the Hogwarts houses?

I did some research, and it seems like some of the houses in Ilvermorny are related to the houses in Hogwarts. Horned Serpent seems like Ravenclaw, and Pukwudgie seems like Hufflepuff, but I'm not ...
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Was Albus Dumbledore the member of the Wizengamot during the late 1920s?

According to Pottermore the second installation of the Fantastic Beasts franchise is set in 1927: It is set straight after the first film The film takes place in 1927, just a few months after ...
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How can it be that wizards Apparate into Hogwarts in the trailer to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald? [duplicate]

Hasn't J. K. Rowling read the book "Hogwarts, A History"? According to Hermione and J. K. Rowling herself, apparation has been banned on the Hogwarts grounds since the founding times: Some rode ...
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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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Are Tina and Queenie Goldstein (Fantastic Beasts and where to find them) related to Anthony Goldstein (Harry Potter)? [duplicate]

In fantastic beasts and where to find them, there are characters called Porpentina and Queenie Goldstein. In Harry Potter, there’s a minor character called Anthony Goldstein. Are they related?
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What did Grindelwald mean when he said this?

At the end of the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, when Grindelwald is revealed to everyone, he says this to Newt: Will we die, just a little? What does this line mean? Is this some ...
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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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Do we ever see the actual Percival Graves? [duplicate]

In the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the excellent Colin Farrell plays Percival Graves, Director of Magical Security at MACUSA. However, by the end of the movie, it is revealed that ...
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Is it ever specifically mentioned that Dumbledore and Grindelwald had a romantic relationship?

When I read the Harry Potter books, I never put two and two together to realize that Dumbledore and Grindelwald had anything more than a platonic relationship. It was many years later when JKR said ...
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Are Ilvermorny and the Salem Witches Institute supposed to be the same school?

I read that Ilvermorny is in Massachusetts. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Ron and Harry meet people from the Salem Witches' Institute at the Quidditch World Cup. Are Ilvermorny and the Salem ...
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Is the MACUSA president elected?

Is the Wizard POTUS elected to a 4 year term like the No-Maj one? If so, can he/she be reelected?
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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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Who raises No-Maj- Borns? [duplicate]

If No-Maj-Borns are sent to live in the Wizarding World, who raises them? Are there magical orphanages or adoption agencies?
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Why Didn't MACUSA have the Trace? Or did they?

Does MACUSA have something like the Trace, for underage wizards? If they do, why didn't they find Credence earlier? The fact that they were unaware of him implies they did not have an equivalent to ...
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Do the Dementor and the Obscurus have something in common?

Both feed on human emotion, both are highly deadly, and both do not appear in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Do the Dementor and the Obscurus have something in common? More than meets the ...
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How Accurate is Rita Skeeter?

I want to know if Rita's Skeeter's words here are accurate. "“Oh, now, I’m glad you mentioned Grindelwald,” says Skeeter with such a tantalizing smile. “I’m afraid those who go dewy-eyed over ...
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Does MACUSA really not have jury trials and appeals of death sentences?

Watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for the second time yesterday, I was struck by how Graves was able to quickly sentence Tina and Newt to death without a real trial, with no jury, and ...
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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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How famous was Dumbledore before 1945?

How famous was Dumbledore during the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, before his famous duel with Grindelwald? We recently found out that Jude Law will be playing young Dumbledore in ...
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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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Is Percival Graves related to Gondulphus Graves?

I was looking through some stuff on hp-lexicon when I stumbled onto a familiar sounding character: Gondulphus Graves I later realised the character sounded familiar because he had the same last name ...
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Are the Second Salemers actually aware of the wizarding community, or just paranoid?

In Fantastic Beasts, the Second Salemers go around preaching warnings against witches and witchcraft. It seems to me equally plausible that either a) somehow, Mary Lou learned about MACUSA and the ...
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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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Why did Newt Scamander carry the suitcase full of beasts, if he knew they could escape?

Why did Newt Scamander carry a suitcase full of beasts with him when he knew that they are prone to escaping? Also he lied at immigration saying that he brought nothing and he put New York City in ...
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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 Muggles who were home or away?

During Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, plenty of Muggles come to learn "a lot" about the wizarding world. This was solved when Frank the Thunderbird dispersed Swooping Evil venom over New ...
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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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Why is Newt Scamander not credited for defeating Grindelwald too?

If disarming the guy, capturing him, and getting him thrown in prison could be considered “defeating” him, why isn't Newt Scamander famous for defeating Gellert Grindelwald the way that Dumbledore is?
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Does this version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them contain images throughout?

Background I am looking for a version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander/J.K. Rowling that has drawings of (most of) the beasts detailed in the book. What I found In my ...
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How did MACUSA aurors explain the death of this character (and others) after they cleaned up New York City?

Multiple people died during an obscurus attack on New York City in the movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The deaths include Given that one of them was famous, how did the aurors ...
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Can many "regular" animals interact with magical people, creatures, and places in Harry Potter world?

This question was inspired by another question on animals in the Harry Potter world. That question was about animals that were half-magical and half-muggle. Which animals that look and act mugglish (...
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Why didn't Newt Scamander just release the Thunderbird the moment he arrived in New York City?

We only learn of Newt Scamander's purpose in going to New York City when he and Jacob enter the suitcase. His entire purpose is to bring a Thunderbird named Frank to Arizona. Newt says in a bit of ...
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Why don't the guards at the MACUSA building search every pocket, every briefcase, and every handbag?

In this scene, Queenie just walked out of MACUSA with a briefcase full of people evading the law. And clearly somebody had to walk into the building with the briefcase. Switching the briefcase to ...
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