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Has the original Fantastic Beasts book been pulled off shelves?

Looks like it: But with the selection of Fantastic Beasts to become the foundation for a trilogy of films, and Scholastic’s new deal with Warner Brothers to publish it as part of the spin off ...
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Why is there a lack of spoken spells in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

In Fantastic Beasts, we only see adult wizards, the majority of whom are MACUSA employees, including aurors. What we are seeing is non-verbal magic, which is taught to Hogwarts students in year six. ...
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Why did this character join Grindelwald?

At the start of the film we see that Queenie is struggling with the idea that Jacob can't/won't marry her because she'd become an outcast in wizarding society (essentially exiled from her home country)...
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What were the crimes of Grindelwald?

The crimes committed by Grindelwald (or his followers, on his orders) in The Crimes of Grindelwald are: Breaking out of MACUSA/international custody Killing a bunch of MACUSA/international law ...
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Can wizards and witches be Obliviated?

In Chamber of Secrets Gilderoy Lockhart both speaks of Obliviating (or at least using a similar sort of memory charm) other witches and wizards. "Harry, Harry," said Lockhart, shaking his head ...
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Is Newt going to be the protagonist in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts?

Who knows. Producer David Heyman says Newt won't be the protagonist all the way through: "I don't think [Newt will be at] the heart of all of them," Heyman told Cinema Blend. "I think ...
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What happened to the Muggle bank manager that Newt Scamander Petrified?

The bank manager in question is Mr Bingley. Mr Bingley retains his memories of the 'bank robbery' and his experience with the Full Body-Bind Curse until the end of the movie (about 2 days in movie ...
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Why didn't Merope Gaunt turn into an Obscurus?

Merope never suppressed her magical abilities Obscuruses develop under highly specific circumstances, which don't appear to be satisfied by Merope's situation: Newt: Before wizards went underground, ...
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Was Newt ever referenced in the Harry Potter series?

Newt Scamander is the author of the book "Fantastic beasts and where to find them", both in the real world (J.K Rowling used Newt's name to publish the real book) and in the books and movies. He is ...
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What happened to Nicolas Flamel's wife in The Crimes of Grindelwald?

Based on what we know about Flamel (loves opera, has a residence in Devon at some point), it's certainly possible that this house in Central Paris is a pied-à-terre, a small house that he and his wife ...
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How does the new edition of the Fantastic Beasts book differ from the old one?

Things changed: Newt is no longer said to have graduated Hogwarts. 2001 Upon graduation from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Mr. Scamander joined the Ministry of Magic in the ...
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Was Ariana Dumbledore an Obscurus?

We have never come across the word Obscurial/Obscurus in Harry Potter. But here's what is said about Ariana. "It destroyed her, what they did: She was never right again," Aberforth said. "She ...
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What does "Ilvermorny" mean?

In-universe, it’s after the cottage Isolt grew up in. The reason Isolt chose the name in-universe was after the cottage where she grew up in Ireland. No explanation is given to why the original ...
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How was Jacob able to use the eggs as collateral?

Probably, yes As you say, this is almost certainly a violation of the Statute of Wizarding Secrecy. Then again, it's probably a low-risk violation, because... As far as an outside observer can tell, ...
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How can the Lestrange bloodline still exist?

The Lestrange bloodline can continue through another branch. The Lestrange bloodline could continue on through another male member of the bloodline though Leta’s father Corvus Sr. has no living ...
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What's the deal with Grindelwald's magical skull bong?

The skull hookah Grindelwald has lets others see his visions. In a podcast, the director of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, David Yates, explains what the skull hookah does - it allows ...
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Is there any significance to 'Fantastic Beasts' taking place in the year of Voldemort's birth?

This appears to be a case of the tail wagging the dog. JKR wanted to have sufficient space to tell a long story, one that in her mind spans 5 movies and runs for nearly 20 years, leading up to ...
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Can this connection between Credence and Dumbledore be true?

Update - It can’t be - Dumbledore’s parents died too long before his birth. Dumbledore’s parents both died before they could possibly have another child Credence’s age. When he was hunting Hallows ...
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How could MACUSA exist in 1693 or be in Washington in 1777?

Probably for the same reason MACUSA is called MACUSA in 1693, over 100 years before the United States became the United States, and why Dudley had a Playstation before Playstations existed! Poor or ...
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How did this Fantastic Beasts character disguise themselves?

Through an advanced spell J.K. Rowling answered this question in the FAQ of her new website. Obsolete answer below:
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Why did Newt Scamander carry the suitcase full of beasts, if he knew they could escape?

Because the case of creatures was safest in the care of Newt, a trained magizoologist. In figuring out why Newt made the decision he did, there are a few things that are very important to remember. ...
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Was Nagini the only snake which could become human?

Nagini is now said to be a Maledictus, not an Animagus. J.K. Rowling specifically contradicts the idea that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is suggesting that Nagini is meant to be an ...
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What happened to Nicolas Flamel's wife in The Crimes of Grindelwald?

Flamel says ‘we keep no food’, the ‘we’ possibly refers to his wife. Those Flamel’s wife is never shown or mentioned in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, at one point Flamel tells Jacob ...
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Why wasn't Newt Scamander's wand snapped when he was expelled from Hogwarts?

Newt was cleared and never charged. A MACUSA document in an official companion book shows Newt was never actually expelled from Hogwarts. Dumbledore defended him and his name was cleared before he was ...
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Why wasn't this character an Obscurial?

Neither of them were suppressing their magical power Newt is quite clear about this in the script; an Obscurus only develops when magic is intentionally suppressed: Newt: Before wizards went ...
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An elf, a goblin, and a _____ walk into a bar

A giant From the script: ANGLE ON A HOUSE-ELF serving a drink to a giant, whose hand dwarfs the mug he is handed. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
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Has the original Fantastic Beasts book been pulled off shelves?

I thought I'd leave some specific information regarding the old and new versions of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in hopes that it might be useful to some who haven't seen the original book....
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What are these cat like fantastic beasts from The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer?

Those creatures are Matagots, spirit familiars that resemble cats. Those cat-like creatures are Matagots, as Newt says when he sees them in the French Ministry. At that moment, MELUSINE enters the ...
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Where will the second Fantastic Beasts film be set?

New York, London, and then Paris Warner Bros. have confirmed that the new Fantastic Beasts film will be heading to New York, to London, and then on to Paris. The film is set in 1927, months after ...
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How do muggles and wizards differ physiologically?

In the world of Harry Potter, magic manifests itself in physical beings. This is the subtle difference that Scamander is referring to. Wizards for example are susceptible to magical ailments such as ...
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