"A Wizarding World movie comes out next month" is something we can say now. And I'm getting super excited for Newt Scamander. ^_^ And of course, to see some magical beasts! I wrote this post weeks ago, but it's so timely that a new trailer came out last week that showed us a BUNCH of magical beasts. Here are seven of them I need to see.
When the plot for the first movie was released, I wasn't the only one making connections to the Pokemon franchise--and the Swooping Evil just cements that.
The Swooping Evil is a new beast added to the Wizarding World. It's some kind of butterfly creature that comes out of a cocoon or small object. You can see it come out of said object in Newt's hand above. How cool is that? It seems like a friendly beast, one that would be useful in the movie. . . . In much the same way Pokemon that come out of pokeballs are useful to their trainers.
Lethifold (a.k.a. Living Shroud)(a.k.a. Your Worst Nightmare)
If you don't want to have nightmares tonight, I suggest you skip this creature. But personally, I love having the dark, evil, and terrifying things make an appearance in stories, and I know the Lethifold is set to make its appearance.
From the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book:
[A Lethifold] resembles a black cloak perhaps a half an inch thick (thicker if it has recently killed and digested a victim), which glides along the ground at night. . . . It generally attacks the sleeping, though, its victims rarely have a chance to use any magic against it. Once its prey has been successfully suffocated, the Lethifold digests its food there and then in their bed. It then exits the house slightly thicker and fatter than before, leaving no trace of itself or its victim behind.
I think we can agree that the Lethifold is related to the Dementor. They also share the same spell to repel them, the Patronus charm. (Wouldn't it be weird if the Dementor's cloak was actually a dead Lethifold?)
Creeeeepy . . .
One of my favorite things about this beast is not only how creepy it is, but the fact is that it seems almost more like an object than a beast. Weird. Creepy.
Now, I don't know if this beast is in this movie, but I'll be shocked if it doesn't make an appearance in at least one of the movies, strictly because it's so dangerous and terrifying.
From the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book:
This East African beast is arguably the most dangerous in the world. A gigantic leopard that moves silently despite its size and whose breath causes disease virulent enough to eliminate entire villages, it has never yet been subdued by fewer than a hundred skilled wizards working together.
JobberknollThis one needs no explanation. Read it for yourself:
The Jobberknoll (northern Europe and America) is a tiny blue, speckled bird which eats small insects. It makes no sound until the moment of its death, at which point it lets out a long scream made up of every sound it has ever heard, regurgitated backwards. Jobberknoll feathers are used in Truth Serums and Memory Potions.But in case you missed it.
The Jobberknoll (northern Europe and America) is a tiny blue, speckled bird which eats small insects. It makes no sound until the moment of its death, at which point it lets out a long scream made up of every sound it has ever heard, regurgitated backwards. Jobberknoll feathers are used in Truth Serums and Memory Potions.
The Occamy is a plumed, two-legged serpentine-bodied creature with wings that may reach up to fifteen feet in height. The Occamy is extremely aggressive to anyone who approaches it, and lives off of rats, birds, and occasionally monkeys. It is extremely protective of its eggs, which are made of the most pure and soft silver. It is found in the Far East and India. The Occamy is known to be choranaptyxic, meaning it grows or shlinks in order to fit available spaceIt grows or shrinks to fit into a space? That can be potentially cool, or potentially creepy. Either way, the writers can have some fun with this one. (Update: So happy to have seen this taking affect in the latest trailer!)
JarveyA Jarvey is basically a large ferret--that can talk.
The Jarvey resembles an overgrown ferret, and is commonly found in Britain, Ireland, and North America. The Jarvey is capable of Human speech, although true conversation with a Jarvey is impossible. The creature uses short, usually rude, statements and phrases in an almost constant stream.Maybe it's because it reminds me of Pan in The Golden Compass, but I want one. And let's be honest, we need something cute, furry, and entertaining to balance out all the creepy dangerous creatures in the Wizarding World.
Jarveys live below ground, and their diet consists of moles, voles, rats, and Gnomes. Jarvey are particularly good at hunting Gnomes, and are sometimes employed to de-gnome a garden, although their methods are usually brutal.
The Ashwinder is created when a magical fire is allowed to burn unchecked for too long. A thin, pale-grey serpent with glowing red eyes, it will rise from the embers of an unsupervised fire and slither away into the shadows of the dwelling in which it finds itself, leaving an ashy trail behind it.
The Ashwinder lives for only an hour and during that time seeks a dark and secluded spot in which to lay its eggs, after which it will collapse into dust. Ashwinder eggs are brilliant red and give off intense heat. They will ignite the dwelling within minutes if not found and frozen.
What a great way to remind campers to put out their magical fires. And to scare small children.
Beasts Not Listed that are Confirmed to Make an Appearance
- The Niffler
- The Bowtruckle
- The Billywig
- The Demiguise
- The Thunderbird
- The Murtlap
After reading Cursed Child--I'm pretty confident we will see an Augurey too.
Watch the latest trailer to see even more confirmed fantastic beasts
What fantastic beasts do you want to see?