Universal Studios recently launched Diagon Alley inside it's Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Orlando's Island of Adventure, and nestled inside this expansive world is our first glimpse at the creatures who will be brought to life in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Take a look at this sneak peek, located in the Magical Menagerie shop in Diagon Alley where the creatures are hidden in the overhead shelves. These strange looking animals represent the first time that these 'beasts' have been visualized.
Fans know that the world of Harry Potter will return to the screen when J.K. Rowling adapts her book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as a movie. If you are wondering what the mythical creatures might look like, head to the Magical Menagerie shop in Diagon Alley and peer up at the overhead shelves. Some of the strange looking animals represent the first time that the beasts have been visualized. It will give visitors a peek at the next wave of Harry Potter.
J.K. Rowling wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them herself, based on a book she created for charity which follows a real-world version of the encyclopedic text studied by the students of Hogwarts and written by Newt Scamander, who will be the film's protagonist. In the photo, from left to right, we see the magical creatures known as the demiguise, a hippogriff, a kneazle, and a graphorn.
Here is how they are described in Newt Scamander's bestiary:
Like sphinxes, griffins are often employed by wizards to guard treasure. Though griffins are fierce, a handful of skilled wizards have been known to befriend one.
The Kneazle has an uncanny ability to detect unsavory or suspicious characters and can be relied upon to guide its owner safely home if they are lost.
Mountain trolls can occasionally be seen mounted on Graphorns, though the latter do not seem to take kindly to attempts to tame them and it is more common to see a troll covered in Graphorn scars.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will begin shooting at UK's Leavesden Studios early next year, with the studio taking on an expansion to help see the project forward. All of the Harry Potter movies were also shot on stage at Leavesden Studios.