It's been a big week for fans waiting for the new Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with star Eddie Redmayne offering new details about his character Newt Scamander, and a new photo offering our first look at Ezra Miller's character, Credence Barebone. Today we have even more photos, but instead of giving us new looks at cast members, we get our first look at six of these "fantastic beasts." We also hear from visual effects supervisor Christian Manz, who sheds some light on each of these unique creatures.
Entertainment Weekly has the new photos, which kicks off with The Niffler, a creature Eddie Redmayne revealed this week is one of Newt Scamander's favorites. This "mischevious critter" is said to be a cross between a mole and a duck-billed platypus, which goes after anything that is shiny, which it stores in its enchanted belly, that holds much more than meets the eye. Here's what Christian Manz had to say about the inspirations for The Niffler.
"We saw some great footage of a honey badger raiding somebody's house with a completely insatiable desire to find food and nothing would get in its way."
The next creature is known as the Bowtruckle, which was said to be one of the toughest creatures to design, with the team going through more than 200 variations before deciding on the final design. The Bowtruckle only eats insects and is said to be "sweet and intensely shy," although they are loyal creatures who are adept at picking locks. Here's what Eddie Redmayne had to say about a Bowtruckle named Pickett, which is the actor's favorite creature.
"Pickett has attachment issues, so Newt knows he shouldn't have favorites, but like he loves Pickett to sit in his top pocket. I felt for him quite badly."
The Thunderbird is a sigil for one of the American wizarding schools, Ilvermorny. This creature is said to be native to Arizona, and Newt rescued one of these creatures from traffickers, naming him Frank and promising to return him to his native Arizona. Here's what the site's unidentified source had to say about the Thunderbird.
"The Thunderbird is a large, regal avian creature native to the arid climate of Arizona. Its head is similar to that of an eagle or, in the wizarding world, a Hippogriff. Its multiple powerful wings shimmer with cloud-and sun-like patterns and their flapping can create storms. Thunderbirds can also sense danger."
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling made her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts, which means she's responsible for naming all of these creatures, including the next one dubbed Swooping Evil. Like the rest of these magical animals, we're not sure how big a role the Swooping Evil has, but it sure is one of the most creative names. Here's what the site's unidentified source had to say about the Swooping Evil.
"Looks like a cross between a reptile and an extremely large butterfly, when at rest, the Swooping Evil lives in a green spiny cocoon. But when it spreads its colorful, spiked wings, it is strangely beautiful. It can be dangerous, as it is capable of sucking out brains, but, conversely, if properly diluted, its venom can be quite useful to erase bad memories."
The last two creatures are the Demiguise and the Occamy, which each have unique traits. The Demiguise is described as "a primate-like creature that resembles a silver-haired orangutan with large, doleful black eyes. It has the remarkable ability to become invisible at will, and has precognitive sight, so the only way to catch it is to do something completely unpredictable." The Demiguise is also said to be a "fundamentally a peaceful beast, but it will give a rather nasty nip when provoked or feels threatened." This creature Demiguise is also quite valuable in the wizarding world, since its long hair is used to make Invisibility Cloaks, "making its pelt highly valuable." The Occamy is a "plumed, two-legged, winged creature with a serpentine body, making it look like a cross between a dragon and a bird." These creatures are hatched from eggs made of pure silver, which are also worth a fortune. These creatures are native to India, and it is said to grow or shrink to fit into whatever space is available. Take a look at these new photos of the beasts from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, to get ready for its theatrical release on November 18.