The Beasts of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

What are these mythological creatures that prowl around the wizarding (and muggle, thanks Comic-Con teaser trailer for ‘Fantastic Beasts’)? Entertainment Weekly has caught some of them on camera, as well as the official site for the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movie. Here are a couple:

The Niffler, from EW: “Look something shiny!” That’s what’s going through the mind of a Niffler. The mischievous critter looks like a cross between a mole and a duck-billed platypus and loves anything that glitters. The Niffler will go after your jewelry and coins with burrowing and destructive ferocity. It’s treasures are stored in the pouch on its belly, which – like Hermione’s bag in the Harry Potter films – holds far more than seems possible. “One of the big inspirations was the honey badger,” Fantastic Beasts visual effects supervisor Christian Manz says. “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.”

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The Thunderbird, from EW: “Here’s what we’re hearing on this one: “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. After rescuing a Thunderbird from traffickers in Egypt, Newt named him Frank and promised to return him to his natural habitat in Arizona.” Also, the Thunderbird is the sigil of one of the American wizarding school Ilvermorny’s student houses.”

Image Credits: Warner Bros.

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“For The Love of Harry” Fan Site

For The Love Of Harry” is a Harry Potter Fan Site that offers everything from exciting cosplay help, to a list of all the Harry Potter Events worldwide. The creator of the Site also offers a list of gift ideas, LEGO(r) sets, knitting patterns, DIY crafts, an explanation of characters’ wands and what that might mean about their personalities, and SO. MUCH. MORE.

Harry Potter fans should definitely check out this website in search of anything Harry Potter!

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Chestertown Harry Potter Festival!

On the weekend of September 30th-October 2nd, Chestertown, MD will be hosting a Harry Potter festival full of fun activities for Harry Potter fans of all ages:

To learn more about the festival, visit their website at: http://chestertownhpfest.org/

A few HONR279Q (UMD Harry Potter course) students attended the 2015 Chestertown Harry Potter Festival and enjoyed themselves.

Harry Potter Academic Conference and Festival at Chestnut Hill College!

The Annual Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia will be held this year in October 20-22nd, 2016. The conference offers, on the first day, a section for scholarly work—essays presented by a diverse academic population—as well as a fun Harry Potter festival on the second day. Those interested can submit papers “arising out of J.K. Rowling’s literature” in their website here.

A group of HONR279Q students (University of Maryland, College Park Harry Potter course) attended the 2015 conference. You can register to attend the conference here.

The festival will include fun activities for Harry Potter fans of all ages and will include a Quidditch Tournament:

Visit the website for much more information at: http://www.harrypotterconference.com/