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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