What Creatures Does Newton Scamander Meet In 'Crimes Of Grindelwald?'
There are 28 different types of creatures in the new Fantastic Beasts movie, 'The Crimes Of Grindelwald'. Most of the spectacular beasts can be identified, many of which are part of Newt's menagerie of beasts housed in his suitcase or his basement, both of which are vast spaces thanks to an undetectable extension charm. Several of the animals in the movie are seen in the secret magical show in Paris, the Circus Arcanus.
Some of these beasts, like the mighty fierce cat-like zouwu, are prominent in several scenes in the movie. Many others get a proper introduction, but some creatures are only visible for a fleeting glimpse or hidden in the background of shots. One such creature is seen moving around in the background of Newt's basement and can't be identified.
There may also be some creatures in the movie that haven't been spotted yet. The movie's original screenplay mentions two beasts which aren't seen in the film, tadpoles and a griffin. The bird-like griffin is somewhere in Newt's basement and has the front legs, wings and head of a giant eagle, and the body, hind legs, and tail of a lion.
Below is the complete list of every single fantastic beast that features in the second movie in order of appearance.
The first beast we see in the movie is Gellert Grindelwald's pet chupacabra, which he's named Antonia and is locked in a cell with at the American Ministry of Magic. A chupacabra is a spiny, six-legged, lizard-like blood-sucking beast native to the Americas. We don't see much of Antonio as just minutes later Grindelwald throws him out of the window of the flying incarceration carriage.
We first met thestrals in 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix', they are a type of skeletal winged horse that are only visible to those who have witnessed death. They are used by the US Ministry of Magic to pull the flying incarceration carriage that Grindelwald is to be transported in.
3. Black Rope Snake
When Grindelwald staged his escape from the Magical Congress of the United States of America, he needs to dispose of the two cloaked and goggled aurors who are flying the incarceration carriage. To do this the dark wizard points his wand at the carriage's reins, turning the black ropes into living snakes that attack the aurors causing them to fall from the carriage.
We first met Newt's pet bowtruckle named Pickett in 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them', and the bright green bipedal creature, which is similar to the stick insect but much smarter, returns for the second movie in the series. Bowtruckles use their twig-like bodies as a way to camouflage, which means muggles never spot them living in trees where they feed on insects.
5. House Elves
Another fantastic creature which pops up a couple of times in the movie are house elves, a familiar part of the Harry Potter movies. In 'The Crimes Of Grindelwald' elves can be seen working in the British Ministry Of Magic's headquarters in London.
We first met these cute-looking animals in the first movie, as Newt seemed to have a bit of an attachment to on niffler. They may look cute with their long, duck-like snout and black, fluffy fur, but nifflers are capable of wreaking havoc when let loose. Just like magpies, they are attracted to shiny things and have a pouch on their bellies where they store the treasures they pilfer.
7. Baby Niffler
It seems that Newt's niffler has been busy since the first movie, as he now has a litter of baby nifflers as part of the menagerie of beasts in his basement. Although Newt wrote in his book that nifflers were black, it seems he was proved wrong as the babies seen in 'The Crimes Of Grindelwald' are various colours.
This large moose-like creature is also spotted in Newt's basement. It has long jagged antlers and a huge toothless mouth that looks too big for its face. They are said to be an offshoot of a hyena and a lion and are capable of mimicking the voices and sounds of those around them.
If you look closely at one point in the basement scene, you'll see that the leucrotta is being pestered by at least on doxy, a creature that appeared in the first movie. You can just make it out in the top-right of the still above. Doxies are sometimes mistaken for fairies, but will give you a nasty nip with their double row of sharp venomous teeth if you get too close. Unlike regular fairies, the doxy is covered in coarse black hair, an additional set of limbs and shiny dark wings.
In the first movie we saw that Newton had a heard of mooncalves basking in the moonlight on a hill in his suitcase. They have a pale grey skin and large bulging eyes suited to low levels of light. Newt now has a mooncalf pen in his basement and near the start of the second movie we see him tending to them by administering eye drops.
11. Unknown Creature
Amongst the strange beasts in Newt's basement is a black and white, furry mammal seen jumping around through a doorway behind the mooncalf pen. It's not clear what this creature is, but it looks like a magical leaping badger.
Probably the biggest and most impressive creature that we've seen in Newt's basement is a male kelpie, a shapeshifting, water-dwelling creature that is native to Great Britain and Ireland. Although it can take any form, kelpie tends to prefer the form of a large green horse with a bulrush mane.
Jacob Kowalski passed a mournful augurey as he walks down the stairs into Newt's basement. Although they don't look like it, the augurey is an Irish phoenix, but more closely resembles a hawk or vulture with greenish black feathers and a sharp beak. The tail feathers of the bird resemble that of a peacock.
14. Giant Eye
To the left of the leucrotta and behind Jacob in one scene in Newt's basement another underwater beast can be seen through a hole in the brick wall. All that is visible of this creature is its large eye, nothing more of the creature is ever seen in the movie and no mention to it is made.
A kappa is a Japanese water demon that looks like a scale-covered monkey with webbed hands and is known for strangling humans that invade the shallow waters that they live in. A kappa was one of the attractions at the travelling Circus Arcanus, as seen in Paris in the movie.
Another creature that can be found at the circus are the tiny lizard-like dragons first seen above the kappa and later set free by Credence Barebone. Unlike dragons, firedrakes don't breathe fire but they can produce sparks from the ends of their tails, which can cause fires.
If you look carefully during the circus scene, just before Nagini's escape, you can see a Japanese magical creature called an oni next to Credence. Oni are horned troll-like, humanoid creatures with red or blue skin.
A maledictus is a female who is born carrying the maledictus blood curse, it initially allows them to transform into a beast at will, but will eventually become uncontrollable and she will turn permanently into that beast. The type of beast the cursed transforms into varies and depends on the specific curse. The maledictus who is held captive by the circus is called Nagini, and as fans of the Harry Potter series will know, she will ultimately turn permanently into a snake because of her affliction.
The zouwu is the standout magical beast in the second movie. It is often described as a "gigantic elephant-sized cat" that is native to China. The five-coloured, feline creature has a striped body, scraggly mane, four fangs that curl out of its mouth, long sharp claws, and a disproportionately long, ruffled multicoloured tail. Newt encounters a zouwu at the circus in Paris.
An obscurus is a dark parasitical magical force which is manifested when the magical abilities of a young magical child, known as an obscurial, is repressed through physical or psychological abuse. An obscurus can be invisible or take other forms, commonly a black cloud or a violent dark-fluid-like mass, leading to it being sometimes called a "dark wind". We first saw an obscurus in the first Fantastic Beasts movie as Newt had one stored in the arctic-themed enclosure in his suitcase. It is later revealed that Credence can produce an obscurus, something we see him do again in the second movie.
In a flashback we see a young Leta Lestrange entering a cupboard at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where Newt has hidden several tanks, one of which houses some giant African snails called streelers. They change colour every hour, and produce a toxic slime that will burn all vegetation that it touches.
22. Baby Grindylow
In another tank beside young Newt in the cupboard are some baby grindylows. The grindylow is a small, yellowish-green water demon which has green teeth and horns on its head. These creatures were first seen in 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire' in the underwater task of the Triwizard Tournament, which took place in the Black Lake. Perhaps Newt has fished these out of that same lake within the school grounds himself.
Although not a magical creature as such, the raven is a significant animal in the wizarding world. In the Harry Potter films the Hogwarts house of Ravenclaw use a raven as their house mascot. In 'The Crimes Of Grindelwald' a young Newt Scamander shows Leta a raven chick that is nesting in his cupboard at the school. This is of interest to Leta as a raven features on the Lestrange family crest.
The first appearance of these shape-shifting magical beasts was in 'Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban'. They take on the form of the viewer's worst fear. When Harry Potter faced a boggart during a defence against the dark arts lesson it took the form of a Dementor. In a flashback in the second 'Fantastic Beasts' movie we see Newt encounter a boggart during his time as a youngster at Hogwarts. The boggart takes the shape of a Ministry desk. Apparently Newt's worse fear is having to work in an office. After waving his wand and calling out "riddikulus" the boggart turned into a harmless swaying wooden dragon.
25. Water Dragon Parasite
After Newt and his companions escape from the chamber in the sewers beneath Paris, he examines Yusuf Kama who appears to be hosting a water dragon parasite. Newt says, "there must be a water dragon in that sewer - they carry these parasites, you see." These dragon-like creatures carry a dangerous parasite that can be transmitted to humans, infecting their tear ducts. Newt proceeds to remove the parasite which resembles a spindly, waterborne spider.
These terrifying large black cats with glowing eyes are used by the French Ministry of Magic. Despite looking fierce, they are harmless, but when provoked, they become aggressive. One of their responsibilities is to ensure the Ministry's security, which is why Newton encountered them upon gaining illicit access to the French Ministry's records room.
27. Protego Diabolica Fire Dragons
Perhaps not a sentient beast as such, but a deadly creature all the same. Towards the end of the movie Grindelwald summons a ring of blue fire around him in a Parisian cemetery, which acts as a protective wall. The deadly fire generated by this protective spell doesn't just act as an impressive shield charm, but it evolves into flaming dragon-like creatures intent on annihilation. The scene ends with the cemetery on the verge of destruction and the fire Grindelwald has unleashed is out of control.
The last magical creature we see in 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' is a phoenix. A swan-sized, red bird with a golden beak. As phoenixes grow older they begin to resemble a half-plucked turkey, then their eyes become dull and they make gagging noises, before suddenly bursting into flames, only to rise from the ashes shortly after. The phoenix that we see Grindelwald introduce to Credence at the end of the movie is most likely the Dumbledore family's bird, Fawkes, who will go on to carry Harry Potter from the Chamber of Secrets.