What Creatures Does Newton Scamander Keep In His Suitcase?
There are 26 different types of creatures in the new Fantastic Beasts movie, most of which are housed in Newt's suitcase which was enchanted with an undetectable extension charm allowing him to hide a whole menagerie of beasts in the case.
Some of these beasts get a full introduction and plenty of screen-time, while other creatures are only visible for a fleeting glimpse or hidden in the background of shots.
Below you will find the complete list of every single fantastic beast that features in the movie in order of appearance, including some common creatures like elves, goblins and giants.
Nifflers may look cute with their long, duck-like snout and black, fluffy fur but these little creatures are capable of wreaking havoc when let lose. Just like magpies, they are attracted to shiny things and have a pouch on their bellies where they store the treasures they pilfer.
2. Occamy Hatchling
The second creature we meet in the movie is just seconds old as we see it emerges from a silver egg in Newt's hand, right before Kowalski's eyes in the bank. We later learn that this is an Occamy hatchling.
3. House Elves
Another fantastic creature which pops up throughout the movie are house elves, a familiar part of the Harry Potter movies. In Fantastic Beasts elves can be seen working in the Magical Congress of the United States of America's headquarters and an elf barman serves up the giggle water from behind the bar in the speakeasy, The Blind Pig.
Murtlaps are ugly, hairless creatures that resemble a large rat with soft, fleshy spines on its back. Despite being rodent-like in nature, Murtlaps are a marine-based mammal and can be found on the coastal areas of Britain.
Billywigs are vivid sapphire blue Australian insects, they are common but due to their speed are rarely noticed by muggles. Billywigs have a long, curved stinger at the bottom of their bodies, if stung their victims will suffer from giddiness, followed by levitation.
6. Swooping Evil
Not only does Newt have at least one Swooping Evil in his suitcase, he also carries it around with him and uses it in self defence. A Swooping Evil is a large blue and green butterfly-like creature with spiked wings that shrinks down to in to a small green cocoon.
Newt's main reason for visiting the United States was to take a Thunderbird named Frank back to its natural environment. Thunderbirds are large birds closely related to the Phoenix, which can create storms as they fly.
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8. Giant Dung Beetles
Little is known about the giant dung beetles which can be spotted rolling balls of dung around inside Newt's suitcase. It's believed that just like their regular, non-magical cousins, the giant dung beetles are a variety of scarab beetles.
Newt's charmed case contained the last pair of breeding Graphorns, along with their offspring. The Graphorn, which is native to the mountains of Europe, can be aggressive and with grayish-purple skin with is said to be tougher than that of dragons, it might be hard to defeat one if it attacked.
Fwoopers are a brightly coloured African bird, their feathers can be orange, pink, lime green or yellow. It's claimed that listening to a Fwooper's song can drive you insane, so when kept in captivity they are muted with a silencing charm.
Bowtruckle's are bipedal creature similar to the stick insect but much smarter. They use their twig-like bodies as a way to camouflage which means muggles never spot them living in trees where they feed on insects. Newt had a special attachment to one Bowtruckle in particular who he had named Pickett.
Although we technically see an Occamy emerge from an egg at the start of the movie, this is our first glimpse of a fully grown specimen. Occamies are an unusual type of two-legged serpentine with wings. They change their size to fit the space they are in and can reach up to fifteen feet in height. From an early age the Occamy is aggressive to anything that approaches it, especially when protecting its eggs which are made of pure silver.
Nundus originate from East Africa and desptie being huge are able to move silently making it a proficient hunter and has earned it the title of one of the most dangerous creature alive. It's been described as a cross between a tiger and a pufferfish. They inflate the sacks on their necks and then expel their breath which contains a potent mix of diseases and toxins.
Doxies are sometimes mistaken for fairies but get too close and you might find out why they're sometimes referred to as "biting fairies," you can get a nasty nip from these little creatures with their double row of sharp venomous teeth. Unlike regular fairies, the Doxy is covered in coarse black hair, an additional set of limbs and shiny dark wings.
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15. Glow Bugs
Little is known about Glow Bugs but it is possible to spot a few in Newt's suitcase floating amongst Doxies and Grindylows suspended in transparent bubbles in the air which look like they're made of glass.
There are a few of Grindylows which can be spotted in Fantastic Beast, one is floating in a bubble of water alongside the Doxies and Glow Bugs, and there are a few more in and around Newt's large water tank near his Mooncalves enclosure. The Grindylow is small, sickly-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.
Diricawls might have been amongst the magical creatures in Newt's collection, but this is one fantastic beast that muggles are actually aware of. In the non-magical world, these fluffy, flightless birds are more commonly known as dodos. However because they have a magical ability which allows them to apparate and reappear elsewhere as a way of escaping danger, their existence has been hidden from muggles with the story that they have been hunted to extinction.
Newton has a heard of Mooncalves basking in the moonlight on a hill in his suitcase, they can be shy and will only emerge from the burrows on a full moon. The Mooncalf has pale grey skin and large bulging eyes suited to low levels of light. Mooncalves will perform a mating ritual consisting of dance-like moves when exposed to moon light.
Newt can bee seen bottle-feeding a young Marmite, a beast with a large tentacled, transparent body. It's like a cross between a dust mite and squid. Marmites have bioluminescent bodies which means they emit a natural light giving them a glowing appearance.
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." Kowalski encounters an Obscurus in an arctic-themed enclosure in Newt's suitcase.
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The Erumpent is a huge African beast, Newt had a female of the species as part of his collection that escaped in New York, causing destruction in its wake. With Jacob Kowalski's help, Newt was able to recapture the beast in Central Park Zoo.
Goblins are a familiar creature in the Harry Potter universe, they can be found manning Gringotts Wizarding Bank and even teaching in Hogwarts. In Fantastic Beasts we meet a very talented jazz-singing Goblin at The Blind Pig Speakeasy, where we also encounter Gnarlack, a well-connected goblin gangster who runs the venue which is located at 124 Macdougal Street in New York.
Amongst The Blind Pig's clientele is a giant, another familiar creature in the Harry Potter world. Hagrid, Hogwart's groundskeeper was half-giant and at one time his fully giant brother, Grawp lived nearby in the Forbidden Forest. Giants also came to the aid of the students and teachers in the Battle of Hogwarts.
24. Ashwinder Egg
An Ashwinder is a magical serpent which is born from the embers of an unattended magical fire. While we don't see an actual Ashwinder in Fantastic Beasts, we do see an Ashwinder's egg. The eggs are extremely valuable but hard to obtain as very are very hot and flammable unless frozen in time. Newt offers the goblin Gnarlack a frozen Ashwinder egg in exchange for his help.
A Demiguise was the last creature that Newton managed to recapture after his case was opened in New York. It's exceptionally hard to catch a Demiguise as they're invisible most of the time and have precognitive sight, the only way to catch them is to do something completely unpredictable.
Runespoors are three-headed snake with orange and black stripes which are native to Africa. Despite their huge size, you may not have spotted Newt's two specimens in the movie, that's because they didn't make the final cut but the Runespoors can be seen in the deleted scenes.