History Headscratchers / FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem

30th Apr '17 6:51:02 PM QuarrelsomeChevon
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* Is there some sort of enmity that exists between Tina and Red, the goblin who operates the elevator in the Woolworth Building? She greets him as though there's some sort of grudge that she holds against him, but he never seems to behave this way towards her, and it's never brought up again following his first and only appearance. Was this explored more in the original script? Why does Tina seem so hostile?
30th Apr '17 6:39:14 PM QuarrelsomeChevon
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** I don't think it's out of the question that A.) the Thunderbird created a rainstorm that would extend upstate in order to enter the water supply, or B.) the storm would be designed to last long enough for No-Majs who were indoors to step out and get mind-wiped. I've never been to New York, but it's a huge, bustling city - everyone has to go outside at ''some'' point, and even if there's some reason why someone can't, then they were probably also indoors when the events of the film were happening and therefore wouldn't need Obliviating.
26th Apr '17 4:17:34 PM DavidTC
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*** Exactly this. Basically, Newt talks about how he got an inert sample of smallpox to study, it's perfectly safe, and that it had killed the girl he got it from, and Graves is like 'Inert? So it's no use at all?' And Newt responds by asking WTF would you ''use'' smallpox for?
26th Apr '17 4:01:31 PM DavidTC
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*** The question isn't why she was sentenced to death. That is obvious. The question is why was she ''even arrested''? What actual crime had she committed? 'Failure, by a non-Auror, to report knowledge of a Magical Beast'? (Ignoring the fact she tried.) Or was it 'Walking though an ''unlocked'' door into a meeting of the ICW'? Which of those two things are criminal offenses, and how?
26th Apr '17 2:22:17 PM psionycx
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** Also notice that most American wizards and witches work harder to blend in than their British peers. Instead of WizardClassic costumes they dress in attire that can pass for normal on the street. In a contradiction, despite their rigid segregation from No-Maj's, TheMasquerade has caused them to assimilate more. Thus, the primary distinction between groups boils down to a very simple magical versus non-magical.


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** This is set in the 1920's, when spiritualism and psychics were still very trendy. Plus, earlier that same day Jacob had experienced Newt dragging him across the room and then teleporting him around, watched Newt open a bank vault with ease, saw a magical platypus able to store huge amounts of treasure in its pouch, had his apartment shredded by an invisible beast and been bitten by a rather more visible one. At this point it would have required an insane amount of ArbitrarySkepticism to not believe that all kinds of magical phenomena were real.
25th Apr '17 8:33:52 AM Sharlee
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** Alternately, one of the states with a very low population may not ''have'' enough wizarding folk living in it to merit statehood by MACUSA's standards. States like Wyoming had less than 200,000 inhabitants back then.
25th Apr '17 8:26:45 AM Sharlee
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** "Muggle" is an InherentlyFunnyWord, in keeping with British wizarding culture's stereotyping of non-magical people as rather silly or inept. In America, people without magic are stereotyped as being imminent TorchesAndPitchforks rather than amusing, so have a less goofy, more exclusionary ("no-maj" = "lacking something") slang name.
25th Apr '17 8:16:49 AM Sharlee
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** Remember that the Death Cell potion doesn't just kill, it ''disintegrates'' the condemned. Grindle-Graves wasn't just eliminating his enemies, he was destroying evidence. Had the execution proceeded as planned, he'd probably have Confounded the executioners into thinking Newt had escaped with Tina's help, sicced the Aurors on the "escaped fugitives" to divert their attention, and gone on to capture his new pet Obscurial uninterrupted.
25th Apr '17 8:05:02 AM Sharlee
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** ''Reparo'' isn't reliable when applied to magical objects, which is why fixing things like broken wands or damaged Vanishing Cabinets requires time, expertise, and/or the Elder Wand. It also has nasty side effects on living creatures, which is why it can't be used for first aid. Newt probably didn't want to risk using ''reparo'' on his suitcase, because he couldn't be sure it wouldn't inadvertently harm the creatures inside.
25th Apr '17 7:48:26 AM Sharlee
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** And don't forget, Newt ''himself'' has only just eluded captivity and a KangarooCourt execution by the Aurors. He needed to ensure that Graves would truthfully reveal what was going on, else the other Aurors might have arrested him on the spot.

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** And don't forget, Newt ''himself'' has only just eluded captivity and a KangarooCourt execution by the Aurors. He needed to ensure that Graves would truthfully reveal what was going on, else the other Aurors might have arrested him and Tina on the spot.
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