!!'''The book:'''
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: The written-down argument between Ron and Hermione. A case of HypocriticalHumour from Hermione? Or playful banter between them?
* GeniusBonus:
** The Loch Ness Monster is really just a Kelpie that shapeshifts into a sea serpent when it wants to. Before the legend of Nessie became popular, a kelpie was what people originally believed lived in Loch Ness.
*** The fact that a Kelpie is having fun messing with Muggles by letting them see it, then changing into something entirely different when they come searching. It is ''literally'' the ultimate magical troll creature.
** Not to mention the only record of a Chimera being killed "led to the unlucky wizard in question falling from his winged horse".[[note]]In the original legend, after slaying it while riding the winged horse Pegasus, Bellerophon tried to fly to Mount Olympus (where the gods lived). [[JerkassGods Guess how well that turned out]] for him.[[/note]]
** The names of several of the winged horse breeds are taken from the names of mythical horses:
*** Abraxan and Aethonian: From Abraxus and Aethon, the horses that pulled the chariot of Helios, the Greek sun god.
*** Granian: from Grani, the steed of Sigurd in the Volsunga Saga, and a descendant of Sleipnir.
* NightmareFuel:
** The Nundu, which resembles a leopard, is said to be utterly silent, gigantic, and able to wipe out entire villages just by ''breathing'' due to the diseases on its breath; it's so dangerous that the only successful kills have come from one ''hundred'' wizards working in concert. For comparison, that's ten times as many wizards as it takes to subdue the average ''dragon''.
** The Lethifold sneaks up on unsuspecting victims and smothers them in their sleep. And ''digests them on the spot and leaves no evidence of their demise.'' They also have a [[ItCanThink deceptive cunning to boot]], that coupled with the fact that they can blend in with a fairly large range of things, [[ParanoiaFuel means that they could be anywhere.]] And they can only be driven off by a Patronus, which is extremely difficult to summon. And even that might not help, because it could smother and eat a victim before they could reach their wand.
** The Manticore, a ShoutOut to classical Myth/GreekMythology. It has a man's head, a lion's body, and a scorpion's tail, and its sting causes instant death. If that wasn't enough, its skin is ''nigh-invulnerable to magic.'' Not to mention it can speak intelligently and ''croons'' while it eats its prey. And Hagrid possibly ''crossbred'' one.[[note]]It's a Rita Skeeter article, so take it with a grain of salt, but if anyone ''would'' crossbreed manticores with fire-crabs, it'd be Hagrid.[[/note]]
** Then there's the Quintapeds. According to legend, they [[WasOnceAMan were once a family of wizards]] before they were [[BodyHorror transformed into monsters]] by a rival wizard family, who were in turn eaten by the beasts they created. Whether or not the legend is true, these carnivorous five-legged human-eating beasts rate five Xs, and are so dangerous the island they live on has been marked completely hazardous and enchanted so it can't be placed on maps. God help us all if those things are capable of breeding.

!!'''The film series:'''
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** Modesty. [[spoiler:Is she actually descended from witches and wizards and her wand real? Or was her wand just a toy and she's just a RedHerring?]] Official material, like the screenplay, states that [[spoiler:the wand was just a toy]], so take that as you will.
** Graves' relationship with Credence. [[spoiler:On one hand, Grindelwald!Graves acts supporting towards Credence and seems upset when MACUSA destroys him, demanding to know who their laws really protect. On the other, he was quick to throw Credence away when he failed him, only showing him care again when Credence reveals he's the Obscurial. Did Grindelwald care about Credence at all or did he only see him as a tool? There is also the question of whether the original Graves knew Credence, and if Grindelwald was building off an existing connection.]]
** Graves seeming sympathetic towards Tina earlier on. [[spoiler: Was this just Grindelwald staying in-character as Graves? Or did he see genuine potential (or a possible ally) in Tina, since she assaulted a muggle and had known dislike of the New Salem Philanthropic Society.]]
** Similarly, Graves looked distressed upon [[spoiler: ordering the execution of Newt and Tina. Was Grindelwald still caught up in the role of Graves? Did he genuinely regret ordering the death of two young wizards who essentially only got caught up in his schemes by accident? Was he just annoyed at another complication in his plans?]]
** The concept of the Obscurus bears several similarities to the story of Ariana Dumbledore, who also had repressed her magic after a traumatic event and could be downright dangerous if she lost control of her powers. [[spoiler: It may also be another reason Grindelwald approached Dumbledore in the first place in order to investigate Ariana.]]
** The very calm, unquestioning [[spoiler:executioners. They may have had total trust in Graves' judgement. Alternatively, they might have been placed under the Imperius Curse, as Grindelwald!Graves did not seem worried that they overheard his slip while talking to Newt.]]
** Gnarlack's [[spoiler: betrayal of Newt and the others]] is, as far as he knows, him informing the authorities on the location of four wanted criminals planning to start a war between wizards and muggles. EvenEvilHasStandards, or perhaps PragmaticVillainy? Either way, he's perhaps not as bad as you'd first think. Of course, he might have simply wanted to play both sides against each other and get the reward from both of them.
* AngstWhatAngst: Both Newt and Tina have very personal reasons for wanting to [[spoiler:save Credence. Newt, because Credence is an Obscurial, and the last one Newt tried and failed to save was a little girl. Tina, because she was demoted from auror specifically because she saved Credence from his adopted mother's abuse during one of Mary Lou's sermons, necessitating all No-Majs present to be have their memories wiped. Yet when their attempts to save him are thwarted when President Picquery has Credence killed, ''[[BigBad Graves]]'' shows more anger and regret at his death than either of them.]]
* {{Anvilicious}}: Some fans take issue with the film's portrayal of Wizarding America and [[AllThereInTheManual Rowling's worldbuilding notes on Pottermore]], arguing that they play up the worst elements of US culture and history (sex scandals, witch trials, strict segregation, a xenophobic government and populace, a cruel death penalty with too little judicial oversight) with little subtlety or nuance, making Wizarding Britain[[note]]Azkaban, a clueless Minister and inept Ministry, Death Eaters, and all[[/note]] look vastly more enlightened by comparison. Others may agree with some of Rowling's points, but think [[DontShootTheMessage they could have been toned down just a bit]].
* AuthorsSavingThrow:
** To some extent, the decision to expand the planned three-film saga into a five-film saga would count. Aside from [[CashCowFranchise the most obvious reasons that they'd want to stretch this series out]], one of the biggest complaints against the film is that the amount of exposition relative to the amount of action it has wore it down to some degree. Telling a story over a greater number of films, of course, would allow for the story to have more room to breathe while also leaving more room for action sequences. [[spoiler:The inclusion of Grindelwald's rise to power makes the decision for several movies even more plausible, as it allows him to be shown as a powerful threat, with people waiting on [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome his duel with Dumbledore in 1945]].]]
** The Obliviate Curse is treated here as a pretty terrible thing, which many fans had thought since the original books, especially since it was shown to cause brain damage if done too much, or if badly cast. [[spoiler:Jacob's memory being erased at the end is one of the film's saddest scenes.]]
** One of main characters being a Muggle. This means we ''finally'' get to see the world of ''Harry Potter'' universe from the viewpoint of a Muggle. Not to mention said Muggle is a nice and open-minded man, unlike the xenophobic Dursleys.
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* BrokenBase:
** The base is split as to whether the films are a worthy addition to the ''Harry Potter'' canon or a lazy cash-grab.
** Several long-time fans have taken issue with the lack of diversity in the casting choices of the main characters, especially since the film is not based on a book. Others have insisted that it isn't really that much of an issue because of the varied background characters in the trailer and it's justified since the population of New York City in the 1920s was about 95% white.
** One point of excitement is that we're finally being given an opportunity to see the rest of the world, not bound to the Trio and Voldemort's story. Others have been a little more skeptical, and want the movie to take place in different locations around the world.
** One rather sticky point of contention is the announcement that American wizards do not use the term {{Muggles}}, instead opting for "No-Maj". Some fans prefer the term "Muggle" over proposed substitutes, while others contend that it sounds distinctly British and likely wouldn't be used overseas. Still others agree with the latter point but think that "No-Maj" is a weak alternative, arguing that even a shortening like "Mug" would have sounded more American and less clumsy than "No-Maj."
** The fact that this is yet another series of prequels following a beloved franchise, especially coming off the heels of both ''highly'' divisive trilogies: the ''Film/StarWars'' prequels and the ''Film/TheHobbit'' films. Some say that the new movies will follow in the same path as the aforementioned movies while others say to wait and see, as this won't directly tie into the ''Harry Potter'' films as much as what the previous prequel trilogies did to their respective franchises. Not helping matters is the fact that the movie has a lower score on Rotten Tomatoes than any of the Harry Potter films, though higher than any of the other aforementioned prequels except ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
** Creator/JohnnyDepp's casting as [[spoiler:Gellert Grindelwald]]. Some (including, apparently J.K. Rowling herself) were happy with the choice and applauded him for being a great actor, but quite a few think he was all wrong compared to the way they imagined [[spoiler: Grindelwald]] to be from his breif mentions in the books  the image of a handsome, sharp-dressed, silver-tongued man had crystalized so much in the fans' mind that they took the somewhat pudgy, soft-speaking Depp Grindelwald, especially with his extremely strange haircut and mustache, as a betrayal. Others don't especially dislike this version of the character, but think that as an American, he's the wrong fit [[spoiler: for a continental European wizard]]. Also, a significant chunk of the fandom expressed horror not because of the performance but because of the highly publicized allegations of domestic abuse during Depp's divorce proceedings in 2016[[note]]it should be noted that ''Fantastic Beasts'' began shooting in 2015, before said allegations were made public[[/note]]. One admin on the Harry Potter Wiki even resigned over the inclusion on that wiki of a Johnny Depp article, but has since rejoined.
*** [[spoiler: Many others felt Colin Farrell's portrayal was vastly better than Depp's {{Narm}}y scene, and have set up petitions demanding his return.]]
* CounterpartComparison: In addition to how characters here get compared to those from the main ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' series Credence's severe haircut, [[spoiler:immense magical power, destructive tendencies when mocked or upset]], notable immaturity despite his apparent age, and antiquated mode of dress (even for the 1920s) lend to easy comparisons to the DC character [[ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} Klarion the Witch Boy]]. Being a member of a group that uses "witches" as the default term for magic users doesn't help given the character's title.
* EpilepticTrees: With the revelation that [[spoiler:a look will be taken at the rise of Grindelwald, and that he (and presumably Dumbledore as well) will take on a larger role as the series goes on, some fans are pondering whether we might eventually ''see'' the famous duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald for the first time in any medium]].
* FanficFuel: How Newt acquired the creatures in his care seemes rife with narrative possibilities.
* FashionVictimVillain: [[spoiler:Grindelwald]]'s ridiculous hairdo and makeup do not leave the character with a lot of dignity.
* FridgeHorror: To anyone caught up on the ''Harry Potter'' books, the origin of the Scourers at first makes no sense, given we were told in an earlier book that the tragedy of the Witch Hunts, from actual wizard perspectives, is that '''they only killed Muggles''', as actual wizards [[RealityEnsues could easily get out of the mess with their magic]]. To the point mention is made of one NightmareFetishist witch who ''repeatedly'' got herself caught and burned because she [[TooKinkyToTorture enjoyed the sensation of flames under a Fire-Freezing Spell so much]]. The realization, and the dawning horror, is that the book was likely referring to the ''European'' Witch Hunts, which was purely an outburst of Muggle insanity and callous profiteering (see: ''the Witch Finder General''). In America's Salem Witch Hunts, however, the whole affair was orchestrated ''by'' wizards, so those wizards and witches who got caught were probably attacked and rendered helpless ''by their own people'' first. Also, no Fire-Freezing Spell is going to save someone who's being ''hanged'', which was the execution method used at Salem Village.
* GeniusBonus: The Singer Building that stood until the 1960s in lower Manhattan is the focus of an intro shot, setting the scene nicely for anyone who recognises the long demolished skyscraper.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Newt is dubbed in Japanese by Creator/MamoruMiyano, who also dubbed [[Film/HarryPotter Percy Weasley]]. In short, he's gone from a snobby prefect with a stickler for rules to an introvert [[spoiler:who was expelled from Hogwarts]].
** Ditto in the Mexican Spanish dub, as Newt is voiced by Creator/IrwinDaayan, but besides voicing Percy, he also voiced Tom Marvolo Riddle in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' and Draco Malfoy from ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' to the end of the saga.
** Creator/EzraMiller is currently known for playing [[Film/DCExtendedUniverse The Flash]]. In ''Fantastic Beasts'', his character [[spoiler:is the ''Harry Potter'' universe equivalent of [[ComicBook/XMen Jean Grey]]]]. Plus, he was previously [[Film/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower Hermione's stepbrother]]. He's also been [[Film/WeNeedToTalkAboutKevin severely unstable and had issues with his mother who especially focused on him, father (figure) who only saw what he wanted, and younger sister]] who in this case is actually ''creepier'' then he, though in this case [[spoiler:his mother dies, his sister lives, and his father-figure ultimately causes ''him'' to get shot full of holes]].
** Looking back at ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', [[spoiler:two versions of Gellert Grindelwald appear side by side, [[Creator/JamieCampbellBower Jamie Campbell]] [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Bower]] and Creator/JohnnyDepp.]]
** This is [[Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus not the first time]] that [[spoiler:Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp have played the same character.]]
*** With the [[http://variety.com/2017/film/news/jude-law-dunbledore-fantastic-beasts-sequel-1202029157/ announcement]] that Creator/JudeLaw will play young Dumbledore, everyone who took over from Creator/HeathLedger in Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus is in this film series.
** The Niffler pretending to be a stand in the jewelry display window in light of the Mannequin Challenge going viral just before the movie's release.
** This is the second time Samantha Morton and Creator/ColinFarrell [[Film/MinorityReport are in the same movie but don't have any real scenes together, Colin's character is an American federal agent]] and [[spoiler:not what he seems (Witwer seems corrupt due to his ambition but is actually a straight-arrow; Graves turns out to be a different person entirely) and ends up dead (as good as, anyway, in Graves' case) when the conspiracy is revealed]].
** This is also isn't [[Film/PacificRim the first time]] that a character named Newt who likes Fantastic Beasts has gone to Creator/RonPerlman in a somewhat seedy underground location in order to get information.
** This isn't the first [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} franchise]] that had its installments located in its home country[[note]]Britain for Harry Potter and Japan regions for Pokémon[[/note]] for its first 15 years, then moved to [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite America]] and then moved to [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY France]].
** Michael Gambon once [[https://www.futuremovies.co.uk/filmmaking/qa-with-michael-gambon/adam-tanswell played pranks on Johnny Depp]] who now portrays his character's arch-enemy. Also, the castings of both are [[WTHCastingAgency not particularly beloved by the fandom]].
* HoYay:
** Jacob and Newt, whose first meeting involves watching an occamy egg hatch together. In the famous suitcase scene, Newt even introduces Jacob to "his" occamy, while referring to himself as their "mummy".
** Credence and Graves have more than a few intimate scenes including one where Graves gives Credence a gift and tells him to call on him "whenever he needs him". He is also incredibly handsy with Credence and usually mere inches from him. They also had a deleted scene in which Graves takes Credence to dinner and gives him a flower. The screenplay adds credence[[note]][[IncrediblyLamePun I see what you did there]][[/note]] to this, describing Credence as "utterly enthralled" with Graves and when he sees him, "everything else is forgotten." [[spoiler:The fact that in the books, Grindelwald (who impersonates Graves throughout the movie) was Dumbledore's Closet Key does not help.]]
* ItWasHisSled: Creator/JohnnyDepp's cameo appearance as [[spoiler:Grindelwald]], which was intended to be a major surprise (albeit one that was hinted at), was spoiled by many outlets a few weeks ahead of the movie's release. Given that his character's presence generated a lot of interest from the fanbase ahead of the movie's release date, and that it directly preceded an increase in opening weekend projections, [[TropesAreTools this might not have been a bad thing]]. It's actually a {{downplayed|Trope}} example from the standpoint of the cast and crew, who were afraid that the aforementioned spoiler was going to leak much earlier than it did.
* JustHereForGodzilla: A fair number of ''Harry Potter'' fans who weren't particularly interested in the premise of a Potter-free movie set in the universe were on the fence about the film got on-board at the last minute once it was confirmed that the film [[spoiler:would include a cameo from Grindelwald and would lead up to the legendary confrontation between Dumbledore and Grindelwald]].
* MemeticMutation:
** After ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' came out, many jokes surfaced about how everyone already knows where to find fantastic beasts. One commenter, [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcbAwlGGhhOH-DOrsMhvWXw Kenny Tee]] on the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdgQj7xcDJo San Diego Comic Con trailer]] even called the film "Fantastic Pokemon and Where to Go Find Them".
** [[https://68.media.tumblr.com/c9da1a1a41a81e541d626c22c315a8e4/tumblr_oh5st18KH21vlcvv2o1_400.gif This gif of the Niffler]] is rapidly gaining steam.
** Thanks to [[UnfortunateNames unfortunate choice of words]] in the Russian version, the title itself became a meme.[[note]]Фантастические твари и где они обитают. The word "твари" indeed can mean "beasts" or "animals", but it is the old meaning which is now almost forgotten. In the modern speech, this word is used to point at... [[{{Understatement}} not a good person]].[[/note]]
* {{Narm}}: The reveal that [[spoiler:Graves is Grindelwald]] is difficult to take seriously, owing to [[spoiler:the character's ridiculous appearance, especially his blond moustache]]. [[spoiler:His confusing "Will we die, just a little?" line didn't help matters.]]
* NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize: Subverted. [[spoiler:Gellert Grindelwald]]'s involvement in the movie's plot was teased, but never confirmed, until the last few trailers, and his actor was kept a complete secret until journalists who attended early press screenings began questioning on social media what Creator/JohnnyDepp was doing in the movie.
* NoYay: Some of the interactions between Percival Graves[[spoiler:/Gellert Grindelwald]] and Credence Barebone come off as this. Given how close he stands to Credence every time they are together, the way he is always touching his face, hair, or neck, the [[UnequalPairing power imbalance]] and age difference between them, and [[spoiler: the way Grindelwald uses apparent affection to manipulate him]], his relationship with Credence takes on pedophilic overtones despite the fact that Credence is of age.
* OneSceneWonder: Creator/JohnnyDepp's cameo as [[spoiler:Grindelwald]]. The character's presence gives decisive direction for the remaining four films in the series to take.
* SignatureScene: The scene where Newt takes Jacob inside his case and shows him his fantastic menagerie of magical beasts.
* {{Squick}}: Mary Lou making Credence take off his own belt so she can beat him with it, hurting him with his own clothes that he wears at his midsection -- she's essentially emasculating him. Graves going the opposite way and trying to bait him with affection [[spoiler:and then rejecting him ''hard'' for being a Squib and only using him to find the Obscurial]] didn't do his psyche any favors.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: When Newt and Jacob are holding and touching the creatures inside Newt's case, there isn't much of a sense of weight or pressure in their interactions with the creatures, which makes it obvious that the actors are just miming their actions and the CGI creatures were added in post-production.
* TheyChangedItSoItSucks: Words in this case, as mentioned above, many fans are upset that the word "Muggle" is replaced by "No-Maj." Some take issue with the lack of the word "Muggle;" others simply believe that "No-Maj" is a weak substitute.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: The main villain of the series? An American Grindelwald follower KnightTemplar who believes that TheMasquerade is tyranny, and who manages an epic VillainHasAPoint speech? No. [[spoiler:He was Grindelwald in disguise all along, which means we already know how the main villain will be defeated, and that it will not be Newt who beats him.]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** With the movie being called ''Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'', you'd think it would be more about, well, the fantastic beasts. While Newt and company catching the beasts does play a part, a large part of the movie is exposition and a subplot that isn't fully explained.
** Alternatively, somewhere in the tangle of plots concerning a magical monster loose in New York, Muggles -sorry No-Majs - becoming aware of and hostile to the wizarding world and characters questioning the real reasoning behind the masquerade is a compelling story waiting to be told.
* TrappedByMountainLions: Almost the entire subplot about the Shaws is irrelevant to the actual plot; it only serves to supply [[spoiler: Credence Barebone]] with an AssholeVictim in the form of Henry Shaw Jr. Langdon helping the Second Salemers or his implied resentment towards his brother, and Henry Sr.'s anger over [[spoiler:his son's death]] end up going nowhere, even when they're explicitly shown outside the subway during the climax as if they're ''about'' to do something. Considering their irrelevance and limited screen time, they're surprisingly well-developed, especially when Henry Jr., the only one to be plot relevant in some way, is little more than a {{Jerkass}} politician. [[SequelHook Perhaps we'll see more of them in the future?]]
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Picquery can be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, but at times it seems almost as if she is just taking out stress on Tina. This seems especially true at the second meeting scene wherein she sees proof that what is going on ''might'' be linked to Tina's emergency yesterday... then proceeds to order Tina to be punished for not telling them sooner when ''she brushed Tina off''.
* ValuesResonance: Despite having harsh laws against No-Maj/wizard relations, MACUSA not only is led by a female president but she's also black (who's also not the first woman to hold the office -- one served as far back as the 1700s), while at the time their No-Maj female counterparts only recently gained the right to vote at all, and in much of the US black people had theirs (among other rights) denied.
* WhatAnIdiot: On several occasions.
** Catch someone violating the laws? Why, bring them up to the president directly without regards for her being in a meeting. Or better yet, having no security for said meeting to stop her. Although this is mitigated slightly by the fact that the president seems to be in the Auror office for a meeting with Graves, Tina asks to be taken to 'major investigations', rather than directly to the president, and seems surprised to see Picquery herself is there. This is more an unfortunate series of coincidences than anything else.
** Someone brings forth proof of the above? [[LawfulStupid Give her a tongue lashing for waiting 24 hours before telling them]] despite the fact ''that she was turned away the previous day by the very people yelling at her for that''. To be entirely fair, [[spoiler:Grindelwald had infiltrated the congress]].
* TheWoobie: Credence Barebone is regularly abused by his mother, mocked with disdain by the Shaws, and only receives any sort of affection from Mr. Graves. [[spoiler: Turns out, it isn't Graves at all, but Grindlewald in disguise, who is only using him to find the Obscurial, and then promptly throws him away when he thinks Credence is no longer of any use.]]
* {{Woolseyism}}: In Japan, the film is titled ファンタスティック・ビーストと魔法使いの旅 (roughly ''Fantastic Beasts and the Wizard's Journey''), following [[CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase the naming structure]] of the ''Potter'' books and helping to show that this is a new adventure taking place in the same universe. Additionally, the bottom of the kana character ビ is elongated into an occamy's tail much like the S in ''Beasts'' in the English logo.
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