New Scamander's suitcase and hideout zoos
An Obscurus is a rare magical parasite that hasn't been seen in centuries. It is created by the repression of magic in prepubescent wizards called 'Obscurials' and can cause untold destruction. The only known Obscurus in the modern age is one Newt Scamander found in Sudan.
- Beyond the Impossible: No known Obscurial has survived past the age of ten. The one exception is Credence, an Obscurial who lived into adulthood due to his extreme power.
- Eldritch Abomination: An Obscurus can take the form of an ever-shifting ethereal black cloud of destruction that occasionally manifests horrid spectral faces. They also haven't been seen in the last few centuries, to the point where most of MACUSA doubts one could possibly exist.
- Evil Twin: Dumbledore refers to them as being like evil twins and thinks Credence might be able to surpress his obscurus if he finds a sibling.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: This is how they work in a nutshell, as being created from repressed magic means that the children who become Obscurials are easily mistaken for Muggles or Squibs and typically only reveal otherwise when the child is put under extreme stress.
- The Juggernaut: An Obscurus can plow through concrete and houses like Moses parting the Red Sea, demolish a street, and utterly obliterate anything Muggles can come up with to contain it.
- Miracle-Gro Monster: Newt has imprisoned a regular Obscurus the size of a basketball - due to an Obscurial surviving to adulthood, the resulting Obscurus reaches the size of King Kong.
- One-Winged Angel: Obscurials have the ability to turn into an Eldritch Abomination when in times of extreme emotional distress. The only time we get to see an Obscurus in its full form is at the end of the movie, when Graves pushes Credence into a rampage across New York.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Every Obscurus is controlled, consciously or not, by a child. That child ends up with the power of an enraged eldritch bulldozer, which can smash up literally anything and anyone unlucky enough to get in their way. The Obscurus can even detonate itself like a bomb to clear out everything around it if the child is particularly enraged.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: An Obscurus's MO. It's what happens when a particularly powerful magical child is essentially locked in a closet and abused for having magic. It's not actually evil, just scared and angry after a lifetime of pain.
- Remember the New Guy?: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows talks in detail about what happens when a childnote tries to suppress their magic, but an Obscurus isn't mentioned. This is justified in several ways: firstly, the Dumbledores' matriarch taught the brothers to answer questions about their sister with vague terms and half-truths. Secondly, both Aberforth and Albus felt guilty and enforce Never Speak Ill of the Dead. Thirdly, when others found out about Ariana, they assumed that she was a Squib, a much more common taboo that could explain the situation.
- Rowling has addressed why Harry never became one. It's because while the Dursleys wanted to suppress his magic, Harry never thought of it himself.
- Unstoppable Rage: Nothing bar an army of wizards can stop an Obscurus once it has been angered.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: An Obscurus is only created when a young wizard deemed an 'Obscurial' has been forced to repress their magic until it cannot be contained anymore. This makes Obscurials incredibly powerful, but it also ensures their death.
Small, cute and fluffy and the best weapon a jewel thief can have, Nifflers are small platypus/mole-like creatures that have a fancy for anything shiny and precious.
- Bag of Holding: Nifflers have a pouch on their stomachs with which to hold the shiny things they steal. It's magical in nature, able to hold many times the creature's mass and volume without encumbering it in the slightest, as shown when Scamander shakes and tickles the Niffler, which then dumps out a pile of stolen goods several times larger than the creature.
- Chekhov's Gun: For two movies, we were shown an impossible creature able to steal everything it likes and unable to stop. The Big Bad owns a shiny trinket that prevents the Big Good from fighting him directly. Make 2 + 2.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: Tries to pull this on Scamander in a jewelry. Scamander doesn't get fooled, of course.
- Impossible Thief: The thing is excellent at infiltration due to its ability to squeeze through slits; the one that escapes apparently squeezed through the seam in Newt's case and can be seen sliding through the seam in a bank vault to the inside.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Fits the bill due to its funny, cute and mischievous nature.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Looks like a mix between a mole and a platypus.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: There's no deying Nifflers are cute.
- Small, Annoying Creature: A small and cute creature which, while not annoying to the viewer per se, creates much trouble due to its fondness for precious materials.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Its thanks to one of these funny harmless creatures that the blood pact between Dumbledore and Grindelwald is broken, allowing for the Big Good to take down the Big Bad years later.
- Sticky Fingers: Nifflers like to steal shiny things, primarily coins and jewelry.
- Thieving Pet: Attracted by shiny and precious things, and tends to steal them. A nest of Nifflers is seen filled with gold and jewels inside Scamander's suitcase's zoo. This ends up coming in handy in the second movie, as it steals the blood pact Dumbledore made with Grindelwald, meaning that Dumbledore now has a chance to destroy it and move against Grindelwald directly.
A winged creature that emerges from a small cocoon and looks like a cross between a reptile and an extremely large butterfly.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Its predominant colors are blue and green.
- Attack Animal: Scamander uses the Swooping Evil to free himself and Tina from a MACUSA execution cell, support their escape from MACUSA against Aurors and to wrap restraints around Percival Graves.
- Brain Eater: Prey's brains are the first, and possibly only, thing it consumes.
- Canon Foreigner: It was never mentioned before in the Harry Potter canon, including the book that inspired the film.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: When going through the magical suitcase, Newt stops to show off the Swooping Evil, a creature that curls into a ball until it is thrown, causing it to unfurl into a bird-like form. It becomes essential when Goldstein's life is in danger and Newt's wand is nowhere in sight. After that scene, he mainly sticks to regular magic and his wits, but Newt uses it again to catch the main villain off-guard and restrain him.
- Creepy Good: Its name isn't very nice-sounding, its head is a skull, and Newt shoos it off from trying to eat an Auror's brain, but it helps free Tina from MACUSA and helps Newt take down Graves/Grindelwald in the subway fight.
- Deflector Shields: It is able to deflect at least some spells by flying into their path.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Swooping Evil's venom can be used to erase bad memories, although it will kill whoever drinks it if is isn't properly diluted.
- Sizeshifter: It can shrink to get into a small cocoon and be released again from it, not unlike a Pokémon.
- Skull for a Head: There's no skin nor muscles on its head.
- Swiss Army Weapon: This creature is very useful in combat, with all the abilities listed above.
The Occamy is a blue serpentine creature with feathers and a beak. They can reach up to 15 feet in length and are aggressive to anyone who approaches them or their eggs, which are sought after for being made of pure silver.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Occamy Jacob inadvertently sets loose when opening Scamander's suitcase grows to an enormous size inside a Macy's attic and ends up the last of the escaped creatures Scamander has to recapture, and the most difficult at that.
- Body to Jewel: Their eggshells are silver, which results in them being targeted by poachers.
- Feathered Fiend: A dangerous animal with feathers.
- Feathered Serpent: Resembles a serpent with avian features, including feathers, wings and a beak.
- Mama Bear: They don't take kindly to people going near their eggs.
- Mascot: Sort of, in the film series' title. The middle "S" in "Beasts" is a stylised Occamy. See here◊.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Occamies may be at least partially based on Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent god of the Aztecs.
- Sizeshifter: They can grow to enormous sizes or shrink enough to be confined in a teapot.
Bowtruckles are small twig-like creatures that guard wand-quality-wood trees.
- Master of Unlocking: They are skilled at picking locks, which comes in handy when Newt has to escape from MACUSA. Unfortunately, it also makes Gnarlak demand Picket as payment for help.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Scamander carries a Bowtruckle on him for most of the film (rather than in his briefcase), as it became deeply attached to him. He named it "Picket".
- Parrot Pet Position: Picket stands on Scamander's shoulder sometimes.
- Planimal: A small sentient plant that doesn't need to be rooted in the ground to live.
- Punny Name: "Picket" (sounding like "pick it") is a very fitting name for a creature good at picking locks.
Thunderbirds are large, avian creatures closely related to the phoenix. They can create storms as they fly, and can sense danger. After rescuing one from traffickers in Egypt, Scamander named him Frank, and promised to return him to his natural habitat in Arizona — it is the main reason behind his trip to the USA in 1926.
- Canon Foreigner: It was never mentioned before in the Harry Potter canon, including the book that inspired the film.
- Chekhov's Gunman The Thunderbird appears in Scamander's suitcase to demonstrate its ability to control storms. This ability allows it to take a potion and create an amnesia-inducing rain that prevents the exposure of the Wizarding World to No-Majs.
- Detect Evil: It can sense danger.
- Giant Flyer: Frank the Thunderbird is a an eagle-like creature the size of a tree. His species can only live safely in incredibly spacious and flat areas like the deserts of Arizona; Newt only comes to America because he found Frank being trafficked and needed to come to America to find a safe habitat for him.
- Meaningful Name: A species of giant birds that can create storms.
- Noble Bird of Prey: A majestic eagle-like creature.
- Not Using the "Z" Word: The word Thunderbird is never said onscreen, but it's mentioned in Crimes of Grindelwald.
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: Resembles a six-winged eagle.
- Weather Manipulation: It can create storms and summon massive rainfalls.
The Erumpent is a huge African magical beast resembling a rhinoceros. It is a powerful creature, with a thick hide capable of repelling most curses and charms, a single long horn, a head tumor that glows when on oestrus cycle, and a thick tail. They often literally go boom, which is why they're almost extinct...
- Endangered Species: Due to their bad habit of exploding one another.
- Having a Blast: The Erumpent's horn can cause anything it impales to explode, which comes in handy when the Erumpent's prey tries to get to higher ground.
- Horn Attack: The Erumpent's horn contains a deadly fluid that causes whatever it impales to explode. Occasionally occurs when they mate and accidentally strike one another.
- Pheromones: When Scamander tries to recapture his loose Erumpent, he uses Erumpent musk on himself to simulate the presence of a mate and attract the creature back to his suitcase. Jacob inadvertently sprays himself with the musk, which sends the Erumpent charging after him.
- Rhino Rampage: That beast looks like a rhinoceros with a very large head, and can be very destructive when it charges.
- Samus Is a Girl: Jacob is surprised when Newt refers to the Erumpent that escaped the suitcase as female.
The Demiguise is a monkey-like beast with long, silvery fur and has the power to turn itself invisible. Newt's Demiguise is named "Dougal".
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: The Demiguise looks like a monkey with large eyes.
- Futureshadowing: It has the power to foresee the most probable close future.
- Interspecies Adoption: When Newt finds Dougal, he's gathering food for an escaped occamy.
- Invisibility: It can turn itself invisible at will. According to the book, one can weave an Invisibility Cloak out of their fur.
- Mischief-Making Monkey: It steals some food and a kid's lollipop while being invisible.
A large East African beast that resembles a leopard. It moves silently despite its "gigantic" size, and its breath is toxic and filled with disease so potent that it can wipe out entire villages. The Nundu is extremely hard to subdue.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the Fantastic Beasts book, it's said to be the single most deadly beast known to wizardkind (presumably including the likes of dragons, basilisks, and Dementors), has never been subdued by less than a hundred wizards working together (by contrast, it takes ten wizards or so to subdue a full-grown dragon) and cannot be tamed or domesticated. In the film, Newt has one in his possession; it seems to be perfectly tame and docile, and it's easily outsmarted by a baby Diricawl.
- Panthera Awesome: A deadly big cat with spikes.
- Appear in: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Mainly the beasts who appear in Newt's case but aren't given much focus.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The Doxies (red and black), the Billywigs (bright blue), the Diricawls (blue, green and red), the Fwoopers (bright purple), etc.
- Dumb Dodo Bird: The Diricawls, though in the film they don't look much like actual dodo birds.
- Endangered Species: The Graphorns that Newt has are said to be the last breeding pair in existence.
- The Fair Folk: The Doxies, small insectoid fairy-like creatures that bite.
- Feathered Fiend: The Fwooper. It's mostly harmless, but listening to its song for too long can degrade your sanity, so you have to silence it every now and then using a magic spell.
- Heli-Critter: Billywigs are insects that fly by spinning.
- Lunacy: Mooncalves love the moon.
- Overly Long Tongue: A Fwooper eats a Doxy using one of these.
- Panthera Awesome: Not just the aforementioned Nundu, but also the Graphorns, which are mentioned in the script as resembling saber-toothed tigers.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Fwooper, the Diricawl (and her babies) and the Mooncalves.
- Small Role, Big Impact: The Murtlap's never seen again after Newt catches it very early on, but it biting Jacob serves as the reason the Muggle's not immediately obliviated for seeing magic so he has time to befriend Newt and the Goldsteins.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Diricawls are birds that can teleport at will. In the film, a baby one demonstrates this by teleporting when a Nundu tries to eat it.
- Appears in: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
A powerful magical creature native to China. It is based on the Zouyu.
- Androcles' Lion: Newt freed the beast from its chains and treated it well. It was enough to tame it, and the beast ends up being of great help when it comes to escape the French Ministry of Magic.
- Animal Eyes: The beast's eyes turn feline when in "combat mode".
- Canon Foreigner: The Crimes of Grindelwald marks this creature's first appearance. It was never mentioned in any Wizarding World entry before.
- Cartoony Tail: It has a long and fluffy pink tail.
- Dragons Up the Yin Yang: Its head has elements from mythical Chinese dragons.
- Faster Than They Look: Zouwus are capable of travelling one thousand miles in a day.
- Good Taming, Evil Taming: The beast has been mistreated at the circus and goes on a rampage upon escape as a result. Enters Newt Scamander, who is able to calm it down with a specifically designed toy, captures it in his suitcase, destroys its chains and treats it well.
- Mega Neko: It has some feline shapes, and Scamander considers it as "a big kitten". It even purrrs when Newt gains its trust and gets closer for a hug. What's more, the toy that is used to tame the beast looks like a cat toy.
- Summon Bigger Fish: When Newt, Tina and Leta are cornered by Matagots at the French Ministry of Magic, Newt releases the Zouwu, which is essentially a much bigger cat.
- Appear in: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Magical beasts that resemble large black sphynx cats.
- All Witches Have Cats: The ones seen in Crimes of Grindelwald are used by the French Ministry of Magic.
- Attack Animal: They serve as messengers at the French Ministry of Magic, but also as "guard dogs" when there's trouble inside.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Normally, they are harmless, but when provoked, they turn into ferocious creatures.
- Canon Foreigner: The Crimes of Grindelwald marks their first appearance in the Wizarding World canon.
- Cats Are Mean: It's better to not provoke them.
- Self-Duplication: They multiply upon being attacked with spells.
- Shout-Out: They might be a reference to one of the most famous French vintage posters, "Le Chat Noir"◊ ("The Black Cat"), which used to advertise a Parisian cabaret of the same name that closed down at the beginning of the 20th century, the same era as the Art Nouveau movement that clearly inspired the designs of the French Ministry of Magic.