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It’s been more than six years since Harry Potter fans have had any chance to speculate and theorize about what to expect in upcoming books. With J.K. Rowling’s announcement of spin off movie series about Newt Scamander, it’s time to get back at it.

We have very little information about the project, but the tidbits we did get in the press release allow us to revert to an old Potter fan favourite activity: Extrapolate wildly from every syllable that comes out of J.K. Rowling’s mouth. So below I’ve put together a list of what we know and what we can expect from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Newt Scamander

The best place to start is with Newt Scamander, the main character of the series. Newt was born in 1897 and graduated from Hogwarts. From there he worked for two “tedious” years at the Ministry of Magic’s Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures in the Office for House of Elf Relocation. If we assume that Newt finished Hogwarts in the standard seven years and started at age eleven, then he would have been at the Ministry from 1915/16-1918. In 1918 he was commissioned to travel the world and compile a list of Magical Beasts (eventually titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) by Augustus Worme of Obscurus Books. The first edition of the book was published in 1927.

“…seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”

Harry’s story in the Philosopher’s Stone technically starts the day after Lily and James’s deaths in 1980, but let us assume that she is referring to when the story begins from Harry’s perspective in 1991 (this fits in much more closely with the context provided above). This puts us in the 1920s, which aligns nicely with the years in which Scamander started to write Fantastic Beasts. I think that makes it fair to assume the series will take place during this period from when Scamander was commissioned to write the book in 1918 and it’s initial publication in 1927. During this period Newt was be 21-30 years old.

J.K. Rowling also made it explicitly clear that this movie will not constitute a Harry Potter prequel in any way. However, for the sake of additional context it is interesting to note what was happening in the Wizarding World during this period that relates to Harry’s story. In 1925, Bob Ogden visited the Gaunt’s house. Later that year, Merope Gaunt used love potion to trick Tom Riddle Senior into marrying her. 1926 is marked by the birth of Tom Marvolo Riddle on New Year’s Eve. This almost certainly will not play a significant role in the story of Newt Scamander although there may be a reference or two thrown in as Easter Eggs for observant fans of the series.

“Newt’s story will start in New York…”

Throughout the Harry Potter canon, there have been various references to what the Wizarding World is like outside of Britain, but now we will finally get to see first hand what the Wizarding World was like in New York in the 1920s.

For an insight into the muggle side of New York City in the 1920s, we can look to what is arguably the most famous American novel of all time, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, much of which deals with the culture of the time in New York. The book describes a culture typified by excess, plenty and extravagance. Undoubtedly this will provide an interesting backdrop for where Newt’s story begins, how this will translate to the Wizarding World we can only guess.

The Beasts

One thing we know for sure is that the beasts mentioned in the book will be featured in the film. With the knowledge that the film begins in New York we can narrow down which beasts are likely to appear based on their geographical information in the book. Below is a list of beasts that appear all across the world (or where it isn’t specified) and those said to be native to America or North America.

Whole World
- Ashwinder: A thing pale-grey serpent born in magical fires
- Basilisk: Giant snake that kills with its stare
- Bundimun: Fungus-like creature with eyes, infests houses
- Chizpurfle: Crab-like parasite with fangs
- Doxy: Fairy covered in black hair with an extra pair of arms and legs
- Fairy: Similar to muggle concept of fairy, but very unintelligent
- Flobberworm: Brown worm that produces mucus
- Ghoul: Lives in wizarding houses and resembles an ugly ogre
- Hippogriff: Flying horse with head of a giant eagle
- Kneazle: Highly-intelligent cat
- Merepeople: Human-like people who live underwater
- Mooncalf: Calf that dances on its hind legs in moonlight
- Plimpy: Spherical fish with two webbed feet
- Puffskin: Docile spherical creature covered in custard coloured fur
- Salamander: Lizard that feeds on flames
- Sea-Serpents: Reaches up to a length of 100 meters, but not particularly dangerous
- Snidget: Small golden bird, used as early snitches
- Streeler: Giant snail that changes colour and leaves a venomous trail
- Werewolf: Human that becomes a violent wolf at the full moon
- Winged-Horse: Various breeds of winged horses are found worldwide

United States
- Clabbert: Looks like a cross between a monkey and a frog, tree-dweller
- Dugbog: Resembles a dead piece of wood and lives in marshes
- Gnome: Garden pest about a foot high
- Jarvey: Resembles an overgrown ferret, but can talk
- Jobberknoll: Blue speckled bird silent until the moment of its death
- Knarl: Hedgehog-like, but takes offers of food as an attempt to trap it
- Nogtail: Demons that resemble stunted piglets
- Re’em: Giant ox with golden hide, drinking its blood gives immense strength
- Shrake: Fish covered in spikes that lives in the Atlantic Ocean

This list leaves a myriad of possible beasts that could appear in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Hopefully these ideas will help spawn many more theories about what J.K. Rowling’s latest wizarding world endeavor will entail and Harry Potter fans can get back to what Harry Potter fans are best at… theorizing and wild speculation!

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  • PabloRuiz7

    SPECULATION! THEORIES! YES! I’VE MISSED THIS SO MUCH!

  • 7Starrchasers

    This is so exciting! I can’t believe we are actually doing this again!

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    I actually never thought we’d be doing all of this theorizing again :) It feels great. I’ve missed it so much. I actually like the idea of Newt doing the research for the book. I’d give anything to see some of these creatures in a film! Especially the dragon species we never saw in the films or books.

  • Pete.

    I have an idea: since luna eventually marries Newt’s grandson she could be the narrator of the series (like older Bilbo in The Hobbit) maybe she stumbles upon his diary and reads it after marrying his grandson Rolf Scamander! There ya go Evanna :D

    • http://facebook.com/yaarik Yaarik

      Like that idea!

    • Jenna

      Ah I LOVE this idea!

    • Jefferson Alves

      When you find people’s diary, do you read them to everyone else?

      I don’t think Luna would be such a bad person to reveal personal information from a diary, she would know that whatever was supposed to be out, was on the book that lies on Hogwart’s library. Maybe there is another way for her to have a scene there.

      • PabloRuiz7

        It’s not that Luna goes to a public square and reads it aloud. It could be her reading it herself and that’s the framing device for us to see the story. Like how both characters in The Prestige read each other’s journals and we see what they’re reading.

        • Jefferson Alves

          Well, it’s nice. But that’s not something new, you know. I am dying to know how JK will do that. I know that she will do something ‘wow’, and I just hope it’s a total surprise. Especulating is nice, but what about something really, really new?

    • Cguy

      Or maybe Luna and Rolf are reading the story to their kids, in front of the fireplace or something.

  • Gryffindork

    I keep imagining a movie about newt hunting some magical creature in New York. But he constantly gets drunk at the bars and has his way with American girls. When he’s actually working he is chasing monsters through the streets and and almost revealing the magical world to muggles. It’s be kinda funny, but not because its a comedy. It’s be like an adventure with humor.

  • RussellTurner

    UGH!!! I LOVE THIS!!! Brings back that old feeling…

  • Jenna

    I think she’ll give him a familiar to be his companion throughout the series (like Hedwig, crookshanks, etc). A Jarvey would make for a really interesting one since they can talk, and it’d probably be adorable. So excited for all the new speculating we’ll be doing for the next however many years!

  • Isak

    As I commented on a different article – the Beasts premise kind of makes me think of a very Indiana Jones-y plot, but set within the realms of the magical world, with Newt Scamander being some sort of explorer/adventurer based in New York and traveling to unknown lands to research mystical creatures.
    Also, if this would come to pass, it would be quite easy to find sequels. Each sequel, a new adventure. Which is why maybe they said they hope for it turn into a franchise: if Jo has made a pitch for one movie, then it must be an idea that welcomes sequels fairly easily, such as this one.

  • awkwardjenny

    Yay! I came to the fandom late even though i always loved HP (poor struggling New Yorkers don’t always have computers!) I’m just so happy I finally get to be a part of it this time. I want mugglecast back on full time to speculate and pontificate for us!

  • Haley Keller

    I’ve missed Harry Potter speculation so much. This is wonderful. It’s interesting though how we’re speculating over a movie in a way other than “what will they keep in and leave out from the book.” I’m just extremely excited about this whole thing.

  • http://shanadebusschere.tumblr.com/ Shana Debusschere

    And with this, we’re back in the game!

  • Alexa

    Anyone else wanna see Newt at a Gatsby party?

  • Mrs_Badcrumble

    This has so much potential!
    And I feel it is far enough from the Potter storyline has not to feel like a rip-off or just another way to suck more money. And since Jo is deeply involved, and she loves this world and the fans that helped shape what it became, I’m much more confident that it will be something worthwhile.
    Let the speculation begin!

  • Bryan Knowles

    I would love for the premise of the film to be Newt Scamander’s hunt for the ever-elusive Crumple Horned Snorkack. He sets out when he is young in search of one, and over the course of his journey finds many amazing creatures. As an old man, he finally stumbles across the last remaining Snorkack herd, and ultimately chooses to keep them secret and out of his book.

  • Bean

    One thing nobody is picking up on is that this would have been right in the midst of Grindelwald’s rise to power. I’m hoping for at least a mention of that!
    Oh, I have missed theorizing and speculating with absolutely nothing to go off of. This is a beautiful time.

  • Emily Bryan

    This is so fun!! Okay, I know she said New York, but I’m sure there’s a chance it’s not SOLEY NYC. Either way, getting a glimpse into American Wizarding World will be interesting! I’m excited to see how these creatures will look! :)

  • chrisstrange

    Looks like MuggleNet and The Leakey Cauldron get to keep us excited and in suspense as we take another journey into the Wizarding world. Yes and more midnight movie releases. Welcome back everyone and welcome all new wizards and muggles.

  • jashaw56

    Can we please have a short ,that plays before the movie, from the tales of bheedal the bard. Because I want to see that!

  • Natasha Pereira

    I wonder what the 1920s in the wizarding world is going to look like, because the aesthetic of the films (bc of the way things are described in the books) in the 90s is already so old fashioned! I can’t wait for more info to come out! Feels good to be back at it, ya’ll!!

  • Lillie Marie Peterson

    I kinda get a “How to Train Your Dragon” vibe.

  • Alissa Roy

    Do we know for certain if this will be in New York the city or New York the state? Because they are two very different things and when someone says “New York” you can’t just assume the city… Either way though, I am so pumped for this!

  • rh1127

    Every discussion I’ve seen assumes “starts in New York” means New York City. Do we have anything concrete on that? The state of NY is a lot bigger than that… when I first read the press release I actually assumed it would be upstate New York.

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