What creatures does Newt 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 shorts.
They’re mischievous, dangerous, shy, friendly, and more than ready to cause havoc in Newt’s magical suitcase and in 1926 New York. We know Newt is far more comfortable with his creatures than he is with people. So, what are the fantastic beasts of Fantastic Beasts?
Here the list of the most famous fantastic beast creatures.
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. They are attracted to anything shiny and have a pouch on their bellies where they store the treasures they pilfer. Though Nifflers are gentle and even affectionate, they can be destructive and should not be kept domestically.
Murtlaps are ugly, rodent-like, hairless creatures that resemble a large rat with soft, fleshy spines on its back. They can be found on coastal areas of Britain. Despite the unpleasant look, its tentacles, when pickled, can be made into healing solutions or consumed to promote resistance to curses and jinxes. A bite can cause adverse reactions, particularly for Muggles.
An Occamy emerge from an egg at the start of the movie, this is our first glimpse of a fully-grown specimen. It’s a plumed, two-legged winged creature with a serpentine body, is aggressive to all who approach it, particularly in defense of its eggs, whose shells are made of the purest, softest silver. They change their size to fit the space they are in and can reach up to fifteen feet in height.
The thunderbird is a large, flying beast native to the arid Arizona climate in the United States. It is closely related to the phoenix. Similar to a large albatross, standing taller than a man when fully grown. Can have cloud and sun-like patterns on its wings. It can create storms as it flies, and can sense danger.
A Bowtruckle is a small twig-like creature (maximum of eight inches in height) that guards wand-wood trees, found in western England, southern Germany, and Scandinavian forests. They appear to be made of bark and twigs with two brown eyes which makes them hard to distinguish from the trees they inhabit. Newt had a special attachment to one Bowtruckle in particular who he had named Pickett.
The Demiguise is found in the Far East, though only with great difficulty, for this beast is able to make itself invisible when threatened and can be seen only by wizards skilled in its capture. It was the last creature that Newton managed to recapture after his case was opened in New York.
The Demiguise is a peaceful herbivorous beast, something like a graceful ape in appearance, with large, black, doleful eyes more often than not hidden by its hair. The whole body is covered with long, fine, silky, silvery hair. Demiguise pelts are highly valued as the hair may be spun into Invisibility Cloaks.
The Nundu is a perilous gigantic leopard that is native to East Africa. It moves silently, despite its size, and is considered by some to be the most dangerous creature alive. The breath of the Nundu is toxic and filled with disease. This alone can wipe out entire villages of people. He has earned the title of one of the most dangerous creature alive.
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. Very similar to a rhinoceros in appearance. It is a powerful creature, with a thick hide capable of repelling most curses and charms, a single long horn, and a thick tail. Will not attack unless provoked, but if it does charge, results are catastrophic. The horn's fluid will cause whatever it is injected with to explode.
Billywigs are small, vivid sapphire blue Australian insects, they are common but due to their speed are rarely noticed by muggles. He has wings on its head which allow it to spin as it flies. Its sting causes giddiness and levitation and, when dried, can be used in several potions.
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. 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-defense.
Source : Pottermore