Welcome back to the magical world of Harry Potter! This week we're taking a look at which 'fantastic beasts' we most want to see in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie
Niffler: We can already picture the scene... New York City: the first, great metropolis; a city overflowing with money. What would happen if you introduced a swarm of nifflers into the equation? That's right: pure, unadulterated chaos would happen. We first met these cutesy characters in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (which is the HP movie that Fantastic Beasts will most resemble, apparently), where Hagrid released them across the school grounds. Just imagine what they could do when confronted with one of the richest residential areas on the planet!
Chimera: Okay, so we accept that Fantastic Beasts (despite its truly magical trailer) is unlikely to play host to any chimeras, but you can at least let us dream. For one thing, nobody in their right mind (even the perpetually clumsy Newt Scamander) would think of putting a chimera in a briefcase with other animals - aren't they something like the most dangerous magical creatures on the planet? What they certainly would do, if involved, is chivvy along the movie's action sequences. You've seen I Am Legend... Just replace those zombies with chimeras and imagine the mayhem!
Thestral: If you're familiar with the Harry Potter novels, you will probably know what a thestral is. They're only visible to those who have seen death (sorry if you're reading this whilst eating your breakfast, we realise that's slightly morbid) - so can you just imagine the contrast in reactions between the muggles (or no-majs) that can see them and those that can't? Besides, thestrals will always hold a place in our hearts after watching Ron (who couldn't see them) try to fly one to London.
Hippogriff: Ah, yes, the hippogriffs need no introduction, do they? Buckbeak is of course the most famous of these half-eagle, half-horse creatures, having accompanied Sirius throughout his time in hiding. Purely so we can reminisce, the prospect of seeing a hippogriff parade through New York City greatly appeals to us. Who knows? Perhaps the movie's writers plan on satisfying our nostalgia by sending Newt on a crazy adventure, riding on the back of one of Buckbeak's ancestors?
Phoenix: So, when phoenixes die, they are then reborn from the ashes, right? In that case, even with this film set sixty years before young Mr. Potter first sets foot in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Fawkes is probably still kicking around (you know, doing his phoenixy things)... You see where we're going with this one? Wouldn't that be a turn up for the books if we saw a pre-Dumbledore Fawkes saving the day and just being generally fricking beautiful throughout the streets of New York City? Has there ever been a bird cameo in a Hollywood blockbuster before? Are there any other beasts you would love to see make an appearance in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?