Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is bound to bring new magical creatures to the screen as Newt Scamander travels to both South America and Asia; here’s every one confirmed so far. The third movie of the five-movie series based on J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world will delve further into Albus Dumbledore’s (Jude Law) past as well as his war against Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen). However, as Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) stays central to Dumbledore’s team, he stays central to the Fantastic Beasts story, and so do the beasts.
When Newt Scamander first appears in Fantastic Beasts, he is trying to return Frank, a thunderbird Newt rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, to his natural habitat in Arizona. Every time he encounters a person scared of a magical creature, he reminds them, “There are no strange creatures, only blinkered people.” Newt goes on to become the leading authority on magical creatures, obtaining a ban on experimental breeding, writing the first guide to magical creatures, and receiving the Order of Merlin for his contributions to Magizoology. The Secrets of Dumbledore will see Newt rescue new Fantastic Beasts magical creatures as he aids Dumbledore in the Global Wizarding War.
The latest trailer packs a lot of action in two and a half minutes. Several scenes feature magical creatures, some old (such as Newt’s bowtruckle Pickett), some new (but already part of the Harry Potter canon). Here are all the confirmed Fantastic Beasts 3 new magical creatures, as seen in the Fantastic Beasts 3 trailer.
The Qilin (sometimes Qirin) promises to be one of the key Fantastic Beasts 3 magical creatures as it appears in several forms in the teaser and trailer. First, it appears as a symbol on the Portkey bell in the Room of Requirement, as a baby in Newt’s arms, then with Grindelwald in the bathroom. Its name is also written (as “Qirin”) on a banner during a march that’s most likely in Bhutan or China, as both are confirmed locations for the new movie.
The Qilin, also known as the Asian unicorn, is an extremely gentle and peaceful creature. Killing a Qilin is a crime but unfortunately, its blood has life-prolonging properties, much like the unicorn’s. Without Dumbledore’s blood pact vial to protect himself, Grindelwald might be looking to use the Qilin to extend his life beyond death in his quest for ultimate power, drawing a strong parallel to Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Newt will have to rescue the Qilin from Grindelwald’s hands, thus confirming Newt is still central to the Fantastic Beasts series.
The trailer and teaser show a fairly lengthy scene where Newt and his brother Theseus (Callum Turner) carefully swivel their way through a cave filled with creatures resembling crabs or scorpions. They seem to be doing fine (thanks to Newt’s extensive Fantastic Beasts 3 magical creatures knowledge) until they realize there’s a much bigger beast behind them: a giant blast-ended skrewt. It’s unclear if the smaller creatures are also blast-ended skrewts or a smaller species residing in the same area.
Blast-ended skrewts are among the strangest Harry Potter creatures. They’re magical hybrid beasts that Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) bred by cross-breeding Manticores and Fire Crabs. Clearly, this horrifying creature existed long before Hagrid bred them at Hogwarts, as Newt encounters one in the 1930s. As their name states, these creatures can blast fire out of their backside, and this can be seen in the Fantastic Beasts 3 teaser.
This creature is seen flying while holding Newt and his suitcase in the trailer. It is indeed a Fantastic Beasts 3 new magical creature, and it resembles the legendary Snallygaster, a part-bird, part-reptile distant relative of the Occamy, endemic to the New World. It has repeatedly threatened the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, appearing in Muggle newspapers almost as often as the Loch Ness Monster. This wouldn’t be the first time Newt wreaks havoc by exposing huge magical creatures to Muggles, so it will be interesting to see the magical creatures in Newt’s case in Fantastic Beasts 3.
Confirmed Returning Magical Creatures In Fantastic Beasts 3
Pickett – Pickett is a bowtruckle and Newt’s trusted sidekick throughout the Fantastic Beasts series. The latest trailer shows Pickett riding on Newt’s shoulder again and even gives him two moments to shine: in the forest, and when he excitedly presents Jacob’s wand.
Diricawls – These plump, fluffy-feathered, and flightless magical birds first appear in Newt’s suitcase in the first Fantastic Beasts movie. Fantastic Beasts 3’s trailer shows these magical creatures during a fighting scene with Theseus and Eulalie Hicks (Jessica Williams).
Phoenix – The Phoenix appears at the end of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, during a moment with big repercussions on the Harry Potter canon. Grindelwald reveals Credence’s identity as Aurelius Dumbledore when a Phoenix chick steps onto his palm. He eagerly throws it into the air, where it erupts into a burst of flame and births the adult phoenix. Gellert explains to Credence that the Phoenix “will come to any [Dumbledore] who is in dire need.” The Fantastic Beasts 3 trailer indeed shows a large Phoenix coming to Credence/Aurelius’s aid.