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The name Newt Scamander appears on the Marauder's Map in the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).
A scene was filmed with a shirtless Newt Scamander, which showed off all the scars he had collected on his body during his work with dangerous animals. Eddie Redmayne had worked out considerably before filming, just for that one scene. However, unfortunately for him, the scene was deleted from the final print.
Eddie Redmayne auditioned for the role of Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) but was turned down after reading one line. Christian Coulson was cast instead.
Was originally intended to be a trilogy, but as of October 2016 it has been confirmed as a 5 part movie series.
Within the Harry Potter universe, Newt Scamander's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" was first published in 1927 and became a massive bestseller, as well as an approved textbook at Hogwarts. By the mid-1990s, when the Harry Potter series is set, it was in its 52nd edition. Scamander also has the distinct honor of having his own Chocolate Frog Card.
Wand-school was obligatory for several of the cast-members. The actors would attend a boot-camp in order to be instructed how to move and use a wand properly.
Newt's gray and yellow scarf that he wears in the film's last scene, as well as in promotional materials, is an allusion to the fact that he was in Hufflepuff while attending Hogwarts (a fact that J.K. Rowling has confirmed in supplemental materials).
"Frank" is a Thunderbird. Thunderbird is one of the four Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry houses, as detailed on Pottermore.
Eddie Redmayne was the first and only choice for the lead role according to J.K. Rowling. Redmayne didn't have to audition, and he took part in the other casting decisions.
Screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling.
J.K. Rowling has stated that this film "is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. Newt's story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry gets underway."
Prior to filming, Eddie Redmayne was provided with a very detailed back-story, which J.K. Rowling revealed exclusively to him.
If you look closely in the scene where Newt is showing Jacob all the fantastic beasts he's collected for the first time, you will see a Grindylow in a bubble of water. These creatures are featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire in the underwater task of the Triwizard Tournament.
When Mary Lou asks Newt "are you a seeker," he answers by saying "more of a chaser." This is a hint that he possibly played as a chaser in Quidditch while attending Hogwarts.
One of the characters exclaims "Mercy Lewis!" Mercy Lewis was one of the young girls who accused their neighbors of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials.
J.K. Rowling wrote this book in 2001, with most of the profits benefiting the charity Comic Relief. Over 80% of the cover price of each book sold goes directly to poor children in various places around the world.
Ilvermorny is the name of the American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, much like Hogwarts is for the UK.
Eddie Redmayne has admitted that accidentally flunking the audition for the role of Kylo Ren in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) allowed him to get picked for the role of Newt, although he was not aware that he was the studio's only choice for the latter.
Carmen Ejogo insisted that her character be left-handed, as left-handedness has been associated with dark magic and sorcery for centuries. Ejogo suggested creating emphasis on her dominant hand by adding rings to it. Costume designer Colleen Atwood loved the idea, and several rings were created from scratch.
As of November 2016, a planned sequel is to come out in 2018 and is already in pre-production.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (the novel), Xenophilius Lovegood is in possession of the horn of a erumpent, which he insists is the horn of a crumple-horned snorkack. Hermione mentions to her friends to be careful around it, because she is not fooled and knows that an erumpent horn is prone to exploding. In the novel, they find out that she is indeed correct. An erumpent appears in this film as one of the beasts Newt needs to recapture (the one that resembles a rhino that escapes to Central Park), and the species' explosive and generally destructive nature is portrayed on film for the first time.
It was revealed in November 2015 that the American wizarding community in the movie does not use the word "Muggles" to refer to non-magic people but instead use their own word "No-Maj", short for "no magic".
The scene introducing Tina's sister Queenie shows her dressed in a style reminiscent of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Queenie's love interest is named Kowalski, which is also the name of the character played by Marlon Brando in Streetcar.
Author and screenwriter J.K. Rowling has announced that this is first of a series of five, and has stated that she will be writing the screenplay to every single one of the films. The two other sequels have already been announced and been given the release dates of 2018 and 2020. No dates have been announced for the other two sequels, so there is no knowing how long this series will go on for, although Rowling has announced that it won't continue on for as long the Harry Potter series.
The magical law that Newt, Queenie, and Tina alludes that prohibits fraternizing between a magical person and a no-magical person is called Rappaport's Law, named after Emily Rappaport, the 15th President of MACUSA. According to J.K. Rowling, the law was enacted in 1790 as a result of the breach of International Statute of Secrecy due to the indiscretions of Dorcus Twelvetrees (the daughter of the Aristotle Twelvetrees, the American Magical Secretary of Treasury) and Bartholomew Barebone (a no-Maj and a Scourer descendant). However, the law is heavily criticized due to its intense segregation and punishments inflicted upon violation. It is likely that Mary Lou Barebone (Samantha Morton) is a descendant of Bartholomew. In addition to non-fraternization, wands carried by foreign wizards must be registered (seen during Newt's first visit to MACUSA), students at Ilvermorny must surrender their wands at the school before leaving for their holidays. The law would only be repealed in 1965.
When Dan Fogler's character, Kowalski, is showing the bank manager his plans for his bakery, there is a quick glimpse of the prospected shop, and you can see that the name of the bakery on the plans is J. Kowalski, which some believe resembles J.K.Rowling.
The brightly colored books seen on the shelf behind Jacob (Dan Fogler) during dinner at Queenie and Tina's apartment are the seven volumes of Chadwick's Charms, the American equivalent of The Standard Book of Spells used in Hogwarts. An interesting connection with the Harry Potter-series is that the author of the book, Chadwick Boot, was the elder brother of Webster Boot, who became an ancestor of Harry's schoolmate Terry Boot upon his return to England as a pioneering Auror. The brothers were the adopted sons of the Ilvermorny founders, Isolt Sayre and her husband James Steward.
Leta Lestrange, love interest of Newt Scamander, is most likely related to Rodolphus Lestrange and, by extension, Bellatrix.
First film in the Harry Potter film franchise not to be based on one of the major novels. The novel was created for Comic Relief in the UK and is inspired by the fictional textbook of the same name featured in the Harry Potter novels.
According to J.K. Rowling, Alison Sudol came up with the words for the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry school song. Originally, there is a scene set before the climax, where Tina and Queenie sing part of the song to Newt and Jacob. The scene was, however, deleted from the final film.
Alison Sudol, singer in the band "A Fine Frenzy", was working on a new solo album while filming. On her days off from the film-set in London, she would take the train to Bristol to continue working on the record.
The bulk of film takes place between 6-8 December 1926.
In an interview with Vulture, Alfonso Cuarón, director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) expressed interest in directing this film: "'Azkaban' was fun to make, and when I did it, I was invited to do the next one, but I didn't want to overstay the welcome, because it was such an experience. But now? Why not? I do have stuff that I want to do [next], but a JK thing... They haven't called me yet! They haven't decided to invite me! Looking forward! At least to see it, because nobody's invited me".
When Tina (Katherine Waterston) shows her MACUSA card to Newt, several details are visible. Most importantly, it shows her middle name: Esther; her MACUSA ID number: 240274; and her date of birth: 19 August 1901. Details of Newt's passport are much harder to see, but the following can be discerned: born in 1897; middle names Artemis Fido; last departed Britain on 16 June 1923; passport number #600427.
Although they are excluded from the film versions, Harry and his classmates study both bowtruckles and nifflers in their Care of Magical Creatures class in the novels Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This film marks the first time they are seen on-screen.
Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart, and Lili Simmons were considered for the role of Queenie before Alison Sudol was cast.
Michael Cera was considered for the role of Jacob but passed on this film role to voice the animated The Lego Batman Movie (2017).
Released 15 years and 2 days after Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Michael Cera, Josh Gad, Steve Zissis and Zack Pearlman were considered for the role of Jacob before Dan Fogler was cast.
The New York docks scenes were actually filmed in Cardington Hangars, Bedfordshire (aka The Sheds).
The film takes place in early December 1926, which is only a couple of weeks before Voldemort, the main antagonist of the Harry Potter films, was born in the books (December 31st, 1926). Whether this is also his date of birth in the movies is unclear, since the timeline of the movies has been altered somewhat compared to the books.
Samantha Morton marks another connection between the Harry Potter world and Middle-Earth. J.K. Rowling worked in references such as Bathilda Bagshot (named for Bagshot Row, a street in Hobbiton) and Neville Longbottom (Longbottom Leaf is a type of pipe weed). Morton is the daughter-in-law of Ian Holm, who not only played Bilbo in Peter Jackson's films but also voiced Frodo in the BBC Radio drama, in which Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) voiced Sam, and Robert Stephens (former husband of Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall)) voiced Aragorn. Also, John Hurt, who played Garrick Ollivander in the Harry Potter movies, voiced Aragorn in the 1978 film The Lord of the Rings (1978).
Kate Upton and Elizabeth Debicki were considered for the role of Tina before Katherine Waterston was cast.
In the opening scene, as the Warner Bros. logo appears, the first series of notes is the familiar musical motif used throughout the Harry Potter movies (called 'Hedwig's Theme' by John Williams) before it changes into an original composition.
In 2011 producer Lionel Wigram had the idea of doing a one-off faux documentary special featuring Newt in the style of documentaries by famous naturalists like David Attenborough, Steve Irwin and Jane Goodall. When Wigram proposed this to his fellow producers, David Heyman and J.K. Rowling, it got Rowling starting to think of doing a feature film. Furthermore, she already had in mind several new stories from within the Potter universe to be told (at one time she considered doing an anthology of animated shorts based on The Tales of Beedle the Bard). Heyman said this around September 2016: "So, Lionel had this idea. Jo got wind of it. She said, 'Well, funny enough I'd been thinking about something already,' and she had this whole idea in some form. I mean, it's changed and developed over the course of the year and a half and two years that's been going on. But she knows how each part connects with her universe".
Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) portrayed Thomas Babbington in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). His character worked with Rhys Ifans' character in this to carry out the Babbington plot. Rhys Ifans later portrayed Luna's father, Xenophilius Lovegood, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010). J.K. Rowling has confirmed that Luna Lovegood marries Newt Scamander's grandson after Hogwarts. Also, Samantha Morton, who plays Mary Lou Barebone in Fantastic Beasts, portrays Mary Stuart in the Elizabeth movie.
Ezra Miller, who plays Credence, was the stepbrother and best friend of Emma Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012). Watson played Hermione Granger in the original Harry Potter movies.
The picture of Hogwarts on the Daily Prophet is archive footage from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).
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This movie takes place 60 years before Harry Potter was born and 70 years before he started attending Hogwarts.
Faith Wood-Blagrove's film debut.
During the early scene in the bank where the Niffler is causing commotion, Newt (Eddie Redmayne) uses the spell 'Alohomora' to open the vault, and 'Petrificus Totalus' to incapacitate the bank manager. Both spells were also used by Hermione Granger ('Emma Watson') in the very first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Samantha Morton and Colin Farrell both appeared in Minority Report (2002) as the precog Agatha and detective Danny Witwer and in Miss Julie (2014) as John and Kathleen.
Colin Farrell plays 'Percival Graves', which is also the name of John Hurt's character in King Ralph (1991). John Hurt played Ollivander in the Harry Potter series.
The giant poster on the stage in Senator Shaw's campaign speech scene is very similar to the giant poster in the campaign speech scene in Citizen Kane (1941).
Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander, starred in My Week with Marilyn (2011), which also starred Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. Redmayne also starred in Les Misérables (2012) with Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter films.
Tina's MACUSA ID number is 240274. This is the birthdate of Eduardo Lima, a wizard who the Ministry of Magic kept tabs on while it was under Death Eater control in 1997. Eduardo Lima is also the name of a Harry Potter graphic designer, since The Prisoner of Azkaban.
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Although they did not share a scene together, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight previously starred together in the film Pride and Glory (2008). Jon Voight portrayed Colin's father.
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The bar-tending house elf at Gnarlack's Speakeasy scoffs at Jacob's claim that his uncle was a house elf; Jacob doesn't realise that house elves are a different species and thus can't be related to humans. Harry Potter enthusiasts will also scoff at Jacob's faux pas.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The pendant that Graves gives to Credence is The Mark of the Deathly Hallows, the same pendant worn by Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010). It foreshadows the reveal that Graves is actually Grindelwald in disguise, as in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Grindelwald and Dumbledore are described as obsessed with the Deathly Hallows. In the book, it is specifically identified as Grindelwald's mark during his reign of terror.
During the "interrogation" scene, you can see the Deathly Hallows pendant in Graves' jacket pocket. This is a small clue to his allegiance and true identity.
It is possible that house elves are free in America, as some elves are seen wearing regular clothing. In addition to this, the elf that operates the elevator owns a wand, which he uses to select the floor to the aurors office near the beginning of the film. In the British wizarding world, house elves are enslaved until they receive proper clothing and are forbidden to own wands (although they can use magic without them).
J.K. Rowling confirmed on her Twitter account on June 4, 2015 that Tina is short for Porpentina. In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in the "About the Author", Newt Scamander is noted as "now living in Dorset with his wife Porpentina and their pet Kneazles: Hoppy, Milly, and Mauler."
The form of execution that Tina was about to experience, being seated on a chair and submerged into a pool of water, is based on an execution/punishment/trial method used during the Salem Witch Trials. A person accused of being a witch would be strapped to "the dunking chair" and submerged under water. If the person sank, they were pronounced innocent; if the person floated, they were pronounced a "witch".
This is the second film to feature Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp portraying two versions of the same character after The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), where the two respective actors along with Jude Law stepped in for Heath Ledger, after his passing.
There are several clues to Percival Graves being Gellert Grindelwald in disguise:

The hair styles of Graves and Grindelwald are similar.

In the interrogation, Graves pays particular attention to the fact that Albus Dumbledore holds Newt Scamander in high regard. According to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore and Grindelwald were close friends, possibly lovers, and equally obsessed with the Deathly Hallows.

It is later revealed that the point-of-view shots of someone gliding through the city is Graves travelling as smoke. Travelling as smoke in the films is associated with the dark arts, as the only other people that have been seen traveling in this way in this fictional universe are Death Eaters and Voldemort.

In one secret meeting between Graves and Credence Barebones, Graves gifts him a charm which can summon him, should Credence need help. The charm is the symbol of the Deathly Hallows. In the Harry Potter books it is also understood to be the mark Grindelwald once identified with in his terrorism campaign in the 1920s.

Dumbledore's sister Ariana is rumored to host an obscurus, which is why in the books she was prone to lash out with strong magic after attempting to suppress it. Save Scamander, Graves appears to be the only one knowledgeable about obscurials in this film - at least enough to think he could use Credence for his nefarious ends.

Believing Credence to be non-magical with magical lineage, Graves refers to him as a squib. Given that the magic community refers to non-magical people without magical lineage as No-Majs instead of muggle, it is entirely possible that they have another term for squibs. If so, Graves-Grindelwald slipped up and exposed his European origins.

Graves' first name is Percival. Percival is one of Albus Percival Wulfrick Brian Dumbledore's middle names. Grindelwald might have, consciously or unconsciously, recalled 'Percival' and used it for his alias.
Frank, the giant hawk-like bird Newt shows to Jacob while touring around his menagerie of fantastic beasts, is a Thunderbird. Thunderbirds are mythical birds that create and are summoned by lightning in Native American folklore, hence how Frank is summoned in his first appearance in the movie, and flies into the storm cloud during the climax.
Credence (Ezra Miller) presumably died when his Obscurus form was destroyed by the Aurors at the end of the movie. However, according to David Yates, a scene showing Credence still alive in the aftermath was shot, but was deleted because the filmmakers have yet to decide on the direction of character in the subsequent sequels.
The story of how Newt was expelled from Hogwarts is very similar to the story as to why Hagrid was expelled in 1942, as detailed in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). Both involve "accidents" regarding a dangerous magical creature, although it is unclear whether or not Newt was rightfully accused, unlike Hagrid, who was framed by Tom Riddle.
The magical inhabitants of America refer to non-magical people as 'No-Majs'. The American name for a Squib (an individual born into a wizarding family with no magical powers of their own), however, is unknown. Graves/Grindelwald calls Credence a "Squib", but as Grindelwald is actually from Europe, this reveals nothing, as he is the only one to use a term for a non-magical person born into a magical family in this film.
A subtle clue that Graves is actually Grindelwald is the fact that the backs of their heads both have the same distinctive undercut.
The subway stop at the end of the movie is supposed to be the old City Hall stop, which closed in 1945. The station still exists and can be seen if one rides the 6 train to the last stop (the current City Hall stop) and then stays on the train as it loops around to go back uptown. There are also tours of the station a few times a year.
At one point, Eddie Redmayne's character, Newt, apparates out of a pillar between two platforms in the subway, reminiscent of platform 9 3/4, where students headed towards Hogwarts must run through a pillar in order to catch the Hogwarts Express.
The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Eddie Redmayne and Jon Voight; and two Oscar nominees: Samantha Morton and Johnny Depp.
Johnny Depp and Samantha Morton previously starred together in The Libertine (2004).

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