'Harry Potter' and the 'Fantastic Beasts' Connections

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 20 Nov 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them may be set 70 years before the adventures of Harry Potter but there are numerous connections between the two. Find out what tie the two stories together into one wizarding world here. - Michael Rosser

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Dan Fogler, J.K. Rowling, Alison Sudol, Eddie Redmayne, and Katherine Waterston in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

J.K. Rowling

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them may be set 70 years before the adventures of Harry Potter but they are very much part of the same wizarding world conjured from the imagination of J.K. Rowling.

Rowling first sowed the seeds of this new series back in 2001, before the release of the first Harry Potter film. In a bid to raise money for Comic Relief, the author wrote two spin-off books – "Quidditch Through the Ages" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

The latter was imagined as a Hogwarts textbook owned by Harry and written by Newt Scamander, a magizoologist offering insight to magical creatures in the wizarding world. The illustrations were drawn by Rowling herself. Fifteen years later, Fantastic Beasts marks Rowling’s first outing as a screenwriter.

Colin Farrell in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

The Deathly Hallows

On first look, this may simply look like a character poster of Colin Farrell as the sinister Percival Graves. But look to the left and you’ll spot a necklace featuring the symbol of the Deathly Hallows. The Deathly Hallows are three magical objects – an unbeatable wand, a stone to bring the dead to life, and a cloak of invisibility – that give the owner mastery over death. They were the focus of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Decades before, the symbol was adopted by dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Albus Dumbledore, the wizard who would eventually become headmaster at Hogwarts and a mentor to Harry, sought the Elder Wand and Resurrection Stone in his youth as a friend of Grindelwald. This suggests Grindelwald is the big bad of this new series of five films and Johnny Depp has already been cast for the upcoming sequel.

Jamie Campbell Bower at an event for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)


Dark wizard Grindelwald, seen briefly in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows played by Jamie Campbell Bower, was mentioned in the series as early as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (in a deleted scene).

In a recent video, actor Ezra Miller refers to the historical events in which Dumbledore won the Elder Wand in a famous duel with Grindelwald. Miller states: "It was considered one of the most significant turning points in magical history. Fantastic Beasts takes place in 1926, which was around the time Grindelwald was beginning his attacks across Europe."

Michael Gambon in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)


Fantastic Beasts director David Yates, who has also signed on to direct the second installment, has confirmed that Dumbledore will appear in the sequel. The future Hogwarts headmaster even gets a mention in an interrogation scene, when Percival Graves asks of Newt Scamander: "I wonder what makes Albus Dumbledore so fond of you."

Zoë Kravitz at an event for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)


In Fantastic Beasts, there are a couple of brief moments in which a photograph of Leta Lestrange is seen, played by Zoe Kravitz. Newt and Leta were close friends at Hogwarts but had a falling out. The name Lestrange will be familiar to Harry Potter fans due to the wicked witch Bellatrix Lestrange, a fanatic follower of Voldemort who was played in the movies by Helena Bonham Carter.

Bellatrix married into the Lestrange name, which was infamous before her time. Many of the wealthy, pure-blood wizarding family practiced the Dark Arts and supported Voldemort during the wizarding wars. One boy, simply named Lestrange, was born in 1926 – the year in which Fantastic Beasts is set – and was a member of the troubled Tom Riddle’s gang at Hogwarts, eventually becoming one of Voldemort’s first followers. He was seen in flashback in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)


The Rhinoceros-like Erumpent makes an appearance in Fantastic Beasts. But it was previously mentioned by Hermione Granger in the book "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." The bright student identified the horn of an Erumpent in the house of Xenophilius Lovegood and warned him to get rid of it, knowing it had explosive properties. Unfortunately, Lovegood did not heed her warning and it ended up blowing up a large part of his house.

Dan Fogler and Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)


The small but dangerous guardians of wand-wood trees, of which magizoologist Newt Scamander is known to be particularly fond, have previously been referenced in the Harry Potter universe. The only film in which they get a mention is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in which Hagrid tells Harry: “I brought you here 16 years ago when you were no bigger than a bowtruckle.” But the twig-like creatures have also been seen in video games including LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)


These mole-like creatures with a penchant for shiny things featured in the book "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" when Hagrid gave them to his students to help them find Leprechaun gold. They also made an appearance during Dolores Umbridge’s time as Hogwarts headmistress, when student Lee Jordan placed two Nifflers in her office to cause havoc.

Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Redmayne as Riddle

Eddie Redmayne takes the lead as magizoologist Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts. But the Oscar-winning actor had hoped to enter the wizarding world nearly 15 years ago.

While still at university, Redmayne auditioned to play the young Voldemort, Tom Riddle, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. When that failed, he hoped to be cast as a Weasley brother. But while his friends and peers Domhnall Gleeson and Robert Pattinson won Potter parts, it was not to be for Redmayne. Until now.

Carmen Ejogo, Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Samantha Morton, Alison Sudol, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, and Ezra Miller in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)


As seen in this picture, Newt Scamander wears the yellow and black scarf of Hufflepuff, the house at Hogwarts whose members are described as just, loyal and unafraid of toil. Famous members of Hufflepuff include Cedric Diggory, played by Robert Pattinson in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, who came to a tragic end.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

The Marauder’s Map

Newt Scamander has previously been seen on screen in the Harry Potter movies but not as you might expect. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Weasley brothers Fred and George gift Harry with the Marauder’s Map, which reveals the whereabouts of notable people in Hogwarts – essentially, a magical version of the ‘Find Friends’ app.

Those of keen eye would have spotted the name Newt Scamander (near the bottom right in this picture). It was very likely a fun Easter egg for fans. But, despite being in his late 90s by this time, it is feasible he was visiting his old friend Dumbledore.

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