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Harry never knew he was a Wizard or could use magic in the first place to suppress magic. He just thought it was "strange" The Dursleys never liked to acknowledged Harry's magical roots. They just wanted to ignore it. Harry was forbidden to do or mention magic but not beaten about it. Also mainly, he never held back magic. He made the glass disappear, he ...


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I've just come across this explanation in the book "Quidditch Through the Ages" .. page 90: "Too cumbersome to turn at high speed, the Oakshaft [79] never gained much popularity with those who prized agility over safety, though it will always be remembered as the broom used in the first ever Atlantic broom crossing, by Jocunda Skyes in 1935. (Before ...


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Billywig Bowtruckle Demiguise Diricawl Doxy Dung Beetle Erumpent Fwooper Glow Bug Graphorns Grindylow Marmite Mooncalf Murtlap Niffler Nundu Obscurus aka Obscurial Occamy Swooping Evil Thunderbird Billywig Several times throughout the film we see a blue beetle flying through the city called a Billywig. The ...


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There is no need to watch any Harry Potter movie to understand Fantastic Beasts. Here is why: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is not a prequel to all eight Harry Potter movies. The Harry Potter franchise is set in the '90s while Fantastic Beasts is set in 1920's. No one from Harry Potter exists in this era, except Albus Dumbledore. And there are ...


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I think you can watch this as a stand alone movie. Apart from a few references to the Harry Potter world in the movie (name drops of Albus, Hogwarts - total of around 10 small references through out the entire movie) etc., rest of it is completely new. Its set in the 1920's era. Before Harry Potter started. So no, you don't have to watch the Harry Potter ...


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Graves outspoke. He said referring to the obscurial Newt kept trapped: So it’s useless without the host? Then Newt confronts him by saying That is a parasitical magical force that killed a child. What on earth would you use it for? Graves realized he had spoke too much, and tipped his hand. Killing them would be the safest bet to keep his intentions ...


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Quite simply because, he is a seer. A seer is a gifted wizard or witch who has the ability to see into the future with their Inner Eye. Seers predict prophecies, which are then recorded and stored in the Hall of Prophecy in the Ministry of Magic's Department of Mysteries. According to Minerva McGonagall, true Seers are extremely rare, and she had doubt that ...


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Thanks to Rand al'Thor, here's a run-down of modes of transport that we know of that could and couldn't work as international modes of transport: Portkeys - yes. The answers to this question show that Portkey travel can be international. Copying quotes from my and DVK's answers over there: from various places to the Sahara desert: ...


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Probably - but it's more likely he lost them and regained them later "In the past it was often the Dark Lord's pleasure to invade the minds of his victims, creating visions designed to torture them into madness." Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Here, Severus Snape is talking about the Legilimency, a form of magic that can best ...


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The scene/fear is explained near the end of the film. When Leta is explaining her trip to the US with her baby brother constantly crying and screaming, she exchanges the crying baby with a silent sleeping baby. The ship then sinks and the original baby sinks to the depths of the ocean in a white sheet moving just as her Boggart experience.


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@ibid on scifi.SE found a JKR quote to support an answer about the max range of portkey travel which exactly answers this question, too: From this Twitter exchange: Q: Loved the movie. Burning Q from my wife though: How come Newt travels by boat to cross the Atlantic instead of apparating? J.K. Rowling: There's a limit to how far you can Apparate. Inter-...


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This entire question feels like it's conflated with recent unrelated allegations/revelations about misconduct in the entertainment industry (and beyond). Nevertheless, it was addressed at the time of the first movie The film’s executive producer David Heyman, when asked about Depp’s casting and the controversy surrounding the abuse allegations, said: “Here’...


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This scene offers us our first glimpse at the person who will act as the "big bad" of the Fantastic Beasts franchise - Gellert Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp. The scene you are talking about is intercut with newspaper headings talking about Grindelwald's rise to power and the fact that no one knows where he is - this is our first clue that the man in ...


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No. Percival Graves's wand looks like this: Looks nothing like Elder Wand and why would Percival Graves take a risk using the Elder Wand, considering he wants to hide his original identity.


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Well experienced wizards, such as Albus Dumbledore, Grindelwald or Voldemort would be able to probably cast minor spells without a wand. We can assume that Graves aka Grindelwald can do much more without a wand. Also, one final but important info. Wandless magic is not rare. JKR shared some info on Magic in America in Pottermore. “The Native American ...


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So some of this may be slightly incorrect, but these are the reasons from what I understand: Apparating Newt couldn't apparate, because he had never been to where he needed to be before. Anyone who apparates in the HP universe goes somewhere that they have been to before, or that they can see directly. Apparating randomly is very risky, as you can ...


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It's probably because none of them had any reason to. Each of the creatures were well looked after inside the suitcase by Newt, in environments that were ideally suited for them. The only ones that did escape had specific reasons to do so: Niffler: looking for gold to collect, was trying to escape even when the suitcase was closed. Erumpent: the glowing ...


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The Fantastic Beasts textbook was first mentioned in JK Rowling's first book in the series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In chapter five (Diagon Alley) Hagrid and Harry are on the train to London, with Diagon Alley as their destination. Harry refers to his Hogwarts letter and finds a list of textbooks he needs to purchase. The Fantastic Beasts ...


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Yes During that scene, we see everything that is affected by the obliviating rain. This includes newspapers. Rather than getting soaked and unreadable, the newspapers are instead magically changed to read something else. In addition, people inside (who aren't in immediate contact with the rain) are also affected by its magical effects. So this means that it'...


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It is not a reference to Fantastic Beasts. These lines are meant to be clues to Harry, Ron, and Hermione (and to us) that Hagrid’s interaction with this inconspicuous person with a dragon egg was actually something rather important. In the movie (not the books), Hagrid is the kind of person that will divulge possibly important information –- and not ...


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The movie is roughly based on the book of the same name, which is a fictional textbook that's used by Hogwarts. The movie is essentially the story of the guy who wrote the textbook, and is not directly related to the main Harry Potter story. Rowling has specifically said that the movie (which is supposed to be a trilogy) is neither a prequel nor a sequel to ...


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Like Napoleon said, the acronym comes from MAgical Congress of the United States of America. Much like the "E" in NAVY SEALs, which you yourself brought up. (SEa Air Land) Sometimes people get creative with the rules for building an acronym, in order to turn it into a pronouncable "word." This is especially true in fictional stories ...


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I believe the realisation that Frank was their only/best option has a few reasons to support it. Firstly, Frank’s bond with Newt was clearly very strong- it seems as though this particular beast has a strong emotional intelligence and, as is revealed in the story, was rescued by Newt from Egypt. The very reason that Newt is travelling through America ...


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You're actually taking the word of Grindelwald (who lies and charms his way to get things done) very seriously. For all we know, Grindelwald could be lying. Here are a few reasons why I think GG is lying GG did not know about Credence - In 'Fantastic Beasts', GG only thought Credence was a squib. He only realised Credence was an obscurial and his power ...


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MAgical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), is an acronym. According to the Wikipedia article on Acronym There is no universal standardization of the various names for such abbreviations and of their orthographic styling. In other words, an acronym needn't follow any universal rules for abbreviating, such as only using the initials, ...


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I think Graves said something along the lines of "for the greater good" which is the punchline and motto of you-know-who-2. The whole speech he gave was reeking of you-know-who-2's ideology Also he attacked the ministry with quite expertise.. which ministry employee would do that? The way he interacted with Credence and how he egged on Credence to unleash ...


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There will be five total movies. https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/800647497848934400 As a five movie saga, the assumption is that the set will lead up to and end with the battle between Grindlewald and Dumbledore.


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Now that the movie has been released, we can complement KutuluMike's answer. Tl;dr : the new Fantastic Beasts saga is more a than a prequel to the Voldemore saga. As said in the accepted answer, the 2016 movie is independent from the Harry Potter saga. In particular, people that never watched or read Harry Potter can fully enjoy the movie. However, it ...


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Yes, it is understandable without having watched the other HP films, but you might want to pre-explain certain aspects of JKR's wizarding world - about the separation of the magical & non-magical worlds, how the magical world has it's own government (specifically the Ministry of Magic), Aurors, Muggles, magical schools, the wizards' newspapers with their ...


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It's just a change of heart. With time people get over a broken heart or at-least stop wishing to get it back. That's what happens here; Dumbledore sees his lover in the mirror as he is still not over him and wish him back. But with time his wishes change and he sees his sister in the original film series. With age and time, your priority and wishes change ...


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