Wondering what’s in Newt Scamander’s case? Or rather, who has escaped from Newt’s case? Pottermore has revealed all the new creatures we glimpsed in the latest trailer, most of which feature in Newt’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them text book. There’s even a mention of Australian wizards and witches!

Thunderbirds

Flying beast that can sense danger, and create storms as it flies. Its tail feathers were used by Shikoba Wolfe to create powerful wands, particularly good for Transfiguration…

Shikoba Wolfe, who was of Choctaw descent, was primarily famous for intricately carved wands containing Thunderbird tail feathers (the Thunderbird is a magical American bird closely related to the phoenix). Wolfe wands were generally held to be extremely powerful, though difficult to master. They were particularly prized by Transfigurers… – Pottermore

Demiguise

The Demiguise is found in the Far East, though only with great difficulty, for this beast is able to make itself invisible when threatened, and can be seen only by wizards skilled in its capture.
The Demiguise is a peaceful herbivorous beast, something like a graceful ape in appearance, with large, black, doleful eyes more often than not hidden by its hair. The whole body is covered with long, fine, silky, silvery hair. Demiguise pelts are highly valued as the hair may be spun into Invisibility Cloaks – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Billywig

The Billywig is an insect native to Australia. It is around half an inch long and a vivid sapphire blue, although
its speed is such that it is rarely noticed by Muggles and often not by wizards until they have been stung. The Billywig’s wings are attached to the top of its head and are rotated very fast so that it spins as it flies. At the bottom of the body is a long thin sting. Those who have been stung by a Billywig suffer giddiness followed by levitation. Generations of young Australian witches and wizards have attempted to catch Billywigs and provoke them into stinging in order to enjoy these side effects, though too many stings may cause the victim to hover uncontrollably for days on end, and where there is a severe allergic reaction, permanent floating may ensue. Dried Billywig stings are used in several potions and are believed to be a component in the popular sweet Fizzing Whizbees. – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Occamy

The Occamy is found in the Far East and India. A plumed, two- legged winged creature with a serpentine body, the Occamy may reach a length of fifteen feet. It feeds mainly on rats and birds, though has been known to carry off monkeys. The Occamy is aggressive to all who approach it, particularly in defence of its eggs, whose shells are made of the purest, softest silver. – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Text from J.K. Rowlings’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, ©Scholastic 2001 and Pottermore

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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

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