Top 10 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Facts
[Host]: It's time to revisit the Wizarding World.
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[Jacob Kowalski]: "I don't think dreaming."
[Newt Scamander]: "What gave it away?"
[Jacob Kowalski]: "I ain't got the brains to make this up."
[Host]: For this list, we're taking a look at interesting trivia…
…surrounding the latest film set in the Harry Potter universe.
[Host]: Number 10: It's a Spinoff.
[A man's voice]: "This strange things going on all over the city.
The people behind this are not like you and me."
[Host]: Just to clarify up front, Fantastic Beasts isn't a sequel to the Harry Potter Saga.
It actually takes place several decades before Harry was even born.
But the film isn't exactly a prequel either.
[Parcival Graves]: "What makes Albus Dumbledore so fond of you, mister Scamander?"
[Host]: J.K. Rowling, who of course created this highly succesful franchise,
describes the movie as quote an extansion of the Wizarding World.
Functioning as a Spinoff, the story follows magizoologist 'Newt Scamander' on a journey
to recover a collection of magical creatures. And is the first of five films in this new series.
[Newt Scamander]: "We're gonna recapture my creatures before they get hurt.
They're currently in alien terrain, surrounded by millions of the most vicious creatures on the planet."
[Henry Shaw]: "Humans."
[Host]: Scamander is a character that Harry Potter super fans might remember.
As he was first mentioned in the novel; 'The Philosopher's Stone.'
His character has also surfaced in the Harry Potter screen adaptations.
But Fantastic Beasts marks the character's first official appearance.
Introducing us to another era of wizards.
[Man]: "Welcome to New York."
[Host]: Number 9: Colin Farrell Loves Harry Potter.
[Colin Farrell]: "I completely promise Harry. I'm not gonna risk having another little kid die at me."
[Host]: Considering several of his in bruges co-stars already popped up in the Harry Potter films.
It was only a matter of time untill Collin Farrell apeared in this franchise as well.
[Colling Farrel]: "So, to be part of that universe. I was kind of always little bit annoyed that I never got a call.
[Host]: In Fantastic Beasts Farrell playes Parcival Graves an Auror,
which is basically the magical equivalent of a police officer.
As the director of magical security, Graves is assigned with hunting Newt down.
[Parcival Graves]: "I refused to bow down any more."
[Host]: In an interview with Cinema Blend, the Irish actor discussed why this project piqued his interest.
In addition to simply needing the work, Farrell was attracted to J.K. Rowling's imaginative world,
which appeals to kids and parents alike.
To sweeten the deal, Farrell got to use a quote: "F*ckin' wand as he putted.
[Farrell]: Could be little bit embarrasing when maybe certain a fact are put in the ass.
And nothing is happening.
[Host]: Number 8: Director David Yates Returns.
[Interviewer]: "It seems you could be cooking up trilogy maybe, vicious rumers?"
[David Yates]: "We've got Joe's written the second one. Which is really exciting."
[Host]: David Yates is no stranger to this franchise.
He initially broke into mainstream popularity when he directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
[Dolores Umbridge]: "Tell them I mean no harm."
[Harry Potter]: "I'm sorry, professor. I must not tell lies."
[Host]: Yates went on to direct the following three Harry Potter films.
All of which were in praise from criticts and audiences.
Thus, the English film maker was a natural choice to helm Fantastic Beasts.
Yates is also on board to direct the second entry in this new series.
Although it hasn't been confirmed if he'll return for the next three films.
[Yates]: "From the first one, she has written the second one, she has got ideas for the third one."
In any case, let's help Yates can work his magic again here.
Based on his track record, though. It's probably save to say that this series is in capable hands.
[Newt Scamander]: "Must get that fixed."
[Man]: "Anything edible in there?"
[Newt Scamander]: No, no.
[Host]: Number 7: A Second Salem.
[Draco Malfoy]: "No one asked your opinion, you filthy little mudblood."
[Host]: The Harry Potter series combated topics of bigotry and oppression within the Wizarding World.
Fantastic Beasts on the other hand, will delve into how the muggle community views the magical community.
[Porpetina Goldstein]: "You wiped his memory, right? The Nomaj?"
[Newt]: "What?" [Porpetina]: -"No Magic. The non wizards."
[Newt]: "Sorry, we call them Muggles."
[Host]: Wizards and Witches face annihilation with the rise of the New Salem Philanthropic Society.
Also known as: the Second Salemers.
[Woman's voice]: "Witches, live among us."
[Host]: This radical group of course derives inspirition from the Salem Witch Trials
during which over 200 induviduals were accused of practising witchcraft.
[Man]: "Are you protecting Sathan? Confess. You did see attacking spirits."
[Host]: It's a prime example of how history often repeats itself in a seemingly never-ending cycle of prejudice.
[Man's voice] "Witches, go to the darkness.
Open this door."
Witch: "Hide the child."
[Host]: Tensions continue to grow as Newt accidentally looses track of his dangerous creatures.
Which puts both the Magical World and the non magical world out risk.
[Porpetina]: "Mister Scamander, do you know anything about the Wizarding Community in America?"
[Newt]: "I know that you have rather backward sources about relations with no magic people."
[Host]: Number 6: Alternative Casting Choices.
[Newt]: "Don't panic. There is absolutely nothing to worry about."
[Host]: Fantastic Beasts features a spectacular cast.
But like in other productions plenty of other talented performers
auditioned before Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne was casted as Newt Scamander.
The film makers considered Nicholas Hoult and the eleventh doctor himself Matt Smith.
I'm the doctor."
[Host]: Katherine Waterston beat out Kate Upton and Elizabeth Dubicki for the part of Tina.
[Woman]: "Well, I don't care."
[Host]: Meanwhile, Saoirse Ronan, Willie Simmons and Dakota Fanning were all up
to play Tina's younger sister Queenie.
But American actress Alison Sudol ultimately landed the role.
[Queenie]: "Teenie, you brought men home."
[Porpentina]: "That's mister Scamander.
He has lost something I am going to help him find."
[Host]: The film additionally stars comedian Dan Fogler as Newt's non-magical friend; Jacob.
[Jacob]: "Hey, mister English guy, I think your egg is hatching."
[Host]: Fogler faced stiff competition as Josh Gad and Michael Cera were also in talks.
Cera turned down the role, however, to voice Robin in the LEGO Batman Movie.
[Robin]: "Batman, whoa."
[Batman]: "You're damn right, whoa."
[Robin]: "Wait. Does Batman live in Bruce Wayne's basement?"
[Batman]: "No. Bruce Wayne lives in Batman attic."
[Host]: Number 5: 85 Magical Species.
[Newt]: "Come on, give me a …"
[Host]: During Harry's first year at Hogwarts, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a required text book
that provides a basic introduction to magizoology.
The book includes background information regarding 85 magical species
discovered throughout the Wizarding World.
[Man's voice]: "Just like your suitcase. I think this much more to you than meets the eye."
[Host]: It's unknown exactly how many creatures will appear in this big-screen adaptation.
Based on the trailer footage, though,
we can count on seeing Nifflers, House elfs, Billywigs, Occamies, Demiguises and Thunderbirds.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg, as a variety of Fantastic Beasts escape from Newt's magical briefcase.
We can't wait to join Newt on his journey to catch them all.
[Porpetina]: "Yesterday, a wizard entered New York with a case.
A case, full of magical creatures.
And unfortunately some have escaped."
[Host]: Number 4: J.K. Rowling's Screenplay Debut.
J.K. Rowling: "My heroes are always people who feel themselves to be set apart stigmatized or offit."
[Host]: We all know that J.K. Rowling wrote all seven books in the main Harry Potter series.
But under the pseudonym of Newt Scamander, she also wrote a Fantastic Beasts textbook
for the charity Comic Relief.
The fictional text book provided the groundwork for this feature film
which is Rowling's first screenwriting in endeavor.
[Seraphina Picquery]: "You've known him for twenty four hours that an unregistered wizard
set magical beasts loose in New York."
[Host]: While crafting the screenplay, Rowling received help from director David Yates and Steve Kloves.
Who adapted a majority of the Harry Potter novels to the silver screen.
According to Yates, Rowling has also written the script for the second Fantastic Beasts film,
with plans for another three.
[Rowling]: "It's something that has implications for the whole Wizarding World.''
[Host]: Number 3: The Swooping Evil is Coming.
[Jacob]: "Why would I have to wear something like this?"
[Newt]: "Because your skull is susceptible to breakage under immense force."
[Host]: As stated before, this fantasy adventure will have no shortage of magical beings.
Of all the Fantastic Beasts, we've seen so far the Swooping Evil has arguably generated the most buzz.
As it was never mentioned in any of the previous books or movies,
this flying creature will make its Potter verse debut in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
With blue and green wings, this beast resembles a reptile and a butterfly all rolled into one.
As its intimidating name suggests, the Swooping Evil can be quite deadly.
Possessing the ability to suck out brains.
On the plus side, its venom can be used to eradicate bad memories.
Still, it wouldn't exactly be the ideal house pet.
[Graves]: "No human could do this things capable of."
[Host]: Number 2: Set in 1926.
[Man's voice]: "You're an interesting man, mister Scamander."
[Host]: In the Potter verse, Augustus Worm of Obscurus Books,
assigned Newt Scamander to write Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 1918.
The first edition of this textbook wouldn't be published until 1927, though.
[Newt]: ''Danger, he says there's danger.''
[Host]: The events of this motion picture take place in 1926 one year before the textbook goes to print.
This sets the film almost 70 years before Harry Potter was introduced to the Wizarding World.
[Rubeus Hagrid]: "You're wizard, Harry."
[Harry Potter]: "I'm a what?"
[Hagrid]: "A wizard.''
[Host]: By the time, Harry arrived at Hogwarts 1991.
Fantastic Beasts had become a worldwide bestseller in its 52nd edition.
We can't wait to see what magic looks like in the roaring 20s.
[Graves]: "The time is running out, mister Scamander."
Number 1: History of Magic in North America.
[Porpetina]: "Mister Scamander, do you know anything about the Wizarding Community in America?
We don't let things loose."
[Host]: The Wizarding World you thought you knew is much larger than you imagined.
[Man's voice]: "Look beyond the surface…
…and you will find another world."
[Host]: As a tie-in to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,
J.K. Rowling has also written the History of Magic in North America.
Told in four parts this series covers the Salem Witch Trials,
Native American Magic and the Magical Congress of the United States of America.
It additionally discusses the segregation between wizards and No-Majs,
which is the American equivalent to Muggles.
[Seraphina Picquery]: "Magical Beasts are terrorizing No-Majs.
When No-Majs are afraid, they attack."
[Host]: As a follow-up to this exclusive series,
Rowling released a piece about the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,
the American equivalent to Hogwarts.
[Man's voice]: "Its enchanted stone walls have stood strong through the ages.
Surviving fearsome battles.''
[Host]: If you havn't read these informative pieces yet,
travel to Pottermore and unlock the Wizarding World's rich history.
[Man's voice]: "These aren't myths for the History of America is more amazing than you could ever imagine."
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[Jacob]: "I wanna be a wizard."