Early Drafts and Other Ideas

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • When considering ideas for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, producer Lionel Wigram thought about doing a documentary-style film about Newt Scamander.
  • Earlier versions included a subplot where Jacob began the film with a fiancée (named Mildred, played by Sinead Matthews), who broke off their engagement when he failed to secure the bank loan he was applying for when he met Newt.
  • A page from an early draft that appeared on J.K. Rowling’s website featured the goblin gangster Gnarlak speaking to Newt about also being from “the old country” (United Kingdom) and saying that his whole family worked for Gringotts.
  • At a 2016 press conference, J.K. Rowling described an early draft of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as “really dark” and including “a lot of stuff in the sewers.”
  • She said director David Yates’s response to her after reading it was: “This is a very dark draft… you need to lighten up a little.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • In a deleted scene, Dumbledore told Newt that “[Grindelwald] had a vision, you see, many years ago, in which an Obscurial killed the man he fears above all others.”