Fantastic Beasts: Producer Gets Swamped
Despite all the excitement surrounding the new Fantastic Beasts movies (considering it’s the first project in hundreds of years where wizards and Muggles are working together), there are those in the wizarding community who, along with the concern of working with Muggles, are worried about the treatment of the magical creatures.
Alfie Wingbern, one of the producers of the film, is also the lead creature handler. He returned home late last night from set and found his entire home, inside and out, fully engulfed in a thick, swampy terrain. The words “Free the Beasts” were scrawled across his front door. The Ministry believes this to be the work of the notorious wizard group SPEC (Sorcerers for the Protection of Enchanted Creatures). Members of this group are arguing that with the use of so many magical creatures in this film, detailed, proper care for each individual beast is being neglected. This of course is not the case. Mr. Wingbern, before working on Fantastic Beasts, was a member of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, with a heavy emphasis on their protection and care.
Along with putting a dent in Mr. Wingbern’s reputation, the members of SPEC have also caused bad publicity for Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes since their Portable Swamps were used to cause the damage to Wingbern’s home.
“We sell hundreds of those products,” said George Weasley, co-founder of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. “It is hard to know who’s buying them. It is indeed a shame, though, that someone would use the products this way. They are meant for good fun, not destruction. Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes is in full support of the films, not to mention my brother, Charlie, will be working with the dragons for them.”
A full investigation is being made into SPEC, but we have been unable to locate any of its leaders for comment.
Arabella Featherman, Daily Prophet