Pottermore Dishes on Fantastic Beasts Spotted in Teaser Trailer

The Internet kind of broke last night when the teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released, and Pottermore is capitalizing on the buzz to share some details about what we glimpsed during those precious two minutes and twelve seconds.

There’s obviously a lot to discuss about what we saw (you can see MuggleNet’s take on a few of the most interesting bits right here), but one of the most exciting things is undoubtedly the beasts themselves!

Of course, we didn’t really need Pottermore to tell us that one of the creatures we spotted is a Niffler, a canonical beast from the Potter textbook released by Rowling and encountered by Harry and the gang during one of Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures lessons in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. But they did provide us with this GIF, which is pretty excellent.


Niffler Gif


The second creature is more mysterious, and one that Rowling seems to have invented just for the Fantastic Beasts film: a Swooping Evil. Seen near the end of the trailer, many viewers thought the blue bird-like creature might be an Augurey. But besides the name, we don’t learn much else about the beast. From Pottermore:

We don’t know much about the Swooping Evil so far, except from what we see of it in the trailer. Newt throws a mysterious ball into the air, and an immaculate, blue bird-like creature emerges from it, like a butterfly from a cocoon. But what exactly is it?

No idea what a Swooping Evil does, but it doesn’t sound pleasant, does it?


Swooping Evil


What other beasts are you hoping to see in the film?

Jessica J.

I've been making magic at MuggleNet since 2012, when I first joined the staff as a News intern. I've never wavered from the declaration in my childhood journal, circa October 2000: "I LOVE Harry Potter! If I clean my room, my mom says she'll make me a dinner a wizard would love!" Proud Gryffindor; don't hate.