Back to the Beasts: The Magical Creatures Shown in the “Secrets of Dumbledore” Trailer
In the first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, we see many magical creatures. Some have already been introduced in previous films, while others we’re seeing for the first time. This seemingly renewed focus on the beasts in the Fantastic Beasts franchise is a welcome development for fans who fell in love with Magizoologist Newt Scamander and his case full of beasts. Below is a list of all the creatures we see in the trailer.
Pickett appears several times throughout the trailer. He can usually be spotted on Newt’s shoulder or in his pocket, but we also see him on the front of a raft being rowed by Newt and running away from something while carrying Newt’s wand.
The Niffler is back! We see our favorite treasure hunter sitting on the bar inside a train car that our group of main characters are traveling on.
The first time we see Credence, we, as the audience, are flying towards him behind a phoenix. The bird’s feathers are flaming as it swoops towards Credence, who is standing on a dais on the side of a snowy cliff.
Fire Crabs or Chizpurfles?
Inside a cave, we see Newt and Theseus trying to mimic a group of red crab-like creatures in an attempt to blend in among them. These look like a mix between crabs and scorpions. It’s being widely speculated by fans that these are Fire Crabs; however, they don’t resemble the descriptions we’ve gotten of Fire Crabs in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them textbook.
Another possibility is that these are Chizpurfles, a type of magical parasite. Again, the creatures seen in the trailer don’t completely match the description we have of Chizpurfles from the textbook. The book describes the parasites as very small, growing to about a twentieth of an inch. The crabs in the trailer look much larger than that. That said, this wouldn’t be the first time a creature appeared differently on-screen than they’ve been described in the textbook.
Presumably, in the same cave where Newt and Theseus meet the Fire Crabs, we see the brothers being chased by a large beast that looks like it has multiple legs or tails. Before Newt and Theseus make a run for it, we can see what looks like a scorpion tail shooting through the cave towards them. Manticores are described as having the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpion.
While Eulalie and Theseus are firing spells back and forth with a group of witches and wizards, Diricawls can be seen caught between the two opposing sides of the fight. In one frame, they are there, and in the next, they have disappeared like Diricawls are known to do. Why are they there? Are Diricawls just free-roaming on the streets in Bhutan?
Snallygaster or a Dragon?
There is a shot of a creature that looks like a winged dinosaur flying over a mountain range while a person dangles below. We could be completely off-base here, but we think this might be a snallygaster, which is described as a cross between a reptile and a bird. Another guess is that this could be a breed of dragon.
There’s also the possibility that this is a new creature we’ve never heard of before.
There is another creature in this trailer that is very easy to miss. In the scene where Grindelwald is standing in a pool cut into the floor, there is something standing near the edge of the water. On closer examination, it looks like the same creature we see Newt cradling in his arms as he runs through a bamboo forest in the clips released prior to the actual trailer. It’s unknown what this creature is, but some fans have speculated that it’s a baby Qilin or the Chinese Unicorn.
What do you think? Are we right about the identities of the new beasts, or do you think these creatures are something else entirely? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.