Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, set to be released on November 18, 2016, represents J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut. The film will be the first installment of a trilogy and will act as a spin-off and prequel to the Harry Potter series, taking place 70 years prior to the events of the original series. The Harry Potter universe is filled with an extraordinary amount of magical creatures. Many of these fantastic beasts are extremely dangerous but are also a marvel to gaze at. The following 10 creatures are the beasts that audiences should be most excited to see turn up in Fantastic Beasts.
One of the few beasts officially confirmed by the trailer to be making an appearance in the film, Nifflers are already familiar to fans of the Harry Potter series, but remain intriguing and underdeveloped. These rodent-like creatures coated in black fur are notorious treasure hunters, as Nifflers seek out shiny objects at all costs. With their long snout and fluffy appearance, Nifflers appear rather adorable. However, as fans of the series surely know, Nifflers can still be quite dangerous. In The Order of The Phoenix, a Niffler nearly bites Dolores Umbridge’s fingers off while attempting to reach the rings she’s wearing. Nifflers are known to be affectionate to their owners, making them a very useful pet to have. It’s surprising that audiences haven’t gotten the chance to know a Niffler on a personal level until this point, but that seems set to change. The Niffler, which is native to Britain, may prove invaluable to Newt Scamander throughout his quest.