UPDATED: Top 7 Fantastic Beasts (and why they’re fantastic)

My first post came out before the movie (don’t worry it’s still there), after some more research and researching we have a new updated list. Some creatures may overlap so I’ll try not to overlap any information about them.


1. Swooping Evil


This eerily-beautiful creature has no Muggle counterpart, meaning it has never been seen by a Muggle (who was able to tell the tale afterwards). As all magical beasts it is remarkably intelligent, taking commands from Newt Scamander on more than one occasion. Rather strong for a flying beast of its size, taking the weight of Tina as she uses its back as a stepping stone from imminent death, a feat that a Golden Eagle of similar size would not have been able to do. Upon first seeing a Swooping Evil I was rather taken aback. After a bit I got so used to it that it became my favorite.


2. Thunderbird

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If you saw the original list you would notice that the Thunderbird is still on the list, with good reason too. Frank (the Thunderbird that resided in Newt’s case until release in New York) was actually rescued from traffickers in Egypt. Quite a distance from its natural habitat in the wilds of the land known to us as Arizona. Representing one of four Wizarding houses in Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, favoring adventurers. According to Pottermore is said to represent the soul. Not to mention, my own house.


3. Bowtruckle


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When compiling the first list my mind didn’t even think of the bowtruckle. First mentioned in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in a Care of Magical Creatures class taught by Professor Grubby-Plank. A tree dweller, up to eight inches in height, are extremely loyal to their home tree. Are made of bark and twigs as a form of camouflage on their home tree. Are typically peacefully unless their home tree (or person )is threatened and will proceed to attack the threat (aiming at the eyes). As discovered in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, have quite a personality and have knack for picking locks. Since they prefer to live on wand trees, wand makers (who are fond of their eyes) distract them with wood lice and doxy eggs, their preferred treat.


4. Owl



This list has so far been dominated by new creatures from Fantastic Beasts so here we have the dignified owl. With nothing that qualifies it as a magical creature it is still Wizard’s(and Witch’s) best friend. Used to send letters between wizarding folk, they have a remarkable intelligence. Or at least Hedwig (you are missed), finding Sirius Black (referred to as Snuffles) to deliver letters from Harry Potter. A feat which was impossible for a number of Ministry officials attempting to bring him to “justice”.


5. Hippogriff


Another epic creature left out of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, first introduced by Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Half eagle with the hindquarters of a horse, these creatures are to be treated as if they were royalty. Draco Malfoy learned this lesson the hard way, being attacked by a hippogriff when disrespecting it.

Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle had taken over Buckbeak. He had bowed to Malfoy, who was now patting his beak, looking disdainful.
‘This is very easy,’ Malfoy drawled, loud enough for Harry to hear him. ‘I knew it must have been, if Potter could do it … I bet you’re not dangerous at all, are you?’ he said to the Hippogriff. ‘Are you, you ugly great brute?’
It happened in a flash of steely talons; Malfoy let out a high pitched scream and next moment, Hagrid was wrestling Buckbeak back into his collar as he strained to get at Malfoy, who lay curled in the grass, blood blossoming over his robes.
‘I’m dying!’ Malfoy yelled, as the class panicked. ‘I’m dying, look at me! It’s killed me!’


6. Dragon


This is the creature of legend. One of the most dangerous creatures on this list, the products of a dragon are also incredibly useful. The heartstrings are used for wand cores and their hide is commonly used for fireproof clothing. Their hide being resilient against spells give dragon hide clothing an extra bonus. Check out some real dragons at The World Reptile Post, while they don’t breathe fire they are just as awesome in their own little way.


7. Niffler


The niffler has once again found a place on the Top 7 list. Apparently they not only have a knack for finding shiny objects, they actively seek for it. This treasure is put into their pouch until it can be deposited into their home.


Let me know what you think of the list in the comments down below. I tried not to overlap any information so sorry if I did! If you have any ideas for future posts just let me know down below also. Thanks, you are awesome!

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