1It originated from this book

It’s the red one. Photo source: Amazon
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages appear as personal books of Harry and Ron in the Harry Potter series. Back in 2009, J. K. Rowling decided to bring these two books to life in partnership with UK charity organisation Comic Relief.
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It’s really cute too – the insides are peppered with hand-drawn scribbles from Ron and Harry. The books were sold for under S$10 each when they first came out, but are now worth about US$35 each. In them, you’ll find a listing of magical creatures that are graded according to how dangerous they are to wizards.

2Who is Newt Scamander?

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A Magizoologist, Newton Artemis Fido Scamander, or Newt Scamander, was the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. In the 1900s, he attended Hogwarts like all good British wizards and was sorted into Hufflepuff. Unfortunately, he was expelled due to an unfortunate situation where he “accidentally” endangered the life of a fellow student with a magical beast.
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But still, Newt grew to be so famous that he was awarded the Order of Merlin, second class and earned his place on a Chocolate Frog card. A high honour indeed!

3Not the Ministry of Magic

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Unlike Britain, which is governed by the Ministry of Magic, the United States is governed by the Magical Congress of the United States (MACUSA). Also, unlike its British counterpart, the MACUSA has a rather hostile relationship with its non-magic counterpart.
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Another thing you need to know: MACUSA is pronounced Mah-cooz-ah. You’re welcome.

4Not muggles

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No-Maj” This incredulous nickname for muggles was coined by the Americans who  travelled from Europe to the New World in the fourteenth century. As mentioned above, No-Maj and wizarding relationships are rather frosty.
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In fact, intermarriage and friendship between a magical and non-magical person was illegal then. You’ll have five, full films to learn all about this fun relationship.

5Deathly Hallows? Is that you?

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Yes. Yes it is. Right next to Colin Farrell’s head swings the famed symbol of the deathly hallows. For the uninitiated, the deathly hallows are a trio of magical items that have the power to defeat death. The triangle symbolises the invisibility clock, the circle the resurrection stone and the single line, the elder wand.
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This could mean a couple of things:
  • That one of the three items could appear in the movie.
  • Colin Farrell (who is obviously not a good guy) is after one of these items.
  • OR he is somehow related to the Lovegoods from Harry Potter. Luna Lovegood’s crackpot father, Xenophilius Lovegood wore this necklace all the time. Could they be related? Could this be the SAME necklace?

6There are Legilimens in North America too

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Like Animagi (wizards and witches who can transform into animals), Legilimens are magical people who have an extra ability. In this case, the ability to read minds. But not without help though: They need their wands.
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In the Harry Potter books, Severus Snape was a skilled Legilimen who was to train Harry to block his mind from Voldermort. But things went a little off course when, frustrated with Snape’s condescending ways, Harry turned the tables on Snape and began to read his mind and live out Snape’s memories instead.
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Perhaps we’ll see more of this in the new film?
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’s Singapore release date has been set for Nov 17.
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