Fantastic beasts and where to find them help guide

Updated: Dec 5, 2019

JK Rowling books Fantastic beasts and where to find them glossary
JK Rownling's Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them : The original Screenplay Front Cover

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay is an official book containing the original screenplay written by J. K. Rowling for the film of the same name. The book does not contain Rowling's original version, but has been edited to align with the final theatrical cut of the film. As such it does not include any deleted or extended scenes and has been updated to incorporate ad-libbed or modified dialogue. The following text contains meanings of the terminologies that you will come across while reading this book. The whole point of making this is to make your reading experience smoother and more effective. This document is divided in two parts; the first part contains words containing description of Mr. Newton Scamander beasts along with the pictures of them and also the meaning of spells used in the book. While the second part contains the description of characters in this book along with their pictures. Credit for all the pictures and content goes to

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The Summoning Charm (Accio) was a charm that caused a target at a distance from the caster to levitate or fly over to them. This spell needs thought behind it, the object must be clear in the casters mind, before trying to summon.


The Unlocking Charm, also known as the Thief's Friend (Alohomora) is a charm that unlocks and opens doors, windows and objects that are not protected by magic. It is also able to open doors locked by the Locking Spell (Colloportus).

Appaloosa Puffskeins

Appaloosa Puffskeins were a breed of Puffskein (refer Puffskein) illegally bred by only one breeder in the world, working in New York until 1925.


The Ashwinder is a serpent (snake) that is created from the remains of any magical fire that is allowed to burn unchecked. As it is a serpentine creature, the Ashwinder may very well be susceptible to Parseltongue magic. Ashwinder eggs are red and give off intense heat. If they can be frozen with a Freezing Charm, they can be used in a Love Potion or eaten whole as a cure for ague (Fever, Malaria)


Auror is the occupational title of any witch or wizard serving as a member of an elite unit of highly-trained, specialist officers tasked with upholding the law and protecting the magical communities in their respective countries from large-scale threats, and is employed by the wizarding governing bodies of many European countries, as well as the United States. In Great Britain, Aurors work for the Ministry of Magic while in North America, they answer to the Magical Congress of the United States of America.


The Billywig is an insect native to Australia. It is rated XXX, and is around half an inch long with the colouring of a vivid sapphire blue. The speed of the Billywig means that it is rarely noticed by Muggles, and wizards and witches only spot it once they have been stung.


The Bowtruckle is a hand-sized, insect-eating tree dweller with long sharp fingers (two on each hand), brown eyes, and a general appearance of a flat-faced stick figure made of bark and twigs, which serves well as camouflage in its natural habitat. They are immensely difficult to spot.


Choranaptyxis is a characteristic some magical creatures have of being able to grow or shrink in order to fit available space.Occamies (refer occamies) are known to be choranaptyxic, though they won't normally exceed a length of fifteen feet.


The Demiguise is a peaceful, herbivorous creature that can make itself invisible and tell the future which makes it very hard to catch. It is found in the Far East, but only wizards and witches trained in their capture can even see them. It resembles an ape with large, black eyes and long, silky hair.


The Diricawl is a plump, fluffy-feathered and flightless bird. It has the ability to disappear and reappear elsewhere as a means of escaping danger, similar to apparation. Muggles are aware of the existence of the Diricawl as a dodo (a large, extinct, flightless bird). However, since Muggles are not aware of its ability to teleport at will, they believe that they have hunted the dodo to extinction. The International Confederation of Wizards has not seen fit to reveal that the animal still exists, since it seems to have raised Muggle awareness of the consequences of slaying their fellow creatures indiscriminately.


Apparition is a wizarding transportation. It is basically the magical action of travelling by having the user focus on a desired location in their mind. After the user is properly focused, they then disappear from the current location and instantly reappear at the desired location. In short, Apparition is a form of teleportation. It is by far the fastest way to get to a desired destination, but is tricky to pull off correctly and disastrous if botched.

Apparition is called Disapparition from the point of view of someone at the place being left, and Apparition from the point of view of someone at the destination, much like the words "disappear" and "appear".


Dougal was a Demiguise that accompanied Newton Scamander as he researched magizoology and visited New York in 1926.


The Doxy, sometimes referred to as the Biting Fairy, is a small Fairy-like creature, sometimes mistaken for a Fairy.


The Erumpent was a huge African magical beast which resembled a rhinoceros with a roundish body. It’s horn, which can pierce almost anything contains a fluid that explodes, destroying what it has hit.


The Fwooper is a magical African bird with brightly-coloured feathers, which can include orange, pink, lime green and yellow. Listening to the Fwooper's high pitched, twittering song will drive the listener insane, so each bird must be sold with a Silencing Charm placed on it. The Charm has to be reinforced monthly, and a licence is required to own one of the birds.


A Galleon or Gold-Galleon (ʛ) is the most valued coin of the wizarding currency. One Galleon is equal to 17 Sickles (silver coins) or 493 Knuts (bronze coins). Galleons are made of gold.


Gigglewater is a wizarding alcoholic beverage that was circulated in the United States. Pinnock was one brand of Gigglewater sold in the 1920s. Its ingredients included Chortle extract. True to its name, Gigglewater may cause the drinker to laugh out loud when consumed.


The Graphorn was large and hump-backed, with grayish-purple skin tougher than that of dragons. It could repel most spells, had two golden horns, and walked on large four-thumbed feet. Its mouth was made of tentacle-like appendages, that were used to grab food and put it in its mouth. It also used these to show affection. It was said to resemble a sabre-tooth tiger.


A Grindylow is a small, horned, pale-green water demon and a Dark creature.


A Hippogriff is a magical creature that has the front legs, wings, and head of a giant eagle and the body, hind legs and tail of a horse. It is very similar to another mythical creature, the Griffin, with the horse rear replacing the lion rear.

House – elf

A house-elf (sometimes also referred to as just elves) is a magical creature which is immensely devoted and loyal to the one designated as their master. House-elves serve wizards and witches and are usually found under the employment of old wizarding families taking residence in elaborate establishments, like mansions, and must do everything that their masters command unless they are freed. A house-elf can only be freed when their master presents them with clothes.House-elves have their own brand of wandless magic which, despite their small physical size, is very powerful.

Large dung beetle

The Giant Dung Beetle is a large insect. It is mostly unknown how it is different from its non-magical cousin. However, it is significantly larger and can use the three large horns on its head to carry balls of dung instead of rolling them.


Legilimency is the act of magically navigating through the many layers of a person's mind and correctly interpreting one's findings. A person who practises this art is known as a Legilimens. Muggles might call this "mind-reading," but practitioners disdain the term as naive.


A Lunascope is an astronomical instrument invented by Perpetua Fancourt, which shows the phases of the moons. It was created to counter the difficulty of using Moon charts.


The Magical Congress of the United States of America (shortened MACUSA), is the magical body in charge of governing the wizarding community of the United States of America. It is led by the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Unlike the No-Maj United States Congress, which is divided into a House of Representatives and a Senate, the MACUSA is unicameral. The MACUSA is located within the Woolworth Building in downtown New York City and has hundreds of stories.


The Mooncalf is a shy creature that only comes out of its burrow during a full moon. Once the Mooncalf is in the moonlight, it performs complicated dance moves while standing on its hind legs. It is believed that this is part of the Mooncalf mating ritual, but also has the side effect of creating geometric patterns in wheat fields that confuse Muggles.

Mooncalf Pellets

Mooncalf pellets were used presumably to feed mooncalfs. Newton Scamander had a box of mooncalf pellets in the habitats used to contained magical beasts within his suitcase.


The Murtlap is a marine beast resembling a rat with a growth on its back resembling a sea anemone, found on the coastal areas of Britain.

New Salem Philanthropic Society

The New Salem Philanthropic Society (NSPS), also known as the Second Salemers, was a fanatical American No-Maj group which sought to expose and destroy wizard kind. This group was led by the extremist Mary Lou Barebone and her three adopted children Credence, Chastity and Modesty. Their meeting place was a "dingy" church in Pike Street, New York City where they ran a soup kitchen for poor children to whom they distributed anti-magic pamphlets.


A Niffler was a creature with a long snout and a coat of black, fluffy fur. They were attracted to shiny things, which made them wonderful for locating treasure, but this also means that they could wreak havoc if kept (or set loose) indoors. Nifflers in general were usually harmless.


Non-magic people, commonly known as Muggles in Great Britain, No-Majs or No-Majes in the United States, Non-Magiques in France, Can't-Spells, and Non-Wizards, are people who are born to two non-magical parents and are incapable of performing magic. Muggles are not to be confused with Squibs, who also lack magic but are born to at least one magical parent.


A Memory Charm (Obliviate), also known as a Forgetfulness Charm, was a spell that could be used to erase memories from an individual's mind.


An Obscurus was the manifestation of the repressed energy of a magical child (known as an Obscurial). Described as a "dark" and "parasitic" force, an Obscurus was created when the child in question consciously attempted to repress their talent or were forced to do so through physical or psychological abuse. This energy could manifest itself as a separate entity that can erupt in violent, destructive fury.


It was a plumed, two-legged serpentine-bodied creature with wings that reached up to fifteen feet in height. The Occamy was extremely aggressive to anyone who approached it, and lived off of insects, rats, birds, and occasionally monkeys. It was extremely protective of its eggs, which were made of the most pure and soft silver. It was found in the Far East and India.


Parseltongue is the language of serpents and those who can converse with them. An individual who can speak parseltongue is known as a Parselmouth. It is a very uncommon skill, and was known to be an almost exclusively hereditary trait.Harry Potter is also one of the parselmouths.

Petrificus Totalus

The Full Body-Bind Curse, also known as the Body Freezing Spell (Petrificus Totalus) is a curse that paralyses the opponent. It is often used by inexperienced or young wizards in duelling.


Pickett was a Bowtruckle that was kept by Newt Scamander as a pet. Although he had at least six Bowtruckles (Pickett, Titus, Finn, Poppy, Marlow, and Tom), Newt was especially fond of Pickett, and even carried him around in his top pocket, first because Pickett had a cold and needed body warmth, and also because Pickett had attachment issues.


A Puffskein was a small beast covered in soft fur and spherical in shape. It was a popular pet found worldwide, that does not object to being cuddled or thrown about.


The Revelio Charm (Revelio) is a charm used to reveal concealed objects, messages, invisible things, and passages. It was considered difficult for a second year student. It may also be used to reveal the true appearance of someone who changed their appearance with a spell.

Swooping Evil

The Swooping Evil is a blue-and-green winged magical creature. It looks like a cross between a snake and an extremely large butterfly. When it is not flying with its spiked wings, the Swooping Evil shrinks into a green spiny cocoon.


The Thunderbird is a large, avian creature native to North America, and most commonly found in Arizona in the southwestern United States. A close relative of the Phoenix, the Thunderbird can create storms as it flies and is highly sensitive to danger. A house at Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is named after this creature.

Ukrainian Ironbelly

The Ukrainian Ironbelly is a species of dragon native to Ukraine. It is said to be the largest dragon species in the world.



Abernathy (fl. 1920s) was an American wizard, employee for the Magical Congress of the United States of America and eventual follower of Gellert Grindelwald.

Chastisy Barebone

Chastity Barebone (d. 7 December, 1926) was an American girl who lived during the 20th century. She was the adopted daughter of Mary Lou Barebone. Chastity was the middle child of three adopted siblings. Her other siblings were Credence Barebone and Modesty Barebone. And she lived with them and her adoptive mother in the United States of America in 1926 at the Second Salem Church in Pike Street Manhattan. Chastity dutifully abided by her mother's strict rules, unlike her two siblings, Credence and Modesty. She was an active member of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, sharing her mother's zeal for the cause of eradicating magic and its practitioners.Chastity died on the night of 7 December 1926, having sustained fatal injuries when the Second Salem Church was destroyed by the Obscurus of Credence Barebone.

Credence Barebone

Credence Barebone aka Aurelius Dumbledore (born c. 1901) was an American wizard who lived during the 20th century. He was adopted by Mary Lou Barebone.Due to the repression of his magic, Credence developed a parasitical force known as an Obscurus and became an Obscurial. While most Obscurials die before their tenth birthday, Credence lived into adulthood, which was previously unheard of in the Wizarding World, and a testament of his incredible power.


Gnarlak was an American goblin gangster. He ran The Blind Pig, a magical speakeasy located at 124 Macdougal Street in New York in the 1920s, which Newt Scamander visited when he was searching for information.

Grindelwald Gellert

Grindelwald (c. 1883 – March 1998) was a pure or half-blood wizard who was considered to be one of the most powerful and dangerous Dark Wizards of all time, considered to be surpassed only by Tom Riddle. A student at Durmstrang Institute, Grindelwald was expelled for twisted, dark experiments and near-fatal attacks on his fellow students. He later fostered a friendship with a young Albus Dumbledore, making plans to find the Deathly Hallows and lead a Wizarding revolution to end the International Statute of Secrecy, creating a benevolent global hierarchical order led by wise and powerful witches and wizards that dominated Muggles.

Jacob Kowalski

Jacob Kowalski was a Polish-born American No-Maj, who lived at 435 Rivington Street New York during the 1920s. Jacob fought in the First World War. Returning home to the United States he found work in a cannery, but dreamt of becoming a baker.

Langdon Shaw

Langdon Shaw was an American No-Maj who lived in the early 20th century. He was the younger son of newspaper magnate Henry Shaw Senior. He has at least one sibling, an older brother Henry Shaw Junior who was elected to the United States Senate in 1920.

Madam Picquery

Madam President Seraphina Picquery (1903 – 1928) was an American witch born in Savannah, Georgia. She served as the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America from 1920-1928, proving herself to be a strong and capable leader.

Mary Lou Barebone

Mary Lou Barebone (d. 7 December, 1926) was an American No-Maj who lived in the 20th century. She was born into the Barebone family. Mary Lou was marked by a profound belief in the existence of magic and an equally deep hatred of it. She was the leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, also known as the Second Salemers, an extremist group whose goal was to expose and eradicate witchcraft in the United States. She had three adopted children: Chastity, Modesty, and Credence.

Modesty Barebone

Modesty Barebone (b. 1918) was an American girl who lived during the 20th century. She was the adopted daughter of Mary Lou Barebone. Modesty was the youngest of three adopted siblings. Her older siblings were Credence Barebone and Chastity Barebone. She lived with them and her adoptive mother in the United States of America in 1926 at the Second Salem Church in Pike Street Manhattan.

Newt Scamander

Newton Artemis Fido "Newt" Scamander, (b. 24 February, 1897) was a British wizard, famed Magizoologist and the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he was sorted into Hufflepuff House. While at Hogwarts he was sentenced to expulsion though Albus Dumbledore, who had been his Defence Against the Dark Arts instructor, recognised his innocence, and objected strongly.

Percival Grave

Percival Graves was an Auror, Director of Magical Security and head of MACUSA's Department of Magical Law Enforcement.


Queenie Goldstein (b. 6 January, 1903) was a half-blood American witch and the younger sister of Tina Goldstein. She attended Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where she was sorted into Pukwudgie house.

Shaw Sr.

Henry Shaw Senior was an American No-Maj newspaper magnate and founder of Shaw News. He was the father of Henry Shaw Junior, a US Senator during the 1920s, and Langdon Shaw. While Henry was proud of Henry Shaw Jr, he did not think very highly of his younger son Langdon whom he considered a disappointment.

Senator Shaw

Senator Henry Shaw Junior (d. 6 December, 1926) was an American No-Maj who served as a United States senator from New York during the 1920s. He was the son of newspaper magnate Henry Shaw Senior. He had at least one younger brother, Langdon Shaw.


Porpentina Esther "Tina" Scamander (Goldstein) (b. 19 August, 1901) was a half-blood American witch. She attended Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where she was sorted into Thunderbird house. After graduating from IIvermorny, she became an Auror for the Magical Congress of the United States of America.

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