The Harry Potter franchise has as suspected, taken over again! However, not only has the new film by David Yeats hit home with even the most die hard fans, it also has wonderful Easter Eggs for avid fans to find! Below are 11 little treats for you to digest!
Watch out - spoilers coming your way!
Okay, so maybe this was an Easter Egg that most people didn't miss. However, some things might have slipped your mind: Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindewald were friends and colleagues who tried to find the Deathly Hallows together. Of course this led to Grindelwald becoming mad with power hunger, and he sought to find the three power objects and control them all. Then, after Dulmbedore's sister Ariana tragically dies in a duel between the two wizards, he flees the country and and becomes the pre-Voldemort supreme dark wizard of his time. Oh, and did I mention he also found the Elder Wand but Dumbledore sneakily won it from him in a duel?
Though we can only guess at how she's related to Bellatrix, it will be very exciting to see Zoë Kravitz play the mysterious witch who was Newt's Hogwarts friend. Or should I say 'friend'? Newt may have said that people change, but depending on who you want to ship Newt with, you may hope that people don't change so much that there can't be some love in the air.
If you're one of those people who has seen all the Harry Potter films but not read all the books (I don't judge you), you may not have heard of these wonderful magical creatures. If you have read the books though, you might remember hearing about them in Professor Grubbly-Plank's class on Care of Magical Creatures in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. You got to admit, he's adorable and we all know that even though he is spoiled, Pickett looks much cuter clinging to Newt's jacket than chilling with the rest of his kind.
Everyone knows him. Everyone loves him (at least that's what people tell each other within earshot of anyone who ever resided in Hogwarts while he was there), and everyone knows he was a bit Potter-crazy. It may be news to some then, that he was one of Newt's professors while he was a student there. I think it's safe to say the two got on just fine!
Come on, we all know that not only is Eddie Redmayne a sworn lover of the Puffs, but Newt Scamander declares the love for his Hogwarts house by wearing his Hufflepuff scarf at the end of the movie, and if you're paying attention, you can also see it neatly folded away in his suitcase when he has to open it for the muggle guard upon his arriving in New York.
It can only mean one thing (other than it looking pretty cool), when Percival (well, 'Percival') gives poor, poor Credence the necklace with the Deathly Hallows symbol on it: trouble is most definitely coming your way young man!
Come on, how cute is he! Apart from pretty much stealing the show (he is the star of the movie), this little creature has made several appearances before in the Harry Potter universe, in both the Goblet of Fire and the Order of the Phoenix books. I mean, when they can be helpful in finding gold, like Hagrid teaches his students, and perfect for creating mayhem when released into Umbridge's office, you know you have a winner!
Yet another magical creature mentioned in the Order of the Phoenix book, essence of murtlap was used by Hermione to soothe the wound on Harry's hand after that awful Umbridge got to him in detention. However, I assume that she didn't have as much trouble with this beast as poor Jacob Kowalski did when it escaped from Newt's suitcase and came at him!
This enormous beast that unfortunately escaped and ended up on a rampage through Central Park has more than just size and a magical glowing aura on its side. Its horn is highly explosive, as Hermione tries to point out to Xenophilious Lovegood in the Deathly Hallows, but as you all should know, he didn't believe her and, to cut a long story short, his house blew up. Newt's mating dance to try to lure it back into the suitcase from whence it came is not quite as Tarantino-esque as that, but it does provide the audience with a good laugh!
This term has cropped up so many times in the Harry Potter universe that there is no need to go into great detail as to what they are, but the most notable ones are naturally Mr. Filch and Mrs. Figg. There has been plenty of theories surrounding Ariana, Dumbledore's sister, but they have all been brought to life again after Percival's comment about Credence being a Squib, but then finding out that he is, in fact harbouring much stronger and more dangerous forces inside him because his magic was shut away for so many years.
I have, to be honest, you can't ever really get enough quidditch, can you? Even though there is, naturally, not any time for a casual game of quidditch in this film, the pun is too good to ignore. When he is asked if he is a seeker, Newt quite offhandedly replies, 'I'm more of a chaser, really.' Well played Newt, well played indeed!