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The Best Beasts In The 'Fantastic Beasts' Franchise

List RulesVote up the magical creatures you’d carry around in your “bigger on the inside” enchanted suitcase.

The animals in the Fantastic Beasts series are a big part of the films' appeal - they are right there in the title, after all. In the wizarding world, a "Beast" is defined under a Ministry of Magic ruling from the 19th century as being a largely unintelligent creature that can't comprehend or influence magical law. They're distinct from "Spirits" and "Beings," and are categorized according to how hard they are to handle - from "X," meaning virtually harmless, to "XXXXX," meaning you should run very quickly in the opposite direction.

Much of the magical world's knowledge about these magical creatures came from Newt Scamander's influential book, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which has been on the Hogwarts' Care of Magical Creatures curriculum since it was first published in 1927. From Hippogriffs to Hungarian Horntails, J.K Rowling's Harry Potter series introduced us to some of our favorite critters, but which are the best Fantastic Beasts creatures?

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    A Niffler looks like a mole with a beak, and just like a mole, it loves to burrow. In fact, it's used by Gringotts' Curse Breakers to unearth cursed treasure. Suitably, it's attracted to anything shiny, which it can store in a pouch that is magically much bigger on the inside than it seems.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XXX

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    Similar to a stick insect, a Bowtruckle is leafy and twig-like, and small enough to be held in the palm of your hand. Mainly found in the woods of the UK and Germany, it has sharp fingers for digging or for self-defense, if necessary. 

    Ministry of Magic classification: XX

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    A Thunderbird is to thunder and lightning what its relative the Phoenix is to fire and ash. It's big and powerful enough to whip up storms with just a flap of its wings. The Choctaw tribe once used its tail feathers in wand-making, and the bird is a key part of many indigenous peoples' culture in North America.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XXXX

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    A Thestral is a winged horse, easily identifiable thanks to its skeletal form and bat-like wings. You can only see it if you've personally witnessed death, a fact that leads many witches and wizards to consider the Thestral a bad omen.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XXXX

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    Native to China, the Zouwu is a massive cat with a distinctive long, ruffled tail. It's remarkably fast, able to travel a thousand miles in a day - and it has a weakness for cat toys.

    Ministry of Magic classification: unknown

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    An Occamy is a winged serpentine creature originating from East Asia that can grow up to an impressive 15 feet long. It lays pure silver eggs, which discredited explorer Gilderoy Lockhart once planned on using for a range of hair-care products. He would have had a tough time, as it can grow or shrink to fit whatever space it occupies, and is quite territorial.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XXXX

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    You might mistake the Firedrake for a small lizard, or even a baby dragon. However, it doesn't breathe fire - instead, it shoots sparks from the end of its tail.

    Ministry of Magic classification: unknown

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    This bearded, fluffy creature looks like a cross between a monkey and a lemur. It has wide black eyes hinting at its powers of foresight. Coupled with its ability to make itself invisible, you'd be lucky to ever catch one. In fact, its fur can be used to weave Invisibility Cloaks.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XXXX

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    The Augurey, or Irish Phoenix, a species of magical bird native to the UK, was long thought to foretell death with its mournful cries. However, it was later discovered its song simply signifies impending rain.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XX

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    The Mooncalf has a distinctive long neck, webbed feet, and huge, glowing blue eyes. It moves in herds and is thought to dance on its back legs in order to attract a mate. The shapes that one can create in fields of wheat have fueled the Muggle UFO crop circle conspiracy.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XX

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    Swooping Evil


    As the name suggests, this butterfly-like creature that hatches from a green cocoon is beautiful to look at but can cause irreparable damage. It's a brain-eater, and its venom can also be distilled for targeted memory erasure, as we see at the end of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

    Ministry of Magic classification: Extant

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    Fwoopers make for beautiful pets but come with a severe warning. Without the renewal of a monthly Silencing Charm, its call will destroy a listener's sanity. The benefits of keeping one are an endless supply of quills and some very colorful eggs.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XXX

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    Muggles know this flightless bird as a Dodo, a creature thought to have been hunted to extinction. Really, the Diricawl simply disappeared thanks to its teleportation powers, similar to apparating or using Floo Powder or a Portkey for a quick magical getaway.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XX

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    Be careful when you go into the water in Britain and Ireland - you might just run into a Kelpie. This shapeshifting water demon typically takes the form of a horse, and it has an appetite for human flesh.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XXXX

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    Visit the French Ministry of Magic, and you might see a Matagot, a spirit resembling a hairless black cat with glowing blue eyes. It's quite docile - unless provoked.

    Ministry of Magic classification: unknown

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    Something like a cross between a bull and a saber-tooth tiger, the Graphorn nearly went extinct in the 1920s. This was likely because their horns are prized potion ingredients. A Graphon has four-toed hooves, masses of tentacles, and hates being ridden by Mountain Trolls.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XXXX

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    You wouldn't want to cuddle up to this kitty. Silent and very deadly, a Nundu is a huge African creature whose breath is toxic enough to wipe out whole communities. Unless you're as skilled as the fabled Spectral Thief, it usually takes no less than 100 wizards to capture one.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XXXXX

  • 18



    With its large horn and thick hide, this mighty African creature closely resembles a rhino. Though largely peaceful, the Erumpent will attack if provoked, and with a deadly poison in the tip of its horn, provoking one could be the last thing you ever do. It's also immune to most spells and charms.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XXXX

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    The Leucrotta looks similar to a moose, though its antlers and mouth are considerably larger than those of the non-magical animal. It's said to be able to mimic voices or sounds it hears.

    Ministry of Magic classification: unknown

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    A blue, flying bug-like creature native to Australia. The wings on its head move in a circular motion while the sting in its tail will make you dizzy, and then float. This effect makes it a popular target for those looking for a buzz.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XXX

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    A Doxy can be mistaken for a fairy, but it's nowhere near as pleasant. In fact, it's considered to be one of the greatest pests of the wizarding world, infesting households with hundreds of eggs that hatch into little biting menaces within weeks. You'll want to avoid getting bitten, too, as its teeth are laced with venom.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XXX

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    You'll find the Murtlap along the British coast, where its tentacled back is often mistaken for a sea anemone. Its body otherwise resembles a hairless rat. Murtlap essence can be applied to small open wounds to speed up the healing process.

    Ministry of Magic classification: XXX