The “Fantastic Beasts” series takes place between 1926 and 1945, beginning with Newt Scamander (the year Lord Voldemort was born) coming to New York in 1926 to perform a secret mission for Albus Dumbledore about “Obscurus”.
In theory, it would end at the legendary battle of Dumbledore’s defeat of the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald – the year Lord Voldemort left Hogwarts and disappeared for many years.
As for the “Harry Potter” story we are familiar with, it would not start until Harry was born in 1980 and went to Hogwarts in 1991.
As a prequel to the “Harry Potter” series, in addition to having the same magical worldview, what other connections does “Fantastic Beasts” have with “Harry Potter”?
Here are 15 notable takeaways from the first two “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald movies to better prepare for the third installment.
01 Fantastic Beasts
The series “Fantastic Beasts” originally came from a Hogwarts “textbook” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” written by Rowling in his early years.
The “author” of this book is Newt Scamander, the protagonist of the “Fantastic Beasts” film series.
This book is neither a novel (like the original “Harry Potter”) nor a screenplay (like the playbook of “Fantastic Beasts”), but rather an index of “Fantastic Beasts” that includes all kinds of knowledge about them.
As the name suggests, the “Fantastic Beasts” film series will feature stunning appearances of animals such as Niffler, Bowtruckle, Zouwu, Pottermore, Kelpie, Erumpent and more.
In the original “Harry Potter” series, animals such as Thestral and Hippogriff Buckbeak also played important roles in different stages of Harry’s life.
In “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”, the newly joined Qilin, Helicopters, Air-winged birds, etc., will continue to bring new surprises to the audience.
02 Polyjuice Potion
Clever Hermione Granger can make Polyjuice Potion in second grade!
This potion that makes you look like another person for a short period of time is not small in the “Harry Potter” series.
Harry and Ron slipped into the Slytherin lounge, Bartemius Crouch Junior turned into Alastor Moody, Harry’s team broke into the Ministry of Magic, and even the “Seven Harry”‘s Privet Drive transfer plan, Polyjuice Potion contributed .
In the “Fantastic Beasts” series, Grindelwald also relied on Polyjuice Potion when he disguised himself as Percival Graves, Security Secretary of the Magical Congress of the United States.
03 Dumbledore’s History
In the “Harry Potter” series, thanks to famous gossip reporter Rita Skeeter’s The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, Harry and his friends learn about the headmaster’s early love-hate relationship with Grindelwald, The tragedy of Dumbledore’s sister, Ariana.
Since “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” is subtitled as “Dumbledore”, the film will detail Credence, the true identity of Aurelius Dumbledore, and his secret ties to the family.
After the accident in Godric’s Hollow, how did Dumbledore and his old lover Grindelwald break the blood alliance and become enemies?
The “Fantastic Beasts” series will slowly give you the answer.
Speaking of which, I remind everyone that Aberforth Dumbledore, Dumbledore’s goat-loving brother in the “Harry Potter” series, will also have an important role in “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”.
04 Ministry of Magic and Muggle’s name
The US agency that performs “government” functions, corresponding to the British Ministry of Magic, is called MACUSA.
The Supreme Leader of the Magical Congress of the United States is the President, while the Supreme Leader of the British Ministry of Magic is the Minister.
Similar Anglo-American differences are also – in “Harry Potter”, the British call people who can’t magic as Muggle, while the Americans call such people No-Maj.
05 Entrance to the magical world
Just as there is Diagon Alley in London, England, other big cities where magicians gather, also have special places like “Diagon Alley” that connect the Muggle world and the wizarding world.
There are similar circuses in Paris, France, and this venue in New York, USA, has a goblin-run bar – similar to London’s Leaky Cauldron.
In “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”, we will also see that there is such a “special place” in Berlin, Germany.
In addition to the entrance to the magical world, the entrance to the Ministry of Magic is also set in the center of the crowded Muggle city, hidden by magic, with special entrances or passwords, only wizards can freely enter and exit.
Unlike the phone booths in London (the code is 62442 – magic), the entrance to the Ministry of Magic in Paris is a fountain with a statue behind it.
06 Leta Lestrange
True fans will be shocked when they hear the name “Lestrange”.
Bellatrix Lestrange, Lord Voldemort’s number one deputy in the “Harry Potter” series, took her husband’s surname after marriage – she herself was a member of the Black family, married to Rodolphus Lestrange.
In the “Fantastic Beasts” series, Leta was originally Theseus Scamander’s fiancée and Newt’s ex-girlfriend.
The movie spends an entire episode exploring the blood relationship between Leta and Credence, and the final conclusion is: it doesn’t matter, and Leta eventually hangs up.
07 Obscurus Books
In the world of “Harry Potter”, the wizarding book publisher that publishes the book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is called Obscurus Books.
The “Obscurus” in “Fantastic Beasts” refers to a dark magical power in the wizarding world.
Young wizards suppress their magical powers in order to escape doom, but because of their lack of guidance, they have not learned to harness and control their powers.
Therefore derived parasites – the dark magic power Obscurus, these hosts are called Obscurial, Credence and Ariana Dumbledore are included in this list.
08 Nicolas Flamel
The sorcerer’s stone maker Nicolas Flamel, known only by his name in “Harry Potter”, also appeared in the “Fantastic Beasts” series, and even the Philosopher’s Stone.
Interestingly, Nicolas Flamel is a real French in history, the ancestor of European alchemy, and his appearance in the Paris part of “Fantastic Beasts” is also in line with his nationality.
His story sounds very civil. It is said that he successfully turned mercury into gold, and after his death, he was robbed of the tomb, only to find that there was no body in the coffin.
Centuries later, Newton (yes, that Newton) translated Nicolas Flamel’s manuscript from French into English.
09 Hedwig’s Theme
Every time a Hogwarts scene appears in “Fantastic Beasts”, the BGM is the most famous “Hedwig’s Theme” in the “Harry Potter” movies, created by John Williams, who wrote the book.
In the “Harry Potter” series, the serpent Nagini, who was inseparable from Lord Voldemort, turned out to be a blood-cursed Asian girl in “Fantastic Beasts”.
She was originally a blood curse orc circus performer. Because of the blood curse inherited from the family’s maternal line, she can switch between human and snake states, but the curse will eventually make her completely reduced to a snake.
Nagini’s beast form is a twelve-foot-long serpent, who later became Lord Voldemort’s pet, one of Lord Voldemort’s 7 Horcruxes, and Lord Voldemort’s murder weapon.
Many, many years later, Nagini not only killed but also cannibalized, and it was it that killed Severus Snape, and was finally beheaded by Neville Longbottom… When you associate it with the beautiful girl who lived with Credence back then Get up, will you shudder?
11 Professor McGonagall
This is actually quite controversial. During the “Harry Potter” period, Professor McGonagall was born in 1935 and only started teaching at Hogwarts in 1956.
However, in the 1920s when the “Fantastic Beasts” series took place, especially “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”, Minerva McGonagall appeared as a young woman, and her birth year was deleted from Pottermore. .
12 the Deathly Hallows
As the most important “concept” in the last two films of the “Harry Potter” series, “the Deathly Hallows” refers to the three-piece set of the Elder Wand, The Resurrection Stone and the Invisibility cloak, and having all three at the same time allows you to Be the master of death.
In the “Fantastic Beasts” series, Grindelwald, who incarnated as Percival Graves, gave Credence Death Saint’s necklace a “token”.
And when Grindelwald revealed his true face, the wand in his hand was the real Elder Wand—the one in Dumbledore’s hand many years later during the “Harry Potter” period, and the one where Lord Voldemort died. root.
In “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”, Grindelwald, holding the Elder Wand in his hand during his duel with Dumbledore “touching his chest”, will also get more close-ups.
In the “Harry Potter” series, little Harry once stood in front of Erised, staring hungrily at his parents and other deceased family members in the mirror – a mirror that reveals your deepest desires.
Headmaster Dumbledore had lied to Harry that what he saw in the mirror was himself with a pair of wool socks in his hand.
However, as we see in the “Fantastic Beasts” series, the young Dumbledore sees in the mirror his best friend and ex-boyfriend Grindelwald (then Depp’s face…).
14 Unbreakable Vow
In the “Harry Potter” series, Severus Snape had formed the Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa Black Malfoy, vowing to help her son Draco kill Headmaster Dumbledore.
In the “Fantastic Beasts” series, the spell appears again, this time by Yusuf Kama who made the oath, and his father made him swear that he must kill Leta Lestrange’s younger brother, Credence.
As a result, I turned around and found that Credence was not her brother at all. The brother who was blood related to Leta had long since been buried in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.
15 Room of Requirement
The Room of Requirement from the “Harry Potter” series is a magical place to go in when one really needs it.
This is the secret stronghold where Harry led D.A. through his magical training, where he and Cho Chang had their first kiss, and where he hid the Half-Blood Prince’s Potions textbook.
Malfoy introduced the Death Eaters to Hogwarts through the Room of Requirement, killing Headmaster Dumbledore.
Ravenclaw’s diadem, one of Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes, is also hidden here…
In the “Fantastic Beasts” series, Room of Requirement also plays a role as an important part of Hogwarts, especially in the third installment.