Theoretically, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is entirely independent from the Harry Potter franchise. The newest installment from the magical mind of J.K. Rowling is a prequel to the famous Harry Potter tales, and it’s not like they’re referring to the Boy Who Lived in 1920s.
But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any of amusing Harry Potter Easter eggs appearing in Fantastic Beasts and where to find them. After all, without Harry Potter, there would be no Fantastic Beasts, and it would be dumb to bear in mind that Rowling wouldn’t take advantages of the new movie to help build the story of Harry Potter. Given all that, here lie all the Harry Potter Easter Eggs in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
It’s arguable that the whole existence of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is just one major Easter Egg. Because, honestly, it kind of is. It’s hard to divide the fundamental premise of Fantastic Beasts — the tale of the man named Newt Scamander, who wrote a novel that is used by Harry himself during his time at Hogwarts — from the Harry Potter franchise, and it’s almost impossible to tear it apart from all the bonus detail found on Pottermore. Fanatics, please keep in mind that this article will surround ties between Fantastic Beasts and the Harry Potter novel/film series particularly — Pottermore content is not included. Also, spoilers are everywhere!
1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The most remarkable Easter Egg: at the end of the movie, Newt mentions his hand-written novel on magical beings, which notes his discoveries on his collections of creatures, as well as meticulous instructions on how to care for them. Tina, his new friend names it Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them As we know, this becomes the title for Newt’s novel, which does, eventually, get published.
2. “I’m More Of A Chaser”
Newt makes a super hilarious, and short, Quidditch gag during his first encounter with anti-magic activist Mary Lou Barebone. Mary Lou is holding a rally for her Second Salemers group when she isolates Newt from the crowd and questions him, “Are you a seeker? A seeker after truth?” To the delight of Harry Potter fans, Newt returns her with a simple, “I’m more of a Chaser, really.”
3. The Niffler
The Niffler makes his debut on the big screen in Fantastic Beasts, but fans of the original Harry Potter novels might recognize the species from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, when Hagrid shows some Nifflers for a class teaching Care of Magical Creatures. The Niffler also makes a short cameo in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when Lee Jordan sneaks one into Umbridge’s office to cause some damage.
4. Dumbledore & Hogwarts
Dumbledore gets a few mentions in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, such as the Professor who stood against Newt’s expulsion from Hogwarts. The fact that Dumbledore, who’s ultimately worthy of the title Headmaster of Hogwarts, believes in Newt certainly makes himself beloved to Harry Potter fans, and reminds us of his firm presence over in Britain.
In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt is unveiled to have had a tight friendship with a member from the Lestrange at Hogwarts. Portrayed by Zoe Kravitz, this Lestrange is solely spotted briefly as a picture, but her past with Newt is obviously great. Queenie looks into Newt’s mind and can see how special his relationship with Lestrange used to be. Being both outsiders at school, they became close, but eventually lost touch even since. Yet, he looks heartbroken thinking about their connection. The Lestrange family, certainly, is a pure blood family with historical connects with the dark magic and Voldemort — the malicious Bellatrix Lestrange comes to mind.
Given Newt’s sorrow when it comes to his old friend Lestrange, it’s obvious that something huge occurred between the two before, or during, his expulsion from Hogwarts Institution. When she reads Newt’s mind, Queenie informs that Lestrange was “a taker”, which implies that she is a bit of a bad friend. Moreover, the Lestrange family’s pure blood paths evokes that they would have been on Grindelwald’s side in the early 20th Century, which would place them siding against Newt.
6. The Deathly Hallows
In Fantastic Beasts and where to find them, the pendant necklace Graves grants Credence to unite them is the symbol of the Deathly Hallows, the very three magical objects that can help a wizard to escape from the death’s scythe. The Deathly Hallows, involving the Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility Cloak, and the Elder Wand, serve as a critical role in Harry Potter’s victory over Voldemort in the last Harry Potter novel.
7 . Gellert Grindelwald
Grindelwald is well-known as the type of precursor to Voldemort to Harry Potter fans everywhere. A dark wizard who sought power before Voldemort, Grindelwald had a close friendship with Dumbledore prior to declaring war on Muggles and lecturing superiority of wizards. Grindelwald and Dumbledore were close friends since they were young, and together they tracked down the Deathly Hallows. Teased at the opening scenes of Fantastic Beasts as making chaos in Europe, Grindelwald is afterwards revealed to have joined the Magical Congress of the USA (MACUSA). Though he is taken into American wizarding custody, hardcore fans of Harry Potter bear in mind that he isn’t defeated until the very 1940s. He will definitely be elevated to be an even greater threat as the franchise continues.