Creatures From The Harry Potter Spinoff Movie Appear In The Real World

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Visitors at the brand-new Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park got to see creatures from the next Potter spinoff movie in the fake flesh. Behold a Crumple Horned Snorkack, a Kneazle and a Demiguise from the next Potter film, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

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Top image via Karen May Martin.

J.K. Rowling herself will be penning the movie adaptation of her own spinoff book, which takes place 75 years before the Harry Potter kids started fighting He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. The book serves as a reference guide to the many magical animals in Rowling's books as described by the fictional specialist and author Newt Scamander.

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And inside the Magical Menagerie in Diagon Alley, the magical creatures have been recreated! Here's a collection of creatures from folks who were there:


USA Today has a photo that has what looks like a Demiguise (along with a lot of other great shots).

Illustration for article titled Creatures From The emHarry Potter/em Spinoff Movie Appear In The Real World
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The caption with the picture is as follows:

"Looking for a sneak peek at "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the new Harry Potter spin-off movie? Head to the Magical Menagerie shop in Diagon Alley and peer up at the overhead shelves, as some of the strange looking animals represent the first time that the beasts have been visualized." - Arthur Levine

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Above is a Kneazle taken by Karen May Martin (who has been referenced in multiple Potter books). And below is another shot of the Kneazle and a few other beasties. Can't wait to see the movie bring all these little fellas to life!

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DISCUSSION

Except even in the Wizarding World, Crumple Horned Snorkacks aren't real. They're a delusion of Xenophelius and Luna Lovegood. Lovegood thought he bought the horn of a Crumple-Horned Snorkack, as a gift for Luna, but when the trio visited him, Hermione pointed out that it was in fact an Erumpent horn and dangerous, but Xenophilius refused to listen. Of course it promptly blew up.

And when Rowling revealed more about what happened to certain characters post war:

After the Second Wizarding War, Luna would go on to become a famous wizarding naturalist and would discover many magical creatures, though she never found a Snorkack. She eventually realised that some creatures simply do not exist, and accepted that the Crumple-Horned Snorkack never existed.

I'm betting the creature is a Graphorn.