The Magical Strudel in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Just Raises Too Many Questions

Nothing has frustrated us more than this new clip from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which shows Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol) magicking up a strudel. We’re in full blown magical theory debate here, guys.

In all seriousness, this clip has me and James Whitbrook (our resident Brit) completely up in arms. I hate Queenie’s creepy way of talking and the almost sexual look on the face of Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler). But mainly, we’re angry about the magic.


At least this thing didn’t forget Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration, which says food can’t just be made with magic. All the ingredients are there. But what was going to happen if Newt had said he wanted pie, huh? Do they have both pie dough and pastry just lying around so they can do whichever trick?

Also, that seems like an awful lot of shit that isn’t apple being put in that strudel.


We were particularly perplexed by how this thing was baked. Because, like, is there a super fast baking spell that we just don’t know about? Shouldn’t she have said a spell so that we, the audience, could follow that she was doing that? Because we have seen Molly Weasley cook, and she used magic and also a stove. So explain, movie. Is there a specific “assemble and bake an apple strudel” spell? And if so, why?

James offered the very British pronouncement that “Mary Berry wouldn’t approve of this mid-air bake nonsense. Just saying.” He also thinks that this clip ruins the possibility that there’s a wizarding version of The Great British Bake Off.

On the one hand, this is the most invested we’ve ever been in anything from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. On the other, we’re going to furiously thinking about the mechanics behind wizard baking all weekend.

Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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