The Ultimate Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Trivia Quiz!

By: Julie Medina
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About This Quiz

This spin-off and prequel of the Harry Potter film series follows a British wizard and magizoologist who arrives by boat in New York City, en route to Arizona. He and his Fantastic Beasts turn New York City upside down, which threatens to expose the wizarding world.

What is the name of the magizoologist who brings fantastic beasts to New York?

Newton Artemis Fido "Newt" Scamander is the fictional author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He was born in 1897. According to the About the Author section of the book, Scamander became a magizoologist because of his own interest in fabulous beasts and the encouragement of his mother, an enthusiastic Hippogriff breeder. In Hogwarts, he was sorted into Hufflepuff house.

Why did Newt travel to New York?

Newt has a heart of gold. He wants to release his Thunderbird in Arizona so it will not be lonely anymore. Newt is an eccentric, introverted wizard. He is an employee at the Ministry of Magic and seems lonely himself, since breaking up with Leta Lestrange. Leta was Newt's love interest when the two attended Hogwarts. Leta betrayed his trust, leaving him bitter, but he still carries her picture.

What is the name of the actor who portrays Newt Scamander?

Eddie Redmayne is an English actor of stage and screen. His film breakthrough came with the roles of Colin Clark in My Week with Marilyn and Marius Pontmercy in Les Misérables. In 2014, Redmayne portrayed English physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, winning an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor. The following year, he played Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery, in The Danish Girl, which earned him nominations for Best Actor at the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and BAFTA.

What mating dance does Newt do, to catch a fantastic beast?

The Erumpent has gotten out of the suitcase and is now in Central Park. In order to get the Erumpent back in the suitcase, Newt puts on a musk that attracts the Erumpent and starts doing a mating dance. However, his muggle friend accidently pours the musk all over himself and attracts the Erumpent who chases him through Central Park.

What is another name for Muggles?

In the American wizarding community, they use a different name for those people who don’t have magic in them. The name is “No-Maj,” a shortened form of “No Magic.” Did you know that, within the Harry Potter universe, Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was first published in 1927 and became a massive bestseller, as well as an approved textbook at Hogwarts. By the mid-1990s, when the Harry Potter series is set, the book in its 52nd edition. Scamander also has the distinct honor of having his own Chocolate Frog Card.

What is the first fantastic beast that escapes the suitcase?

A Niffler escapes from Newt’s trunk and wreaks havoc in the bank, taking jewelry from women and tucking coins in his pouch. Newt finally finds him in the bank’s safe and escapes with the Niffler and his new Muggle friend who was at the bank to get a loan. Newt, of course, empties all the pouches of the Niffler before making the three of them disappear. Did you know that Eddie Redmayne was the first and only choice for the lead role, according to J.K. Rowling? Eddie Redmayne did not have to audition for the role.

What is the name of the Muggle that Newt befriends in the bank?

Jacob Kowalski is a friendly No-Maj cannery worker and aspiring baker who goes into the bank with a suitcase identical to the one that Newt carries. Jacob is trying to get a loan for his dream: his very own bakery. However, he picks up Newt’s suitcase by mistake and is exposed to the New York City magical community and fantastic beasts. Jacob Kowalski is portrayed by Dan Fogler, an actor, voice-over artist, filmmaker, playwright, graphic novelist, stand-up comedian, and musician. His performance in The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee won Fogler a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor (Musical), a Theatre World Award, an Outer Circle Award and a Drama Desk Award. He also received the Lortel Award for Spelling Bee's off-Broadway run.

What kind of speech does Newt listen to outside the bank?

Newt encounters Mary Lou Barebone, a non-magical woman (No-Maj or Muggle) who claims that witches and wizards are real and dangerous. Mary Lou Barebone is the narrow-minded and sinister leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, or Second-Salemers, a group whose goals include exposing and killing wizards and witches. Barebone is portrayed by Samantha Morton, an English actress, screenwriter, and director. She has received critical acclaim and numerous accolades throughout her career, including one BAFTA Award, one BIFA Award, and one Golden Globe. She has been nominated twice for an Academy Award and once for an Emmy Award. Known for her versatility, she has been described as one of the greatest actresses of her generation.

Who spies Newt and his magical creatures?

Demoted Auror (a hunter of dark wizards) Tina Goldstein arrests Newt for being an unregistered wizard and takes him to the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) headquarters, hoping to regain her former position. Tina Goldstein is portrayed by Katherine Boyer Waterston, who made her feature film debut in Michael Clayton and supporting roles in Robot & Frank, Being Flynn, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Inherent Vice, and Steve Jobs.

Why isn’t Newt arrested?

Newt accidently took Jacob's suitcase which contains only baked goods. When the suitcase is opened at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) headquarters, Newt is released due to lack of evidence. Did you know that wand-school was obligatory for several of the cast members? The actors attended a boot camp to learn how to move and use a wand properly.

What happens when Jacob opens the suitcase in his apartment?

At Jacob's low-rent apartment, several creatures escape from Newt's suitcase. They destroy his apartment and one bites him. Tina and Newt find Jacob and the suitcase, then they replace Jacob’s destroyed apartment. Tina decides to take them to her apartment to be monitored for a few days. Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart, and Lili Simmons were considered for the role of Tina's sister, Queenie, before Alison Sudol was cast.

Tina introduces Jacob and Newt to her sister, who is a Legilimens. What is a Legilimens?

Legilimency is the magical skill of extracting feelings and memories from another person's mind—a form of magical telepathy. Queenie has this ability, and at times others ask her to stop reading their minds. The scene introducing Queenie shows her dressed in a style reminiscent of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Queenie's love interest is named Kowalski, which is also the name of the character played by Marlon Brando in Streetcar. Queenie and Jacob are mutually attracted, though American wizards are not allowed to marry or even socially interact with No-Maj types.

What is the scariest creature Jacob discovers in Newt’s suitcase?

Newt takes Jacob inside his magically-expanded suitcase where Jacob encounters a Nundu, a leopard with a dilophosaurus ruff around its neck. Its breath is toxic, making it both gross and terrifying. Jacob also encounters a Swooping Evil, a bizarre, reptilian creature that can also fly and whose venom can be used as a memory eraser. However, the scariest creature is a contained Obscurus, a dark, destructive parasite that lurks inside wizard children who are unable to control their magic. Newt extracted it from a young girl who has died - those afflicted rarely live past the age of ten.

Why does The Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) arrest Newt?

Newt, Tina, and Jacob are arrested. Officials believe Newt's Obscurus is responsible for killing Senator Henry Shaw, Jr. Also, the Magical Security Percival Graves accuses Newt of conspiring with the infamous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. The wizards also believe his creatures are responsible for the increased havoc in New York City, endangering the wizarding world. Percival Graves is portrayed by Colin Farrell, known for numerous film roles, including Martin McDonagh's film, In Bruges, which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

What is the sentence that Percival Graves hands down to Newt, Tina, and Jacob?

Newt and Tina are sentenced to immediate death, but the Bowtruckle picks the lock on Newt's handcuffs and the Swooping Evil helps Tina escape from the pool of death. Then Queenie finishes the rescue by carrying the suitcase out the door of the MACUSA with Jacob, Tina, and Newt inside. Alison Sudol portrays Queenie Goldstein, a bombshell, free-spirited, and big-hearted Legilimens. Alison Sudol is an actress, singer, songwriter, and writer, best known for her role in Transparent and as archaeologist Emma Wilson in the TV series Dig. Elle magazine named Sudol one of the 7 Most Exciting Newcomers on TV this Season in January 2015.

What is the name of Mary Lou Barebone’s adopted teenage son?

Percival Graves approaches Credence Barebone, Mary Lou's adopted teenage son, and offers to free him from his abusive mother. In exchange, he wants Credence to find an Obscurus. Credence is portrayed by Ezra Miller, an actor, singer, musician, and activist. Miller made his feature film debut in the film Afterschool. He starred as the title character in the drama We Need to Talk About Kevin and co-starred in the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower. He co-starred in the drama The Stanford Prison Experiment and in the comedy Trainwreck. He also plays Barry Allen/The Flash in the DC Extended Universe, in which he first appeared as Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

What does Credence find under his adopted sister's bed?

Credence finds a wand under the bed of his adopted sister, Modesty. She is a witch. When Mary Lou Barebone sees this, she becomes enraged and breaks the wand in two. Modesty releases her Obscurus, killing everyone except Modesty and Credence. Did you know Fantastic Beasts is the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling?

Percival Graves tells Credence he is a Squib and refuses to teach him magic. What is a Squib?

Graves dismisses Credence as being a Squib (a non-magical person of wizard ancestry), and refuses to teach him magic. Credence reveals he is the Obscurus' host, having lived longer than any other host, due to the intensity of his magic. In a rage, he unleashes the Obscurus upon the city. The New York dock scenes were actually filmed in Cardington Hangars, Bedfordshire (aka The Sheds).

Who says this? “My philosophy is if you worry, you suffer twice.”

Newt says this to Jacob, since Jacob has no experience with dangerous situations involving Fantastic Beasts. The story of how Newt was expelled from Hogwarts is very similar to the story as to why Hagrid was expelled in 1942, as detailed in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Both involve "accidents" regarding a dangerous magical creature, although it is unclear whether Newt was rightfully accused, unlike Hagrid, who was framed by Tom Riddle.

Who says this? “I love house elves. My uncle is a house elf.”

In Gnarlack's Speakeasy that serves giggle water, Jacob asks what do you have to do to get a drink around here? A house elf answers. As they engage in conversation, the bartending house elf scoffs at Jacob's claim that his uncle was a house elf; Jacob doesn't realize that house elves are a different species and thus can't be related to humans. Harry Potter enthusiasts will also scoff at Jacob's faux pas.

Who says this to Newt? “Are you a seeker, a seeker of truth?” Newt: “More of a chaser...”

As Mary Lou Barebone, who heads the New Salem Philanthropic Society, tries to rally the crowd about the dangers of witches and wizards, she questions Newt. She asks Newt, "Are you a seeker?" He answers by saying, "More of a chaser." This is a hint that he possibly played as a chaser in Quidditch while attending Hogwarts.

Who is Newt talking to? “I do know a few things, actually. I know you have rather backwards laws about relations with non-magic people. That you're not meant to befriend them, that you can't marry them, which seems mildly absurd to me.”

Newt is talking to Tina about the wizarding community in America. Queenie would agree with him, as she is falling for a Muggle, Jacob. And Jacob falls for her. The magical law that prohibits fraternizing between a magical person and a no-magical person is called Rappaport's Law, named after Emily Rappaport, the 15th President of MACUSA.

Which of these is the first line in the movie?

Prior to talking to the Customs official, Newt talks to Dougal in the suitcase, telling him to settle down. Dougal is a Demiguise with long hair that can make himself invisible. He is discovered "babysitting" the escaped Occamy in the attic of the department store in Newt's absence.

How do you catch a Demiguise?

It isn’t easy to catch a Demiguise because it can turn invisible whenever it wants. Also, it can see the future, at least a few seconds ahead of the present. That’s why you must be unpredictable to catch him. Doogal is most likely a reference to the dog Dougal from the British children's show, The Magic Roundabout. That Dougal also has long hair.

Who is exposed as actually being Gellert Grindelwald?

Percival Graves is exposed as Gellert Grindelwald in disguise and taken into custody by MACUSA Aurors. Newt first had an inkling that he was not Percival Graves when Percival asked him how one could control the Obscurus. Gellert Grindelwald, one of the most dangerous dark wizards of all time, is portrayed by Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp, an actor, producer, and musician, has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. He rose to prominence on the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, becoming a teen idol.

How does Newt disperse a memory-erasing potion to all of New York City?

MACUSA fears their secret world has been exposed, but Newt releases his Thunderbird to disperse a potion that comes from the Swooping Evil. This potion has strong memory-erasing properties. As rain falls over the city, all New Yorkers' recent memories are erased. Then the MACUSA wizards repair the destruction before everyone wakes up.

How does Jacob afford his bakery?

Newt anonymously leaves Jacob a case of silver Occamy eggshells to fund his bakery. Jacob's bakery is a huge success, the fantastic shapes of his breads and pastries unknowingly inspired by Newt's beasts. One of the pastries looks like an Erumpent. An Erumpent is like a giant, magic version of a rhinoceros, if a rhinoceros's horn was filled with explosives. Did you know an Erumpent's thick hide can repel most spells and charms?

Will Newt come back and see Tina?

Newt departs for Europe, but before leaving he promises to return and personally deliver his book to Tina. According to J.K. Rowling’s Twitter account, In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in the About the Author, Newt Scamander is noted as "now living in Dorset with his wife Porpentina (Tina) and their pet Kneazles: Hoppy, Milly, and Mauler."

What did Newt see in Tina’s memories when she was sentenced to death?

Newt saw that Tina had memories of Credence. She had tried to get him away from his abusive adopted mother. The form of execution that Tina was about to experience, being seated on a chair and submerged into a pool of water, is based on an execution/punishment/trial method used during the Salem Witch Trials. A person accused of being a witch would be strapped to the "dunking chair" and submerged under water. If the person sank, they were pronounced innocent; if the person floated, they were pronounced a witch.

What kind of pendant does Percival Graves give to Credence?

The pendant that Graves gives to Credence is the Mark of the Deathly Hallows. Credence would just need to put his hand over the pendant and Percival could find him. This is the same pendant worn by Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. It foreshadows that Graves is actually Grindelwald in disguise.

How does the movie end?

The movie ends with Queenie visiting Jacob’s successful bakery. Jacob notices her and it brings a huge smile to his face. It is love at first (or second) sight. As for Frank, the Thunderbird, he is freed in New York to find his way to Arizona. Thunderbirds are mythical birds that create and are summoned by lightning in Native American folklore. Hence this is how Frank is summoned in his first appearance in the movie, and why he flies into the storm cloud during the climax.

What did the critics think of the film?

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them received favorable reviews. According to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 73% of 257 critics gave the film a positive review for a rating average of 6.8 out of 10. The site's critical consensus reads, "it draws on Harry Potter's rich mythology to deliver a spinoff that dazzles with franchise-building magic all its own."

What did the fans think of the film?

The audience gave it an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was a huge financial success. On a budget of $180 million it earned $776.8 million in box office sales. The film's opening was considered a hit, taking into account how it was not based on a popular existing source, unlike the Harry Potter franchise. Also, the film itself did not include the main character of the franchise, Harry Potter.

Which of these accolades has the film received?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has received the above accolades and is sure to win more once the next Academy and Golden Globe Awards are announced. Did you know that the film has become the highest-grossing film in Rowling's cinematic universe in Russia and the second-highest in South Korea?

How can you enjoy more of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

J.K. Rowling wrote the book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in 2001, with most of the profits benefiting the charity Comic Relief. Over 80% of the cover price of each book sold goes directly to poor children the world over. You can learn more about each beast from this book, or stay tuned for the sequels. The sequel is set to be released on November 16, 2018, followed by the third on November 20, 2020. David Yates confirmed that Rowling has written the screenplay for the second film and has ideas for the third. Here's a bonus: in October 2016 Rowling confirmed that the series would include five films.

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