Warner Bros. shared six new images with Entertainment Weekly, featuring important magical creatures from the upcoming movie. Some will be familiar to fans of the Harry Potter books, but others were created specifically for the movie.
1) NifflerThe memorably adorable Niffler first appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It's a fluffy black rodent that looks like a long-snouted cross between a platypus, a badger, and a mole, and it loves to hunt for shiny objects.
2) Swooping EvilLike the Niffler, the Swooping Evil appeared in an earlier trailer before these photos were released. Unlike the Niffler, it's totally new to the Harry Potter franchise. Described as a cross between a reptile and a large butterfly, it's "capable of sucking out brains," but its venom can be used to erase bad memories—a detail that we're sure will be significant in the movie.
3) ThunderbirdThe Thunderbird is best known as the namesake of one of the four houses of Ilvermorny, the American wizarding school. It's native to Arizona, and can create storms by flapping its powerful wings. Fantastic Beasts protagonist Newt Scamander has a Thunderbird named Frank, who was rescued from traffickers in Egypt.
4) BowtruckleBowtruckles are another creature from J.K. Rowling's original Fantastic Beasts reference book. They bear a strong resemblance to a stick insect, with a hint of Baby Groot.
Actor Eddie Redmayne told EW that his favorite creature in the movie was a Bowtruckle named Pickett, who sits in Newt's top pocket. We weren't expecting a species of twig-like tree guardians to be one of the cutest beasts in the movie, but this description already sounds very adorable.