Queenie and Tina Goldstein explain Hanukkah to Newt in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ parody


Newt Scamander, star of the latest Harry Potter universe film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, might know plenty about nifflers and ashwinders, but he needs a little help on the ins and outs of holidays other than Christmas.

In Leigh Lahav and Oren Mendez’s animated spoof of the blockbuster, our floppy-haired protagonist returns to the home of Queenie and Tina Goldstein for Christmas, only to discover that they don’t actually celebrate the holiday.

The Hillel House visual gag is by far our favorite piece of the clip, but his continued insistence that Judaism sounds like magic is cute… and not not convincing.

Monica Riese

Monica Riese

Monica Riese now serves as the Daily Dot’s director of production, having previously been the publication’s entertainment editor and assistant managing editor. She is based in Austin, Texas, and formerly contributed to the Austin Chronicle, where her breaking news work was recognized by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.