Can You Name These Fantastic Beasts From a Screenshot?

Lauren Lubas

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About This Quiz

It's no wonder the wizarding world is so popular. JK Rowling has created more than a story; she created a dreamland that everyone wants to step into. While we were introduced to some great creatures in the Harry Potter series, the Fantastic Beasts series brings us so much more. We get to see this magical world through the eyes of adults ... and for those of us who grew up with the Harry Potter series, it's nice to see things from a different perspective. Witches and wizards have to get jobs; they have families to provide for, and they have two sets of laws to abide by (muggle laws and those set by the Ministry of Magic). Imagining you live in this world is an excellent way for Earth-bound adults to escape reality just a little bit. The biggest fans of the wizarding world step back into the books and the screenplays to learn even more about what is available to them. They thirst for this creative world, and they need to experience even more. 

If that sounds like you, you probably might consider yourself an expert on all things wizarding world (as set by JK Rowling, of course). However, you can only know if you test your skills. Take this quiz to see if you can identify all of these fantastic beasts from a single screenshot.

What fantastic beast is half-man and half-horse.

Centaurs are known to be a little evasive. They can read the stars, and they get a glimpse into the future when they do so. However, they also know that it is dangerous to share this information with those who do not hold their power. The Ministry of Magic restricts where centaurs are allowed to live.

This creature turns to ash then resurrects. What is it?

A phoenix can grow to about the size of a swan. Their feathers and tears have magical properties. Their tail feathers can be turned into wand cores (as was Harry's and Voldemort's wands).

In the books, these creatures mounted a revolution for freedom. What are they?

House-elves are well-known in the wizarding world, as many prominent families (and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry) use them as servants. Though some families and locations treat their house elves well (and even pay them), others believe that they are nothing but slaves.

These guys love treasure. What are they?

Goblins are highly intelligent creatures that don't suffer fools well. That is why they are entrusted to protect all of the wizarding world's most valuable assets.

These are very magical creatures. What are they?

Unicorns can be seen in a lot of mythology, but in the wizarding world (as with many other mythologies), unicorns are considered very pure creatures, and have a lot of magical properties in their horn, hair and blood.

These nasty guys like to suck out souls. What are they called?

Dementors are most well-known for their work as the prison guards of the wizarding jail, Azkaban. They feed off happiness, and will suck the soul right out of you when they kiss. Little known fact: dementors are actually blind, and find victims off the sense of their happiness.

This fantastic beast is meant to guard treasure. What is it?

The griffin is half eagle, half lion. It is a dangerous beast that feeds on raw meat. While it isn't recommended for domestication, some experienced wizards and witches are able to handle them.

These beasts aren't always kind. What are they?

Merpeople are half fish and half human. They don't necessarily have a great reputation among the wizarding world, because they have warlike tendencies. They also like to drag people under water and drown them. There is a colony living at Hogwarts in the Great Lake.

This is one of the most dangerous dragons in the world of Harry Potter. What breed is it?

You may recognize the Hungarian Horntail from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Harry had to steal an egg from one (which is obviously pretty dangerous). Horntails can breathe fire up to 50 feet. They also love to eat humans.

These little guys are trouble makers. What are they known as?

Cornish pixies are well-known troublemakers in the wizarding world. They play practical jokes on muggles, witches, and wizards alike. One of their favorite things to do is grab humans by the ears. They're usually found in England.

These little buggers will eat humans if they feel like it. What are they?

Gryndylow are known for living under water, in weed beds of lakes in the UK. They mostly eat sea creatures and fish, but they aren't against a taste of human flesh from time to time.

This guy loves shiny things. What is he called?

Nifflers look a little bit like moles, and they actually live up to 25 feet below ground. Their best magical ability is their penchant for finding treasure. While they are cute, you should never keep one in a domestic setting, because they can be very destructive.

He looks like a punked-out guinea pig. What is he really called?

The creature has a rat-like tale, and its testicles are used in healing potions. Its bite can cause flames to shoot out of your anus. It is especially potent for muggles.

This guy was seen in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. What is he?

Trolls are known to be pretty stupid creatures. That was one clue to Harry and the gang that something was amiss when a troll entered Hogwarts. Trolls are also very stinky, as they don't have a hygiene regimen.

This is a pretty magical creature. What is it called?

The fwooper is an African bird with bright feathers. Fwoopers that are sold at the market have a silencing charm that come with them, because their song (while beautiful) can drive the listener to insanity.

This little bird used to be an integral part of Quidditch matches, but was then replaced with the Golden Snitch.

Snidgets are small, round birds that can fly very fast, and have great agility. They have golden feathers, and can generally be found in Northern Europe.

This beast is not friendly. What is it called?

A manticore is very dangerous. It has the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpion. It's skin can repel nearly all known charms. If it stings you, you will most likely die instantly.

This magical insect is used in a lot of potions. What is it called?

The billywig is known for having wings on its head. This allows it to spin while it flies. If you are stung by the billywig, you will become giddy, and possibly levitate. This can be permanent if you are allergic to billywigs.

What is this snake-like creature?

The runespoor comes from Africa. It is a three-headed serpent that can grow up to seven feet long. Dark wizards loved this beast, because it was incredibly intimidating and (let's face it) looks really cool.

This frightening creature can travel over 1,000 miles in a day. What is it?

The Zouwu looks like a dragon, but it has cat eyes, a ribbon tail and sharp teeth. It is one of the most powerful creatures in any of the book series from Harry Potter.

What would you call this beast?

SPOILER ALERT: In the film, the Chupacabra acts as a guard lizard for Grindlewald. However, he thought she was too needy, and discarded her (rather unceremoniously, and very sadly).

What are these beasts called?

Matagots are cat-like demon creatures, but they actually serve the purpose of protecting the French Ministry of Magic. They are technically familiars.

His breath is fatal. What is he?

This very large leopard can move silently. Its breath doesn't kill right away, it actually spreads disease that has been known to wipe out villages. They can generally be found in east Africa.

What do you call this extremely dangerous beast?

The graphorn is very dangerous, not just because of its size, but also because its hide can repel most spells. Powdered graphorn horn is used in a lot of different spells, and it's very rare as it is almost impossible to collect.

What is this sweet-looking beast called?

A moon calf is generally very shy, and will only emerge from its burrow if the moon is full. When they are under the full moon, they like to dance. Many believe this is part of their mating ritual.

What do you call this strung-out-looking bird?

The augurey can predict rain, and they often have green tailfeathers. While this bird was mentioned in the Harry Potter books, it finally makes an appearance in the second Fantastic Beasts movie.

When he feels threatened, he turns invisible. What is he?

The demiguise is a very peaceful creature, but is also a master of disguise. He can completely disappear when he feels threatened. This has led to a price for its pelts, as they make great invisibility cloaks.

This beast's name says it all. What is it called?

This large bird generally emerges from a small cocoon. It is a magical flying creature that is blue and green.

This creature has no control over itself. What is it?

Werewolves can be found in nearly every form of lore. They are beasts that were once men. When the men turn, they can no longer control the primal instincts, and will fight their own kind if necessary. Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Remus Lupin was a werewolf in the Harry Potter series.

This beast can kill you with just one look. What is it?

A basilisk is an extremely large snake-like creature that can kill you with just one look. The characters who were petrified by the basilisk's gaze in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets all saw the basilisk through different reflections and lenses. Basilisk venom is very powerful and very deadly. The only known cure for it is phoenix tears.

This little guy is great at escaping. What is he?

The diricawl is a small, well-mannered bird that is often the prey of larger magical creatures. To avoid getting caught, it can disappear into a cloud of feathers and reappear somewhere else.

What kind of beast is this?

A Kappa is a Japanese water demon, and they live in shallow ponds and rivers. They eat human blood, but you can avoid getting eaten if you write your name on a cucumber and throw it at the Kappa.

This bird belongs in the wilds of Arizona. What do you call it?

A thunderbird can create storms as it flies. It is also great at sensing danger. Its tail feathers can be made into wand cores. When a wand is made from thunderbird feathers, it is best used for transfiguration.

This beast's horn has explosive properties. What is it?

Erumpents look a lot like rhinoceros, and they are often mistaken for them. However, this beast will not attack you unless you provoke it. They are typically found in Africa.

What kind of beast is this magnificent creature?

Hippogriffs are half horse, half eagle, and they can be dangerous if you don't know how to approach them. These proud creatures require you to bow to them when you introduce yourself to ensure that you are good. Once you have a hippogriff's trust, however, they will be loyal to you.

These guys don't get very tall, but they have an important job. What kind of beast is this?

Bowtruckles only grow to about eight inches long. They are meant to guard wand-wood trees. They are masters of camouflage, and almost impossible to spot in their natural habitats. In general, they are mild-mannered creatures, but they can attack if they are attacked.

This creatures produces silver eggs. What is it?

The Occamys is known to be very protective of its eggs. It can grow very large to keep said eggs protected. This creature has the body of a snake, but also has two legs, wings, and a beak.

Only those who have seen death can know the true appearance of these creatures.

Thestrals are carnivorous and don't like to be seen. They look like frightening creatures, with their bony bodies and fangs. However, they are relatively mild-mannered and can be ridden and domesticated.

This beast is the stuff nightmares are made out of. What is it called?

Acromantulas are giant spiders with the ability to speak human tongues. You can find them in Borneo, and they are believed to be created by wizards to help them protect their homes and sacred items. However, the beast is not trained easily, and it is incredibly dangerous.

This creature takes the form of your worst fears. What is it?

While no one knows a boggart's true shape, they take on the shape of your worst fears. In order to defeat them, you have to say an incantation while you imagine something funny.

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