One of the most hotly anticipated movies of 2016, the latest addition to the Harry Potter Universe has smashed the box office, grossing $75 million in its opening weekend alone.
But, as well as filling cinemas around the world the film is full of Easter eggs that even the biggest Potterhead’s might have missed, here are five that may make you want to schedule a repeat viewing. Warning! Spoilers ahead.
Although it isn’t explicitly stated in the film which Hogwarts house new protagonist Newt Scamander belongs to, keen-eyed fans may have been able to spot the clues.
When Newt switches his magical briefcase to “Muggle mode” so that it appears to simply be something, typical tourists carry, a yellow and black striped scarf, the house colours of Hufflepuff, can be seen.
Newt is also wearing this same scarf at the end of the movie, and Eddie Redmayne, who portrays Newt, has confirmed that he is a “Proud Hufflepuff”.
Though we don’t see the establishment itself, Ilvermorny, the American school of witchcraft and wizardry, is referenced several times, and during a scene inside Newt’s enchanted suitcase when American witch Queenie states that it is “the greatest wizarding school in the world.” Newt, a student of the famous Hogwarts, firmly disagrees, hinting that there may be some rivalry between the two schools.
Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of Ilvermorny in later films to see how it compares to it’s now iconic English counterpart, as well as its four new houses, Thunderbird, Horned Serpent, Wampus and Pukwudgie...
3Time Waits For No Maj
When you have kids that are as prone to mischief as the Weasley’s are, it makes sense you’d want to know where they are at all times.
Mother Weasley made sure of this by purchasing a magical clock, first seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which displays the exact whereabouts of all her children, whether it be school or elsewhere.
As a reference to this, the Magical Congress of the United States of America (M.A.C.U.S.A for short) has a much larger clock in the main entrance of their building, though as well as monitoring the whereabouts of magic wielders this clockwork contraption also monitors magical threats that could potentially lead to the exposure of the wizarding world to normal society, such as how many witch hunts are currently occurring in the country, or whether a witch or wizard has had to obliviate a no maj’s (American term for muggles) memory.
It must be nigh impossible to skive off work in the Potterverse!
The head-honcho of Hogwarts himself is referenced several times within the movie. Though some are obvious, such as during the interrogation scene when Percival Graves reveals that Dumbledore was very fond of Newt before his expulsion from Hogwarts, there is a much more subtle reference that may have slipped by some viewers.
Briefly seen in the opening credits montage, comprised of newspaper headlines that get the audience up to speed with the current climate of the 1920’s wizarding world, is a copy of magical newspaper “Transfiguration today”, and at the bottom of the front cover is an article entitled “Is vanishing without a trace possible? My views on transfiguration” penned by new contributor, Albus Dumbledore.
While a fun and clever reference, it also shows that Dumbledore was an active figure in the magical community, even in the early days, and hopefully his life before Harry will be further expanded upon in the sequel(s).
1The Deathly Hallows
During a scene between antagonist Percival Graves and new character Credence Barebone in which Percival is trying to obtain information from Credence, he gifts Credence with a necklace, a necklace in the shape of the Deathly Hallows.
This may be foreshadowing what kind of character Credence will develop into, since the Deathly Hallows is the name given to the three most powerful artefacts in the wizarding world, the invisibility cloak, the philosopher’s stone and the elder wand which, when combined, can make the wielder unstoppable. They were sought after by he who shall not be named himself.
It’s hard to imagine just how powerful Credence would become if he obtained the Deathly Hallows for himself since he already has the destructive capabilities of an obscurial, a newly introduced type of magic user whose magical powers are expressed in violent, uncontrollable outbursts due to the user suppressing their gifts.
Even though Credence was seemingly killed at the film's climax, it has now been confirmed that he will be returning for future instalments of the series, could it be that he will become the franchise's new big bad?