How Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter are connected😍
Despite the creators’ best attempts to draw a solid line between the two franchises, there are many similarities between the two stories. It may not have been obvious to Fantastic Beasts viewers. But the movie has laid the foundation for a broader line of connection that should develop in later films. Here are some of the connections between Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts
The Deathly Hallows
The cloak of invisibility, The Philosopher’s Stone and the elder wand. together, these three elements make up the Deathly Hallows. And they can turn any wizard into a master of death. As all Harry Potter fans know, the trinity were an integral part of the Deathly Hallow series. But they were also there in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
When Percival Graves is chasing the dark, he has a brief encounter with Credence and gives him a necklace. The pendant is a triangle with a circle and a layered straight line in the middle, in other words, the Deathly Hallows. We know that Harry wasn’t the first wizard to find the legend of immortality behind this symbol. This was a clever little visual link between the end of one story and the beginning of another.
It wasn’t difficult to recognize it the classic Harry Potter theme was played not only at the beginning of the fantastic beasts film but in a few other moments as well. If you’re as much Potterhead as I am, there’s no doubt that you shed a few tears hearing Hedwig’s song. This was one of the most beautiful connections between both the series.
Dougal the Demiguise
Dougal the Demiguise wasn’t just included in the film to add some humour. This particular fantastic beast has a great connection to the Harry Potter films. As you may have noticed, Demiguises can go invisible and you guessed it right, Its fur is used to make invisibility cloaks like the one Harry used in the Harry Potter Merchandise.
The trunk of Moody’s Mad-Eye
Newt Scamander’s suitcase isn’t the only place to hide! Do you remember Mad-Eye Moody’s case from the Goblet of Fire? That had a suspiciously spacious interior too! The wizarding world does have some wonderful suitcases.
He was a dark wizard long before anyone knew Lord Voldemort’s name and Gellert Grindelwald was an important figure in Dumbledore’s life. However, in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, his role was significantly reduced. When it appeared in Fantastic Beasts, the connection between the two stories may not have been immediately obvious to everyone.
But Grindelwald has deep roots in the world of Harry Potter. He was one of the first wizards to look for tools for immortality that would eventually seduce Voldemort. And since the new movies will follow Grindelwald’s adventures, it’s safe to assume that we’ll see even more Harry Potter connections in future Fantastic Beasts films.
Defense Against the Dark Arts
The Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom is one of the most iconic classrooms at Hogwarts. It was the place of Gilderoy Lockhart’s fun interactions and it was the place where Lupin held his legendary Boggart class. As if to refer to this lupin’s class, Crimes of Grindelwald shows Dumbledore teaching the same Boggart class.
The second Fantastic Beasts film introduced far more references to the Harry Potter films than the first in the series. Aside from the obvious inclusions like Dumbledore and Hogwarts, there was a reference to the first film in the Harry Potter Collectables.
Nicholas Flamel, the creator of the magic stone, appeared in Crimes of Grindelwald. He is clearly older in the film.
Newt Scamander textbook
One of the most subtle allusions to the Harry Potter universe is the fact that the films follow the author of one of the most widely read books in the wizarding world. The book in question “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was published in 1927 and was to become a standard textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for decades.
In his freshman year at Hogwarts, Harry Potter needed a copy of the book to go to school. Perhaps this was in his defence against the Dark Arts class since students cannot take care of magical creatures until the third year.
Mirror of Erised
The Mirror of Erised first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and was an important element in the first film. The mirror reveals the deepest desires of the person in front of it. Harry Potter saw his family, Ron Weasley saw himself recognized for his accomplishments, and Dumbledore told Harry that he saw himself wearing wool socks.
However, this turned out to be an outright lie in the Grindelwald crimes. It is clear that Dumbledore is seeing the Dark Wizard in the mirror, an indication of their teenage romance.