*This Fantastic Beasts giveaway is in collaboration with Bargain Books and The Warehouse Book Sale. Funko Pop and Pocket Pop Keychain were bought by me. Please read my disclaimer.
For Harry Potter fans, Fantastic Beasts is the greatest thing to have happened since the end of the Battle of Hogwarts. To know that we get to learn more about the Wizarding World is a really big deal. A long time ago, it was revealed that one of Harry Potter’s school textbooks was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, written by Newt Scamander. It is filled with information about nearly 100 magical beasts from around the world. I managed to find about seven beasts that exist in the Wizarding World in Africa, and I summarised three of the most interesting ones.
The Erumpent is a large grey African beast of great power. Weighing up to a tonne, the Erumpent may be mistaken for a rhinoceros at a distance. It has a thick hide that repels most charms and curses, a large, sharp horn upon its nose and a long, rope-like tail. Erumpents give birth to only one calf at a time.
The Erumpent will not attack unless sorely provoked, but should it charge, the results are usually catastrophic. The Erumpent’s horn can pierce everything from skin to metal, and contains a deadly fluid which will cause whatever is injected with it to explode.
Erumpent numbers are not great, as males frequently explode each other during the mating season. They are treated with great caution by African wizards. Erumpent horns, tails and Exploding Fluid are all used in potions, though classified as Class B Tradeable Materials (Dangerous and Subject to Strict Control).
– Newt Scamander
Who remembers the Jacob-Erumpent scene in the first Fantastic Beasts movie?
The Fwooper is an African bird with extremely vivid plumage; Fwoopers may be orange, pink, lime green or yellow. The Fwooper has long been a provider of fancy quills and also lays brilliantly patterned eggs. Though at first enjoyable, Fwooper song will eventually drive the listener to insanity and the Fwooper is consequently sold with a Silencing Charm upon it, which will need monthly reinforcement. Fwooper owners require licences, as the creatures must be handled responsibly.
– Newt Scamander
Did you know that Uric the Oddball once tried to prove that Fwooper song was beneficial to the health? He listened to it 24/7 for three whole months! When he reported his findings to the Wizards’ Council, he arrived wearing nothing but a dead badger as a toupee.
The Runespoor originated in the small African country of Burkina Faso. A three-headed serpent, the Runespoor commonly reaches the length of six or seven feet. Livid orange with black stripes, the Runespoor is only too easy to spot, so the Ministry of Magic in Burkina Faso has designated certain forests unplottable for the Runespoor’s sole use.
The Runespoor, though not in itself a particularly vicious beast, was once a favourite pet of Dark Wizards, no doubt because of its striking and intimidating appearance. It is to the writings of Parselmouths who have kept and conversed with these serpents that we owe our understanding of their curious habits. It transpires from their records that each of the Runespoor’s heads serves a different purpose. The left head (as seen by the wixard facing the Runespoor) is the planner. It decides where the Runespoor is to go and what it is to do next. The middle head is the dreamer (Runespoor’s may remain stationary for days at a time, lost in glorious visions and imaginings). The right head is the critic and will evaluate the efforts of the left and middle heads with a continual irritable hissing. The right head’s fangs are extremely venomous. The Runespoor rarely reaches a great age, as the heads tend to attack each other. It is common to see a Runespoor with the right head missing, the other two heads having banded together to bite it off.
The Runespoor produces eggs through its mouths, the only magical beast to do so. These eggs are of immense value in the production of potions to stimulate mental agility. A black market in Runespoor eggs and the serpents themselves has flourished for several centuries.
– Newt Scamander
Can you think of any Dark Wizards who could speak Parselmouth?
Fantastic Beasts Giveaway
I have a Fantastic Beasts hamper to give away to one lucky Love, Kaylyn reader! It includes the 20th anniversary illustrated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hardcover book, a Newt Scamander Funko Pop!, and a Niffler Pocket Pop! Keychain.
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