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Varia Fedko-Blake

In a matter of weeks, Potter fans will once collide with J. K. Rowling's wizarding world in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Yet, this will be a magical journey a world away from the adventures we're used to, on a new continent filled with never-before-seen monsters to discover and marvel at. Here are some beasts we're already familiar with:

As it stands, information regarding the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them creatures is still scarce but in the various released trailers for the movie, we have been gifted glimpses of the kind of magical things we can expect to encounter emerging from the briefcase of magizoologist Newt Scamander.

Here's what we know so far about the beasts that will be popping up in the first instalment of the trilogy. Track them below.

This guide will be updated as more creatures are revealed when 'Fantastic Beasts' hits cinemas on November 18, 2016.

1. Occamy

The Occamy resembles a cross between a dragon and a bird and is hatched from eggs that are made of silver, and are therefore very valuable. As a result, the territorial creature is very protective of them and can be very aggressive to anyone who approaches it too closely.

A native of the Far East and India, this bird is "choranaptyxic" — this means that it grows or shrinks in order to fit into the space of its surroundings. Naturally, as you can imagine, this makes things rather problematic if it escapes into the open.

Another interesting fact to note may be that the word "Occamy" is phonetically very similar to the Japanese word "ookami," translating into "great god."

2. Thunderbird

The Thunderbird was also seen in one of the trailers for Fantastic Beasts. Closely related to the phoenix, the creature features heavily in the mythology of certain North American indigenous people and actually serves as one of the four houses of the American wizarding school Ilvermorny.

Although the characteristics of the Thunderbird vary, it is usually described as very large with the power to sense danger and generate thunderstorms. Its tail feathers have also been known to be used by Shikoba Wolfe for the creation of wands particularly valued in Transfiguration.

3. Niffler

The Niffler is a peculiar little creature and was actually first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, where Hagrid introduced them to his fourth year students to aid them in finding gold buried on the school grounds.

A treasure hunter by nature, it is attracted to shiny things like gold and jewelry. Having said that though, they aren't averse to the odd belt buckle or fake tooth, which they store in their belly pouches that extend as if by way of an Undetectable Extension Charm. Because of this nature to hoard anything sparkly they can set their sights on, they don't make good house pets.

The rodent-like creatures have a long nose and are usually a dark colour with fluffy fur. Found in England, Nifflers live in very deep burrows and are gentle Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them creatures.

4. Billywig

The Billywig is native to Australia, an insect that is so fast it is seldom seen by Muggle folk and wizards. Unlike many creatures of its kind though, the wings are actually attached to its head (resembling a helicopter) and rotate to make it spin as it flies.

Don't be fooled though — the Billywig has a sharp sting, found at the bottom of the body, that makes the victim first giddy and then levitate for days as an allergic reaction. Because of this, scores of wizards and witches are found to provoke these tiny creatures in order to get stung and to discover this elevating experience.

Additionally, the Billywig sting ingredient is said to be in the Fizzing Whizzbees, a sweet that makes the consumer float a few inches off the ground after consumption.

5. Demiguise

In one of the trailers, we also catch our first glimpse of the Demiguise. This is a little creature that looks like an orangutan or a sloth with huge, black eyes.

It's particular charm lies in the fact that it can turn invisible (it's long, silver hair is spun into Invisibility Cloaks and is very valuable), and it also has precognitive sight. Because of this, wizards and witches can only capture it by doing something very unpredictable.

6. Bowtruckle

The Bowtruckle is one of the smallest creatures
The Bowtruckle is one of the smallest creatures

Despite the fact that the Bowtruckle somewhat resembles Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, it is a totally different kind of creature. In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the tiny tree-dwellers are super hard to spot due to their small size and are perfectly camouflaged into their forest surroundings.

The little beasts can be found in England, southern Germany and the Scandinavian forest and primarily serves its purpose as a guardian for its home tree — usually one whose wood is used for the making of wands. The twigs on its body help dig out wood lice and despite the fact it's a shy, peaceful beast, it can also harm foes when in peril. An extract from the book-version of Fantastic Beasts says:

"The Bowtruckle, which eats insects, is a peaceable and intensely shy creature but if the tree in which it lives is threatened, it has been known to leap down upon the woodcutter or tree-surgeon attempting to harm its home and gouge at their eyes with its long, sharp fingers. An offering of woodlice will placate the Bowtruckle long enough to let a witch or wizard remove wand-wood from its tree."

At the Comic-Con, Eddie Redmayne called the Bowtruckle (Newt has a few!) his favorite creature in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, saying:

"They’re wonderful at picking locks. There’s a specific Bowtruckle called Pickett who Newt loves. Pickett has attachment issues, and Newt lets him swing along in his top pocket.”

7. Swooping Evil

Previously unknown to J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, the Swooping Evil will also be one of the creatures that appears in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. A large magical beast with blue-and-green wings, it resembles a reptile but with the movements of a butterfly. When it is not flying, it lives in a small, spiny cocoon.

Arriving in Newt's briefcase, as far as we can tell, it is one of the more dangerous creatures that make an escape in Fantastic Beasts. Going by its description, it is able to suck out people's brains, which as I'm sure you'll agree, is not an ideal characteristic for a pet.

On the other hand though, it secretes a venom that can also be used to erase bad memories. You win some, you lose some.

Which Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them creatures are you most excited to see?