ByJack Carr, writer at
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Jack Carr

Spoilers ahead for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. You know the drill.

First things first: this is not your typical fan theory. It's not based on hidden clues and it's not going to be proven or disproven at some point in the future. It's actually more of an alternative interpretation of Fantastic Beasts, and what its title actually refers to.

(Warner Bros.)
(Warner Bros.)

On the surface, it's pretty obvious that Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the movie, has that title because that's what the textbook Newt Scamander will go on to publish in the future is called.

But considering the film's darker themes — how those thought to be wizards are persecuted by no-majs who fear what they don't know (rightly so, considering Credence kills one of their own) — and particularly the focus on Jacob's flirtation with Queenie (Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol effortlessly whip up some seriously swoon-worthy chemistry together), I would suggest the title actually refers to the discovery of something joyous in the unknown.

Is Jacob Queenie's fantastic beast? (Warner Bros.)
Is Jacob Queenie's fantastic beast? (Warner Bros.)

Essentially, Jacob is Queenie's "fantastic beast", and she is his. To each other, both are something exotic, a step into the unknown. The "where to find them" could be read as ironic, in that sometimes we find the things that are special to us right under our noses, if we open our eyes.

I probably wouldn't be especially persuaded of this "theory" myself, except for one minor detail: The film's final scene features neither Newt nor his beasts, but instead finds Queenie paying Jacob a visit in his new bakery. It's a bittersweet scene, both heartwarming and sad, and the fact that J.K. Rowling chose to end the movie on that note suggests the title might have a double-meaning. Queenie knows exactly where to find her fantastic beast — she just can't have him.

Maybe I'm way off. Still, I like the idea that one of the bigger, less literal themes of this franchise is the discovery of great things in unexpected places.

Do you think the title could have a double-meaning, or is Fantastic Beasts meant to be interpreted only literally?


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