Amazing Real World Zoology Behind JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts!

Admin | Published 2016-11-24 21:30

We have to admit that great fantasy stories are still derived from real life events or things. JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is inspired by the creatures in the real "muggle" world.

We cross-analyzed JK Rowling's beasts with their real world counterpart. Allow us to represent Rita Skeeter's Zoology section of Daily Prophet here in the real world.

Enjoy! 1. Stick Insects as Bowtruckle


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them describes Bowtruckle:
“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.”

REAL WORLD Stick insect by yokohamayomama / Flickr

  In the real world, the stick insects or phasmids are herbivores insects living inconspicuously in tree canopy. It mimics other insects when threatened. WHERE TO FIND THEM: Phasmids are usually found in subtropics and in the tropics like Southeast Asia.   2. Blue Ant as Billywig Fantastic Beasts describes Billywig as a stinging insect from Australia. It says, "Those who have been stung by a Billywig suffer giddiness followed by levitation."

FANTASTIC BEASTS Billywig (Credit to Where to Find Them Tumblr)


REAL WORLD: Blue Ant Diamma bicolor

Blue Ant, contrary to its name is not an ant. It is a parasitic wasp. Those who have been stung by a blue ant will feel severe burning sensation and swelling. It can also cause life-threatening reaction or anaphylaxis. WHERE TO FIND THEM: Australia   3. Bombardier Beetle as Blast Ended Skrewt

FANTASTIC BEASTS: Blast Ended Skrewt

Blast Ended Skrewt is a hybrid creature that is a cross between a manticore and fire crabs. But they turned out to look like a giant scorpion and crabs. Skrewts have lethal stingers that could propel blasts to an enemy.

REAL WORLD: Bombardier beetle in action

Bombardier beetle is a creature capable of throwing a hot noxious chemical flame of hydroquinones and hydrogen peroxide. WHERE TO FIND THEM: Every continent except Antarctica.   4. Echidna Puggle as Niffler Nifflers were rodent-like creatures with long flat snout and black fluffy fur. They like shiny, sparkly objects. They are kept by goblins to burrow treasures.

FANTASTIC BEASTS: Niffler (Warner Bros)


REAL WORLD: Echidna Puggle (Taronga Zoo)

Echidnas are solitary mammals covered with coarse hair and spines. They are also known to be powerful diggers. WHERE TO FIND THEM: Australia   Other Fantastic Beasts featured in the movie have their extinct counterparts like the basilisks and diricrawl (dodo) bird.
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