Saturday, December 17, 2016

Could the Niffler Dig Up More Trouble? Day 6 of the 12 Days of #FantasticBeasts


On the sixth day of Fantastic Beasts, my true love said to me... Who wouldn't want a cute little furry pet with a predilection for pilfering everything glittery?

Welcome to day 6 of the 12 Days of Fantastic Beasts! Today we're analyzing the cutest and most troublesome of Newt's little beasts who gets the whole plot Rowling...



SPOILERS ABOUND! DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE OR READ THE SCRIPT BOOK!

Niffler by Kayla Perkinson

A Tunnel of Trouble


While the Niffler gets the most screen time, it’s one of Newt’s least dangerous creatures…aside from getting Newt arrested. Described as a “furry black cross between a mole and a duck-billed platypus” (p. 14), Newt’s Niffler wins the cute factor. He also has a predilection for pilfering everything glittery, which keeps Newt in a lot of trouble. From a beggar’s hat to a dog collar to a jewelry store, if it glitters, he wants it.

It almost seems the Niffler’s sole role in the film is to cause wild, crazy action while looking adorable. But this is JK Rowling we’re talking about.

Nifflers do have one other quality—they are great diggers and will tunnel deep within the earth in search of treasure. We know the Nazis liked to tunnel themselves, whether to find or store treasure, to create bunkers, or for other military advantages. Perhaps the Niffler will prove more useful than troublesome to Newt and Team in the coming films. Especially if Newt has a whole family of them.

However Rowling decides to utilize this cute little pest's skills, I'm sure he'll burrow into something useful before series end!

If you’d like to see an animal that may have inspired the Niffler, check out this CNN report on a newborn puggle (see here), which Rowling retweeted on November 21, 2016.

What do you think? What kind of useful "treasure" do you think Rowling's Niffler could dig up before series end?

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