The Wizarding World of Harry Potter grew one chapter larger on Friday with the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. However, while the film isn’t as well received as its 2016 predecessor, there’s certainly no shortage of fun Easter eggs that both casual and hardcore Harry Potter fans can appreciate.
With that in mind, here are the eight best Harry Potter Easter eggs in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald:
In the original Harry Potter films, while infiltrating the Ministry of Magic, Harry, Ron and Hermione learn that office mail is delivered via magic instead of owls because of the mess that the birds left behind. However, Fantastic Beasts 2’s 1920s setting appears to predate that sanitary upgrade, much to the chagrin of the House Elves that are forced to clean up the mess.
In the Wizarding World, the scariest creatures this side of Dementors are Thestrals. First introduced in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Thestrals were revealed as winged monsters that appear only to those who’ve witnessed death firsthand. In Fantastic Beasts 2, we see that the stagecoach Grindelwald is in before he escapes is drawn by Thestrals, much like the Hogwarts carriages.