“I have visited lairs, burrows and nests across five continents, observed the curious habits of magical beasts in a hundred countries, witnessed their powers, gained their trust and, on occasion, beaten them off with my travelling kettle.”
The first Iron Man movie is fascinating to me because it very precisely follows the conventional “well-meaning but sheltered prince betrayed by evil wizard” arc, except the prince himself is also a wizard. I don’t think I’ve seen that one anywhere else.
Fantastic Wizards and Where to Find Them: A Field Guide
Close persons and friends may appreciate a list of all things Newt Scamander-related, to help them understand how to care for this unique creature. Here is a composed list, which shall be ongoing. Fantastic Wizards and Where to Find Them: A Field Guide - pg 1.
Brief notes and Findings:
When very deep in thought, Newt will usually put something to or in his mouth. Fingers pressed to lips, wand between teeth, or, in unfortunate circumstances, tie being chewed on. These are the signs of a happy, productive Newt, and should not be bothered. Make note to check back in several hours, as this Newt is likely to forget to eat.
An angered, protective Newt is a very dangerous Newt. He is very easily recognizable by sharp, command-like instructions, nonverbal spells cast at your assailant(s), and a need to stand in front of you. Note: This Newt is not harmful to you, and once all external dangers are removed, should be gently and cautiously talked down, both with quiet words and soft touches. Some outside assistance may be required; i.e. a light calming draught or a fluffy, non-violent creature.
When frustrated, Newt can become exceedingly waspish and sarcastic. Do not take these attacks to heart, and give him space. Your Newt will come to you with a proper apology eventually, and you can help him work through his most recent problem then.
Even at the best of times, a happy and content Newt will forget about basic necessities, such as eating and sleeping. It is important to make sure that he is getting enough of both, and has regular contact with those outside of his case, regardless of current research. Note: Exceptions must be made for creature hatchings, births, or injuries. Newt will not respond to any outside force during these times.
While very shy, Newt is an extremely tactile creature himself. If it’s noted that he has spent too much time sequestered away with his creatures, attempt small, forward gestures and light hair pettings. A Newt who is comfortable with you may offer cautious touches or hugs in return. Be sure to accept these, and reward all interpersonal behaviour with smiles, affectionate words, and treats. Note: Chocolate and marzipan are always accepted.