I’m kind of really in love with Queenie and Jacob, which is saying something, because the reality is, there are very few couples in fiction that I feel passionately about. But I really, really love Jacob and Queenie. Let me explain why.
First off, the idea of a beautiful and flirty woman being with the “fat” guy character is nothing new. We’ve seen it in movies and t.v. shows, to the point that I find it annoying, because in Hollywood it seems to function as nothing more than a bizarre wish-fulfillment, saying that overweight guys can get the hottest chick around (who says they can’t?), and the relationships depicted never have any depth. They’re shallow. But Fantastic Beasts gave us two people. Not only were both characters well-rounded as individuals, but I love the fact Queenie fell in love with Jacob’s mind.
Queenie can read minds, and she’s probably read hundreds, but Jacob had such a beautiful mind–it’s almost like I could actually believe in love at first sight for this couple!! And running through the relationship throughout the movie is the discussion that Jacob is very unique–there’s “no one else like him.” And even when at the end he expresses his real feelings that that’s not true, that there are lots of people like him, Queenie reassures him that no, no one is like him. What’s beautiful about this ongoing conversation is that behind every exchange is the subtext of Queenie’s mind-reading ability, which gives what is often a stereotypical couple and theme (the theme of “being unique”) fresh depth.
I ship it.
And what makes things more complex is that their relationship is technically illegal.
Also, can we take a second to appreciate that Queenie can see into people’s minds, so she’s probably seen some of the most awful, dark thoughts that no one will express publicly–and she still manages to be charming, cute, and happy? I think that says a lot about her character. And the fact she finds his mind so beautiful says a lot about Jacob.
So this is like one of my favorite moments in Fantastic Beasts–I know, it’s tiny! But hear me out:
What Newt does and says and his body language says so much!!!
First off, he, out of anyone in the world, knows fullwell that this isn’t a good place to release the Swooping Evil.
He spends all his time studying and working with animals that wizards don’t appreciate and couldn’t care for (and even want to kill), and he does this all alone because he doesn’t really fit in with people.
Then here comes Jacob, who knows like nothing! Newt has no problem just scooping him up and inviting him along, even though it’s illegal. And now, he finally has someone to show his lifelong passion to, who will find it interesting and wondrous, instead of unusual or weird.
You can tell by Newt’s body language in this scene, that he’s (very privately) been internally dying to show the Swooping Evil off to someone–though he would never voice or acknowledge that out loud (probably because of previous negative reactions). But you can tell, even just in this gif, that he’s daydreamed about it for weeks or months. His inner (perhaps childlike) self thinks this thing is sick!! And he’s been dying to share it!!
But Newt is not a boastful or loud person. He wouldn’t draw attention to that fact (he’s a Hufflepuff and also has been stigmatized in his society). No. But look at his body language–his back is to Jacob and he flings that beast out at him. It’s like he’s daydreamed about and yearned for this moment so much, he’s staged it!! That’s not the body language of someone who wants to gently show Jacob a Swooping Evil, that’s the body language of someone who thinks this thing is freaking sweet!! And has been internally, perhaps subconsciously dying to show it off. And if you don’t believe me, look close and you can see that tiny little smile/smirk he’s sort of hiding from Jacob.
Newt totally eats this thing up, but it’s like he doesn’t want anyone to know just how much so.
And then he says (sort of trying to hide his smile), “Probably shouldn’t let it loose in here.” When he knows full well he shouldn’t have, but he just feels the need to say that to downplay the reality that he just really wanted to share this thing with someone. Because to be so openly passionate about it is too much of a risk, too vulnerable, because of past rejections. No, he needs to almost play dumb so he takes 0 risks at being made fun of for loving this–even with Jacob, who is his best bet who won’t make fun of him (because he doesn’t know better)
The subtext is this like three-second moment kills me with it’s perfection. It’s freaking brilliant.
… bring up the thing about newt’s connection to his creatures? he loves them so much it makes my heart want to burst. he’s so attached to them, he understands them emotionally, better than he does people and he cares so much about his creatures. he literally, lives out of a suitcase and is with them always and has specific homes and habitats for them.
he puts himself at risk to save them (in the case of the niffler), carries pickett the bowtruckle around in his pocket because he’s bullied by the rest and he loves him a whole lot, is very affectionate with the thunderbird that he travelled to america for (to bring him home to the arizona), treats the occamy chicks that he holds with such care like his children (“mummy’s here” GAHHH), the feeling of sadness when he walks into the savannah “enclosure” that is missing the erumpent, how he expresses his worry for his creatures in the foreign environment that is new york, the fact that he would rather cut off his hand than sell pickett, when arrested cries out continuously for his creatures not to be hurt and that they are not dangerous in such a pained voice, does a literal mating dance to get the erumpent back into his case, is willing to study them to find cures, literally is caring for the last graphorns in the world and the whole swarm of mooncalves that just adore jacob who feeds them, is very close to the “swooping evil” which he finds to be an awful name for that creature (understands that they deserve better), is always very careful with his creatures. newt showers them with such love and adoration and they in turn have learnt to feel the same for him. they are with him at all times and even if he were to die he hopes for someone to care for his creatures.
newt genuinely treasures these creatures and would do anything for them. he connects with them on a whole new level and i love that.
newt scamander, i can’t wait for more of your adventures :’)
It is sometimes said of the Ilvermorny houses that they represent the whole witch or wizard: the mind is represented by Horned Serpent; the body, Wampus; the heart, Pukwudgie and the soul, Thunderbird.