The Circus Arcanus was a travelling wizarding circus and freak show owned by Skender that boasted the "world's most complete congress of human oddities". It consisted of a daily street parade, which the organisers promised was "worth coming miles to see", and would amuse both young and old. The circus opened every evening on Thursday and Saturday. Adult tickets costed five bezants while infant tickets costed two bezants.
The Circus Arcanus visited New York for two weeks in 1926, starting on 29 November, and ending with a "spectacular" final show at 8:00 PM on 13 December. Two parades were held on Friday 3 December, at 3:15 PM and 8:00 PM, respectively.
The Circus Arcanus was slated to travel to somewhere in Europe after its stop in New York. They boarded the SS. ONDINE which headed to Europe. In 1927, the circus performed for the very first time in France on Rue Claudel and Rue Girardon for only two weeks, and was attended by many of those in the wizarding communities.
During the 2020s, part of the circus performers appeared as the Foundables during the Calamity. Volunteer members of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force were able to free them and returned to their original time.
Attractions and workers
- "I'd much rather be one of the circus non-beast performers. At least that fellow could get out and stretch his legs among the crowd..."
"I'm not so sure about that, Constance. From what I've learned, some of the performers may have been there against their will."
- — Dialogue between Constance Pickering and Harry Potter[src]
- Skender (ringmaster)
- Several half-goblins
- Several half-elves
- A house-elf
- Other underbeings
- Borys the Brute, "perfidious" hypnotist
- The Infant Demonic, the "greatest freak of nature ever placed on exhibition"
- Snake Girl, a Maledictus named Nagini
- Nigelle le Narcissique, a Homo amphibia, who "freakishly devours [her] own tail whilst singing popular Gaelic folk songs"
- The 2-Headed Baby, first performance in America in late 1926.
- Obscurial Credence Barebone joined the circus as a worker in late 1926 or early 1927.
- A Hippogriff
- A Graphorn
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (First mentioned) (Mentioned on a poster)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay (First appearance)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- The Archive of Magic: The Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- Wizarding World
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Notes and references
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
- (see this image)
- Get to Know the Actual Beasts of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ at collider.com
- MinaLima Store - Circus Arcanus - Museum of Human Oddities Poster (see this image)
- Watch the first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald at Pottermore
- MinaLima Releases Map of the Wizarding World in Paris While J.K. Rowling and Globus Mundi Hint at Future ‘Fantastic’ Destinations!
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite "Brilliant Event: Circus Calamitous"
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 41
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 44