Frank was the name Magizoologist Newt Scamander gave to a Thunderbird he rescued from traffickers in Egypt in the 1920s.[1]


Albus Dumbledore informed Newt that in Egypt was the Thunderbird who needed to be saved and taken home. Magizoologist found and rescued Frank from illegal trafficking and, though one of his legs bore the wounds of being chained, his gratitude to Newt was "evident"[2] and Scamander went to the United States of America in 1926 in an attempt to return Frank to the arid climate of Arizona, the natural habitat of Thunderbirds.[1] Newt described him as a majestic, powerful, and regal creature, but a "wee-bit sensitive to strangers".[3]

After the battle against Credence Barebone and Gellert Grindelwald, Newt gave Frank a vial of Swooping Evil venom, which the latter diffused through a storm he conjured to wipe New York's No-Maj population of their memories of the devastation.

Frank managed to return to Arizona after being released.[4]


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 "'Fantastic Beasts': Meet the Creatures" at Entertainment Weekly
  2. Inside the Magic: The Making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - direct quote: "After rescuing a Thunderbird from traffickers in Egypt, Newt named him Frank and promised to return him to his natural habitat in Arizona. Sadly, one of Frank’s legs bears the wounds of having been chained, but his gratitude to Newt for having rescued him is evident." in the Thunderbird section.
  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Daydream VR) - Google Daydream VR: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Gameplay / Hands-On
  4. 21 November 2016 tweet by J. K. Rowling (@jk_rowling)
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