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Frank was the name Magizoologist Newt Scamander gave to a Thunderbird he rescued from traffickers in Egypt in the 1920s.[1] Newt described him as a majestic, powerful, and regal creature, but a "wee-bit sensitive to strangers".[2]


Around 1926, Albus Dumbledore informed Newt of illegal traffickers in Egypt that had a captured Thunderbird in their possession. The young Magizoologist travelled to Egypt and rescued the bird, naming him Frank and promising to return him to his native habitat in Arizona. Though one of Frank's legs bore the wounds of being chained, his gratitude to Newt was "evident"[3]

In 1926, Scamander travelled the United States of America, using a muggle passenger ship. He hoped to avoid the attention of the MACUSA, due to their laws regarding private possession of Magical Creatures at that time. After a journey he landed in New York City.

Around that time, there were a large number of magical incidents in the city. Some were indirectly caused by Scamander and the creatures that escaped his suitcase, but others were caused by the young Obscurial, Credence Barebone, and the Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who hoped to use Barebone's destructive powers for his own purposes. These incident culminated in the Obscurial attack on New York.

After the battle, Newt gave Frank a vial of Swooping Evil venom, taking advantage of the Thunderbird's weather related powers to spread the venom through a rainstorm. Exposure to the diffused venom had the effect of wiping negative memories and so wiped New York's No-Maj population of their memories of the devastation.

Frank managed to return to Arizona after being released, presumably flying under his own power.[4]

Newt later came to believe that Dumbledore had given him the tip about Frank to deliberately arrange for Newt to go to New York to oppose Grindlewald's activities there.[5]


Behind the scenes

  • At the end of the film inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Frank is seen leaving New York flying towards the sun. As the sun was coming up at the time, this means Frank was flying eastwards, which is the wrong way to get to Arizona. However, he could have made a U-turn, or he could have just been heading towards the nearest clouds.


Notes and references

  1. "'Fantastic Beasts': Meet the Creatures" at Entertainment Weekly
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them VR Experience - Google Daydream VR: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Gameplay / Hands-On
  3. 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.
  4. 21 November 2016 tweet by J. K. Rowling (@jk_rowling)
  5. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay