Shaw was the surname of an influential No-Maj family. They were active in the United States during the early 20th century.

Family members

Behind the scenes

  • According to The Art of the Film: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in the early development stages of Fantastic Beasts, the Shaw family was previously named the 'Thorne' family. This name was alluded to by 'thorns' (spikes) on the outer ring of the Shaw News sign on Shaw Tower in an early design. Likewise, the name 'Thorne' could be a reference to John Hathorne (August 1641 – May 10, 1717), a merchant and magistrate of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Salem, Massachusetts. He is best known for his early and vocal role as one of the leading judges in the Salem witch trials.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Full Character Descriptions" from
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