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The Zouwu is said to resemble a "gigantic elephant-sized cat", and is "five-coloured". It is a monstrously large feline beast, as big as an elephant, with a striped body, scraggly mane, four fangs that curl out of its mouth, long sharp claws, and a disproportionately long, ruffled multicoloured tail. Zouwus are incredibly powerful and fast, capable of travelling 1,000 miles in a day.
The Zouwu appears to have the ability to warp space around itself for quick travel, as demonstrated during Newt Scamander's escape from the French Ministry of Magic. This ability is powerful enough to bypass the Ministry's unplottability.
Skender, the cruel owner and ringmaster of the Circus Arcanus, captured a female Zouwu and bore the scars of its abuse. In early September 1927, Newt Scamander encountered the escaped Zouwu, and demonstrated having knowledge about this creature, though curiously, he had not mentioned it in his Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book. To Newt, the creature is just "like a big kitten", despite it being terrifying to most human beings. Newt used a toy to tame the Zouwu and lured it into his suitcase. Newt also had created a habitat for the Zouwu, and he treated the creature's scars with Dittany before releasing its shackles.
When Newt, Tina Goldstein and Leta Lestrange were cornered by a pack of Matagots in the French Ministry of Magic, Newt unleashed the Zouwu from his suitcase to fight off the smaller felines before they travelled away to the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise. The Zouwu nuzzled Newt affectionately before it returned into the suitcase.
During the 2020s, the same Zouwu appeared as a Foundable during the Calamity. Volunteer members of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force were able to free her, allowing the Zouwu to return to his original time.
Behind the scenes
- J. K. Rowling confirmed that the Zouwu is based on the creature of the same name in Chinese mythology.
- When Eddie Redmayne and J. K. Rowling first revealed the Zouwu in interviews, some fans misconstrued the pronunciation of its name and incorrectly credited the creature's name to be "Taowu," a different Chinese mythological beast. This was later corrected by Chinese-speaking fans via social media.
- Zouwu first appeared in Shanhaijing, a Chinese book about mythical creatures.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay (First appearance)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Beware! New Beasts Ahead in “Crimes of Grindelwald”" - Mugglenet.com
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 https://twitter.com/WizardWho/status/1022329949456293888
- ↑ "Breakdown of the ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Comic-Con Official Trailer!" - The Leaky Cauldron. 21 July, 2018.
- ↑ "J.K. Rowling explains the Chinese [Zouwu] creature in 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald'" uploaded by SnitchSeeker.com on YouTube
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
- ↑ Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
- ↑ "J.K. Rowling Talks New Chinese ‘Fantastic Beast’–Will the Wizarding World Head There Next?" - The Leaky Cauldron. 27 July, 2018.
- ↑ Four Perils#Zuo Zhuan and Shanhaijing on Wikipedia