A Member Of Harry Potter's Family Was In 'Fantastic Beasts,' But We All Missed Him
So it's no shocker to the Harry Potter fandom that Harry is, for lack of a better word, rich AF. He's carted down to Gringott's as a baby 11-year-old to discover the small fortune his parents left behind — or rather, his grandfather left behind. Harry's fam was responsible for the very Sleekeazy's Hair Potion that Hermione Granger used during the Yule Ball, which more than quadrupled the preexisting Potter fortune. And in case you missed it, Sleekeazy's inventor, Harry's grandfather Fleamont Potter, was briefly mentioned in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — but you'd have to have a some impressively keen eyes to have seen it on the big screen.
If you've seen the film, you'll recall that it begins with newspaper headlines flitting across the screen to give some sense of time and place, and to set the tone for the unease of the Wizarding world with Gellert Grindelwald loose. But because the movie hasn't come out on DVD yet, we can't do that fun thing where we painstakingly pause every frame and squint at each headline for easter eggs quite yet. Fortunately, Mashable caught up with MinaLima, the graphic design studio responsible for the Daily Prophet, the Marauder's Map, and books within the Harry Potter franchise, and they revealed a whole slew of funny ones we missed. Namely, this one, concerning the grandfather of one Harry James Potter:
Potioneer Fleamont Potter's Hair Potion Woos American Wizards
MUCH GASP, VERY SHOCK, SUCH EASTER EGG. That's all the information we get from the paper, which doesn't leave us much information on Fleamont, unfortunately. We know that he was at least 16 when he came up with this brilliant potion of his, because be was born before 1909. This does, however, confirm J.K. Rowling's claims that James Potter's parents were quite old, even for wizards; for him to have been old enough to invent something with international popularity in 1926 and then have James in 1960, a full 34 years later, he probably had a very long life indeed.
Other headlines left as easter eggs include references to Hogwarts and Dumbledore, including 'Enraptured!' Says Dumbledore As Transfiguration Today's New Columnist and Hogsmeade To Host First Ever Magical Waterplants Festival (Neville would be so pleased!).
But the real takeaway from this is that Dumbledore may not be the only character from the original books that we see in Fantastic Beasts; perhaps we'll be getting a visit from Fleamont and Euphemia Potter themselves! Whomever they decide to cast in as Fleamont better have hair that lives up to the hype.
Images: Warner Bros; Giphy