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New Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald image gives us an adorable baby Niffler

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Aug 14, 2018

What could be cuter than a shiny-hoarding Niffler from the Harry Potter universe? A baby shiny-hoarding Niffler from the Harry Potter universe, of course! 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will introduce an even more pint-sized version of the duck-billed, sharp-clawed, fur-covered magical creature we first met in 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

You can take a look at the tiny little fella in a new photo from Entertainment Weekly, which shows the film's main protagonist, magical zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) watching the baby Niffler (almost resembling a small guinea pig) flying by on what looks like the gold-foiled cork of a champagne bottle. 

Within the context of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling first introduced Nifflers in Goblet of Fire, when Hagrid uses them for a little activity in his Care of Magical Creatures Class. Ron Weasely, sick of being poor, voices his wish for a Niffler, which is basically, a walking, breathing treasure detector.

According to Hagrid, however, they don't make great pets, as their love of shiny objects causes them to wreck houses. In Order of the Phoenix, several Nifflers are smuggled into the office of Dolores Umbridge, where they not only trash the place, but try to eat a part of her leg. Not that anyone was really that concerned for the Hogwarts High Inquisitor by that point. 

Fantastic Beasts finally gave us our first real, physical look at what these little pilfering pests actually look like, and just how many valuables they can stuff into their natural belly pouches. Newt's Niffler is quite feisty, nearly stealing the collar off a small dog and succeeding in robbing both a bank and jewelry store. 

The Crimes of Grindelwald will deliver more Niffler madness on Nov. 16, along with a few new beasts like a Kelpie (a monkey-ish water demon), some Thestrals (skeletal winged horses), a leucrotta (a moose-esque animal with a giant mouth), and an Augurey (a bird whose cry is a death omen).